Matthew 22:23
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New International Version
That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

New Living Translation
That same day Jesus was approached by some Sadducees--religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question:

English Standard Version
The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question,

Berean Study Bible
That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and questioned Him.

Berean Literal Bible
On that day Sadducees, those saying there is no resurrection, came to Him, and they questioned Him,

New American Standard Bible
On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him,

King James Bible
The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The same day some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up to Him and questioned Him:"

International Standard Version
That same day some Sadducees, who claim there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him,

NET Bible
The same day Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to him and asked him,

New Heart English Bible
On that day Sadducees came to him, the ones saying that there is no resurrection. And they asked him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That day the Sadducees approached, and they were saying to him, “There is no life for the dead”, and they asked him,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
On that day some Sadducees, who say that people will never come back to life, came to Jesus. They asked him,

New American Standard 1977
On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Him and questioned Him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
The same day the Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

King James 2000 Bible
The same day came to him the Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

American King James Version
The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

American Standard Version
On that day there came to him Sadducees, they that say that there is no resurrection: and they asked him,

Douay-Rheims Bible
That day there came to him the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection; and asked him,

Darby Bible Translation
On that day came to him Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection; and they demanded of him,

English Revised Version
On that day there came to him Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection: and they asked him,

Webster's Bible Translation
The same day came to him the Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

Weymouth New Testament
On the same day a party of Sadducees came to Him, contending that there is no resurrection. And they put this case to Him.

World English Bible
On that day Sadducees (those who say that there is no resurrection) came to him. They asked him,

Young's Literal Translation
In that day there came near to him Sadducees, who are saying there is not a rising again, and they questioned him, saying,
Study Bible
The Sadducees and the Resurrection
22And when they heard this, they were amazed. So they left Him and went away. 23That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and questioned Him. 24“Teacher,” they said, “Moses declared that if a man dies without having children, his brother is to marry the widow and raise up offspring for him.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:7
But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his place of baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Mark 12:18
Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came and questioned Him:

Luke 20:27
Then some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to question Him.

Acts 23:6
Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. It is because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial."

Acts 23:8
For the Sadducees say there is neither a resurrection, nor angels, nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.
Treasury of Scripture

The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

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Mark 12:18 Then come to him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; …

Luke 20:27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there …

the Sadducees.

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the …

Acts 4:1 And as they spoke to the people, the priests, and the captain of …

Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which …

Acts 23:6-8 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the …

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1 Corinthians 15:12-14 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some …

2 Timothy 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection …

(23-28) The Sadducees.--(See Note on Matthew 3:7.) These, we must remember, consisted largely of the upper class of the priesthood (Acts 5:17). The form of their attack implies that they looked on our Lord as teaching the doctrine of the resurrection. They rested their denial on the ground that they found no mention of it in the Law, which they recognised as the only rule of faith. The case which they put, as far as the principle involved was concerned, need not have gone beyond any case of re-marriage without issue, but the questioners pushed it to its extreme, as what seemed to them a reductio ad absurdum. Stress is laid on the childlessness of the woman in all the seven marriages in order to guard against the possible answer that she would be counted in the resurrection as the wife of him to whom she had borne issue.

Verses 23-33. - Third attack: The Sadducees and the resurrection. (Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40.) Verse 23 - The same day; on that day. This is still the Tuesday in the Holy Week. The Sadducees. There is no definite article here in the original. Which say; οἱ λὲγοντες. Many good manuscripts and some modern editors (Laehmann, Tregelles, Tischendorf, Westcott and Hort) read λέγοντες, "saying." The received reading historically describes the Sadducees' opinions; the other makes them come boldly stating their sentiments. Where authorities are pretty evenly balanced, we must decide the wording of a passage by other than literary considerations; and there can be no doubt that the reading which denotes the characteristic of the sect is more appropriate than that which represents them offensively parading their views as a preparation for the coming question. We have had notice of the Saddueees before (Matthew 3:7; Matthew 16:1). The popular account of their religious belief is given in Acts 23:8, "The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit." They were rationalists and sceptics, who denied many old-established truths, and scorned many prevalent observances. They acknowledged most of the Old Testament, though, curiously enough, they, like our modern neologians, stumbled at the supernatural upon which the Scriptures were built. Tradition and traditional interpretations found no favour with them. The future life of the soul they utterly repudiated, and the resurrection of the body, when it was brought before them, met with contemptuous ridicule. The claims and doctrine of Christ were, in their eyes, puerile and unworthy of philosophic consideration. At the same time, they recognized that the people were with him for the moment, and that it was expedient that his teaching, so utterly opposed to their own opinions, should be discredited and repressed. So they came forward asking an imaginary question, which, as they thought, would reduce to an absurdity the doctrine of the immortality of the soul and the resurrection of the flesh. Doubtless they were members of the Sanhedrin, and it was at the instigation of this body that they proposed the presumed case of conscience. These understanding that the former had not succeeded, came with a knotty question, with which they had often puzzled the Pharisees, and hoped they should nonplus Christ with it, showing the absurdity of the doctrine of the resurrection, an article which they denied; as it follows,

which say, that there is no resurrection of the dead: they denied that there were angels and spirits, and the immortality of the soul; they affirmed, that the soul died with the body, and that there was no future state: the rise of this sect, and of these notions of their's, was this, as the Jews relate (w).

"Antigonus, a man of Socho, used to say, be not as servants, that serve their master on account of receiving a reward, but be as servants that serve their master, not on account of receiving a reward; and let the fear of heaven (God) be upon you, so that your reward may be double in the world to come: this man had two disciples, who altered his words, and taught the disciples, and the disciples their disciples, and they stood and narrowly examined them, and said, what did our fathers see, to say this thing? Is it possible, that a labourer should work all day, and not take his reward at evening? But if our fathers had known that there is another world, and that there is , "a resurrection of the dead", they would not have said thus: they stood and separated from the law, and of them there were two parties, the Sadducees and Baithusites; the Sadducees on account of Sadoc, and the Baithusites on account of Baithus.''

The Syriac version reads, "and they said" and the Ethiopic version also, "saying, there is no resurrection of the dead"; taking the sense to be, that they at this time declared their sense of this doctrine, and according to a settled notion of their's, affirmed before Christ, that there was no such thing; that never any was raised from the dead, nor never will; and they were desirous of entering into a controversy with him about it:

and asked him; put the following question to him, in order to expose the weakness and absurdity of such a doctrine.

(w) Abot R. Nathan, c. 5. fol. 3. 1. 22:23-33 The doctrines of Christ displeased the infidel Sadducees, as well as the Pharisees and Herodians. He carried the great truths of the resurrection and a future state, further than they had yet been reveled. There is no arguing from the state of things in this world, as to what will take place hereafter. Let truth be set in a clear light, and it appears in full strength. Having thus silenced them, our Lord proceeded to show the truth of the doctrine of the resurrection from the books of Moses. God declared to Moses that he was the God of the patriarchs, who had died long before; this shows that they were then in a state of being, capable of enjoying his favour, and proves that the doctrine of the resurrection is clearly taught in the Old Testament as well as in the New. But this doctrine was kept for a more full revelation, after the resurrection of Christ, who was the first-fruits of them that slept. All errors arise from not knowing the Scriptures and the power of God. In this world death takes away one after another, and so ends all earthly hopes, joys, sorrows, and connexions. How wretched are those who look for nothing better beyond the grave!
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