Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God


μέγας means “large, great.”

“Whoever would be μέγας among you must be your servant” (Matt 20:26).

Mounce's Expository Dictionary (abridged): 

Adjective: μέγας (megas), GK G3489 (S G3173), 243x. μέγας means “great, loud, large.” It can simply refer to something that exceeds the norm. For example, the shepherds in Lk. 2:10 rejoice with “great” joy. The witness of God is “great” (1 Jn. 5:9). Paul writes that the mystery of Christ and the church is “great” (Eph. 5:32), as is the mystery of godliness (1 Tim. 3:16). The Sermon on the Mount ascribes true “greatness” to those who serve (Lk. 22:27).