Matthew 17:10

“And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the Scribes that Elias must first come?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And His disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And his disciples, questioning him, said, Why then do the scribes say that Elijah has to come first?
- Basic English Bible

And [his] disciples demanded of him saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first have come?
- Darby Bible

And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes, that Elijah must first come?
- Webster's Bible

Why then, asked the disciples, "do the Scribes say that Elijah must first come?"
- Weymouth Bible

His disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
- World English Bible

And his disciplis axiden hym, and seiden, What thanne seien the scribis, that it bihoueth that Elie come first?
- Wycliffe Bible

And his disciples questioned him, saying, `Why then do the scribes say that Elijah it behoveth to come first?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 17:10


17:10 Why then say the scribes, that Elijah must come first - Before the Messiah? If no man is to know of his coming? Should we not rather tell every man, that he is come, and that we have seen him, witnessing to thee as the Messiah?


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 17:10


Mt 17:10 Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come? They knew that the scribes, in their capacity as interpreters of prophecy, were wont to say that Elijah must come before the Messiah could appear. They said this on the strength of Mal 3:1 4:5. If Peter, James and John were of those who asked this question, they were probably seeking to ascertain if the vision they had seen was the coming of Elijah and why he did not remain.

Discussion for Matthew 17

  • Wayne
    John, what don't you understand about the fish and the coin? Nothing about the fish dying and selling the dead fish for a coin. Jesus simply says open the fish mouth, take out the,band pay the tax. Pretty clear cut .
  • Jeff Berry
    Unlike the next chapter where Jesus uses an hyperbole to teach a truth (...if thy hand...offend thee) here He is speaking metaphorically. "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed..." Do you have any "mountains" in your life? I do. And today I "say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place"!
  • A disciple
    The disciples were first called Christians because they were of Christ, and were like Christ. They took every word He said as the absolute Rule for every aspect of their character and conduct. In this chapter we can much from what Jesus said and did. 1. There is an appropriate time for telling others the vision you have received. 2. Belief and holy trustworthiness go together. 3. Honor Authority.
  • Oscar Nancy
    Comment*very good and inspiring
  • A disciple
    Vay; Thank you for speaking up! Nice to hear from you! YES! It is like the Sermon on the Mount, TOTALLY; and the Parable of the Sower, and the Wheat and the Tares, and the Wise and Foolish Virgins, and the Good and Faithful House Managers next to the One who went and hid his Lord's money. What's wrong with hypocrisy? Stage-playing, giving a misleading appearance meant to conceal one's true nature!
  • Vay
    You're right about the "whole point"! It's like the Sermon on the Mount, isn't it, where we're to give our cloaks if our coat is taken (stolen), go the extra mile, forgive and love and pray for our enemies. Examine and find ourselves faultless before making our self-offering! When we don't obey these Christian lessons from Jesus' Mountain-top Sermon, we're still taught them but through trials.

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