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Matthew 24:23

    Matthew 24:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe it not.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then if any man says to you, See, here is the Christ, or, Here; do not put faith in him;

    Webster's Revision

    Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe it not.

    World English Bible

    "Then if any man tells you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or, 'There,' don't believe it.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe it not.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 24:23

    Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo here is Christ - Our Lord had cautioned his disciples against false Christs and prophets before, Matthew 24:11; but he seems here to intimate that there would be especial need to attend to this caution about the time of the siege. And in fact many such impostors did arise about that time, promising deliverance from God; and the lower the Jews were reduced, the more disposed they were to listen to such deceivers. Like a man drowning, they were willing to catch even at a straw, while there was any prospect of being saved. But as it was to little purpose for a man to take upon him the character of the Christ, without miracles to avouch his Divine mission, so it was the common artifice of these impostors to show signs and wonders, σημεια και τερατα; the very words used by Christ in this prophecy, and by Josephus in his history: Ant. b. xx. c. 7. Among these Simon Magus, and Dositheus, mentioned before; and Barcocab, who, St. Jerome says, pretended to vomit flames. And it is certain these and some others were so dexterous in imitating miraculous works that they deceived many; and such were their works, that if the elect, the chosen persons, the Christians, had not had the fullest evidence of the truth of Christ's mission and miracles, they must have been deceived too: but, having had these proofs, they could not possibly be deceived by these impostors. This is simply the meaning of this place; and it is truly astonishing that it should be brought as a proof for the doctrine (whether true or false is at present out of the question) of the necessary and eternal perseverance of the saints! How abundant the Jews were in magic, divination, sorcery, incantation, etc., see proved by Dr. Lightfoot on this place.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 24:23

    Lo, here is Christ - The Messiah. The Jews expected the Messiah to deliver them from Roman oppression. In the time of these great calamities they would anxiously look for him. Many would claim "to be" the Messiah. Many would follow those who set up that claim. Many would rejoice to believe that he was come, and would call on others, Christians with the rest, to follow them.

    Believe it not - You have evidence that the Messiah has come, and you are not to be deceived by the plausible pretensions of others.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 24:23

    24:23 Mark 13:21; Luke 17:23.