Matthew 23:30

And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And say, If wee had beene in the dayes of our fathers, wee would not haue bene partakers with them in the blood of the Prophets.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and say, 'If we had been {living} in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in {shedding} the blood of the prophets.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in the blood of the prophets.
- Basic English Bible

and ye say, If we had been in the days of our fathers we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
- Darby Bible

And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
- Webster's Bible

and your boast is, "`If we had lived in the time of our forefathers, we should not have been implicated with them in the murder of the Prophets.'
- Weymouth Bible

and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we wouldn't have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'
- World English Bible

and seien, If we hadden be in the daies of oure fadris, we schulden not haue be her felowis in the blood of prophetis.
- Wycliffe Bible

and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:30


23:30 We would not have been partakers - So ye make fair professions, as did your fathers.


Discussion for Matthew 23

  • A disciple
    "..but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not...But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." In the Sermon on the Mount, all of our character and conduct both toward God and men is supposed to be a reflection of our Father, that men may see!
  • A disciple
    BSP; That is such a profound statement! Hypocrisy is "stage-playing," giving an outward appearance intended to conceal one's true motives, nature, or actions. That then is become a false and spurious "religion" based on deceit and fraud, driven by pride, envy and selfishness. Our religion is as David describes in the 5th Psalm; of setting in order before Him, and allowing no place for the devil.
  • BSP
    Verses 25 and 26- the Pharisees were only focused on their outward appearance. We want to make sure that we are clean inside and out.
  • Joseph Mosley
    When Jesus said for us" call no man father save your father witch is in heaven. He was talking about religious father like Catholics call there priests father. He also said that we should not refer to religious leaders as rabbi because it means teacher and we only have one teacher and that is God.
  • Ren
    @Pearl when I was young we called ours dad not father. That was not allowed at our house. We were told you have only one Father and he is the one above.
  • A disciple
    Pearl; Honoring our father and mother is one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus condemned the hypocrites for teaching that by one's keep of religious observance he would be exempt from honoring his parents. I believe that Jesus is here referring to Titles, as if any man could be our Supreme Leader, or Master over the other's life and faith; for only our Father in heaven and Christ have those roles.

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