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Matthew 20:27

    Matthew 20:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And whoever has a desire to be first among you, let him take the lowest place:

    Webster's Revision

    and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant:

    World English Bible

    Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant:

    Definitions for Matthew 20:27

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 20:27

    Your servant - Δουλος the lowest secular office, as deacon was the lowest ecclesiastical office: δουλος is often put for slave.

    From these directions of our Lord, we may easily discern what sort of a spirit his ministers should be of.

    1. A minister of Christ is not to consider himself a lord over Christ's flock.

    2. He is not to conduct the concerns of the Church with an imperious spirit.

    3. He is to reform the weak, after Christ's example, more by loving instruction than by reproof or censure.

    4. He should consider that true apostolic greatness consists in serving the followers of Christ with all the powers and talents he possesses.

    5. That he should be ready, if required, to give up his life unto death, to promote the salvation of men.