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

  • Debbie
    Hi Sabra, I see 5v36 and 37 as let your yes be yes and no be no, not undesided, swayed, like a Reed blowing in the wind. And to be honest, not lie to one another.
  • Gregoire Adams
    Matthew 4: Did King Herod Have all of his Families children killed ?

    How old was Jesus ?
  • Steve morrow
    wayne - joyce - all MATTHEW 5:11 BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU AND SHALL SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY FOR MY SAKE 1 COR 6:7 NOW THEREFORE THERE IS UTTERLY A FAULT AMONG YOU BECAUSE YOU GO TO LAW ONE WITH ANOTHER WHY DO YOU NOT RATHER TAKE WRONG WHY DO YOU NOT RATHER SUFFER YOURSELVES TO BE DEFRAUDED 2TIM2-12IF WE SUFFER WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM .....
  • Bruce
    Sabra: when we were kids we would tell a story and swear by our mothers grave or that Lightning would strike us down, if it's a lie. I'll curse you with the fleas of a thousand camels if you don't believe me! Adults do the same. I swear I would never---! They say these things to make it more believable. That's what Peter was doing, not using foul language.
    We can just say yes or no.
  • Dewey J
    Hello, Sabra Matt.5:36 is by scripture that it is above mankind pay grade to sware by anything. V37 explains that fact. Which said, But let your words be Yea, yea; Nay, nay what is more than these is from evil DBT. The biblical experts say let the Bible interpret the Bible. Glory to GOD in the highest. Amen!
  • Sabra
    Explain Mathew 5:36 please

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