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Matthew 23:32

    Matthew 23:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Fill you up then the measure of your fathers.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Make full, then, the measure of your fathers.

    Webster's Revision

    Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

    World English Bible

    Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 23:32

    Fill ye up then - Notwithstanding the profession you make, ye will fill up the measure of your fathers - will continue to walk in their way, accomplish the fullness of every evil purpose by murdering me; and then, when the measure of your iniquity is full, vengeance shall come upon you to the uttermost, as it did on your rebellious ancestors. The 31st verse should be read in a parenthesis, and then the 32d will appear to be, what it is, an inference from the 30th.

    Ye will fill up, or fill ye up - πληρωσατε· but it is manifest that the imperative is put here for the future, a thing quite consistent with the Hebrew idiom, and frequent in the Scriptures. So John 2:19, Destroy this temple, etc., i.e. Ye will destroy or pull down this temple, and I will rebuild it in three days - Ye will crucify me, and I will rise again the third day. Two good MSS. have the word in the future tense: and my old MS. Bible has it in the present - Ge (ye) fulfillen the mesure of youre (your) fadris.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 23:32

    Fill ye up, then ... - This is a prediction of what they were about to do. He would have them act out their true spirit, and show what they were, and evince to all that they had the spirit of their fathers, Compare the notes at John 13:27. This was done be putting him to death, and persecuting the apostles.

    The measure - The full amount, so as to make it complete. By your slaying me, fill up what is lacking of the iniquity of your fathers until the measure is full; until the national iniquity is complete; until as much has been committed as God can possibly bear, and then shall come upon you all this blood, and you shall be destroyed, Matthew 23:34-35.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 23:32

    23:32 Fill ye up - A word of permission, not of command: as if he had said, I contend with you no longer: I leave you to yourselves: you have conquered: now ye may follow the devices of your own hearts. The measure of your fathers - Wickedness: ye may now be as wicked as they.