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 5:17

  • Bro. Davis for verse 17
    Some people take this as the Law does not have to be followed any longer. That can not be farther from the truth! Let me ask you this then. If you are a parent and make rules for your children to follow and you go to work and they break the rules. Do you come home and judge them for breaking the rules and at times forgive them because they repent? Say they are sorry and will not do it again . Do you then do away with the rules they were to follow because they could not keep them? No, you do not because you love them and want only the best for them. Are the rules for their protection and best interest's? Yes! Yahweh God is the same in that he wants only the best for us and the laws were put there for our protection and instructions on how to live right. He in no way is going to take that away from us and let us decide on our own how to live right? He came to take away the Sins in us, not the laws he made for us! We are not bound by the Law, but by the sin that was in us, which would have been death and eternal damnation for us! He came to save us from the bondage of sin, not the Law. He also walked in ALL the Laws and did not break any of them. We are to walk as He did. He used the Holy Spirit to fight off the flesh he occupied while on this earth. It is through that same spirit that we are able to do all things through Him as he is our strength now. The Holy Ghost was given to us and the power of His spirit now dwells in His children to keep the Laws as He did and sinned not!
  • Joseph Bongilu for verse 17
    Its clearly seen here that Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill.In what way? He ended the law by giving himself, thus ended completing its purpose when He cried out " It is finished ".you dont have to wait for heaven and earth to pass away then these things be fulfilled.It all fulfilled in HIM. Therefore who ever tried to uphold the law and the prophets ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE.
  • Rudy martinez for verse 17
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  • Mark Aubart for verse 17
    As has been written, Christ came to offer salvation through grace, but the salvation from sin is an offer. People can take the offer and become part of the Church of Christ, which by its nature will obey God and his commandments. Or refuse the offer and follow man aka satan, lucifer, the world . I believe the 10 Commandments were for Jews Gentiles alike, the other laws Torah were specifically for the Jews, and pertained to the time before Christ B.C. . The 4th Commandment specifically, regarding the Sabbath, predates the 10-Commandments and was never abolished and never changed by God. Lucifer man religion changed it in order to demonstrate how inept and evil man is and to fool mankind when they read: Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Now people will ask without thinking: "But which day is the 7th day? " But God did not allow man to change the days of the week, Sunday is the first day of the week on every calendar, in every language, in every country in the world. Those that wish to believe otherwise want to be deceived, and in fact are preferring to follow the world and not Christ, not God.
  • Anonymous for verse 17
    the coming of Jesus was prophesied and he just came to fulfill the prophesies of the prophets. The ten commandments are still very relevant now as it was before. Jesus came for our salvation the laws could not have given use salvation.
  • Mat. 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the Prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. " Read verse 17 in context. I suggest that the term, "but to fulfill " means: 'to fill the law fuller. ' Verse 19, Does a person really want to teach that the law including the ten commandments see Deut. 5, and 6:1 in context can be ignored and subsequently broken? Doesn 't Mat. 5:27 fill up the law of adultery fuller? Mat. 5:33 fills out the Law about swearing, right? Mat. 5:38 enhances the Law "an eye for an eye, " doesn 't it? And Jesus ' Yahshua 's testimony goes on and on filling up The Law more fully. Take the fifth Commandment, for example just because Jesus obeyed and honored his parents fully, and earned the prolongation of "his days, " doesn 't mean we can disobey and dishonor our parents without penalty.

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