Matthew 23:38

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Behold, your house is left vnto you desolate.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
- American Standard Version (1901)

See, your house is made waste.
- Basic English Bible

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate;
- Darby Bible

Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
- Webster's Bible

See, your house will now be left to you desolate!
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
- World English Bible

Lo! youre hous schal be left to you desert.
- Wycliffe Bible

Lo, left desolate to you is your house;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:38


23:38 Behold your house - The temple, which is now your house, not God's: Is left unto you - Our Lord spake this as he was going out of it for the last time: Desolate - Forsaken of God and his Christ, and sentenced to utter destruction.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:38


Mt 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. This was the consequence of refusing to come to Christ. The temple is the house meant. God will abandon it and leave it desolate. He will no longer accept its worship.

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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