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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Matthew 23:12


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    King James Bible - Matthew 23:12

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    World English Bible

    Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

    Douay-Rheims - Matthew 23:12

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    And whoever shall exalt himself, shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself, shall be exalted.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    οστις
    3748 R-NSM δε 1161 CONJ υψωσει 5312 5692 V-FAI-3S εαυτον 1438 F-3ASM ταπεινωθησεται 5013 5701 V-FPI-3S και 2532 CONJ οστις 3748 R-NSM ταπεινωσει 5013 5692 V-FAI-3S εαυτον 1438 F-3ASM υψωθησεται 5312 5701 V-FPI-3S

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    VERSE (12) -
    Mt 5:3; 18:4 Job 22:29 Ps 138:6 Pr 15:33; 16:18,19; 29:23 Isa 57:15

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 23:12

    Porque el que se ensalzare, ser humillado; y el que se humillare, ser ensalzado.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Matthew 23:12

    Verse 12. Whosoever shall exalt himself, &c.] The way to arrive at the highest degree of
    dignity, in the sight of God, is by being willing to become the servant of all. Nothing is more hateful in his sight than pride; to bring it into everlasting contempt, God was manifest in the flesh. He who was in the likeness of God took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man, and humbled himself unto death. After this, can God look upon any proud man without abasing him? Spiritual lordship and domination, ecclesiastical luxury, pomp, and pride, must be an abhorrence in the sight of that God who gave the above advices to his followers.

    Another lesson, which our blessed Lord teaches here, is, that no man is implicitly to receive the sayings, doctrines, and decisions of any man, or number of men, in the things which concern the interests of his immortal soul. Christ, his Spirit, and his word, are the only infallible teachers. Every man who wishes to save his soul must search the Scriptures, by prayer and faith. Reader, take counsel with the pious; hear the discourses of the wise and holy: but let the book of God ultimately fix thy creed.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 12. And whosoever shall exalt himself , etc.] Above his fellow Christians, or fellow ministers, by entertaining too high an opinion of himself, by boasting of his gifts, as preferable to others, and as if he had not received them; by assuming, or eagerly coveting titles of honour among men, or by affecting honour that do not belong to him, or, abusing what he has: shall be abased; or humbled by God, or men, or both; such shall lose the honour they have, and come greatly short of what they are ambitious of; they shall fall into disgrace with men, and are abominable in the sight of God: and he that shall humble himself; by entertaining low thoughts, and a mean opinion of himself, behaving modestly among men; not being elated with his gifts, but acknowledging that they are owing to the grace and goodness of God; and using them in an humble manner, for, the advantage of others; not coveting honour from men, nor lifted up with what is conferred on him: shall be exalted; by God, or men, or both; if not in this world, yet in the world to come: and indeed, generally speaking, such modest, humble, persons, are most esteemed among men; and God gives more grace unto them, and will at last give them glory. This is a saying, often used by our Lord on different accounts, both with respect to his disciples, for their instruction, and with regard to the scribes and Pharisees, for their mortification; (see Luke 14:11, 18:14). It seems to be a proverbial expression, and much in use among the Jews: it is said in so many words in the Talmud f1253 , as here; whosoever shall humble himself, the holy blessed God shall exalt him; and whosoever shall exalt himself, the holy blessed God shall humble him.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-12 - The
    scribes and Pharisees explained the law of Moses, and enforce obedience to it. They are charged with hypocrisy in religion. We can only judge according to outward appearance; but God searches the heart They made phylacteries. These were scrolls of paper or parchment wherein were written four paragraphs of the law, to be worn on their foreheads and left arms, Ex 13:2-10; 13:11-16; De 6:4-9; 11:13-21. The made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealou for the law than others. God appointed the Jews to make fringes upo their garments, Nu 15:38, to remind them of their being a peculia people; but the Pharisees made them larger than common, as if they wer thereby more religious than others. Pride was the darling, reigning sin of the Pharisees, the sin that most easily beset them, and which ou Lord Jesus takes all occasions to speak against. For him that is taugh in the word to give respect to him that teaches, is commendable; but for him that teaches, to demand it, to be puffed up with it, is sinful How much is all this against the spirit of Christianity! The consisten disciple of Christ is pained by being put into chief places. But wh that looks around on the visible church, would think this was the spirit required? It is plain that some measure of this antichristia spirit prevails in every religious society, and in every one of ou hearts.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    οστις
    3748 R-NSM δε 1161 CONJ υψωσει 5312 5692 V-FAI-3S εαυτον 1438 F-3ASM ταπεινωθησεται 5013 5701 V-FPI-3S και 2532 CONJ οστις 3748 R-NSM ταπεινωσει 5013 5692 V-FAI-3S εαυτον 1438 F-3ASM υψωθησεται 5312 5701 V-FPI-3S

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    23:12 {Exalt himself} (huywsei heauton). Somewhat like #18:4; 20:26. Given by Luke in other contexts (#14:11; 18:14). Characteristic of
    Christ.


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