Matthew 22:25
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New International Version
Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.

New Living Translation
Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children, so his brother married the widow.

English Standard Version
Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother.

New American Standard Bible
"Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother;

King James Bible
Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now there were seven brothers among us. The first got married and died. Having no offspring, he left his wife to his brother.

International Standard Version
Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his widow to his brother.

NET Bible
Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children he left his wife to his brother.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now, there were seven brothers with us; the first took a wife and he died, and he had no children, and he left his wife to his brother.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There were seven brothers among us. The first married and died. Since he had no children, he left his widow to his brother.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now there were with us seven brothers, and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no seed, left his wife unto his brother;

King James 2000 Bible
Now there were with us seven brothers: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no child, left his wife unto his brother:

American King James Version
Now there were with us seven brothers: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife to his brother:

American Standard Version
Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first married and deceased, and having no seed left his wife unto his brother;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first having married a wife, died; and not having issue, left his wife to his brother.

Darby Bible Translation
Now there were with us seven brethren; and the first having married died, and not having seed, left his wife to his brother.

English Revised Version
Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first married and deceased, and having no seed left his wife unto his brother;

Webster's Bible Translation
Now there were with us seven brothers: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased; and having no issue, left his wife to his brother.

Weymouth New Testament
Now we had among us seven brothers. The eldest of them married, but died childless, leaving his wife to his brother.

World English Bible
Now there were with us seven brothers. The first married and died, and having no seed left his wife to his brother.

Young's Literal Translation
'And there were with us seven brothers, and the first having married did die, and not having seed, he left his wife to his brother;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - Seven brethren. If the word "brethren" is to be taken in the strictest sense, and not as equivalent to "kinsmen," the case is indeed conceivable, though extremely improbable, especially as at this time the custom had fallen into abeyance, and its rigorous fulfilment was neither practised nor expected. There is a levity and a coarseness in the question which is simply revolting.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now there were with us seven brethren,.... That is, there was in the city, town or neighbourhood, where these Sadducees dwelt, probably at Jerusalem, a family, in which were seven sons, all brethren by the father's side; for brethren by the mother's side were not counted brethren, nor obliged by this law (a); whether this was a reigned case which is here and in the following verses put, or whether it was real fact, which is possible, it matters not: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: the eldest of these seven brethren married a wife, and after some time died, having no children, son or daughter, by his wife; and therefore, according to the above law, leaves her to his next brother to marry her, and raise up seed unto him; which, according to the Jewish canons (b), could not be done before ninety days, or three months after the decease of his brother; for so long they were to wait and see, whether she was with child by his brother or not; for if she was, it was not necessary, yea, it was unlawful for him to marry her.

(a) Maimon. Hilch. Yebum, c. 1. sect. 7. (b) T. Bab. Erubin, fol. 47. 1. Maimon. ib. c. 1. sect. 19.



Matthew 22:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sadducees Question the Resurrection
24asking, "Teacher, Moses said, 'IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.' 25"Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; 26so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh.…
Cross References
Matthew 22:24
"Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him.

Matthew 22:26
The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.
Treasury of Scripture

Now there were with us seven brothers: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife to his brother:

Mark 12:19-23 Master, Moses wrote to us, If a man's brother die, and leave his …

Luke 20:29-33 There were therefore seven brothers: and the first took a wife, and …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

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