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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Matthew 10:34


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    King James Bible - Matthew 10:34

    Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

    World English Bible

    "Don't think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn't come to send peace, but a sword.

    Douay-Rheims - Matthew 10:34

    Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    μη
    3361 PRT-N νομισητε 3543 5661 V-AAS-2P οτι 3754 CONJ ηλθον 2064 5627 V-2AAI-1S βαλειν 906 5629 V-2AAN ειρηνην 1515 N-ASF επι 1909 PREP την 3588 T-ASF γην 1093 N-ASF ουκ 3756 PRT-N ηλθον 2064 5627 V-2AAI-1S βαλειν 906 5629 V-2AAN ειρηνην 1515 N-ASF αλλα 235 CONJ μαχαιραν 3162 N-ASF

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    VERSE (34) -
    Jer 15:10 Lu 12:49-53 Joh 7:40-52 Ac 13:45-50; 14:2,4

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 10:34

    No pensis que he venido para meter paz en la tierra; no he venido para meter paz, sino espada.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Matthew 10:34

    Verse 34. Think not that I am come to send
    peace, &c.] The meaning of this difficult passage will be plain, when we consider the import of the word peace, and the expectation of the Jews. I have already had occasion to remark, (chap. x. 12,) that the word wl shalom, rendered by the Greeks eirhnh, was used among the Hebrews to express all possible blessings, temporal and spiritual; but especially the former. The expectation of the Jews was, that, when the Messiah should come, all temporal prosperity should be accumulated on the land of Judea; therefore thn ghn, in this verse, should not be translated the earth, but this land. The import of our Lord's teaching here is this, Do not imagine, as the Jews in general vainly do, that I am come to send forth, (ballein,) by forcing out the Roman power, that temporal prosperity which they long for; I am not come for this purpose, but to send forth (ballein) the Roman sword, to cut off a disobedient and rebellious nation, the cup of whose iniquity is already full, and whose crimes cry aloud for speedy vengeance. See also on "Luke xii. 49". From the time they rejected the Messiah, they were a prey to the most cruel and destructive factions; they employed their time in butchering one another, till the Roman sword was unsheathed against them, and desolated the land.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 34. Think not ye that I am come to send
    peace on earth , etc.] The Jews had a notion of great outward peace and prosperity in the days of the Messiah; which was grounded on several prophecies of the Old Testament, not rightly understood by them; and the disciples of Christ had imbibed the same notion: wherefore our Lord thought fit to let them know the contrary; and that they must not expect outward ease and quiet, and worldly tranquillity would attend their ministry; for though he came to be a peace maker between God and sinners, by the blood of his cross; and was both the author and donor of spiritual peace to his people; and the Gospel he brought with him, and sent them to preach, was the Gospel of peace; which, accompanied with his power, would produce peace in the consciences of men, and be the means of cultivating and maintaining peace among the saints; yet peace on earth in a temporal sense, whether in the world in general, or in Judea in particular, must not be expected as the consequence of his coming; so far from it, that he subjoins, I came, not to send peace, but a sword . By the sword may be meant the Gospel, which is the means of dividing and separating the people of Christ from the men of the world, and from their principles and practices, and one relation from another; as also of divisions, discords, and persecutions arising from it: not that it was the intention and design of Christ, in coming into the world, to foment and encourage such things; but this, through the malice and wickedness of men, was eventually the effect and consequence of his coming; (see Luke 12:51) where, instead of a sword, it is division; because the sword divides asunder, as does the sword of the Spirit, the word of God.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 16-42 - Our
    Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddlin with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil of selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, no only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they migh confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in tellin us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us dea so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutor are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken throug from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations ar very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who wil live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expec to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With thes predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted as serpents, and their ruin is sought, and they need the serpent's wisdom. Be ye harmless a doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; le this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more ho to do well, than how to speak well. In case of great peril, the disciples of Christ may go out of the way of danger, though they mus not go out of the way of duty. No sinful, unlawful means may be used to escape; for then it is not a door of God's opening. The fear of ma brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; a entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, an persecution cannot take away God's love to them, or theirs to him. Fea Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They mus deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, A 20:27. Christ shows them why they should be of good cheer. Their sufferings witnessed against those who oppose his gospel. When God calls us to speak for him, we may depend on him to teach us what to say. A believing prospect of the end of our troubles, will be of grea use to support us under them. They may be borne to the end, because the sufferers shall be borne up under them. The strength shall be accordin to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doin Christ's work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See ho the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows This should silence all the fears of God's people; Ye are of more valu than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is ou duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, i suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, an that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion i worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead u through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ's disciples be ever so small, yet if there by occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit an thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


    μη
    3361 PRT-N νομισητε 3543 5661 V-AAS-2P οτι 3754 CONJ ηλθον 2064 5627 V-2AAI-1S βαλειν 906 5629 V-2AAN ειρηνην 1515 N-ASF επι 1909 PREP την 3588 T-ASF γην 1093 N-ASF ουκ 3756 PRT-N ηλθον 2064 5627 V-2AAI-1S βαλειν 906 5629 V-2AAN ειρηνην 1515 N-ASF αλλα 235 CONJ μαχαιραν 3162 N-ASF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    34. To send (balein). Lit., to
    throw or cast. By this word the expectancy of the disciples is dramatically pictured, as if he represented them as eagerly looking up for peace as something to be flung down upon the earth from heaven. Dr. Morison gives the picture thus: "All are on tiptoe of expectation. What is it that is about to happen? Is it the reign of peace that is just about to be inaugurated and consummated? Is there henceforth to be only unity and amity? As they must and debate, lo! a sword is flung into the midst."

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    10:34 {I came not to send
    peace, but a sword} (ouk elqon balein eirenen, alla macairan). A bold and dramatic climax. The aorist infinitive means a sudden hurling of the sword where peace was expected. Christ does bring peace, not as the world gives, but it is not the force of compromise with evil, but of conquest over wrong, over Satan, the triumph of the cross. Meanwhile there will be inevitably division in families, in communities, in states. It is no namby-pamby sentimentalism that Christ preaches, no peace at any price. The Cross is Christ's answer to the devil's offer of compromise in world dominion. For Christ the kingdom of God is virile righteousness, not mere emotionalism.


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