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Who are the "least of these" in the Bible?


Matthew 25:40

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.

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The "least of these" is a phrase that originates from Matthew 25:31-46, where Jesus speaks of those in need. Verses 35-40 read, "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are ble...

July 01 2013 3 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
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.

December 23 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Billy P Eldred
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.

February 14 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Cody Bond
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.

December 21 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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?"

January 25 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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