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Matthew 18:11

    Matthew 18:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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    Webster's Revision

    For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.

    World English Bible

    For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.

    Definitions for Matthew 18:11

    Save - Except; besides.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 18:11

    For the Son of man, etc. - This is added as a second reason, why no injury should be done to his followers. "The Son of man has so loved them as to come into the world to lay down his life for them."

    That which was lost - Απολωλος. In Revelation 9:11, Satan is called Απολλυων, Apolluon, the destroyer, or him who lays waste. This name bears a near relation to that state in which our Lord tells us he finds all mankind - lost, desolated, ruined. So it appears that Satan and men have the nearest affinity to each other - as the destroyer and the destroyed - the desolator and the desolated - the loser and the lost. But the Son of man came to save the lost. Glorious news! May every lost soul feel it! This verse is omitted by five MSS., two versions, and three of the fathers; but of its authenticity there can be no doubt, as it is found in the parallel place, Luke 19:10, on which verse there is not a single various reading found in any of the MSS. that have ever been discovered, nor in any of the ancient versions.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 18:11

    For the Son of man ... - This is a second reason why we should not despise Christians. That reason is, that the Son of man came to seek and save them. He came in search of them when lost; he found them; he redeemed them. It was the great object of his life; and, though they may be obscure and little in the eye of the world, yet that cannot be an object of contempt which the Son of God sought by his toils and his death.

    Son of man - See the notes at Matthew 8:19-20.

    That which was lost - Property is lost when it is consumed, mislaid, wasted, sunk in the ocean, etc. - when we have no longer the use of it. Friends are lost when they die - we enjoy their and happiness. He is useless to society. So all people are "lost." They are wicked, miserable wanderers from God. They are lost to piety, to happiness, to heaven. These Jesus came to save by giving his own life a ransom, and shedding his own blood that they might be recovered and saved.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 18:11

    18:11 Another, and yet a stronger reason for your not despising them is, that I myself came into the world to save them. Luke 19:10.