Matthew 2:18

“In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; And she would not be comforted, because they are not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In Ramah there was a sound of weeping and great sorrow, Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted for their loss.
- Basic English Bible

A voice has been heard in Rama, weeping, and great lamentation: Rachel weeping [for] her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
- Darby Bible

In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
- Webster's Bible

"A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and bitter lamentation: It was Rachel bewailing her children, and she refused to be comforted because there were no more."
- Weymouth Bible

A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; she wouldn't be comforted, because they are no more.
- World English Bible

seiynge, A vois was herd an hiy, wepynge and moche weilyng, Rachel biwepynge hir sones, and she wolde not be coumfortid, for thei ben noyt.
- Wycliffe Bible

`A voice in Ramah was heard -- lamentation and weeping and much mourning -- Rachel weeping [for] her children, and she would not be comforted because they are not.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 2:18


2:18 Rachel weeping for her children - The Benjamites, who inhabited Rama, sprung from her. She was buried near this place; and is here beautifully represented risen, as it were out of her grave, and bewailing her lost children. Because they are not - that is, are dead. The preservation of Jesus from this destruction, may be considered as a figure of God's care over his children in their greatest danger. God does not often, as he easily could, cut off their persecutors at a stroke. But he provides a hiding place for his people, and by methods not less effectual, though less pompous, preserves them from being swept away, even when the enemy comes in like a flood. #Jer 31:15|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:18


Mt 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard. Ramah was a border fortress of Judah, where the captives are collected by the generals of Nebuchadnezzar after the fall of Jerusalem.

Discussion for Matthew 2:18

  • John osarumwensejohn for verse 18
    Mathew 2:18 remind me. of exodus chapter 1 and 2 the birth of Moses.if Herod had succeeded in killing the child the scripture wouldn't have be fulfil.anyway,Gods will must be done.he to protect the saviour from destruction in early stage.
  • Robert Soukup for verse 18
    When first I heard of the tragedy in CT, this came to mind.

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