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

  • Alex
    God is no respector of persons he loves everybody thats y he sends his sun/son and rain/spirit on the good and the bad the just and unjust. His love and mercy is beyond OUR COMPREHENSION. IF I BELIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL ALL MEN UNTO ME, There was none righteous no not one but while we the world was yet sinners he died for all of us,that he might rise again in the hearts of EVERYMAN VIA HIS SEED.
  • A disciple
    "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your REWARD in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." The word in the original Greek Text indicates Payment, as in Wages or Hire for some work done. Our salvation depends on our finishing the course as overcomers, and enduring true and faithful to the end. Then truly by our fruits we shall be known, of what kind we are!
  • Servant
    If we can take anything from Matt. . Let it be that Christ is trying to teach us about the Royal Law of love .
  • Amelliea
    The lord said let there be light and there was light..... In the beginning god created the heaven and the earth.. For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who ever believed in him should not perish but have a everlasting life....
  • A disciple
    "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Some of the Blessed character traits in the Beatitudes are not just "nice suggestions" but absolutely essential character traits which must be present and working in us if we hope to receive those Blessings promised. THAT is the WORK which we MUST DO that will be the LIGHT shining!
  • Alex
    Sin is the trangression of the law and Jesus says he came not to do away with the law but to fulfill the law but by his death we will all get a seed an incorruptible seed resulting in a birth of Christ in us and them that are born of God cannot sin thus our new innerman cannot sin simply b/c he is born of GOD, Thats how he will destroy mans propsensity to sin thus fulfilling the law

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