Matthew 20:22

“But Iesus answered, and said, Ye know not what ye aske. Are ye able to drinke of the cup that I shall drinke of, and to be baptized with the baptisme that I am baptized with? They say vnto him, We are able.”

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Other Translations

But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
- King James Version

But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink? They *said to Him, "We are able.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink the cup that I am about to drink? They say unto him, We are able.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Jesus made answer and said, You have no idea what you are requesting. Are you able to take of the cup which I am about to take?
- Basic English Bible

And Jesus answering said, Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink the cup which *I* am about to drink? They say to him, We are able.
- Darby Bible

But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say to him, We are able.
- Webster's Bible

None of you know what you are asking for, said Jesus; "can you drink out of the cup from which I am about to drink?" "We can," they replied.
- Weymouth Bible

But Jesus answered, "You don't know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to him, "We are able."
- World English Bible

Jhesus answeride, and seide, Ye witen not what ye axen. Moun ye drynke the cuppe which Y schal drynke? Thei seien to hym, We moun.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Jesus answering said, `Ye have not known what ye ask for yourselves; are ye able to drink of the cup that I am about to drink? and with the baptism that I am baptized with, to be baptized?' They say to him, `We are able.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 20:22


20:22 Ye know not what is implied in being advanced in my kingdom, and necessarily prerequired thereto. All who share in my kingdom must first share in my sufferings. Are you able and willing to do this? Both these expressions, The cup, the baptism, are to be understood of his sufferings and death. The like expressions are common among the Jews.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 20:22


Mt 20:22 Ye know not what ye ask. An illustration, this of ignorant prayer. Within a month they saw the places on his right hand and left occupied by the two thieves in the crucifixion (Mt 27:38). Are ye able to drink of the cup? The "cup" is an Old Testament image of a man's lot, or portion, as holding what of life God pours out for him. See Ps 11:6 16:5 23:5 73:10 75:8 116:13 Eze 23:33. Be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with? Baptism is the necessary condition by which one can enjoy the privileges of the church. The "cup" signifies suffering voluntarily taken, or "drunk", and the baptism what is endured at the hands of others. We are able. They no doubt thought they were. They loved their Lord, as well as pre-eminence, and felt that they were willing to go with him through suffering. They, however, overestimated their strength.

Discussion for Matthew 20

  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    My Holy Father exposes all hypocrisy. Ye mock the Son of man before saying, My heart has already shown me where I will be, in darkness gnashing of teeth not dwelling in light. I will never give up nor stop loving God and Yeshua my savior. (Nay. For ye cannot love GOD except ye repent and confess the Son.) It is written, The LORD preserves ALL them that love him: but ALL the wicked will he destroy.
  • Bruce
    Rachael: That's All of Us, We All Need a Savior. 5yrs. Asking The Lord for Help, Forgiveness, l'm Convinced I can't be Saved. 2yrs. I didn't Talk to Him. Then He Told me I Need Salvation, Go Forward and Ask Forgiveness. It was a little Scary Stepping Out and Going Forward. Next Morning WOW. This is not The World I Went to Sleep in. A Heavy Gone. Cursing Gone, I Am Changed. I Told Everyone.
  • Allen
    Racheal, dont give up, satan seeks to destroy us, he is a liar and murderer. But Jesus has won the victory for us. Study your Bible , pray and seek God. Paul wrote I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. When Jesus is with us, nothing can stand against us. May God Bless and strengthen you with The Holy Spirit.
  • Rachael
    No matter how hard I try I covet and fail. I look and want, I m not honest, I m not modest nor meek or humble. I seek God and his son everyday but I fail in works. I know in my heart I m a rotten seed that deserves nothing and the beam in my eye is heavier then cement. My heart has already shown me where I will be, in darkness gnashing of teeth not dwelling in light. I will never give up nor stop loving God and Yeshua my savior. Please God give me a new heart and spirit with strength so I cannot fail you every moment of the day. Even when I dream I sin.
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 6:18 being then made --- free from sin --- you became the servants of righteousness--6:20--for when you were the servants of sin you were free from righteousness--6:22--BUT NOW BEING MADE FREE FROM SIN AND BECOME SERVANTS TO GOD YOU HAVE YOUR FRUIT UNTO HOLINESS AND THE END EVERLASTING LIFE --6:12-- let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lusts thereof
  • Obbie Beal
    28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (it is amazing, a person when captured by his enemy will not be released until someone pay a 'ransom'; once the 'ransom' is paid the person held captive is released / set free; the blood of animals could not set mankind free but the shed BLOOD OF JESUS /CHRIST could, and it was paid

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