Matthew 24:1
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New International Version
Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.

New Living Translation
As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings.

English Standard Version
Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple.

Berean Study Bible
As Jesus left the temple and was walking away, His disciples came up to Him to point out its buildings.

Berean Literal Bible
And having gone forth from the temple, Jesus was going away, and His disciples came to Him to point out to Him the buildings of the temple.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.

King James Bible
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As Jesus left and was going out of the temple complex, His disciples came up and called His attention to the temple buildings.

International Standard Version
As Jesus left the Temple and was walking away, his disciples came up to him to point out to him the Temple buildings.

NET Bible
Now as Jesus was going out of the temple courts and walking away, his disciples came to show him the temple buildings.

New Heart English Bible
Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua went out from The Temple to depart, and his disciples approached, showing him the buildings of The Temple.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As Jesus left the temple courtyard and was walking away, his disciples came to him. They proudly pointed out to him the temple buildings.

New American Standard 1977
And Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple.

American King James Version
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.

American Standard Version
And Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way; and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND Jesus being come out of the temple, went away. And his disciples came to shew him the buildings of the temple.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus went forth and went away from the temple, and his disciples came to [him] to point out to him the buildings of the temple.

English Revised Version
And Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way; and his disciples came to him to shew him the buildings of the temple.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple.

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus had left the Temple and was going on His way, when His disciples came and called His attention to the Temple buildings.

World English Bible
Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way. His disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple.

Young's Literal Translation
And having gone forth, Jesus departed from the temple, and his disciples came near to show him the buildings of the temple,
Study Bible
Temple Destruction Foretold
1As Jesus left the temple and was walking away, His disciples came up to Him to point out its buildings. 2“Do you see all these things?” He replied. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be toppled.”…
Cross References
Matthew 21:23
When Jesus returned to the temple courts and began to teach, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him. "By what authority are You doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave You this authority?"

Mark 13:1
As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, look at the magnificent stones and buildings!"

Luke 21:5
As some of the disciples were remarking how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and consecrated gifts, Jesus said,
Treasury of Scripture

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.

departed.

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Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that …

shew.

Mark 13:1,2 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, …

Luke 21:5,6 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones …

John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, …

XXIV.

(1) And Jesus went out.--Better, following the best MSS., Jesus departed from the Temple, and was going on His way, when His disciples. St. Mark and St. Luke report the touching incident of the widow's mite as connected with our Lord's departure.

His disciples came to him.--We may well think of their action as following on the words they had just heard. Was that house, with all its goodly buildings and great stones, its golden and its "beautiful" gates (Acts 3:2)--through which they had probably passed--its porticos, its marble cupolas, the structural and ornamental offerings which had accumulated during the forty-six years that had passed since Herod had begun his work of improvement (John 2:20), to be left "desolate"? Would not the sight of its glories lead Him to recall those words of evil omen? This seems a far more natural explanation than that which sees in what they were doing only the natural wonder of Galilean peasants at the splendour of the Holy City. They had seen it too often, we may add, to feel much wonder.

Verses 1-51. - PROPHECY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM, AND OF THE TIMES OF THE END. (Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:5-36.) There is no reason to think, with Olshauson, that St. Matthew or his editor has considerably amplified the original discourse of our Lord by introducing details and expressions from other quarters. The discourse, as we now have it (ch. 24. and 25.), forms a distinct whole, divided into certain portions closely related to each other and it would have been unnatural in St. Matthew, and opposed to his simple and veracious style, to have put words into our Lord's mouth at this moment, which were not actually uttered by him on this solemn occasion. Verses 1-3. - Occasion of the discourse. (Mark 13:1-4; Luke 21:5-7.) Verse 1. - From the temple; Revised Version, went out from the temple, and was going on his way (ἐπορεύετο). So the best manuscripts and versions. It was while he was proceeding on the route to Bethany that the disciples interrupted him with their remarks about the temple. He had now taken his final leave of the hallowed courts; the prophecy of the desolation of the house was beginning to be fulfilled (see on Matthew 23:38). His disciples came to him. They were disquieted by Christ's words recorded at the end of the last chapter, which spoke of a terrible retribution about to fall, of the desolation of the temple, of Christ's own departure for a time. St. Mark (Mark 13:3) tells us that Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately when these things should be, and what signs should forewarn of their approach, as in ver. 3. St. Matthew records here that his disciples came to him for to show (ἐπιδεῖξαι, to display) him the buildings of the temple (ἱεροῦ, the whole sacred enclosure). They had gathered from his words that destruction awaited this edifice, but as they gazed upon it they could scarcely bring themselves to believe in its coming overthrow. So as they gained some commanding point of view, they drew Christ's attention to its beauty, magnificence, and unequalled solidity, desiring him to explain further the mode and time of the catastrophe. It was popularly said, "He who never saw the temple of Herod has never seen a fine building." And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple,.... He not only went out of it for that time, but took his final leave of it, never to return more to it; having foretold its desolation, which he, in part, by so doing, immediately fulfilled: this the disciples observing, and being intent on the outward splendour, and worldly grandeur of it, were concerned that so beautiful a structure should be deserted; and almost thought it incredible, that so strong, and firm a building could be destroyed.

And his disciples came unto him: as he went, and as soon as he was come out of the temple, and whilst in view of it:

for to show him the buildings of the temple; the walls of it, and courts adjoining to it, how beautiful and firm they were: whether this was done by them to raise in him admiration or commiseration, in hopes he might change the sentence he had passed upon it, is not easy to say; or whether this did not express their incredulity about the desolation of it; which Christ's answer, in the next verse, seems to imply. Mark says, it was "one of the disciples" that observed these to him, who might be accompanied with the rest, and in their name address him; and who, probably, might be Peter, since he was generally their mouth; and that he should speak to him in this manner: "master, see what manner of stones, and what buildings are here!" Luke says, "how it was adorned with goodly stones, and gifts." The Jews give very great encomiums of the second temple, as repaired by Herod; and it was undoubtedly a very fine structure. They say (p), that he built the house of the sanctuary, "an exceeding beautiful building"; and that he repaired the temple, in beauty "greatly exceeding" that of Solomon's (q). They moreover observe (r), that

"he who has not seen the building of Herod, has never seen, , "a beautiful building." With what is it built? says Rabbah, with stones of green and white marble. And there are others say, that it was built with stones of spotted green and white marble.''

These, very likely, were the very stones the disciples pointed to, and admired; and were of a prodigious size, as well as worth. Some of the stones were, as Josephus (s) says,

"forty five cubits long, five high, and six broad.''

Others of them, as he elsewhere affirm (t),

"were twenty five cubits long, eight high, and twelve broad.''

And he also tells us, in the same place, that there were,

"in the porches, four rows of pillars: the thickness of each pillar was as much as three men, with their arms stretched out, and joined together, could grasp; the length twenty seven feet, and the number of them an hundred and sixty two, and beautiful to a miracle.''

At the size of those stones, and the beauty of the work, it is said (u), Titus was astonished, when he destroyed the temple; at which time his soldiers plundered it, and took away "the gifts", with which it is also said to be adorned. These were rich and valuable things which were dedicated to it, and either laid up in it, or hung upon the walls and pillars of it, as it was usual in other temples (w). These may, intend the golden table given by Pompey, and the spoils which Herod dedicated; and particularly the golden vine, which was a gift of his (x); besides multitudes of other valuable things, which were greatly enriching and ornamental to it. Now the disciples suggest, by observing these, what a pity it was such a grand edifice should be destroyed; or how unaccountable it was; that a place of so much strength, could easily be demolished.

(p) Juchasin, fol. 139. 1.((q) Ganz Tzemach David, par. 1. fol. 24. 2.((r) T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 4. 1. & Succa, fol. 51. 2.((s) De Bello Jud. l. 5. c. 5. (t) Antiq. Jud. l. 15. c. 14. (u) Egesippus, l. 5. c. 43. (w) Vid. Ryckium de Capitol. Rom. c. 21, &c. (x) Joseph. Antiq. l. 15. CHAPTER 24

Mt 24:1-51. Christ's Prophecy of the Destruction of Jerusalem, and Warnings Suggested by It to Prepare for His Second Coming. ( = Mr 13:1-37; Lu 21:5-36).

For the exposition, see on [1355]Mr 13:1-37. 24:1-3 Christ foretells the utter ruin and destruction coming upon the temple. A believing foresight of the defacing of all worldly glory, will help to keep us from admiring it, and overvaluing it. The most beautiful body soon will be food for worms, and the most magnificent building a ruinous heap. See ye not all these things? It will do us good so to see them as to see through them, and see to the end of them. Our Lord having gone with his disciples to the Mount of Olives, he set before them the order of the times concerning the Jews, till the destruction of Jerusalem; and as to men in general till the end of the world.
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