Matthew 3:9

“And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 3:9

And thinke not to say within your selues, Wee haue Abraham to our father: For I say vnto you, that God is able of these stones to raise vp children vnto Abraham.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And say not to yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; because I say to you that God is able from these stones to make children for Abraham.
- Basic English Bible

And do not think to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for [our] father; for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
- Darby Bible

And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father: for I say to you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
- Webster's Bible

and do not imagine that you can say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our forefather,' for I tell you that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.
- Weymouth Bible

Don't think to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
- World English Bible

and nyle ye seie with ynne you, We han Abraham to fadir; for Y seie to you, that God is myyti to reise vp of these stoones the sones of Abraham.
- Wycliffe Bible

and do not think to say in yourselves, A father we have -- Abraham, for I say to you, that God is able out of these stones to raise children to Abraham,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 3:9

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 3:9


3:9 And say not confidently - The word in the original, vulgarly rendered, Think not, seems here, and in many places, not to diminish, but rather add to the force of the word with which it is joined. We have Abraham to our father - It is almost incredible, how great the presumption of the Jews was on this their relation to Abraham. One of their famous sayings was, Abraham sits near the gates of hell, and suffers no Israelite to go down into it. I say unto you - This preface always denotes the importance of what follows. Of these stones - Probably pointing to those which lay before them.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 3:9


Mt 3:9 Think not to say . . . We have Abraham to [our] father. They believed that Abraham;s race was to be saved, if all else were destroyed. John destroys the refuge of sin. Of these stones. Pointing, perhaps, to the stones of the Jordan. In thus sinking the higher claims of Judaism, John points to the Gentiles, who were to become Abraham's children by faith (Ga 3:29).

Discussion for Matthew 3:9

  • Alex on Matthew 3:9
    Comments by Alex about y Jesus was water baptised,it goes back to the O.T. Moses had said if a house has a leprosy or a scall it wd have to be washed with with the blood of a dove. The priest wd have to take 2 turtle doves and wash them by running water but 1 wd have to be a sacrificial dove and be killed and his blood sprinkled on the living bird which is the Church,Christ was our sacrificial dove thats y the dove descended on Jesus.Turtle doves are lovers just like Christ and the CHURCH are lovers.Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it ( the sacrificial dove ) . In Song of Solomon the 2 lovers are Christ and the Church but they refer to each other as having Doves EYES,Christ and his disciples answer to the 2 turtle doves that had to be washed by running water th Jordan was running water,John th bap. answers to the Hi Priest that was of the tribe of Levi, he did the baptism th washing. Song of solomon says while the king sits at his table my spicknard sends for as sweet smell, We are all in the house of Simon the leper we all are unclean but jESUS answers to the sacrificial dove that wd have to be killed and his blood sprinkled on the living bird th Church. Thats y JESUS was water baptised he answers to the sacrificial dove, thats y that dove descended on JESUS, AS TH SACRIFICIAL DOVE HE HAD TO BE WASHED BY RUNNING WATER, THE JORDAN WAS RUNNING WATER.All the disciples answer to the CHURCH THE LIVING BIRD THAT WAS SET FREE,Whom the son sets free is free indeed. But Jesus knew that they had all been water baptised But he tells them if i WASH thee not you will have no part with me which speaks volumes of a greater baptism coming with his blood the CROSS,you are made clean by the WORD i have spoken unto you. He tells his own disciples that had been water baptised, If I wash thee not you will have NO part with me. Which is H.G. BAPTISM, Even in the time of Moses without the shedding of blood there can be no remission Sin. Th Cross
  • Chris on Matthew 3:9
    Mt. 3:5-9: As John the Baptist was baptising (unto repentance), some Pharisees & Saducees had also come to see the spectacle. John basically told them that you talk of repentance but you have no fruit to show for it. And knowing their beliefs that Jews claim to be the children of Abraham (i.e. they only have the right to enter Heaven regardless of how they live their lives), John, looking down at the stones about him, said that from these very stones, God is able to raise children to Abraham. John not only opposed their belief system but in a sense, was saying that even Gentiles would one day have the opportunity. And through Jesus' Sacrifice, all nations can be saved through faith in Jesus.
  • Shouqun Ni on Matthew 3:9
    what is Matthew 3:9

    "that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."

    meaning
  • Timothy Wayne George on Matthew 3:9
    John the baptist is warning the religious leaders that Jehovah God will raise up stones from the Gentiles unto Abraham. Thus fulfilling the prophecy that Abraham's seed will be as the sands of the sea shore.


 

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