Matthew 20:25

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But Iesus called them vnto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion ouer them, and they that are great, exercise authoritie vpon them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and {their} great men exercise authority over them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Jesus said to them, You see that the rulers of the Gentiles are lords over them, and their great ones have authority over them.
- Basic English Bible

But Jesus having called them to [him], said, Ye know that the rulers of the nations exercise lordship over them, and the great exercise authority over them.
- Darby Bible

But Jesus called them to him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
- Webster's Bible

But Jesus called them to Him, and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
- Weymouth Bible

But Jesus summoned them, and said, "You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
- World English Bible

But Jhesus clepide hem to hym, and seide, Ye witen, that princis of hethene men ben lordis of hem, and thei that ben gretter, vsen power on hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Jesus having called them near, said, `Ye have known that the rulers of the nations do exercise lordship over them, and those great do exercise authority over them,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:25


20:25 Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them - And hence you imagine, the chief in my kingdom will do as they: but it will be quite otherwise.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:25


Mt 20:25 Jesus called them [unto him]. Evidently their indignation had been outspoken, but not in the immediate presence of the Lord. The princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion. In order to present the contrast between the kingdom as it would be and as they expected it, he pointed out the nature of Gentile rule. The princes "lorded over" the people.

Discussion for Matthew 20:25

  • Ben weaver for verse 25
    I've just read, about congregations struggling to function under the rule of a denominational head. Although centralization has its benefits, there is also a stress factor because of our differences. I wonder if Jesus wasn't advocating fellowships with spirit guidance rather than an earthy structure like a business corporation. Even most of our local congregations feel they need a structure like the world has. Shouldn't we all serve equally with the various gifts Christ gives us, without fear of losing dominion? Col. 2:22 suggests that ruling systems will perish with the using. Any system other than our Lord's, will eventually break down and cause problems. An unlearned observer.

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