ESV - 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
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The "least of these" are those people who are marginalized by today's society's standards. They are the orphans, widows, elderly, sick and dying, strangers, foreigners, prisoners, unborn, gays and lesbians, deformed, and handicapped. We are called to show compassion to the "least of these" if we want to inherit the kingdom.
These would probably all qualify: Those with the lowest social status. Those least likely to be able to help you in return. Those in the highest degree of need. The smallest or weakest. The poorest in Spirit. The idea being to help those, because it is the Christian thing to do, and because you would be doing so for Christ.
Another form of least of these is where Yahusha talks about those who have done away with the Old Testament and teach others to do the same.
The "least of these" also refers to those that are your enemies or those that hate you. Matthew 5:44-46, 44" But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?"
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