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Matthew 24:5

    Matthew 24:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For people will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and a number will be turned from the true way through them.

    Webster's Revision

    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray.

    World English Bible

    For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will lead many astray.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 24:5

    For many shall come in my name -

    1. Josephus says, (War, b. ii. c. 13), that there were many who, pretending to Divine inspiration, deceived the people, leading out numbers of them to the desert, pretending that God would there show them the signs of liberty, meaning redemption from the Roman power: and that an Egyptian false prophet led 30,000 men into the desert, who were almost all cut off by Felix. See Acts 21:38. It was a just judgment for God to deliver up that people into the hands of false Christs who had rejected the true one. Soon after our Lord's crucifixion, Simon Magus appeared, and persuaded the people of Samaria that he was the great power of God, Acts 8:9, Acts 8:10; and boasted among the Jews that he was the son of God.

    2. Of the same stamp and character was also Dositheus, the Samaritan, who pretended that he was the Christ foretold by Moses.

    3. About twelve years after the death of our Lord, when Cuspius Fadus was procurator of Judea, arose an impostor of the name of Theudas, who said he was a prophet, and persuaded a great multitude to follow him with their best effects to the river Jordan, which he promised to divide for their passage; and saying these things, says Josephus, he deceived many: almost the very words of our Lord.

    4. A few years afterwards, under the reign of Nero, while Felix was procurator of Judea, impostors of this stamp were so frequent that some were taken and killed almost every day. Josephus. Ant. b. xx. c. 4. and 7.

    The Second sign, wars and commotions.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 24:5

    24:5 Many shall come in my name - First, false Christs, next, false prophets, Mt 24:11. At length, both together, Mt 24:24. And indeed never did so many impostors appear in the world as a few years before the destruction of Jerusalem; undoubtedly because that was the time wherein the Jews in general expected the Messiah.