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Matthew 13:29

    Matthew 13:29 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But he says, No, for fear that by chance while you take up the evil plants, you may be rooting up the grain with them.

    Webster's Revision

    But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them.

    World English Bible

    "But he said, 'No, lest perhaps while you gather up the darnel weeds, you root up the wheat with them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them.

    Definitions for Matthew 13:29

    Nay - No.
    Tares - Weeds found in grain.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 13:29

    But he said, Nay - God judges quite otherwise than men of this mixture of good and evil in the world; he knows the good which he intends to produce from it, and how far his patience towards the wicked should extend, in order to their conversion, or the farther sanctification of the righteous. Men often persecute a true Christian, while they intend only to prosecute an impious person. "A zeal for the extirpation of heretics and wicked men," said a pious Papist, "not regulated by these words of our blessed Savior, allows no time for the one to grow strong in goodness, or to the other to forsake their evil courses. They are of a spirit very opposite to his, who care not if they root up the wheat, provided they can but gather up the tares." The zeal which leads persons to persecute others for religious opinions is not less a seed of the devil than a bad opinion itself is.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 13:29

    Ye root up also the wheat - They so much resembled the true wheat that even then it would be difficult to separate them.

    By gathering them, they would tread down the wheat, loosen and disturb the earth, and greatly injure the crop. In the harvest it could be done without injury.