Matthew 21:46
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New International Version
They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

New Living Translation
They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.

English Standard Version
And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

Berean Study Bible
Although they wanted to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they considered Jesus a prophet.

Berean Literal Bible
And seeking to lay hold of Him, they feared the crowds, because they were holding Him as a prophet.

New American Standard Bible
When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

King James Bible
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although they were looking for a way to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they regarded Him as a prophet.

International Standard Version
Although they wanted to arrest him, they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.

NET Bible
They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because the crowds regarded him as a prophet.

New Heart English Bible
When they sought to seize him, they feared the crowds, because they considered him to be a prophet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they sought to seize him and they were afraid of the crowds, because they were holding him as a Prophet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They wanted to arrest him but were afraid of the crowds, who thought he was a prophet.

New American Standard 1977
And when they sought to seize Him, they feared the multitudes, because they held Him to be a prophet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude because they held him as a prophet.

King James 2000 Bible
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

American King James Version
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

American Standard Version
And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And seeking to lay hands on him, they feared the multitudes: because they held him as a prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
And seeking to lay hold of him, they were afraid of the crowds, because they held him for a prophet.

English Revised Version
And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Weymouth New Testament
but though they were eager to lay hands upon Him, they were afraid of the people, for by them He was regarded as a Prophet.

World English Bible
When they sought to seize him, they feared the multitudes, because they considered him to be a prophet.

Young's Literal Translation
and seeking to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, seeing they were holding him as a prophet.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
45When the chief priests and Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew He was speaking about them. 46Although they wanted to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they considered Jesus a prophet.
Cross References
Matthew 21:11
The crowds replied, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

Matthew 21:26
But if we say, 'From men,' we are afraid of the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet."

Matthew 21:45
When the chief priests and Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew He was speaking about them.

Matthew 22:1
Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables:

Mark 11:18
When the chief priests and scribes heard this, they looked for a way to kill Him. For they were afraid of Him, because the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.

John 7:30
So they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.
Treasury of Scripture

But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

they sought.

2 Samuel 12:7-13 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus said the LORD God …

Proverbs 9:7-9 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes …

Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go to the wise.

Isaiah 29:1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelled! add you year …

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

because.

Matthew 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Luke 7:16,39 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That …

John 7:40,41 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, …

Acts 2:22 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved …

(46) When they sought to lay hands.--We must remember that they had once before made a like attempt, and had been baffled (John 7:44-46). Now circumstances were even more against them. The Prophet was surrounded by His own disciples, and by an admiring crowd. Open violence they did not dare to venture on, and they had to fall back upon the more crooked paths of stratagem and treachery.

Verse 46. - They feared the multitude. They did not dare to lay violent hands on Jesus in the presence of the excited crowd, which would have withstood any such attack at this moment. A Prophet (see ver. 11). If they did not recognize him as Messiah, they regarded him as one inspired by God, and having a Divine mission. This accounts for the joyful acquiescence of the Pharisaical party in the offer of Judas, when he proposed to betray his Master in the absence of the multitude



But when they sought to lay hands on him,.... Not that they attempted by any outward action to apprehend him, and carry him off, or by any immediate act of violence to take away his life; but they secretly wished, and earnestly desired to do it: they were so irritated and provoked, that they could scarcely keep their hands off of him, and could have been glad of an opportunity of satiating their revenge upon him: and whereby they would but have fulfilled what he in this parable had prophetically said of them: and yet so hardened were they, though they understood his meaning, they were not deterred thereby, but on another account:

they feared the multitude; which were now about Christ, lest there should be a tumult, and they should take the part of Christ against them, to which they seemed inclined; when their lives, had they attempted anything of this nature, would have been in a great deal of danger:

because they took him for a prophet; by the doctrines which he taught, by the boldness and freedom of speech he used, and by the miracles he wrought: wherefore, though they might not all of them believe that he was the Messiah, or that prophet Moses spoke of; yet, since it was exceeding manifest, that he was a teacher sent of God, and endowed with very wonderful gifts; and from whom many of them had received singular benefits, if not for their souls, yet for their bodies; being healed by him of their lameness, or blindness, or other diseases; therefore would not suffer him to be abused, and ill treated by them: so that, as Mark says, "they left him, and went their way"; to consult together what was proper to be done, and wait for a better opportunity to seize him. 46. But when they sought to lay hands on him—which Luke (Lu 20:19) says they did "the same hour," hardly able to restrain their rage.

they feared the multitude—rather, "the multitudes."

because they took him for a prophet—just as they feared to say John's baptism was of men, because the masses took him for a prophet (Mt 21:26). Miserable creatures! So, for this time, "they left Him and went their way" (Mr 12:12). 21:33-46 This parable plainly sets forth the sin and ruin of the Jewish nation; and what is spoken to convict them, is spoken to caution all that enjoy the privileges of the outward church. As men treat God's people, they would treat Christ himself, if he were with them. How can we, if faithful to his cause, expect a favourable reception from a wicked world, or from ungodly professors of Christianity! And let us ask ourselves, whether we who have the vineyard and all its advantages, render fruits in due season, as a people, as a family, or as separate persons. Our Saviour, in his question, declares that the Lord of the vineyard will come, and when he comes he will surely destroy the wicked. The chief priests and the elders were the builders, and they would not admit his doctrine or laws; they threw him aside as a despised stone. But he who was rejected by the Jews, was embraced by the Gentiles. Christ knows who will bring forth gospel fruits in the use of gospel means. The unbelief of sinners will be their ruin. But God has many ways of restraining the remainders of wrath, as he has of making that which breaks out redound to his praise. May Christ become more and more precious to our souls, as the firm Foundation and Cornerstone of his church. May we be willing to follow him, though despised and hated for his sake.
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