Luke 22:26

26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

Luke 22:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
ESV
26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
NLT
26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.
MSG
26 It's not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant.
CSB
26 But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving.

Luke 22:26 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 22:26

But ye shall not be so
(See Gill on Matthew 20:26) but he that is greatest among you;
in age or gifts, or would be thought to be the greatest, who is most ambitious of grandeur and authority, which perhaps might be Peter's case, who was the oldest man: let him be as the younger;
as John, the beloved disciple, who was the youngest of them; and be as modest, and as humble as he, and reckon himself as in his place, and condescend to men of low estates, and esteem each other, even the youngest, better than himself. So the phrase, (aryezkyh abrkyh) F18, "both greater and lesser", is used of the elder and younger. And he that is chief;
that is, a spiritual ruler and governor in the church of God, as all the disciples were: as he that doth serve;
for the apostles and ministers of the word, though they are over others in the Lord, and have the rule over them, yet they are servants for Jesus' sake, and so ought to reckon themselves; (See Gill on Matthew 20:27).


FOOTNOTES:

F18 Targum in 2 Chron. xxxi. 15.

Luke 22:26 In-Context

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.
25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.
26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 1 Peter 5:5
  • 2. S Mark 9:35; Luke 9:48