Matthew 20:26

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But it shall not be so among you: But whosoeuer will bee great among you, let him be your minister.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let it not be so among you: but if anyone has a desire to become great among you, let him be your servant;
- Basic English Bible

It shall not be thus amongst you, but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your servant;
- Darby Bible

But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
- Webster's Bible

Not so shall it be among you; but whoever desires to be great among you shall be your servant,
- Weymouth Bible

It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.
- World English Bible

It schal not be so among you; but who euer wole be maad gretter among you, be he youre mynystre; and who euer among you wole be the firste, he schal be youre seruaunt.
- Wycliffe Bible

but not so shall it be among you, but whoever may will among you to become great, let him be your ministrant;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:26


20:26 Your minister - That is, your servant. #Mt 23:11|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:26


Mt 20:26 It shall not be so among you. No such lordship, no such authority, can be tolerated in your fraternity. The case is a rebuke of unhallowed ambition. Men prominent in the church should be the first to heed the admonition. Such priestly despotism as the absolute rule of the Catholic, Greek, and of some Protestant churches is at variance with this principle. Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. Your "deacon", "servant". Greatness in the kingdom of heaven consists in "doing", rather than in "being", and in doing for others, rather than for self. Greatness is to be found in service. Only those men are truly great who are the servants of their race, helpers of mankind.

Discussion for Matthew 20:26

  • Eziokwu Raphael Ohen for verse 26
    But it shall not be so among you: But whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister. Rather than minister some translations used servant. The important thing is that a Christian should serve or minster to the needs of people. Jesus came to serve. Those who came in His name must follow His steps. They must serve the needs of neighbours, church members, friends, colleagues, co-travelers and even enemies, who are less privileged, deprived of their right, oppressed, depressed, sick, ignorant, weak, faithless, orphans, widows and widowers, illiterate, etc. In this talk Jesus was telling Christians to serve because service to humans will build them up. In the church people should not be looking for high sounding names, praises, colours, titles, opportunities for eloquence, to be noticed in wonders but visit the sick, those absent from church and fellowship, help the poor, support new converts and backsliders, visit the aged, support widows and widowers, sweep and clean church without asking for notice, attend to community activities to bring security, harmony and physical development without posing as lords or masters, etc
  • Oluwole sunday for verse 26
    to become graet mean to first go down. Jesus raise from the grave i.e bottomness pit, to the place of authority, He left all His glory to come as low as a sinner in order to influence people to God's kingdom. greatness is the function of servantwood. dont consider your status when serving in the kingdom. kingdom possessed people had forgone all thier material acquisition and focus on Jesus engaging in the kingdom service, through this they have more strenght. Jesus said this will not happen among you, it is a principle, it is a command for any one that want to be great. Hummility is the key! God gave an affirmative statement about this: He said "...I honoured the simple" God will honored you only if you surrender all to him. Be a servent to the kingdom service and you will be the greatest!
  • Ben weaver for verse 26
    But it shall not be so among you. In the previous verse, Jesus presented an example of corporate authority structure. The princes exercise dominion over the others and the great ones exercise authority over the princes. This principle is almost necessary when building our functionable churches. Jesus said, He would build his church (Matt. 16:18). He gave various giftings to that one church, to build up and equip it to serve, till we all come to the unity of the faith to fulfil His ultimate purpose (Eph. 4:11). Might we be working parallel to his purpose?

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