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Matthew 18:5

    Matthew 18:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And whoever shall receive one such little child in my name receives me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And whoever gives honour to one such little child in my name, gives honour to me:

    Webster's Revision

    And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me:

    World English Bible

    Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me:

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 18:5

    One such little child - As our Lord in the preceding verses considers a little child an emblem of a genuine disciple, so by the term in this verse he means a disciple only. "Whosoever will receive, i.e. show unto such a child-like, unambitious disciple of mine, any act of kindness for my sake, I will consider it as done to myself."

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 18:5

    And whoso shall receive one such little child - That is, whoso shall receive and love one with a spirit like this child one who is humble, meek, and unambitious - that is, a real Christian.

    In my name - As a follower of me, or because he is attached to me.

    Whoso receives one possessed of my spirit, or who loves him because he has that spirit, loves me also. The word "receive" means to approve, love, or treat with kindness; to aid in the time of need. See Matthew 25:35-40.

    Mark Mar 9:38 and Luke Luk 9:49 add a conversation that took place on this occasion, which has been omitted by Matthew. John told him that they had seen one casting out devils in his name, and they forbade him, because he followed not with them. Jesus replied that he should not have been forbidden, for there was no one who could work a miracle in his name that could lightly speak evil of him. That is, though he did not attend them though he had not joined himself to their society, yet he could not really be opposed to him. Indeed, they should have remembered that the power to work a miracle must always come from the same source, that is, God; and that he who had the ability given him to work a miracle, and who did it in the name of Christ, must be a real friend to him. It is probable, from this, that the power of working miracles in the name of Christ was given to many who did not attend on his ministry.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 18:5

    18:5-6 And all who are in this sense little children are unspeakably dear to me. Therefore help them all you can, as if it were myself in person, and see that ye offend them not; that is, that ye turn them not out of the right way, neither hinder them in it. Matt 10:40; Luke 10:16; John 13:20. Mark 9:42; Luke 17:1.