Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

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

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.

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.

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].

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 Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. 3 “I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


Cross References

Mark 10:14-15

When Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation,

1 Corinthians 14:20

Brothers, don’t be childish in your thinking, but be infants in regard to evil and adult in your thinking.

Matthew 19:14

Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.”

Psalm 131:2

Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself
like a little weaned child with its mother;
I am like a little child.

Matthew 5:20

For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 18:16-17

Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luke 22:32

But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Psalm 51:10-13

God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Isaiah 6:10

Dull the minds of these people;
deafen their ears and blind their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their minds,
turn back, and be healed.

Matthew 5:18

For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished.

Matthew 6:2

So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!

Matthew 6:5

“Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!

Matthew 6:16

“Whenever you fast, don’t be sad-faced like the hypocrites. For they make their faces unattractiveso their fasting is obvious to people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!

Matthew 13:15

For this people’s heart has grown callous;
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn back—
and I would cure them.

Matthew 19:23

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven!

Mark 4:12

so thatthey may look and look,
yet not perceive;
they may listen and listen,
yet not understand;
otherwise, they might turn back—
and be forgiven.

Luke 13:24

“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able

John 1:51

Then He said, “I assure you: You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descendingon the Son of Man.”

John 3:3

Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again,he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit,he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Acts 3:19

Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

Acts 14:22

strengthening the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith and by telling them, “It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God.”

Acts 28:27

For the hearts of these people
have grown callous,
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their heart,
and be converted,
and I would heal them.

James 5:19-20

My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back,

2 Peter 1:11

For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.

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