Matthew 19:30
New International Version
But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

New Living Translation
But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

English Standard Version
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Berean Study Bible
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Berean Literal Bible
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

King James Bible
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

New King James Version
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

New American Standard Bible
But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.

NASB 1995
"But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.

NASB 1977
“But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.

Amplified Bible
But many who are first [in this world] will be last [in the world to come]; and the last, first.

Christian Standard Bible
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

American Standard Version
But many shall be last that are first; and first that are last.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But many are first who will be last and the last ones will be the first.”

Contemporary English Version
But many who are now first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And many that are first, shall be last: and the last shall be first.

English Revised Version
But many shall be last that are first; and first that are last.

Good News Translation
But many who now are first will be last, and many who now are last will be first.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

International Standard Version
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

Literal Standard Version
and many first will be last, and last first.”

NET Bible
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

New Heart English Bible
But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.

Weymouth New Testament
"But many who are now first will be last, and many who are now last will be first.

World English Bible
But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.

Young's Literal Translation
and many first shall be last, and last first.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Rich Young Man
29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for the sake of My name will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Cross References
Matthew 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Mark 10:31
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

Luke 13:30
And indeed, some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last."


Treasury of Scripture

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Matthew 8:11,12
And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven…

Matthew 20:16
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 21:31,32
Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you…









(30) Many that are first shall be last.--The words point obviously not only to the general fact of the ultimate reversal of human judgments, but to the individual case of which the disciples had made themselves the judges. They had seen one who stood high in his own estimate brought low by the test of the divine Teacher. They were flattering themselves that they, who had left all, and so could stand that test, were among the first in the hierarchy of the kingdom. For them too, unless their spirit should become other than it was in its self-seeking and its self-complacence, there might be an unexpected change of position, and the first might become the last. The parable that follows was designed to bring that truth more vividly before them.

Verse 30. - Many that are first. This proverbial saying, which Christ uses more than once (see Matthew 20:16; Luke 13:30), is illustrated by the parable in the next chapter, and would be better placed at its commencement Here it conveys a warning that man's estimation is liable to error, and it must not be thought that those who are first in privilege are therefore highest in God's favour. The Lord may have had in view the case of Judas, who was an early apostle, and had the care of the bag, and fell by reason of covetousness; and that of one like St. Paul, who was called late, and yet laboured more abundantly than all that were before him. The application may be made with perfect truth to many professors of religion.





Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

many
Πολλοὶ (Polloi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4183: Much, many; often.

[who are] first
πρῶτοι (prōtoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4413: First, before, principal, most important. Contracted superlative of pro; foremost.

will be
ἔσονται (esontai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

last,
ἔσχατοι (eschatoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2078: Last, at the last, finally, till the end. A superlative probably from echo; farthest, final.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[the] last
ἔσχατοι (eschatoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 2078: Last, at the last, finally, till the end. A superlative probably from echo; farthest, final.

[will be] first.
πρῶτοι (prōtoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4413: First, before, principal, most important. Contracted superlative of pro; foremost.


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