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

  • A disciple
    "Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." When the Lord goes out into the mountains and the wilderness, seeking His lost sheep; when He finds it, He puts it on His shoulders and brings it home rejoicing. Why would some of the ninety nine grumble and murmur?
  • A disciple
    servant; the religion of God is not an organization of division and disagreements! The true Saints of old time were good and loving and righteous, with the Law of God in their hearts and His fear directing their course in life. So true for the Disciple in the early days of the Christianity, they had all things common, were holy, and were persecuted for being good. The same is true today!
  • Servant of God
    Many are called(not so much this generation)few are chosen. Jesus called many and a religious organization ensued but divided itself not in unity but disagreements. This is the vineyard (where work is done and wages earned) As for who is chosen, it is God, who has no equal, choses! This is Biblical. As for the Son, his reward was great for he saw the Father and was glad.
  • Lilian
    The first shall be the last and the last first for many be called but only few are choosen. Not all who called Lord Lord can enter into the kingdom of God but only servants who accept Jesus and obey his words will only be saved I will praise you Jesus forever Jehovah my Savior Shalom amen
  • 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.

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