Luke 9:46

46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.

Read Luke 9:46 Using Other Translations

Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.
Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the greatest.

What does Luke 9:46 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 9:46

Then there arose a reasoning among them
The Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions read, "a thought entered into them"; suggested very likely by Satan, which broke out into words, and issued in a warm dispute among them; and this was in the way, as they were travelling from Caesarea Philippi, to Capernaum; see ( Mark 9:33 ) .

Which of them should be greatest;
that is, "in the kingdom of heaven", as in ( Matthew 18:1 ) in the kingdom of the Messiah, which they expected would be a temporal one: wherefore the dispute was not about degrees in glory, nor in grace; nor who should be the greatest apostle and preacher of the Gospel; but who should be prime minister to the king Messiah, when he should set up his monarchy in all its grandeur and glory.

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