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Matthew 22:31

    Matthew 22:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But about the dead coming back to life, have you no knowledge of what was said to you by God in the Writings:

    Webster's Revision

    But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

    World English Bible

    But concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven't you read that which was spoken to you by God, saying,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 22:31

    Have ye not read - This quotation is taken from Exodus 3:6, Exodus 3:16; and as the five books of Moses were the only part of Scripture which the Sadducees acknowledged as Divine, our Lord, by confuting them from those books, proved the second part of his assertion, "Ye are ignorant of those very scriptures which ye profess to hold sacred."

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 22:31

    As touching ... - That is, in proof that the dead are raised.

    The passage which he quotes is recorded in Exodus 3:6, Exodus 3:15, This was at the burning bush (Mark and Luke). Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had been dead for a long time when Moses spoke this - Abraham for 329 years, Isaac for 224 years, and Jacob for 198 years - yet God spake then as being still "their God." They must, therefore, be still somewhere living, for God is not the God of the dead; that is, it is absurd to say that God rules over those who are "extinct or annihilated," but he is the God only of those who have an existence. Luke adds, "all live unto him." That is, all the righteous dead, all of whom he can be properly called their God, live unto his glory. This passage does not prove directly that the dead "body" would be raised, but only by consequence. It proves that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had an existence then, or that their souls were alive. This the Sadducees denied Acts 23:8, and this was the main point in dispute. If this was admitted - if there was a state of rewards and punishments - then it would easily follow that the bodies of the dead would be raised.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 22:31

    22:31 Have ye not read - The Sadducees had a peculiar value for the books of Moses. Out of these therefore our Lord argues with them.