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Matthew 27:40

    Matthew 27:40 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And saying, You that destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself. If you be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself: if thou art the Son of God, come down from the cross.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    You who would give the Temple to destruction and put it up again in three days, get yourself free: if you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.

    Webster's Revision

    and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself: if thou art the Son of God, come down from the cross.

    World English Bible

    and saying, "You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself: if thou art the Son of God, come down from the cross.

    Definitions for Matthew 27:40

    Save - Except; besides.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:40

    Thou that destroyest - Who didst pretend that thou couldst have destroyed the temple, and built it up again in three days. This malicious torturing of our Lord's words has been noticed before. Cruelty is obliged to take refuge in lies, in order to vindicate its infamous proceedings.

    If thou be the Son of God - Or rather, Υἱος του Θεου A son of God, i.e. a peculiar favorite of the Most-High; not Ὁ Υἱος του Θεου, The Son of God. "It is not to be conceived," says a learned man, "that every passenger who was going to the city had a competent knowledge of Christ's supernatural conception by the Holy Spirit, or an adequate comprehension of his character as the Messiah, and (κατ' εξοχην) The Son Of God. There is not a single passage where Jesus is designed to be pointed out as the Messiah, The Son Of God, where the article is omitted: nor, on the other hand, is this designation ever specified without the article, thus, 'Ὁ Υἱος του Θεου. See Matthew 16:16; Matthew 26:63; Matthew 28:19."

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:40

    Thou that destroyest the temple ... - Meaning, Thou that didst boast that thou couldst do it. This was one of the things that had been falsely charged on him. It was intended for painful sarcasm and derision. If he could destroy the "temple," they thought he might easily come down from the cross.