Matthew 10:32

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whosoeuer therefore shall confesse mee before men, him will I confesse also before my Father which is in heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

To everyone, then, who gives witness to me before men, I will give witness before my Father in heaven.
- Basic English Bible

Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, *I* also will confess him before my Father who is in [the] heavens.
- Darby Bible

Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
- Webster's Bible

Every man who acknowledges me before men I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in Heaven.
- Weymouth Bible

Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.
- World English Bible

`Every one, therefore, who shall confess in me before men, I also will confess in him before my Father who is in the heavens;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 10:32


10:32 Whosoever shall confess me - Publicly acknowledge me for the promised Messiah. But this confession implies the receiving his whole doctrine, #Mark 8:38|, and obeying all his commandments. #Luke 9:26|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 10:32


Mt 10:32 Whosoever will confess me before men. To confess Christ does not mean to accept some particular creed, but to publicly acknowledge the Lord, and to live before men as his servant. It implies, (1) A confession of faith in him with the lips, such a confession as Peter made (Mt 16:16), and the eunuch (Ac 8:37). Paul describes this confession in Romans (Ro 10:10). (2) An acknowledgment of Christ by obedience and by giving the life to his service. Confession is a demonstration of faith, (1) by public acknowledgment, and (2) by an obedient life. A verbal acknowledgment of Christ is not enough if the life is a denial, for then it shows that the acknowledgment was a lie. The two must correspond. Him will I confess. Christ sitting on the throne of judgment promises to acknowledge as his own faithful brother every one who has thus acknowledged him before men.

Discussion for Matthew 10:32

  • The other day, my wife and her brother were discussing confession. I am a catholic and I was taught that confession was good so our sins can be forgiven. The debate went back and forth as she needs to go to church so she can go to confession. The debate started to turn into an argument and they tried to bring me in as to who is right or wrong. I am far from being a scholar in theology so I just stated that I don't know the answer. I did a little research to find Matthew 10:32. As I read this paragraph, I realized that confess is to give public acknowledgment of your faith and not specifically to confessing your sins. I tactfully want to tell my brother-in-law that my wife can confess her sins to Jesus in a private manner, is this sufficient to forgive your sins ? Among family, she tell them she love Jesus and God, is this sufficient to meet the confession requirement ?

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