'Least' in the Bible
The people were up all that day and night and all the next day gathering the quail—the one who took the least gathered 50 bushels—and they spread them out all around the camp.
Saul responded, “Am I not a Benjaminite from the smallest of Israel’s tribes and isn’t my clan the least important of all the clans of the Benjaminite tribe? So why have you said something like this to me?”
How then can you drive back a single officer among the least of my master’s servants and trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
These Gadites were army commanders; the least of them was a match for a hundred, and the greatest of them for a thousand.
At the end of this time, the king held a week-long banquet in the garden courtyard of the royal palace for all the people, from the greatest to the least, who were present in the fortress of Susa.
The decree the king issues will be heard throughout his vast kingdom, so all women will honor their husbands, from the least to the greatest.”
I am more stupid than any other man,and I lack man’s ability to understand.
The least will become a thousand,the smallest a mighty nation.I am Yahweh;I will accomplish it quickly in its time.
For from the least to the greatest of them,everyone is making profit dishonestly.From prophet to priest,everyone deals falsely.
Therefore, I will give their wives to other men,their fields to new occupants,for from the least to the greatest,everyone is making profit dishonestly.From prophet to priest,everyone deals falsely.
No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them”—this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.”
Then all the commanders of the armies, along with Johanan son of Kareah, Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, approached
and he summoned Johanan son of Kareah, all the commanders of the armies who were with him, and all the people from the least to the greatest.
And I will take away the remnant of Judah, those who have resolved to go to the land of Egypt to live there for a while; they will meet their end. All of them in the land of Egypt will fall by the sword; they will meet their end by famine. From the least to the greatest, they will die by the sword and by famine. Then they will become an object of cursing, scorn, execration, and disgrace.
The men of Nineveh believed in God. They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least.
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,are by no means least among the leaders of Judah:because out of you will come a leaderwho will shepherd My people Israel.”
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
“I assure you: Among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
“And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’
“Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’
I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John, but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
He told them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me welcomes Him who sent Me. For whoever is least among you—this one is great.”
As a result, they would carry the sick out into the streets and lay them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them.
They all paid attention to him, from the least of them to the greatest, and they said, “This man is called the Great Power of God!”
If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
I repeat: No one should consider me a fool. But if you do, at least accept me as a fool, so I too may boast a little.
This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah,
No widow should be placed on the official support list unless she is at least 60 years old, has been the wife of one husband,
And each person will not teach his fellow citizen,and each his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,”because they will all know Me,from the least to the greatest of them.
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