Matthew 23:11

11 The greatest among you will be your servant.

Matthew 23:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
ESV
11 The greatest among you shall be your servant.
NLT
11 The greatest among you must be a servant.
MSG
11 "Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant.
CSB
11 The greatest among you will be your servant.

Matthew 23:11 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 23:11

But he that is greatest among you
Either who really is so, having more grace, and greater gifts bestowed upon him, than others; which doubtless was the case of some of the disciples, or who desired to be the greatest, was ambitious of, and affected a superiority over others, and to be in the highest post and place, as it is certain some of them did. This was what they were often contending about among themselves, who should be greatest: and Christ here seems to have regard to that vain spirit, which appeared among them; and his view is, to check and restrain it: "shall be your servant"; or "let him be your servant". Service is the way to honour; he that would be most esteemed ought to do the most work; and the man that has the most grace, and the greatest gifts, ought to employ them for the use and benefit of others; (See Gill on Matthew 20:27).

Matthew 23:11 In-Context

9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.
11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 20:26; S Mark 9:35