Matthew 18:1
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New International Version
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

King James Bible
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Darby Bible Translation
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?

World English Bible
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"

Young's Literal Translation
At that hour came the disciples near to Jesus, saying, 'Who, now, is greater in the reign of the heavens?'

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

At the same time - Or hour; but ωρα is frequently used to signify some particular time: however, instead of ωρα, three MSS., all the Itala but four, and Origen, read ημερα, day. Origen says both readings were extant in MSS. in his time.

Who is the greatest - Could these disciples have viewed the kingdom of Christ in any other light than that of a temporal one? Hence they wished to know whom he would make his prime minister - whom his general - whom his chief chancellor - whom supreme judge, etc., etc. Is it he who first became thy disciple, or he who is thy nearest relative, or he who has most frequently entertained thee, or he who is the oldest, merely as to years? Could this inquiry have proceeded from any but the nine disciples who had not witnessed our Lord's transfiguration? Peter, James, and John, were surely more spiritual in their views! And yet how soon did even these forget that his kingdom was not of this world! See Mark 10:35, etc.; John 18:10, etc. The disciples having lately seen the keys delivered to Peter, and found that he, with James and John, had been privileged with being present at the transfiguration, it is no wonder if a measure of jealousy and suspicion began to work in their minds. From this inquiry we may also learn, that the disciples had no notion of Peter's supremacy; nor did they understand, as the Roman Catholics will have it, that Christ had constituted him their head, either by the conversation mentioned Matthew 16:18, Matthew 16:19, or by the act mentioned in the conclusion of the preceding chapter. Had they thought that any such superiority had been designed, their present question must have been extremely impertinent. Let this be observed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the same.

Mark 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that you disputed among yourselves by the way?

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Who.

Matthew 20:20-28 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him...

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Mark 10:35-45 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to him, saying, Master, we would that you should do for us whatever we shall desire...

Luke 9:46-48 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest...

Luke 22:24-27 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest...

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

in.

Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 5:19,20 Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so...

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven...

Mark 10:14,15 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said to them, Suffer the little children to come to me, and forbid them not...

Library
May 31. "Whosoever Therefore Shall Humble Himself as this Little Child" (Matt. xviii. 4).
"Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child" (Matt. xviii. 4). You will never get a humble heart until it is born from above, from the heart of Christ. For man has lost his own humanity and alas, too often has a demon heart. God wants us, as Christians, to be simple, human, approachable and childlike. The Christians that we know and love best, and that are nearest to the Lord, are the most simple. Whenever we grow stilted we are only fit for a picture gallery, and we are only good
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Forgiven and Unforgiving
'Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven.' --MATT. xviii. 22. The disciples had been squabbling about pre-eminence in the kingdom which they thought was presently to appear. They had ventured to refer their selfish and ambitious dispute to Christ's arbitrament. He answered by telling them the qualifications of 'the greatest in the kingdom'--that they are to be humble like little children; that they are to be placable; that they are to use all means
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Wicked Servant
ST. MATTHEW xviii. 23. The kingdom of heaven is likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants. This parable, which you heard in the Gospel for this day, you all know. And I doubt not that all you who know it, understand it well enough. It is so human and so humane; it is told with such simplicity, and yet with such force and brilliancy that--if one dare praise our Lord's words as we praise the words of men--all must see its meaning at once, though it speaks of a state of
Charles Kingsley—The Water of Life and Other Sermons

Meetings for Prayer.
Text.--"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."--Matthew xviii. 19. HITHERTO, in treating of the subject of Prayer, I have confined my remarks to secret prayer. I am now to speak of social prayer, or prayer offered in company, where two or more are united in praying. Such meetings have been common from the time of Christ, and even hundreds of years before. And it is probable
Charles Grandison Finney—Lectures on Revivals of Religion

Cross References
Matthew 18:2
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.

Mark 9:33
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?"

Luke 9:46
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

Luke 22:24
A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.

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