Matthew 18:1

“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

At the same time came the Disciples vnto Iesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the Kingdome of heauen?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
- American Standard Version (1901)

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
- Basic English Bible

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?
- Darby Bible

At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
- Webster's Bible

Just then the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who ranks higher than others in the Kingdom of the Heavens?"
- Weymouth Bible

In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
- World English Bible

In that our the disciplis camen to Jhesu, and seiden, Who, gessist thou, is gretter in the kyngdom of heuenes?
- Wycliffe Bible

At that hour came the disciples near to Jesus, saying, `Who, now, is greater in the reign of the heavens?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 18:1


18:1 Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? - Which of us shall be thy prime minister? They still dreamed of a temporal kingdom.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 18:1


Mt 18:1 The Greatest in the Kingdom SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 18: Who Shall Be Greatest?. Becoming As Little Children. Causing the Little Ones to Stumble. Despising the Little Ones. How to Deal with an Offending Brother. Forgiving Those Who Injure Us. Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. At the same time. As Peter returned from paying the tribute money. Came the disciples unto Jesus. Compare Mr 9:33-50 Lu 9:46-50 and also Mt 19:13-15. Mark says the conversation occurred at Capernaum (Mr 9:33). Who is the greatest in the kingdom? The disciples had disputed in the way was to which of them should be chief ministers in the earthly kingdom that they still supposed Christ would establish (Mr 9:33,34). Mark also says that before calling the child, Jesus said: "He that would be greatest among you, let him become the servant of all" (Mr 9:35), the rule of true greatness.

Discussion for Matthew 18

  • Jeff Berry
    As a toddler taking his first step, our Father (with His hands stretched out to catch us) is waiting for our first steps toward Him.
  • Jeff Berry
    In Chapter 5 Jesus uses an extreme exaggeration (hyperbole) to warn believers of sin. Here in verses 7-10 (and again in Mark Chapter 9) He is warning nonbelievers who "despise" believers and would cause them to stumble.
  • Ike Obi
    This is a message about forgiveness, based on our fellowship with God and fellowship with others. Are there unforgiveness in my heart; are there areas of unforgiveness that I need to forgive? What do others see when they see me?
  • MARILYN MANOCCHIO
    THIS CHAPTER AND BEING REVEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT MEANS THAT WE SHOULD BE HUMBLE IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THIS IS THE DUTY AND SHOULD BE THE DUTY OF EACH AND EVERY CHRISTIAN. FOR THE KEYS TO SUCCESS IS PERSERVERANCE AND HUMILITY. GOD BLESS AND I PRAY THAT EACH AND EVERY CHRISTIAN IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE - THAT WOULD BE ON A UNIVERSAL BASIS MEANS WE SHOULD STRIVE TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS EACH DAY.
  • Patricia Bybel
    I love Jesus my Lord and Savior!
  • Patricia Bybel
    I love Jesus my Lord and Savior!

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