Matthew 24:34
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New International Version
Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

New Living Translation
I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place.

English Standard Version
Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

New American Standard Bible
"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

King James Bible
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place.

International Standard Version
I tell all of you with certainty, this generation won't disappear until these things happen.

NET Bible
I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Amen, I say to you that this generation will not pass away until all these things happen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I can guarantee this truth: This generation will not disappear until all these things take place.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass until all these things are fulfilled.

King James 2000 Bible
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

American King James Version
Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

American Standard Version
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Darby Bible Translation
Verily I say to you, This generation will not have passed away until all these things shall have taken place.

English Revised Version
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished.

Webster's Bible Translation
Verily I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things shall be fulfilled.

Weymouth New Testament
I tell you in solemn truth that the present generation will certainly not pass away without all these things having first taken place.

World English Bible
Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all these things are accomplished.

Young's Literal Translation
Verily I say to you, this generation may not pass away till all these may come to pass.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:29-41 Christ foretells his second coming. It is usual for prophets to speak of things as near and just at hand, to express the greatness and certainty of them. Concerning Christ's second coming, it is foretold that there shall be a great change, in order to the making all things new. Then they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds. At his first coming, he was set for a sign that should be spoken against, but at his second coming, a sign that should be admired. Sooner or later, all sinners will be mourners; but repenting sinners look to Christ, and mourn after a godly sort; and those who sow in those tears shall shortly reap in joy. Impenitent sinners shall see Him whom they have pierced, and, though they laugh now, shall mourn and weep in endless horror and despair. The elect of God are scattered abroad; there are some in all places, and all nations; but when that great gathering day comes, there shall not one of them be missing. Distance of place shall keep none out of heaven. Our Lord declares that the Jews should never cease to be a distinct people, until all things he had been predicting were fulfilled. His prophecy reaches to the day of final judgment; therefore he here, ver. 34, foretells that Judah shall never cease to exist as a distinct people, so long as this world shall endure. Men of the world scheme and plan for generation upon generation here, but they plan not with reference to the overwhelming, approaching, and most certain event of Christ's second coming, which shall do away every human scheme, and set aside for ever all that God forbids. That will be as surprising a day, as the deluge to the old world. Apply this, first, to temporal judgments, particularly that which was then hastening upon the nation and people of the Jews. Secondly, to the eternal judgment. Christ here shows the state of the old world when the deluge came. They were secure and careless; they knew not, until the flood came; and they believed not. Did we know aright that all earthly things must shortly pass away, we should not set our eyes and hearts so much upon them as we do. The evil day is not the further off for men's putting it far from them. What words can more strongly describe the suddenness of our Saviour's coming! Men will be at their respective businesses, and suddenly the Lord of glory will appear. Women will be in their house employments, but in that moment every other work will be laid aside, and every heart will turn inward and say, It is the Lord! Am I prepared to meet him? Can I stand before him? And what, in fact, is the day of judgment to the whole world, but the day of death to every one?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - This generation. Our Lord's assertion has given rise to sceptical observations, as if his prophecy had failed. Alford has endeavoured to remove objections by taking γενεὰ as equivalent to γένος, a race or family of people, and referring it to the continued existence of the Jews. He cites Jeremiah 8:3 (Septuagint); Matthew 12:45; Matthew 17:17; Matthew 23:36, etc., in confirmation of this signification. His examples, however, are not unassailable, though such use is certainly classical; but it the same time, it is unlikely that Christ should thus indefinitely postpone a period of infinite importance to his hearers. But there is no necessity for assuming any unusual meaning in the term "this generation." Its plain and obvious reference is to the contemporaries of the speaker, or those who shall live some thirty or forty years longer; this period would bring them to the siege of Jerusalem. And remembering that Christ has drawn no definite line between this crisis and the final consummation, we are justified in regarding all these things as meaning, primarily, the signs preceding or accompanying the downfall of the city. In a secondary sense, "this generation" may mean the spiritual Israel, the generation of them that seek the Lord (Psalm 24:6). "All these things shall surely come to pass," says Chrysostom, "and the generation of the faithful shall remain, cut off by none of the things that have been mentioned. For both Jerusalem shall perish, and the more part of the Jews shall be destroyed, but over this generation shall nothing prevail - not famine, not pestilence, not earthquake, not the tumults of wars, not false Christs, not false prophets, not deceivers, not traitors, not those that cause to offend, nor the false brethren, nor any other such-like temptations whatever." Some critics have combined the three meanings of "generation" given above, and have seen in Christ's words a threefold reference, first, to the contemporary people; secondly, to the Jewish nation; thirdly, to the Christian believers or dispensation. According to Lange, "this generation" means the generation of those who know and discern these signs.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass,.... Not the generation of men in general; as if the sense was, that mankind should not cease, until the accomplishment of these things; nor the generation, or people of the Jews, who should continue to be a people, until all were fulfilled; nor the generation of Christians; as if the meaning was, that there should be always a set of Christians, or believers in Christ in the world, until all these events came to pass; but it respects that present age, or generation of men then living in it; and the sense is, that all the men of that age should not die, but some should live

till all these things were fulfilled; see Matthew 16:28 as many did, and as there is reason to believe they might, and must, since all these things had their accomplishment, in and about forty years after this: and certain it is, that John, one of the disciples of Christ, outlived the time by many years; and, as Dr. Lightfoot observes, many of the Jewish doctors now living, when Christ spoke these words, lived until the city was destroyed; as Rabban Simeon, who perished with it, R. Jochanan ben Zaccai, who outlived it, R. Zadoch, R. Ishmael, and others: this is a full and clear proof, that not anything that is said before, relates to the second coming of Christ, the day of judgment, and end of the world; but that all belong to the coming of the son of man, in the destruction of Jerusalem, and to the end of the Jewish state.



Matthew 24:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
The lesson of the Fig Tree
33so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
Cross References
Matthew 10:23
When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

Matthew 16:28
"Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

Matthew 23:36
Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.
Treasury of Scripture

Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

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Matthew 12:45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked …

Matthew 16:28 Truly I say to you, There be some standing here, which shall not …

Matthew 23:36 Truly I say to you, All these things shall come on this generation.

Mark 13:30,31 Truly I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, till all …

Luke 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation …

Luke 21:32,33 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass away, till all …

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