Matthew 5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thinke not that I am come to destroy the lawe or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let there be no thought that I have come to put an end to the law or the prophets. I have not come for destruction, but to make complete.
- Basic English Bible

Think not that I am come to make void the law or the prophets; I am not come to make void, but to fulfil.
- Darby Bible

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
- Webster's Bible

Do not for a moment suppose that I have come to abrogate the Law or the Prophets: I have not come to abrogate them but to give them their completion.
- Weymouth Bible

Don't think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn't come to destroy, but to fulfill.
- World English Bible

Nil ye deme, that Y cam to vndo the lawe, or the profetis; Y cam not to vndo the lawe, but to fulfille.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Do not suppose that I came to throw down the law or the prophets -- I did not come to throw down, but to fulfill;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:17


5:17 Think not - Do not imagine, fear, hope, that I am come - Like your teachers, to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy - The moral law, but to fulfil - To establish, illustrate, and explain its highest meaning, both by my life and doctrine.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:17


Mt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. The preceding verses were so opposed to the teachings of the scribes and Pharisees that some might assert that he was a destroyer of the law. He replies that he has not come to destroy it, but to fulfill. He does not say that he has come to perpetuate it. To fulfill. To complete its purpose. He was the end of the law. It was a "schoolmaster to bring us to Christ", but "after faith is come we are no longer under the schoolmaster" (Ga 3:24,25).

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Steve morrow
    --- DOES A FALSE WITNESS SIN --- MATTHEW 5:27 YOU HAVE HEARD THAT IT WAS SAID BY THEM OF OLD TIME THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY --5:28-- BIT I SAY UNTO YOU THAT WHOSOEVER LOOKETH ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER HATH COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER ALREADY IN HIS HEART ----- PHILIPPIANS 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS WHICH ARE JESUS CHRISTS
  • A disciple
    Insight; the history of the "City of the Great KING" is on account of her inhabitants, who have consistently rejected with contempt any and all of God's servants that He sent to her; "How often would I have gathered your children together...and YOU WOULD NOT!" But one thing we always find in the Bible around these things is that in the end God WILL have His way with Israel and they WILL convert!
  • Insight777
    V35, Jesus is teaching an important lesson. He does not say Jerusalem is Gods city but the city of a great king. A king that defines what is religion and law. Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times.
    All of earth is Gods real estate. What is holy to God is the LIFE God placed on a lifeless planet. Kings kill the life God creates.
  • Brother carl
    The desire of the Holy Ghost is to deny the flesh with the mind of Christ to always please the Father. Even though the flesh considers perfection impossible it is Christ Jesus who reminds us that salvation itself is impossible and it is only made a reality by God. Who leads us to repentance, and by his word we receive faith to obey his will to be born again so then our morals can be very good.
  • A disciple
    "...so the whole world can see it and want to know what is it that we have that they don't have and they will want to be delivered..." My experience, I'm sorry to say, has never been like that. It was never because I wanted what some Church-people had, that I didn't; that I came to repentance! It was because my real danger was my sins, and my [imagined] life without God, and the Word which I heard
  • Geraldine cole
    Bruce u are so right we the True Believer of God we are the light of the World we Cannot hide our light we must let it shine so the whole world can see it and want to know what is it that we have that they don't have and they will want to be delivered from their sins because of the love that we have shown to them and the way we live our lives thats how God want his Children to live here.

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