Matthew 25:46

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And these shall goe away into euerlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternall.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And these will go away into eternal punishment; but the upright into eternal life.
- Basic English Bible

And these shall go away into eternal punishment, and the righteous into life eternal.
- Darby Bible

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
- Webster's Bible

And these shall go away into the Punishment of the Ages, but the righteous into the Life of the Ages.
- Weymouth Bible

These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
- World English Bible

And these schulen goo in to euerlastynge turment; but the iust men schulen go in to euerlastynge lijf.
- Wycliffe Bible

And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 25:46


25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life everlasting - Either therefore the punishment is strictly eternal, or the reward is not: the very same expression being applied to the former as to the latter. The Judge will speak first to the righteous, in the audience of the wicked. The wicked shall then go away into everlasting fire, in the view of the righteous. Thus the damned shall see nothing of the everlasting life; but the just will see the punishment of the ungodly. It is not only particularly observable here, That the punishment lasts as long as the reward; but, That this punishment is so far from ceasing at the end of the world, that it does not begin till then.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 25:46


Mt 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. We shall not enter into the discussions that have arisen over this controverted passage. These things are certain: (1) A separation between the righteous and the wicked takes place at judgment. (2) The righteous inherit the kingdom; the wicked "depart into everlasting fire". (3) The state of the righteous is "life eternal"; the state of the wicked is "everlasting punishment". (4) The duration of these two states is the same, exactly the same Greek word being used in each case ("aionios"). Then if the state of punishment has an end, so has the life.

Discussion for Matthew 25

  • Bill G
    Believers will give an account of their stewardship on earth when at the judgement seat of Christ. James Hollandsworth has a very helpful message on this passage entitled, " Parables of Talents and Pounds " in his series Rightly Dividing the Parables.
  • Lilian
    Well done good and faithful servant thou has been faithful over a few things I will make thee a ruler of many things enter into the Joy of the Lord Amen hallelujah Praise you Jesus and thanks for your blood
  • Wesley Archuleta
    God gave you the gift of life, What you do with it is your gift to him,So be sure to give him a gift that is worth receiving.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The message that rings throughout this chapter is that we should be ever ready for we know not when the Lord shall come. Readiness means being in a state where we can qualify for the Lord's Kingdom. Readiness means being at the centre of God's Will all the time. We cannot achieve this state by our power or might but by the Grace of God. Salvation is through Grace.
  • Lillie
    I think we must always live our life preparing for the return of Jesus.
  • Irene123
    The 'oil' is the symbolic of the Holy Ghost: being prayed up in the spirit everyday - and that is not referring to Jesus' 'example' prayer in Matt. - "Our Father which art in Heaven ..... "; repeating this everyday as one's 'prayer life' is tatamount to saying the rosary. We are to 'converse' with Him Just as we'd talk to our earthly fathers about our needs and/or just how much we love Him.

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