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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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

  • Robert
    I believe the story of the laborers is about salvation thru Jesus Christ. Those saved all have an equal access to Heaven even if their Love for Christ is one second or a hundred years. Salvation is never too late.
  • A disciple
    The story of the laborers in the vineyard teaches us, that the Lord who hired all the workers told everyone that whatever is right they shall receive, and agreed for a day's wages for going to work. The men that could only come to work for one hour, all still got a day's wages; which was paid out of the Lord's own money, and had nothing to do with the agreement He made with everyone else.
  • A disciple
    Paul; "The devout Jew is learned in the Torah. They are observant of the law of God through Moses." What has changed with God since He had David write the 2nd Psalm? When, over the last, almost 2000 years, did God change His mind, and now no longer requires us to go through His Son to come to Him? Until the Jews, and everyone else converts and believes in Jesus, THEY CANNOT BE SAVED!
  • Paul
    The devout Jew is learned in the Torah. They are observant of the law of God thru Moses. Abraham was a friend of God, Moses was his scribe. Jesus is sent to demonstrate the Holy Spirit, the power of prayer and eternal life for whom it is prepared. Christians should not be so presumptuous lest their vineyard be taken from them and given to others. The heart of man is evil. God is Judge,not man!
  • Insight777
    The cup that Jesus drank from is faith. A faith can look clean on the outside, as the Jewish faith, by holding religious doctrine that proclaims to be truth. If the religion is wrong built on lies then the inside of the cup needs to be cleaned. The faith from Jesus is he is the Son of God. This is a clean cup full of truth. Jesus wanted his pure faith/cup to be passed to others after his death.
  • A disciple
    Lu2677; No! The Jews do not follow the Torah! They follow their own teachers and books, ever since they rejected Jesus. They SAY they study Torah; but as you and I understand it, NO! And they have a completely perverted view of nearly everything that WE understand in the Old Testament. I come from a Jewish background, and I have had discussions with many Orthodox Jews; they DO NOT follow the Word!

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