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28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that you, the ones having followed Me— at the regeneration[a] when the Son of Man sits on the throne[b] of His glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging[c] the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for the sake of My name will receive a hundred-fold[d], and will inherit eternal life.

The First In This World Will Be Last And The Last Will Be First

30 “But many first[e] ones will be last, and last ones, first.

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  1. Matthew 19:28 Or, rebirth [of the world].
  2. Matthew 19:28 Or, His throne of glory; His glorious throne.
  3. Matthew 19:28 That is, administering justice to.
  4. Matthew 19:29 That is, a hundred times as much. Or this may be a hyperbole meaning ‘many times as much’, as in Lk 18:30.
  5. Matthew 19:30 Or, foremost, chief. That is, first in time; or first in status. The parable that follows illustrates this point. In answer to Peter’s question in v 27, Jesus says God will reward based on His own will, not what we think we deserve; and based on completion of the work assigned to us, not based on comparison to the work done by others or in proportion to our part of the total work performed. Compare the parable at 25:14. Thus from the human viewpoint, some seeming to have done the least will seem to be rewarded the most; some who appear to deserve more will receive the same as others who appear to deserve less.