Matthew 3:9

“And thinke not to say within your selues, Wee haue Abraham to our father: For I say vnto you, that God is able of these stones to raise vp children vnto Abraham.”

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Other Translations

And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
- King James Version

and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And say not to yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; because I say to you that God is able from these stones to make children for Abraham.
- Basic English Bible

And do not think to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for [our] father; for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
- Darby Bible

And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father: for I say to you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
- Webster's Bible

and do not imagine that you can say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our forefather,' for I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.
- Weymouth Bible

Don't think to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
- World English Bible

and nyle ye seie with ynne you, We han Abraham to fadir; for Y seie to you, that God is myyti to reise vp of these stoones the sones of Abraham.
- Wycliffe Bible

and do not think to say in yourselves, A father we have -- Abraham, for I say to you, that God is able out of these stones to raise children to Abraham,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:9


3:9 And say not confidently - The word in the original, vulgarly rendered, Think not, seems here, and in many places, not to diminish, but rather add to the force of the word with which it is joined. We have Abraham to our father - It is almost incredible, how great the presumption of the Jews was on this their relation to Abraham. One of their famous sayings was, Abraham sits near the gates of hell, and suffers no Israelite to go down into it. I say unto you - This preface always denotes the importance of what follows. Of these stones - Probably pointing to those which lay before them.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:9


Mt 3:9 Think not to say . . . We have Abraham to [our] father. They believed that Abraham;s race was to be saved, if all else were destroyed. John destroys the refuge of sin. Of these stones. Pointing, perhaps, to the stones of the Jordan. In thus sinking the higher claims of Judaism, John points to the Gentiles, who were to become Abraham's children by faith (Ga 3:29).

Discussion for Matthew 3

  • Mrs.sammie lee chunn
    I love what I am reading
  • Solomon wambua
    Comment*from the time of john the babtized the babtized to day is by the holy spirit and fire I say to day the church the baptized of the holy spirit thanks
  • REBECCA
    JESUS IS LORD FOREVER HE US RISEN HE US RISEN INDEED
  • Dewey J
    Geraldine, this is a mystery Matt. 1:8 says, Mary was found to be with child of the Holy Ghost therefore I believe that passage is stating that the Holy Ghost was with Jesus was formed by God the Father by the Holy Ghost. Jesus said the works that he did or miracles was not of a human or fleshly orgin but the father in him or the Holy Ghost. I believe this was a renewing of the Holy Ghost Matt3:16
  • John
    very well said God Bless you, we can not serve God in truth and spirit without the holy ghost,
  • Geraldine cole
    I no that when Jesus was born God Jesus Father use Mary's body to bring his son into the world God spirit went in Mary there was no sex at all now when Jesus was born he did not have the Holy spirit he receive the The Holy spirit when he was baptized and the Holy Ghost came upon him and when he when back to his father in heaven he let us no that the Holy Ghost is a gift to us and the Holy Ghost would lead us to all truth yes the Holy Ghost did come from his Father God and Jesus left the Holy Ghost for us Act chapter 2 v28 and The Father the Son The Holy Ghost are one if u have the Holy Ghost u can undertstand Jesus better because he will lead u to the truth

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