Matthew 10:35
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New International Version
For I have come to turn "'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--

New Living Translation
I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

English Standard Version
For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

New American Standard Bible
"For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW;

King James Bible
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

International Standard Version
I came to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

NET Bible
For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have come to divide a man against his father and a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I have come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

King James 2000 Bible
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

American King James Version
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

American Standard Version
For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have come to set a man at variance with his father, and the daughter with her mother, and the daughter-in-law with her mother-in-law;

English Revised Version
For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law:

Webster's Bible Translation
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Weymouth New Testament
For I came to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

World English Bible
For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Young's Literal Translation
for I came to set a man at variance against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:16-42 Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors 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 through from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With these 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 as doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will. Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; let this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more how 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 must 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 man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God's love to them, or theirs to him. Fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, Ac 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 great 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 according to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doing Christ's work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See how 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 value 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 our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in 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, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is 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 us 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 be 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 any 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 35. - Parallel passage: Luke 12:53 (cf. supra, vers. 21, 22). For I am come; I came (Revised Version). Notice the threefold η΅λθον. Christ would leave in his hearers' minds no room for thinking that he was ignorant of what the immediate result of his coming would be. To. A mere infinitive, not even with τοῦ, much less ἵνα with subject. The result is not in any sense the final cause of his coming. Set a man at variance against (διχάσαι... κατὰ). By the preposition is implied enmity, by the verb complete severance. For relation to God is the great line of cleavage, and that not only in God's sight, but in outcome of character. His father. From this word till the end of ver. 36 our Lord adopts Micah's (Micah 7:6) description of a general time of distrust for his own picture of the discord introduced by his coming. The wording is hardly taken from the LXX.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I am come to set a man at variance against,.... Or "to divide a man from his father". Here our Lord opens and explains what he means by the sword, intestine divisions, domestic broils, family differences, as well as such as appear in towns, cities, and kingdoms, which are exemplified by other instances following;

and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: the case is this, a father believing in Christ, embracing his Gospel, and submitting to his institutions, is contradicted, opposed, and persecuted by his own son, and a mother by her own daughter; in both which relations, natural affection knit them together; and the mother-in-law by her daughter-in-law, who before lived together in the most peaceable, kind, and tender manner: which must be imputed, not to Christ, and the doctrines of Christ, and the natural tendency of them, embraced by the father, the mother, and mother-in-law; but to the natural enmity of the son, the daughter, and the daughter-in-law, to everything divine, spiritual, and evangelical, or "vice versa".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—(See on [1259]Lu 12:51-53).

Matthew 10:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sword of the Gospel
34"Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35"For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; 36and A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
Cross References
Micah 7:6
For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- a man's enemies are the members of his own household.

Matthew 10:21
"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.

Luke 12:53
They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
Treasury of Scripture

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Matthew 10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father …

Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and …

Micah 7:5 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep …

Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father …

Luke 21:16 And you shall be betrayed both by parents, and brothers, and kinfolks, …

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