Matthew 25:33
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New International Version
He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

New Living Translation
He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

English Standard Version
And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

New American Standard Bible
and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

King James Bible
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.

International Standard Version
He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left.

NET Bible
He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he will place the sheep at his right and the goats at his left.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

King James 2000 Bible
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

American King James Version
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

American Standard Version
and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.

Darby Bible Translation
and he will set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on [his] left.

English Revised Version
and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Weymouth New Testament
and will make the sheep stand at His right hand, and the goats at His left.

World English Bible
He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Young's Literal Translation
and he shall set the sheep indeed on his right hand, and the goats on the left.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

25:31-46 This is a description of the last judgment. It is as an explanation of the former parables. There is a judgment to come, in which every man shall be sentenced to a state of everlasting happiness, or misery. Christ shall come, not only in the glory of his Father, but in his own glory, as Mediator. The wicked and godly here dwell together, in the same cities, churches, families, and are not always to be known the one from the other; such are the weaknesses of saints, such the hypocrisies of sinners; and death takes both: but in that day they will be parted for ever. Jesus Christ is the great Shepherd; he will shortly distinguish between those that are his, and those that are not. All other distinctions will be done away; but the great one between saints and sinners, holy and unholy, will remain for ever. The happiness the saints shall possess is very great. It is a kingdom; the most valuable possession on earth; yet this is but a faint resemblance of the blessed state of the saints in heaven. It is a kingdom prepared. The Father provided it for them in the greatness of his wisdom and power; the Son purchased it for them; and the blessed Spirit, in preparing them for the kingdom, is preparing it for them. It is prepared for them: it is in all points adapted to the new nature of a sanctified soul. It is prepared from the foundation of the world. This happiness was for the saints, and they for it, from all eternity. They shall come and inherit it. What we inherit is not got by ourselves. It is God that makes heirs of heaven. We are not to suppose that acts of bounty will entitle to eternal happiness. Good works done for God's sake, through Jesus Christ, are here noticed as marking the character of believers made holy by the Spirit of Christ, and as the effects of grace bestowed on those who do them. The wicked in this world were often called to come to Christ for life and rest, but they turned from his calls; and justly are those bid to depart from Christ, that would not come to him. Condemned sinners will in vain offer excuses. The punishment of the wicked will be an everlasting punishment; their state cannot be altered. Thus life and death, good and evil, the blessing and the curse, are set before us, that we may choose our way, and as our way so shall our end be.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 33. - The sheep on his right hand. The sheep are the type of the docile, the profitable, the innocent, the good (see Romans 2:7, 10). The right hand is the place of favour and honour (Genesis 48:17; Luke 1:11; Mark 16:5). The goats (ἐρίφια, kids) on the left. The diminutive is here used for the goats, to convey an impression of their worthlessness. Compare κυνάρια, "whelps," in the conversation of our Lord with the Syro-Phoenician woman (Matthew 15:26, 27). They are the type of the unruly, the proud (Isaiah 14:9, Hebrew), the unprofitable, the evil (see Romans 2:8, 9). This judicial distinction between the right and left hands is found in classical writers. Thus Plato, 'De Republica,' 10:13, tells of what a certain man, who revived after a cataleptic attack, saw when his soul left his body. he came to a mysterious place, where were two chasms in the earth, and two openings in the heavens opposite to them, and the judges of the dead sat between these. And when they gave judgment, they commanded the just to go on the right hand, and upwards through the heavens; but the unjust they sent to the left, and downwards; and both the just and unjust had upon them the marks of what they had done in the body. So Virgil makes the Elysian Fields to lie on the right of the palace of Dis, and the penal Tartarus on the left ('AEn.,' 6:540, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand,.... That is, the elect of God, and true believers, such as have the grace of God truly implanted in them; the sheep the Father gave unto Christ, and made his care and charge, whom he, as the good shepherd, laid down his life for; and who know his voice in effectual calling, and follow him in the way of his ordinances and appointments; and are comparable to sheep for their meekness and innocence, their simplicity and usefulness, and their harmless and inoffensive lives, and conversations: these Christ will set on his right hand, as a token of his affection for them, and a mark of respect and honour shown them, and as a pledge of that exaltation and glory he will be about to raise them to,

But the goats on the left; that is, the foolish virgins, wicked, and slothful servants, graceless professors, who, because of the impurity of their hearts, the filthiness of their lives, and their offensiveness to Christ, are compared to goats: these he will place at his left hand, in token of his disaffection for them, as a brand of disgrace upon them, and as an intimation of that dishonour, and miserable condition they will quickly be in. These different situations plainly pre-signify how things will go with each, that one will be acquitted, and made happy, the other will be condemned, and become miserable. Agreeable to which the Jews say (c), that there is a right hand and a left hand with the Lord: they that are on the right hand, are such as have done well, and are "for absolution"; and they that are on the left hand are criminals, and are "for condemnation". Some think the allusion is to the two Scribes in the sanhedrim, who stood before the judges, one on the right hand, and the other on the left, and wrote the sentences; the one of those that were acquitted, and the other of those that were condemned (d),

(c) Jarchi in Gen. i. 26. Kimchi in 1 Kings 22.19. Lex. Cabalist. p. 132. Zohar in Numb. fol. 93. 4. (d) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 4. sect. 3. Maimon. Hilch. Sanhedrin, c. 1. sect. 9. Moses Kotsensis Mitzvot Tora pr. affirm. 97.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

33. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand—the side of honor (1Ki 2:19; Ps 45:9; 110:1, &c.).

but the goats on the left—the side consequently of dishonor.

Matthew 25:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sheep and the Goats
32"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. 34"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.…
Cross References
1 Kings 2:19
When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king's mother, and she sat down at his right hand.

Psalm 45:9
Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

Ecclesiastes 10:2
The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
Treasury of Scripture

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

the sheep.

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Psalm 100:3 Know you that the LORD he is God: it is he that has made us, and …

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Genesis 48:13,14,17-19 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's …

Psalm 45:9 Kings' daughters were among your honorable women: on your right hand …

Psalm 110:1 The LORD said to my Lord, Sit you at my right hand, until I make …

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Acts 2:34,35 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, …

Ephesians 1:20 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

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