Matthew 23:38
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New International Version
Look, your house is left to you desolate.

New Living Translation
And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate.

English Standard Version
See, your house is left to you desolate.

Berean Study Bible
Look, your house is left to you desolate.

Berean Literal Bible
Behold, your house is left to you desolate!

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

King James Bible
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
See, your house is left to you desolate.

International Standard Version
Look! Your house is left abandoned!

NET Bible
Look, your house is left to you desolate!

New Heart English Bible
Look, your house is left to you desolate.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, your house is left to you desolate!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your house will be abandoned, deserted.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

American King James Version
Behold, your house is left to you desolate.

American Standard Version
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, you house shall be left to you, desolate.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate;

English Revised Version
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, your house is left to you desolate.

Weymouth New Testament
See, your house will now be left to you desolate!

World English Bible
Behold, your house is left to you desolate.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, left desolate to you is your house;
Study Bible
Lament over Jerusalem
37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39For I tell you that you will not see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’”…
Cross References
1 Kings 9:7
then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight. So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

Psalm 69:25
May their camp be desolate; May none dwell in their tents.

Isaiah 5:9
In my ears the LORD of hosts has sworn, "Surely, many houses shall become desolate, Even great and fine ones, without occupants.

Jeremiah 22:5
"But if you will not obey these words, I swear by Myself," declares the LORD, "that this house will become a desolation."'"

Zephaniah 3:6
"I have cut off nations; Their corner towers are in ruins. I have made their streets desolate, With no one passing by; Their cities are laid waste, Without a man, without an inhabitant.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, your house is left to you desolate.

Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said to them, See you not all these things? truly I say …

2 Chronicles 7:20,21 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have …

Psalm 69:24 Pour out your indignation on them, and let your wrathful anger take …

Isaiah 64:10-12 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem …

Jeremiah 7:9-14 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and …

Daniel 9:26 And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but …

Zechariah 11:1,2,6 Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars…

Zechariah 14:1,2 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided …

Mark 13:14 But when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by …

Luke 13:35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate: and truly I say to you, …

Luke 19:43,44 For the days shall come on you, that your enemies shall cast a trench …

Luke 21:6,20,24 As for these things which you behold, the days will come, in the …

Acts 6:13,14 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak …

(38) Your house.--The word "desolate" is omitted in some of the best MSS. The words "your house" may refer either generally to the whole polity of Israel, or more specifically to the "house" in which they gloried, the Temple, which was the joy of their hearts. It had been the house of God, but He, as represented by His Son, was now leaving it for ever. It was their house now, not His. We must remember that the words were spoken as our Lord was "departing from the Temple" (Matthew 24:1), never to reappear there.

Verse 38. - Your house. The temple or Jerusalem, no longer God's habitation. This betokens not only Christ's solemn departure from the sacred precincts; but the withdrawal of God's Spirit from the Jewish Church and nation. Unto you. Henceforward ye shall have it all to yourselves; my Father and I forsake it; we give it up altogether to you. Desolate. The word is omitted by some few uncials, but retained by א, C, D, etc., most cursives, the Vulgate, etc. The protecting wing is withdrawn, the Divine presence removed, and the house is indeed deserted (ἔρημος); (comp. Psalm 59:25; Jeremiah 12:7). Behold your house is left unto you desolate. Signifying that the city in which they dwelt, where they had their ceiled houses, and stately palaces, would, in a little time, within the space of forty years, be destroyed, and become a desert; and the temple, formerly the house of God, but now only their's, and in which they trusted, would be abandoned by God, he would grant his presence no more in it; and the Messiah, the proprietor of it, and who was now in it, would then take his leave of it, and never more return to it; and that also should share the same fate as the city, and at the same time. Our Lord seems to have in view those passages in Jeremiah 12:7 and which the Jewish (o) writers understood of the temple. The author of the apocryphal the second book of Esdras has much such an expression as this:

"Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble.'' (2 Esdras 1:33).

(o) Targum & Kimchi in Jeremiah 12.7. 38. Behold, your house—the temple, beyond all doubt; but their house now, not the Lord's. See on [1353]Mt 22:7.

is left unto you desolate—deserted, that is, of its Divine Inhabitant. But who is that? Hear the next words:23:34-39 Our Lord declares the miseries the inhabitants of Jerusalem were about to bring upon themselves, but he does not notice the sufferings he was to undergo. A hen gathering her chickens under her wings, is an apt emblem of the Saviour's tender love to those who trust in him, and his faithful care of them. He calls sinners to take refuge under his tender protection, keeps them safe, and nourishes them to eternal life. The present dispersion and unbelief of the Jews, and their future conversion to Christ, were here foretold. Jerusalem and her children had a large share of guilt, and their punishment has been signal. But ere long, deserved vengeance will fall on every church which is Christian in name only. In the mean time the Saviour stands ready to receive all who come to him. There is nothing between sinners and eternal happiness, but their proud and unbelieving unwillingness.
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