Superlative adjective elachistos (least, smallest) in the New Testament

(Translation from NRSV for the New Testament with a few modifications for a more litteral meaning)


2: 6'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least (elachistos) among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"
5: 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least (elachistos) of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least (elachistos) in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
25: 40And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least (elachistos) of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'
25: 45Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least (elachistos) of these, you did not do it to me.'


12: 26If then you are not able to do the smallest (elachistos) thing, why do you worry about the rest?
16: 10"Whoever is faithful in the smallest (elachistos) thing is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in the smallest (elachistos) thing is dishonest also in much.
19: 17He said to him, 'Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in the smallest (elachistos) thing, take charge of ten cities.'

1 Corinthians

4: 3But with me it is the smallest (elachistos) thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.
6: 2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try the smallest (elachistos) cases?
15: 9For I am the least (elachistos) of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.


3: 4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by the smallest (elachistos) rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.