Matthew 18:4

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 18:4

Whosoeuer therefore shall humble himselfe as this little childe, the same is greatest in the Kingdome of heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Whoever, then, will make himself as low as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- Basic English Bible

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, *he* is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens;
- Darby Bible

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
- Webster's Bible

Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this young child, he it is who is superior to others in the Kingdom of the Heavens.
- Weymouth Bible

Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
- World English Bible

Therfor who euer mekith hym as this litil child, he is gretter in the kyngdom of heuenes.
- Wycliffe Bible

whoever then may humble himself as this child, he is the greater in the reign of the heavens.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 18:4

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 18:4


18:2 And Jesus calling to him a little child - This is supposed to have been the great Ignatius, whom Trajan, the wise, the good Emperor Trajan, condemned to be cast to the wild beasts at Rome! #Mark 9:36|; Luke 9:47.

18:3 Except ye be converted - The first step toward entering into the kingdom of grace, is to become as little children: lowly in heart, knowing yourselves utterly ignorant and helpless, and hanging wholly on your Father who is in heaven, for a supply of all your wants. We may farther assert, (though it is doubtful whether this text implies so much,) except ye be turned from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God:, except ye be entirely, inwardly changed, renewed in the image of God, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of glory. Thus must every man be converted in this life, or he can never enter into life eternal. Ye shall in no wise enter - So far from being great in it. #Matt 19:14|.

18:5-6 And all who are in this sense little children are unspeakably dear to me. Therefore help them all you can, as if it were myself in person, and see that ye offend them not; that is, that ye turn them not out of the right way, neither hinder them in it. #Matt 10:40|; Luke 10:16; John 13:20. #Mark 9:42|; Luke 17:1.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 18:4


Mt 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child. This explains the great feature in which they must become as the child. Greatness in the kingdom is not secured by seeking to be greatest. There is a lesson here for Christians, and especially preachers who are ambitious of distinction.

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