Matthew 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thinke not that I am come to destroy the lawe or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let there be no thought that I have come to put an end to the law or the prophets. I have not come for destruction, but to make complete.
- Basic English Bible

Think not that I am come to make void the law or the prophets; I am not come to make void, but to fulfil.
- Darby Bible

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
- Webster's Bible

Do not for a moment suppose that I have come to abrogate the Law or the Prophets: I have not come to abrogate them but to give them their completion.
- Weymouth Bible

Don't think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn't come to destroy, but to fulfill.
- World English Bible

Nil ye deme, that Y cam to vndo the lawe, or the profetis; Y cam not to vndo the lawe, but to fulfille.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Do not suppose that I came to throw down the law or the prophets -- I did not come to throw down, but to fulfill;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:17


5:17 Think not - Do not imagine, fear, hope, that I am come - Like your teachers, to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy - The moral law, but to fulfil - To establish, illustrate, and explain its highest meaning, both by my life and doctrine.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:17


Mt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. The preceding verses were so opposed to the teachings of the scribes and Pharisees that some might assert that he was a destroyer of the law. He replies that he has not come to destroy it, but to fulfill. He does not say that he has come to perpetuate it. To fulfill. To complete its purpose. He was the end of the law. It was a "schoolmaster to bring us to Christ", but "after faith is come we are no longer under the schoolmaster" (Ga 3:24,25).

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Wayne
    Devlin, read John chapters 5,8,10. Your answers are there.
  • Tony balogna
    Love this scripture. Our Lord Jesus really lets us know how to please the Father while living in harmony one with another. Among my favorite chapters of Matthew. God bless
  • MockingBird
    Jesus was persecuted , He was reviled ,and all manner was spoken against Him falsely : The religious leaders did it in thinking they were upholding God in their accusations toward Jesus : Jesus was walking in God's will : and so for us who walk in God's will : religious people will do the same toward us . We are a Blessed people : even though we get knocked down for it.
  • Jermontez Jackson
    It doesn't because jesus already knew what was coming.
  • Roddy Williams
    I must say I thank god for the affliction that may come my way. My afflictions makes my walk with the Lord much stronger. The lord never said this walk would be easy. If they persecuted Jesus what makes us any different?
  • Lu2677
    C-Dub, You make a very broad statement by saying "we" forget about what Jesus says. And "we"go straight to what Paul teaches. How do you know that "we" do this?
    Furthermore, Paul was saved, he preached the cross, he lived and died for Jesus, he encourages all in the faith in his letters that scripture gives us, and pointed out their errors. Paul gives us wholesome words.

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