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Matthew 26:41

    Matthew 26:41 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Keep watch with prayer, so that you may not be put to the test: the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is feeble.

    Webster's Revision

    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    World English Bible

    Watch and pray, that you don't enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:41

    That ye enter not into temptation - If ye cannot endure a little fatigue when there is no suffering, how will ye do when the temptation, the great trial of your fidelity and courage, cometh? Watch - that ye be not taken unawares; and pray - that when it comes ye may be enabled to bear it.

    The spirit - is willing, but the flesh is weak - Your inclinations are good - ye are truly sincere; but your good purposes will be overpowered by your timidity. Ye wish to continue steadfast in your adherence to your Master; but your fears will lead you to desert him.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:41

    Watch - See Matthew 26:38. Greater trials are coming on. It is necessary, therefore, still to be on your guard.

    And pray - Seek aid from God by supplication, in view of the thickening calamities.

    That ye enter not into temptation - That ye be not overcome and oppressed with these trials of your faith so as to deny me. The word "temptation" here properly means what would test their faith in the approaching calamities - in his rejection and death. It would "try" their faith, because, though they believed that he was the Messiah, they were not very clearly aware of the necessity of his death, and they did not fully understand that he was to rise again. They had cherished the belief that he was to establish a kingdom "while he lived." When they should see him, therefore, rejected, tried, crucified, dead - when they should see him submit to all this as if he had not power to deliver himself - "then" would be the trial of their faith; and, in view of that, he exhorted them to pray that they might not so enter temptation as to be overcome by it and fall.

    The spirit indeed is willing ... - The mind, the heart is ready and disposed to bear these trials, but the "flesh," the natural feelings, through the fear of danger, is weak, and will be likely to lead you astray when the trial comes. Though you may have strong faith, and believe now that you will not deny me, yet human nature is weak, and shrinks at trials, and you should therefore seek strength from on high. This was intended to excite them, notwithstanding he knew that they loved him, to be on their guard, lest the weakness of human nature should be insufficient to sustain them in the hour of their temptation.

    Verses Related to Matthew 26:41

    James 1:13 - Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
    1 Corinthians 10:13 - There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.