Matthew 13:29
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New International Version
"'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.

New Living Translation
"'No,' he replied, 'you'll uproot the wheat if you do.

English Standard Version
But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.

New American Standard Bible
"But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.

King James Bible
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"No,' he said. When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them.

International Standard Version
"He said, 'No! If you pull out the weeds, you might pull out the wheat with them.

NET Bible
But he said, 'No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he said to them, 'When you collect the tares, would you not uproot the wheat with them?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"He replied, 'No. If you pull out the weeds, you may pull out the wheat with them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he said, No, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

King James 2000 Bible
But he said, Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.

American King James Version
But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.

American Standard Version
But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.

Darby Bible Translation
But he said, No; lest [in] gathering the darnel ye should root up the wheat with it.

English Revised Version
But he saith, Nay; lest haply while ye gather up the tares, ye root up the wheat with them.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he said, No; lest while ye gather the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Weymouth New Testament
"'No,' he replied, 'for fear that while collecting the darnel you should at the same time root up the wheat with it.

World English Bible
"But he said, 'No, lest perhaps while you gather up the darnel weeds, you root up the wheat with them.

Young's Literal Translation
'And he said, No, lest -- gathering up the darnel -- ye root up with it the wheat,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:24-30, 36-43 This parable represents the present and future state of the gospel church; Christ's care of it, the devil's enmity against it, the mixture there is in it of good and bad in this world, and the separation between them in the other world. So prone is fallen man to sin, that if the enemy sow the tares, he may go his way, they will spring up, and do hurt; whereas, when good seed is sown, it must be tended, watered, and fenced. The servants complained to their master; Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? No doubt he did; whatever is amiss in the church, we are sure it is not from Christ. Though gross transgressors, and such as openly oppose the gospel, ought to be separated from the society of the faithful, yet no human skill can make an exact separation. Those who oppose must not be cut off, but instructed, and that with meekness. And though good and bad are together in this world, yet at the great day they shall be parted; then the righteous and the wicked shall be plainly known; here sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them. Let us, knowing the terrors of the Lord, not do iniquity. At death, believers shall shine forth to themselves; at the great day they shall shine forth before all the world. They shall shine by reflection, with light borrowed from the Fountain of light. Their sanctification will be made perfect, and their justification published. May we be found of that happy number.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Wetstein, on ver. 39, quotes an interesting parallel spoken by R. Joshua ben Korcha (Talm. Bah., 'Baba Metzia,' 83b).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he said, nay,.... The answer is in the negative; and which, if spoken to angels, is to be understood, that they should not inflict punishments, or pour out, their vials, as yet, on formal professors, lest the righteous should share in them; and if to magistrates, the sense of it is, that they should not persecute with the sword, or put men to death for heretical opinions; but if to ministers of the word, which sense I choose, the meaning is, that not everyone suspected to be a tare, or a nominal professor, is to be removed from the communion of the church, because there is often danger in so doing:

lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them: not that men of openly scandalous lives are to be tolerated in churches; they are to be withdrawn from, and put away; nor men of known, avowed, heretical principles; such, after the first and second admonition, are to be rejected: yet there may be such in churches, not altogether agreeable in principle and practice, whose character and situation may be such, that there is no removing them without offending some truly gracious, useful persons, in whose affections they stand, who may be tempted, by such a step, to leave their communion; and so cannot be done without a considerable prejudice to the church. The scope of the parable, and the design of our Lord in it, are chiefly to be attended to; which are to show, that a pure and perfect church cannot be expected in the present state of things; and that saints should not be immoderately uneasy, but patiently bear such exercises, until Christ's time is come to relieve them, when the tares and chaff shall be separated from the wheat; when sinners shall not stand in the congregation of the righteous, and there shall be no more a pricking briar, nor a grieving thorn in the house of Israel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. But he said, Nay—"It will be done in due time, but not now, nor is it your business."

lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them—Nothing could more clearly or forcibly teach the difficulty of distinguishing the two classes, and the high probability that in the attempt to do so these will be confounded.

Matthew 13:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Weeds
28"And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?' 29"But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
Cross References
Matthew 13:25
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.

Matthew 13:28
"'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'

Matthew 13:30
Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'"
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