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Matthew 27:42

    Matthew 27:42 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He saved others; himself he cannot save. He is the King of Israel; let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe on him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A saviour of others, he has no salvation for himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will have faith in him.

    Webster's Revision

    He saved others; himself he cannot save. He is the King of Israel; let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe on him.

    World English Bible

    "He saved others, but he can't save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He saved others; himself he cannot save. He is the King of Israel; let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe on him.

    Definitions for Matthew 27:42

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.
    Save - Except; besides.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 27:42

    He saved others; himself he cannot save - Or, Cannot he save himself? Several MSS. read this with the mark of interrogation as above; and this makes the sarcasm still more keen.

    A high priest who designs to destroy the temple of God: a Savior who saves not himself; and the Son of God crucified: these are the contradictions which give offense to Jews and libertines. But a high priest who dispels the types and shadows, only that he may disclose the substance of religion, and become the minister of a heavenly sanctuary; a Savior who dies only to be the victim of salvation; and the Son of God who confines his power within the bounds of the cross to establish the righteousness of faith: this is what a Christian adores; this is the foundation of his hope, and the fountain of his present comfort and final blessedness. See Quesnel.

    We will believe him - Instead of αυτῳ, him, many excellent MSS. have επ' αυτῳ, In him: this is a reading which Griesbach and other eminent critics have adopted.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 27:42

    He saved others - It does not seem probable that they meant to admit that he had actually saved others, but only that he "pretended" to save them from death by miracles, or that he claimed to be the Messiah, and thus affirmed that he "could" save them. This is, therefore, cutting irony.

    If he be the King of Israel ... - It may seem strange to some that Jesus did not vindicate by a miracle his claims to be the Messiah, and come down from the cross. But the time had come for him to make an atonement. He had given full and sufficient proof that he was the Christ. Those who had rejected him, and who mocked and taunted him, would have been little likely to admit his claims if he had come down from the cross, since they had set at naught all his other miracles. They said this for the purpose of insult; and Jesus chose rather to suffer, though his character was assailed, than to work a new miracle for their gratification. He had foretold his death, and the time had come; and now, amid revilings, and gibes, and curses, and the severe sarcasms of an angry and apparently triumphant priesthood, he chose to die for the sins of the world. To this they added "insult" to God, profanely calling upon him to interpose by miracle and save him, if he was his friend; and all this when their prophets had foretold this very scene, and when they were fulfilling the predictions of their own Scriptures. See the Isaiah 53 notes, and Daniel 9:24-27 notes. So wonderful is the way by which God causes His word to be fulfilled.