Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 18:3
- Except ye turn and become (ean mh straphte kai genhste).
- Third-class condition, undetermined but with prospect of determination. Straphte is second aorist passive subjunctive and genhste second aorist middle subjunctive. They were headed in the wrong direction with their selfish ambition. "His tone at this time is markedly severe, as much as when He denounces the Pharisaism in the bud He had to deal with" (Bruce). The strong double negative ou mh eiselthte means that they will otherwise not get into the kingdom of heaven at all, let alone have big places in it.