The last and the first

April 28 2015

“If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant of all.” – “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” – “The last shall be first, and the first last.” – “He that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” – “The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner.”


Mark ix. 35 = Matt. xxiii. 11 (cf. Mark x. 43-4 = Matt. xx. 26-7).

Matt. xxiii. 12 = Luke xiv. 11, and xviii. 14.

Matt. xx. 16, as the moral of the Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard. Compare Matt. xix. 30 = Mark x. 31, and Luke xiii. 30.

Luke ix. 48.

Matt. xxi. 42 (quoting Psalm cxviii. 22), as the moral of the Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen. Cf. Mark xii. 10; Luke xx. 17; Acts iv. 11; Eph. ii. 20; 1 Peter ii. 7.

A Study of History, Vol IV, OUP, 1939

One Response to “The last and the first”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    These are just links to the King James Version. I make no promises about the ethics or politics of

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