Parallel Verses

Amplified

And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].

New American Standard Bible

and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

King James Version

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Holman Bible

“I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

International Standard Version

Then he said, "I tell all of you with certainty, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom from heaven.

A Conservative Version

And he said, Truly I say to you, if ye are not turned, and become as children, ye will, no, not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

American Standard Version

and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

An Understandable Version

and said, "Truly I tell you, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven unless you turn [your life around] and become like little children [i.e., having child-like humility].

Anderson New Testament

and said: Verily I say to you, Unless you turn and become as little children, you can not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Bible in Basic English

And said, Truly, I say to you, If you do not have a change of heart and become like little children, you will not go into the kingdom of heaven.

Common New Testament

and he said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Daniel Mace New Testament

and said, I declare to you, except ye lay aside your ambition, and become as children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of the Messias.

Darby Translation

and said, Verily I say to you, Unless ye are converted and become as little children, ye will not at all enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

Godbey New Testament

and said, Truly I say unto you, unless you may be converted, and become as little children, you can not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

Goodspeed New Testament

and he said, "I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven at all.

John Wesley New Testament

And said, Verily I say to you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

Julia Smith Translation

And said, Truly I say to you, Except ye be turned, and become as young children, ye should not come into the kingdom of the heavens.

King James 2000

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Lexham Expanded Bible

and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become like young children, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven!

Modern King James verseion

and said, Truly I say to you, Unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

and said, "Verily, I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as children, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Moffatt New Testament

and said, "I tell you truly, unless you turn and become like children, you will never get into the Realm of heaven at all.

Montgomery New Testament

"In solemn truth I tell you that unless you turn and become like little children, you will not even enter the kingdom of heaven.

NET Bible

and said, "I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!

New Heart English Bible

and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Noyes New Testament

and said, Truly do I say to you, Unless ye are changed, and become as children, ye will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Sawyer New Testament

and said, I tell you truly, that if you do not turn and become like little children, you can by no means enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The Emphasized Bible

and said - Verily, I say unto you, Except ye turn and become as the children, in nowise, shall ye enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be changed and be as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Twentieth Century New Testament

"I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all.

Webster

And said, Verily I say to you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Weymouth New Testament

said, "In solemn truth I tell you that unless you turn and become like little children, you will in no case be admitted into the Kingdom of the Heavens.

Williams New Testament

and said: "I solemnly say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you can never get into the kingdom of heaven at all.

World English Bible

and said, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Worrell New Testament

and said, "Verily I say to you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Worsley New Testament

and said, Verily I declare unto you, unless ye be converted, and become like little children, ye shall never enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Youngs Literal Translation

and said, 'Verily I say to you, if ye may not be turned and become as the children, ye may not enter into the reign of the heavens;

Themes

Ambition » Christ condemns

Apostles » Moral state of, before pentecost

Babes » A symbol of the children of the kingdom of heaven

Children » Symbolical of the regenerated

Children » Good » Character of, illustrates conversion

Good Children » Spirit of, a requisite for the kingdom of heaven

Christ and children » Declared that a childlike spirit is absolutely essential in religion

Christ's » Attitude toward children » Declared that a childlike spirit is absolutely essential in religion

Conversion » Those that are not converted

Conversion » General references to » Essential to entrance into God's kingdom

Conversion » Is necessary

Despisement » Who not to despise

Divine Requirements » Spiritual necessities emphasized by Christ » A childlike spirit

Heaven/the heavens » Who shall be great in the kingdom of heaven

Humbleness » The humble

Jesus and children » Declared that a childlike spirit is absolutely essential in religion

Jesus Christ » Kingdom of » Its nature

Jesus Christ » Secular notions concerning the kingdom of

Kingdom of God » Who shall be great in the kingdom of God

Kingdom of heaven » Children of the

Offense » Those that offend people who believe in Christ

Receiving » Who receives jesus Christ and the one who sent him

Receiving » Those that receive a child in the name of jesus Christ

Righteous » Compared with » Little children

compared to Saints » Little children

Salvation » Conditions of

Simplicity » Necessity for

Spiritual » Spiritual necessities emphasized by Christ » A childlike spirit

Symbols and similitudes » Childhood

Teachableness » Essential to entrance into God's kingdom

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

ἔπω 
Epo 
say, speak, tell, command, bid, , vr say
Usage: 824

ἀμήν 
amen 
Usage: 48

I say
λέγω 
Lego 
Usage: 1045

ὑμῖν 
Humin 
you, ye, your, not tr,
Usage: 293

ἐάν 
Ean 
Usage: 155

ye be converted
στρέφω 
Strepho 
Usage: 15

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
Usage: 531

as
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

παιδίον 
Paidion 
Usage: 35

ye shall
εἰσέρχομαι 
Eiserchomai 
enter, go, come in, go in, enter in, come, arise
Usage: 120

not
οὐ 
Ou 
not, no, cannot ,
Usage: 1032

εἰσέρχομαι 
Eiserchomai 
enter, go, come in, go in, enter in, come, arise
Usage: 120

εἰς 
Eis 
into, to, unto, for, in, on, toward, against,
Usage: 1267

the kingdom
βασιλεία 
Basileia 
Usage: 54

Devotionals

Devotionals about Matthew 18:3

Images Matthew 18:3

Context Readings

The Question About Who Is Greatest

2 And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all]. 4 Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


Cross References

Mark 10:14-15

But when Jesus saw [it], He was indignant and pained and said to them, Allow the children to come to Me -- "do not forbid or prevent or hinder them -- "for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation,

1 Corinthians 14:20

Brethren, do not be children [immature] in your thinking; continue to be babes in [matters of] evil, but in your minds be mature [men].

Matthew 19:14

But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.

Psalm 131:2

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting].

Matthew 5:20

For I tell you, unless your righteousness (your uprightness and your right standing with God) is more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 18:16-17

But Jesus called them [ the parents] to Him, saying, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such [as these] belongs the kingdom of God.

Luke 22:32

But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.

Psalm 51:10-13

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.

Isaiah 6:10

Make the heart of this people fat; and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn again and be healed.

Matthew 5:18

For truly I tell you, until the sky and earth pass away and perish, not one smallest letter nor one little hook [identifying certain Hebrew letters] will pass from the Law until all things [it foreshadows] are accomplished.

Matthew 6:2

Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already.

Matthew 6:5

Also when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already.

Matthew 6:16

And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy and sour and dreary like the hypocrites, for they put on a dismal countenance, that their fasting may be apparent to and seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full already.

Matthew 13:15

For this nation's heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart, and turn and I should heal them.

Matthew 19:23

And Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, it will be difficult for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 4:12

In order that they may [indeed] look and look but not see and perceive, and may hear and hear but not grasp and comprehend, lest haply they should turn again, and it [ their willful rejection of the truth] should be forgiven them.

Luke 13:24

Strive to enter by the narrow door [force yourselves through it], for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.

John 1:51

Then He said to him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you all, you shall see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man!

John 3:3

Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.

John 3:5

Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [ even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God.

Acts 3:19

So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;

Acts 14:22

Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

Acts 28:27

For the heart (the understanding, the soul) of this people has grown dull (stupid, hardened, and calloused), and their ears are heavy and hard of hearing and they have shut tight their eyes, so that they may not perceive and have knowledge and become acquainted with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their souls and turn [to Me and be converted], that I may heal them.

James 5:19-20

[My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God],

2 Peter 1:11

Thus there will be richly and abundantly provided for you entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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