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Matthew 26:52

    Matthew 26:52 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then said Jesus to him, Put up again your sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Then says Jesus to him, Put up your sword again into its place: for all those who take the sword will come to death by the sword.

    Webster's Revision

    Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    World English Bible

    Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:52

    Put up again thy sword into his place - Neither Christ nor his religion is to be defended by the secular arm. God is sufficiently able to support his ark: Uzzah need not stretch out his hand on the occasion. Even the shadow of public justice is not to be resisted by a private person, when coming from those in public authority. The cause of a Christian is the cause of God: sufferings belong to one, and vengeance to the other. Let the cause, therefore, rest in his hands, who will do it ample justice.

    Shall perish with the sword - Instead of απολουνται, shall perish, many excellent MSS., versions, and fathers, have αποθανουνται, shall die. The general meaning of this verse is, they who contend in battle are likely, on both sides, to become the sacrifices of their mutual animosities. But it is probably a prophetic declaration of the Jewish and Roman states. The Jews put our Lord to death under the sanction of the Romans - both took the sword against Christ, and both perished by it. The Jews by the sword of the Romans, and the Romans by that of the Goths, Vandals, etc. The event has verified the prediction - the Jewish government has been destroyed upwards of 1700 years, and the Roman upwards of 1000. Confer with this passage, Psalm 2:4, Psalm 2:9; Psalm 110:1, Psalm 110:5, Psalm 110:6. But how came Peter to have a sword? Judea was at this time so infested with robbers and cut-throats that it was not deemed safe for any person to go unarmed. He probably carried one for his mere personal safety.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:52

    Thy sword into his place - Into the sheath.

    For all they that take the sword ... - This passage is capable of different significations.

    1. They who resist by the sword the civil magistrate shall be punished; and it is dangerous, therefore, to oppose those who come with the authority of the civil ruler.

    2. These men, Jews and Romans, who have taken the sword against the innocent, shall perish by the sword. God will take vengeance on them.

    3. However, the most satisfactory interpretation is that which regards it as a caution to Peter. Peter was rash. Alone he had attacked the whole band. Jesus told him that his unseasonable and imprudent defense might be the occasion of his own destruction. In doing it he would endanger his life, for they who took the sword perished by it. This was probably a proverb, denoting that they who engaged in wars commonly perished there.