Matthew 27:38

“Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then were there two theeues crucified with him: one on the right hand, and another on the left.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

At that time two robbers *were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then are there crucified with him two robbers, one on the right hand and one on the left.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then two thieves were put on crosses with him, one on the right and one on the left.
- Basic English Bible

Then are crucified with him two robbers, one on the right hand and one on the left.
- Darby Bible

Then were there two thieves crucified with him: one on the right hand, and another on the left.
- Webster's Bible

At the same time two robbers were crucified with Him, one at His right hand and the other at His left.
- Weymouth Bible

Then there were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left.
- World English Bible

Thanne twey theues weren crucified with hym, oon on the riythalf, and oon on the lefthalf.
- Wycliffe Bible

Then crucified with him are two robbers, one on the right hand, and one on the left,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 27:38


27:38 #Mark 15:27|; Luke 23:32.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 27:38


Mt 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him. In all probability, partners in the crime of Barabbas. The mountain robbers, or "banditti", were always ready to take part in such desperate risings against the Roman power.

Discussion for Matthew 27:38

  • All the versions posted on this site call them thieves or robbers, which are synonymous. But the Catholic New American Bible, which is not on this site, does appear to call the thieves 'revolutionaries'.

    So, I wouldn’t make a conclusion that Bibles are being watered down, but to watch out for a few translations such as the New American Bible that may change the meaning.
  • In the International Version, it states "Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left". In the New American Bible, it states "Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left." So when did two thieves/robbers become rebels and then revolutionaries. Bibles are becoming watered down. Not a good sign.

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