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Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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Other Translations of Matthew 5:17
¶ 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)
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"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
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).
Comments for Matthew 5:17
MR's comment on 2012-08-18 13:48:21:
Fulfill means "to do", not "to make an end of." The ten commandments are still in full force. Jesus fulfilled the law by obeying it. He came not to destroy the law or put an end to them.
Brian Carloss's comment on 2010-01-11 13:14:01:
Is Christ referring to the laws of stoning and punishment of homosexuals?
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