Matthew 28:13

“Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Say, His disciples came by night and took him away secretly while we were sleeping.
- Basic English Bible

saying, Say that his disciples coming by night stole him [while] we [were] sleeping.
- Darby Bible

Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
- Webster's Bible

telling them to say, "His disciples came during the night and stole his body while we were asleep."
- Weymouth Bible

saying, "Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
- World English Bible

that hise disciplis camen bi nyyt, and han stolen hym, while ye slepten.
- Wycliffe Bible

saying, `Say ye, that his disciples having come by night, stole him -- we being asleep;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 28:13


28:13 Say, his disciples came by night, and stole him while we slept - Is it possible, that any man of sense should digest this poor, shallow inconsistency? If ye were awake, why did you let the disciples steal him? If asleep, how do you know they did?


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 28:13


Mt 28:13 His disciples came by night, etc. The improbability of this story is easily seen: (1) The soldiers would not dare to go to sleep on guard. It was death. (2) If they had gone to sleep they could testify nothing of what was done while asleep. Their testimony of what occurred then would be worthless. (3) The disciples did not expect a resurrection and would hardly believe it when it occurred. (4) They had shown themselves cowards and would not have dared to take his body away. (5) Had they dared, had the Roman soldiers slept, they could not have removed the stone and carried off the body without detection. It was a night lighted with the full moon and all the environs of Jerusalem were crowded with people attending the passover.

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