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Matthew 28:13

    Matthew 28:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Saying, Say you, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Say, His disciples came by night and took him away secretly while we were sleeping.

    Webster's Revision

    saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

    World English Bible

    saying, "Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 28:13

    His disciples came by night - This was as absurd as it was false. On one hand, the terror of the disciples, the smallness of their number (only eleven); and their almost total want of faith; on the other, the great danger of such a bold enterprise, the number of armed men who guarded the tomb, the authority of Pilate and of the Sanhedrin, must render such an imposture as this utterly devoid of credit.

    Stole him away while we slept - Here is a whole heap of absurdities.

    1st. Is it likely that so many men would all fall asleep, in the open air, at once?

    2dly. Is it at all probable that a Roman guard should be found off their watch, much less asleep, when it was instant death, according to the Roman military laws, to be found in this state?

    3dly. Could they be so sound asleep as not to awake with all the noise which must be necessarily made by removing the great stone, and taking away the body?

    4thly. Is it at all likely that these disciples could have had time sufficient to do all this, and to come and return, without being perceived by any person? And

    5thly. If they were asleep, how could they possibly know that it was the disciples that stole him, or indeed that any person or persons stole him? - for, being asleep, they could see no person. From their own testimony, therefore, the resurrection may be as fully proved as the theft.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 28:13

    28:13 Say, his disciples came by night, and stole him while we slept - Is it possible, that any man of sense should digest this poor, shallow inconsistency? If ye were awake, why did you let the disciples steal him? If asleep, how do you know they did?