Matthew 8:12

But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But the children of the kingdome shall be cast out into outer darkenesse: there shalbe weeping and gnashing of teeth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the sons of the kingdom will be put out into the dark, and there will be weeping and cries of pain.
- Basic English Bible

but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
- Darby Bible

But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into utter darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
- Webster's Bible

while the natural heirs of the Kingdom will be driven out into the darkness outside: there will be the weeping aloud and the gnashing of teeth."
- Weymouth Bible

but the children of the Kingdom will be thrown out into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
- World English Bible

but the sones of the rewme schulen be cast out in to vtmer derknessis; there schal be wepyng, and grynting of teeth.
- Wycliffe Bible

but the sons of the reign shall be cast forth to the outer darkness -- there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 8:12


8:12 The outer darkness - Our Lord here alludes to the custom the ancients had of making their feast in the night time. Probably while he was speaking this, the centurion came in person. #Matt 13:42|,50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 8:12


Mt 8:12 But the children of the kingdom. The Jews, the natural children of Abraham, the "Father of the faithful", heirs of the promises made to him. Cast out. Because they rejected the Messiah, in whom all the promises center. Into outer darkness. The history of the Jews for 1,800 years has been a fulfillment of this passage. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. There is a hint at the wretchedness of a future state of punishment.

Discussion for Matthew 8:12

  • Israel was God 's chosen nation and to say that a Roman gentile would be in heaven and a Jew wouldn 't must have been a shock to those in the crowd. They were the physical heirs to the kingdom and they missed it by eighteen inches. Salvation will only come to men like the centurion who understand their spiritual poverty: Lord I 'm not worthy to have you come under my roof! Matt5:3 On the other hand those who think they can make heaven by a their works will fall short. In Romans 10:3 it states they were ignorant of God 's righteousness and tried to establish their own. When a man crosses this line he begins a standard which he himself can keep and he turns a deaf ear to the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and now becomes his own God.
  • In the previous verse those who come from east and west become children of the Kingdom of Heaven. They do sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and have received their Grace given reward. But those born under the covenant are only children of the kingdom, NOT of heaven. Their reward is sealed according to John 3 18,19. According to Jesus they have "not believed in the name of the ONLY begotten Son of God. "
  • 1 This erases the notion that only the Jews could be saved 2 It also makes the point also that a person cannot be saved on their parents merits
  • Because we are made sons only by the LORD Jesus Christ's mercy,I believe those who refuse to work and grow in the word of GOD will be cast into obscurity.(outer darkness)Their glory will be as the stars.see Romans 1:20

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