Matthew 23:31

Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore ye bee witnesses vnto your selues, that yee are the children of them which killed the Prophets.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wherefore ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of them that slew the prophets.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So that you are witnesses against yourselves that you are the sons of those who put the prophets to death.
- Basic English Bible

So that ye bear witness of yourselves that ye are sons of those who slew the prophets:
- Darby Bible

Wherefore ye are witnesses to yourselves, that ye are the children of them who killed the prophets.
- Webster's Bible

So that you bear witness against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the Prophets.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore you testify to yourselves that you are children of those who killed the prophets.
- World English Bible

And so ye ben in witnessyng to you silf, that ye ben the sones of hem that slowen the prophetis.
- Wycliffe Bible

So that ye testify to yourselves, that ye are sons of them who did murder the prophets;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:31


23:31 Wherefore ye testify against yourselves - By your smooth words as well as devilish actions: that ye are the genuine sons of them who killed the prophets of their own times, while they professed the utmost veneration for those of past ages. From the 3d to the 30th verse #Mt 23:3 |- 30 is exposed every thing that commonly passes in the world for religion, whereby the pretenders to it keep both themselves and others from entering into the kingdom of God; from attaining, or even seeking after those tempers, in which alone true Christianity consists. As, Punctuality in attending on public and private prayer, ver. 4 - 14. #Mt 23:4 |- 14 Zeal to make proselytes to our opinion or communion, though they have less of the spirit of religion than before, ver. 15. #Mt 23:15| A superstitious reverence for consecrated places or things, without any for Him to whom they are consecrated, ver. 16 - 22. #Mt 23:16 |- 22 A scrupulous exactness in little observances, though with the neglect of justice, mercy, and faith, ver. 23, 24. #Mt 23:23|,24 A nice cautiousness to cleanse the outward behaviour, but without any regard to inward purity, ver. 25, 26. #Mt 23:25|,26 A specious face of virtue and piety, covering the deepest hypocrisy and villany, ver. 27, 28. #Mt 23:27|,28 A professed veneration for all good men, except those among whom they live.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:31


Mt 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses, etc. They demonstrated by their hostility to Christ, by their plots and false charges, and would soon show by their murder of the Lord, that they had just the same spirit as their fathers who slew Isaiah, persecuted Jeremiah, and shed the blood of Zacharias between the altar and the temple. They were therefore their spiritual children as well as their descendants. It adds to the vividness of this denunciation that from the temple area where they were standing the crest of Olivet rose distinctly at the distance of half a mile, and upon it were clearly visible the white sepulchers of the prophets which they had built, among them the tomb of Zacharias, who is named just below as slain between "the temple and the altar" (Mt 23:35).

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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