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Matthew 5:19 (least in the kingdom of heaven?)

Discussion in 'St. Athanasius Chapel and Reference Library' started by MichaelBurk, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. MichaelBurk

    MichaelBurk Newbie

    The Greek text of Matthew 5:19 reads ὃς ἐὰν οὖν λύσῃ μίαν τῶν ἐντολῶν τούτων τῶν ἐλαχίστων καὶ διδάξῃ οὕτως τοὺς ἀνθρώπους, ἐλάχιστος κληθήσεται ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν· ὃς δ’ ἂν ποιήσῃ καὶ διδάξῃ, οὗτος μέγας κληθήσεται ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν.

    From the commentaries I've read on the sermon on the mount, I assume that breakkng "the least of these commandments" would involve things like looking at a woman with lust in your heart, being angry with a brother, not giving to everyone who asks you for something.

    Does the Greek text of Matthew 5:19 imply that those who break the least of these commandments (and teach men so) will be in the kingdom of heaven (where they'll be recognized as the least worthy to be there), or only that they'll be spoken of by those who are there (as the least of God's creatures)?
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