Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answere, and say vnto them, Uerely I say vnto you, in as much as ye haue done it vnto one of the least of these my brethren, ye haue done it vnto me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, {even} the least {of them,} you did it to Me.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, `even' these least, ye did it unto me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the King will make answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
- Basic English Bible

And the King answering shall say to them, Verily, I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me.
- Darby Bible

And the king will answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me.
- Webster's Bible

But the King will answer them, `In solemn truth I tell you that in so far as you rendered such services to one of the humblest of these my brethren, you rendered them to myself.'
- Weymouth Bible

The King will answer them, 'Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
- World English Bible

And the kyng answerynge schal seie to hem, Treuli Y seie to you, as longe as ye diden to oon of these my leeste britheren, ye diden to me.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And the king answering, shall say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] to one of these my brethren -- the least -- to me ye did [it].
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 25:40

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 25:40

25:40 Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it to me - What encouragement is here to assist the household of faith? But let us likewise remember to do good to all men.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 25:40

Mt 25:40 Inasmuch as ye have done [it], etc. The righteous understood well that they had often, in the name and from the love of Christ, ministered to his brethren, the poor and suffering saints, but they had never understood that their Lord accepted this as a personal service to himself. It should be distinctly noted, (1) that the saved are the "righteous", or those whose sins have been washed away by Christ; (2) they are those who have lived and acted in the name of Christ, or have been obedient to his will; (3) they have been full of the love of Christ and have faithfully ministered to the distressed, especially to those of the household of faith. The love of Christ implies love of the brethren, and of all mankind.

Discussion for Matthew 25:40

  • Jim B on Matthew 25:40
    I think that these word represent a challenge to all of us that being that through our behavior and gifts to others, we reach a state of being more of the person that Christ would ideally have us become. It means that "what we do, and how we treat our fellow man " really means something and important and not to be taken for granted. It is behaving as our Father would have us behave.
  • Maurice Poole on Matthew 25:40
    I had just sent a text to my daughter,using this verse thanking her for dinner for me and my foster son,inferring the good deed she did for Jesus!
  • Richard on Matthew 25:40
    Christ revealed that in perfection there is no division,either between human beings or God for when division is claimed it always leads to tribalism and fragmentation which in turn leads to conflict.
  • Telisa Newton on Matthew 25:40
    We are called to be helpers whether it be through word deed worship or giving Christ died for all including the fatherless so that they may receive the father for the aldulterer so they may may become unalduterated for the theif and the addict so that they may become relevant but reformed Relevant to be once be the least and help the least that comes after them Let your light shine people of God so that men may see your good works and glorify God We are called to be holy a light that is set on top of the hill if the world helps it own how different are you
  • Candace on Matthew 25:40
    If you re thinking that Jesus only meant for us to help the saves or righteous then think about whom he served while on earth prostitutes tax collectors murderers We are to help without casting judgement on those we are helping
  • Johnny on Matthew 25:40
    Hi Genie and James, I think you are right. I can't see how Jesus would be commanding his followers to help all poor people like welfare queens or illegals or people who choose to get addicted to drugs or have babies without fathers. Those are bad people and don't like Jesus. Why would people be poor if they followed Jesus. Jesus gives his followers all! I know!
  • Kate on Matthew 25:40
    If we make the radical assumption, based on recent scientific discoveries, that when Jesus says this he is LITERALLY speaking of His connectedness with ALL of mankind, then there are profound implications to all His actions and statements. He no longer symbolically died for my sins; He chose to take on the suffering of being a mere man before Pilate and his enemies so that after I stood before my sister's anger denying that I felt anything; I could see the love and strength of his actions and the pitiful smallness of my own.

    The Scriptures were written to be understood at that time. There is certainly no reason to think that God incarnate was unaware that we each carry in our cells the mitochondria of Eve that we will pass on to the last living human.
  • Evelyn on Matthew 25:40
    As Christians we need to remember when Jesus was in the community of man, many helped him both Jew and gentile. We should lead by example in how we treat others, being as Christ like as is possible for us, that we treat all with respect and care, no matter their situation - rich or poor or in between. I personally feel if more of us acted this way and put others before ourselves, there would be less hatred and greediness in the world.
    Sadly, man seems to judge others by how they look or the evil acts of a few, rather than as all mankind are God's children.
  • Genie Johnson on Matthew 25:40
    I think Jesus refers to those doing His Father's will. In other words; if God tells you to go and feed a person (stranger or known) man or give water to someone, or to clothe someone, or to visit a sick person or someone in prison, DO IT. Whether they are saved or unsaved, if He has directed you to do these things it will be as though you have fed Him, or gave Him water, or clothed Him, or visited Him. Well done thou good and faithful servant,thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!
  • James on Matthew 25:40
    In the context, it SEEMS like Jesus could be saying that whomever treats any DISCIPLE well in real need is helping him. It COULD be that Jesus is not speaking of all the poor, etc., who neither believe in Him nor care to attempt to do His will. What think ye?


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