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Matthew 23:12

    Matthew 23:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And whoever makes himself high will be made low, and whoever makes himself low will be made high.

    Webster's Revision

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    World English Bible

    Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 23:12

    Whosoever shall exalt himself, etc. - The way to arrive at the highest degree of dignity, in the sight of God, is by being willing to become the servant of all. Nothing is more hateful in his sight than pride; to bring it into everlasting contempt, God was manifest in the flesh. He who was in the likeness of God took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man, and humbled himself unto death. After this, can God look upon any proud man without abasing him? Spiritual lordship and domination, ecclesiastical luxury, pomp, and pride, must be an abhorrence in the sight of that God who gave the above advices to his followers.

    Another lesson, which our blessed Lord teaches here, is, that no man is implicitly to receive the sayings, doctrines, and decisions of any man, or number of men, in the things which concern the interests of his immortal soul. Christ, his Spirit, and his word, are the only infallible teachers. Every man who wishes to save his soul must search the Scriptures, by prayer and faith. Reader, take counsel with the pious; hear the discourses of the wise and holy: but let the book of God ultimately fix thy creed.