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.

Read Luke 22:26 Using Other Translations

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.
But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
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.

What does Luke 22:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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).


F18 Targum in 2 Chron. xxxi. 15.
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