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Matthew 26:61

    Matthew 26:61 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But later there came two who said, This man said, I am able to give the Temple of God to destruction, and to put it up again in three days.

    Webster's Revision

    and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

    World English Bible

    and said, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 26:61

    I am able to destroy the temple of God -

    1st. These words were not fairly quoted. Jesus had said, John 2:19, Destroy this temple, and I will build it again in three days.

    2dly. The inuendo which they produce, applying these words to a pretended design to destroy the temple at Jerusalem, was utterly unfair; for these words he spoke of the temple of his body.

    It is very easy, by means of a few small alterations, to render the most holy things and innocent persons odious to the world, and even to take away the life of the innocent.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 26:61

    And said, This fellow said ... - Mark has recorded this testimony differently. According to him, they said, "We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another. made without hands." Probably both forms of giving in the testimony were used on the trial, and Matthew has recorded it as it was given at one time and Mark at another, so that there is no contradiction. Mark adds, "But neither so did their witnesses agree together." That which they "attempted" to accuse him of is what he had said respecting his body and their destroying it, John 2:19; "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." This he spoke of his body; they perverted it, endeavoring to show that he meant the temple at Jerusalem. They neither stated it as it was, nor did they state correctly its meaning, nor did they agree about the words used. It was therefore very little to their purpose.