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Matthew 20:26

    Matthew 20:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Let it not be so among you: but if anyone has a desire to become great among you, let him be your servant;

    Webster's Revision

    Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister;

    World English Bible

    It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister;

    Definitions for Matthew 20:26

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.
    Minister - Servants.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 20:26

    It shall not be so among you - Every kind of lordship and spiritual domination over the Church of Christ, like that exercised by the Church of Rome, is destructive and anti-christian.

    Your minister - Or, deacon, διακονος. I know no other word which could at once convey the meaning of the original, and make a proper distinction between it and δουλος, or servant, in Matthew 20:27. The office of a deacon, in the primitive Church, was to serve in the agapae, or love feasts, to distribute the bread and wine to the communicants; to proclaim different parts and times of worship in the churches; and to take care of the widows, orphans, prisoners, and sick, who were provided for out of the revenues of the Church. Thus we find it was the very lowest ecclesiastical office. Deacons were first appointed by the apostles, Acts 6:1-6; they had the care of the poor, and preached occasionally.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 20:26

    20:26 Your minister - That is, your servant. Mt 23:11.