Matthew 25:35
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New International Version
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

New Living Translation
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.

English Standard Version
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

New American Standard Bible
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;

King James Bible
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

International Standard Version
because I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.

NET Bible
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I was hungry and you gave me food, and I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for I was hungry, and ye gave me food; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;

King James 2000 Bible
For I was hungry, and you gave me food: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:

American King James Version
For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:

American Standard Version
for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in:

Darby Bible Translation
for I hungered, and ye gave me to eat; I thirsted, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in;

English Revised Version
for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in;

Webster's Bible Translation
For I was hungry, and ye gave me food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Weymouth New Testament
For when I was hungry, you gave me food; when I was thirsty, you gave me drink; when I was homeless, you gave me a welcome;

World English Bible
for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.

Young's Literal Translation
for I did hunger, and ye gave me to eat; I did thirst, and ye gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and ye received me;
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 35. - For. Jesus here gives the reason which influences him in conferring this great boon on "the sheep" of his flock. He instances certain works of mercy which they performed during their earthly pilgrimage, as examples of the kind of acts which he deems worthy of eternal reward. It is not that he regards no other with favour, but these six works, as they show the temper and virtue of the door, are taken as the type of those which are approved. They are proofs of self-denial, pity, sympathy, charity; they demonstrate that the doer has something of God in him, that according to his lights he possesses and has exercised the supreme grace of love. The Lord confined himself to one detail; he does not disparage other requirements necessary for salvation, as faith, prayer, sacraments, chastity, truth, honesty; but he looks on one particular class of works as the great result of all the aids and provocatives offered by his Spirit, and herein sets forth the principle by which judgment is guided, and which can be applied universally. The Judge asks not what we have felt or thought, but what we have done or left undone in our dealings with others. "It is plain," says Bishop Bull ('Harm. Ap.,' diss. 1:5. 4), "that our works are considered as the very things on account of which (by the merciful covenant of God through Christ) eternal lifo is given us." He quotes Vossius ('De Bon. Op.,' 10): "It is asked whether a reward is promised to works as signs of faith? Now, we conceive they say too much who suppose it promised to works as deserving it, and that they say too little who think it promised to them only as signs of faith. For there are many passages of Scripture where it is shown that our works, in the business of salvation, are regarded as indispensably requisite, or as a primary condition, to which the reward of eternal life is inseparably connected." I was an hungred, equivalent to "very hungry" (Matthew 12:1). Christ enumerates the chief of what are called the corporal works of mercy, omitting burial of the dead (see on ver. 36). We may note here an argument a fortiori: if such simple acts (comp. Matthew 10:42) meet with so great a reward, what shall he the portion of those who are enabled to rise to more perfect obedience and higher degrees of devotion and self-sacrifice? Ye took me in (συνηγάγεσε με) i.e. into your houses, received me with hospitality, or as one of your own family. We have instances of such hospitality in Genesis 18:3; Judges 19:20, 21; and of this use of the verb συνάγειν in 2 Samuel 11:27, Septuagint. Why Christ speaks of himself as receiving these ministrations is explained in ver. 40.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For I was an hungered and ye gave me meat..... This, and the following, are not mentioned as causes of the kingdom being prepared for them, or of their being entitled to it, or of their being put into the possession of it; but as descriptive of their characters, and as testimonies and evidences of the grace of God in them; by which it appeared, that they were the blessed of his Father, having his special grace vouchsafed unto them; and that they were the children of God, to whom the inheritance of the kingdom belonged, and for whom it was prepared: for what was done by them in time, could never be the cause of what was done for them in eternity, or before, or from the foundation of the world; nor is there any proportion between a kingdom, and such services as here mentioned: and besides, this kingdom is by inheritance, and not, merit; is prepared by God, and not procured by men, and was got ready for them before they had a being; and therefore could not be caused by any actions of theirs: what is here, and in the following instances, said to be done to Christ, is not to be understood of him personally, but mystically, of the members of his body, as he himself explains it, Matthew 25:40, and the sense is, that when some of the servants of Christ, ministers, or private Christians, were in distress for want of the necessaries of life, these gracious souls supplied them with food; which to do, especially in a time of persecution, showed not only love to Christ, but great faith in him, and that they were not ashamed of him, and their profession of him, nor of his poor ministers and members; for this was done by them, not as the effect of mere humanity to the poor in general, but as an instance of affection to Christ's poor; and was done for his sake, and because they belonged to him, were preachers of his Gospel, and professors of his name; and therefore was considered as if done to himself personally:

I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; not gall and vinegar, as the Jews did, but a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, prophet, and righteous person, and because belonging to Christ: this is taken notice of with acceptance by him; and such shall not lose the reward of grace. The Targumist (g) has a passage which may be compared with this:

"Solomon said, by a spirit of prophecy from before the Lord; the Lord of the world shall say to all the righteous in the presence of everyone, go taste, with joy, thy bread which is returned unto thee, for thy bread which thou hast given to the poor and needy, who were hungry; and drink with a good heart the wine which is laid up for thee in paradise, instead of thy wine, which thou hast mingled for the poor and needy, who were thirsty; for, lo! now are thy works accepted before the Lord.

I was a stranger, and ye took me in, or "gathered me": an Hebraism; see 2 Samuel 11:27, and the Septuagint there. Such servants of Christ as were obliged to quit their habitations through the violence of persecution, and were scattered abroad, or went about preaching the Gospel; such were by these righteous ones taken into their houses, and provided for with food and lodging, and every convenience of life; as they were by Gaius, and others,

(g) Zohar in Eccl. ix. 7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. For I was an hungered … thirsty … a stranger, &c.

Matthew 25:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sheep and the Goats
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. 35For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'…
Cross References
Job 31:32
but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler--

Isaiah 58:7
Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-- when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Ezekiel 18:7
He does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked.

Ezekiel 18:16
He does not oppress anyone or require a pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked.

Romans 12:13
Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

James 2:15
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.

James 2:16
If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
Treasury of Scripture

For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in:

I was an.

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

Matthew 10:40-42 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives …

Matthew 26:11 For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers within any …

Job 29:13-16 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came on me: and I caused …

Job 31:16-21 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Psalm 112:5-10 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion…

Proverbs 3:9,10 Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of …

Proverbs 11:24,25 There is that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds …

Proverbs 14:21,31 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Proverbs 22:9 He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his …

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days…

Isaiah 58:7-11 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Ezekiel 18:7,16 And has not oppressed any, but has restored to the debtor his pledge, …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you …

Luke 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all …

Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When you make a dinner or …

John 13:29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had …

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul…

Acts 9:36-39 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Acts 10:31 And said, Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your alms are had …

Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined …

2 Corinthians 8:1-4,7-9 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

2 Corinthians 9:7-14 Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; …

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working …

1 Timothy 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

Philemon 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To …

1 Peter 4:9,10 Use hospitality one to another without grudging…

1 John 3:16-19 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

thirsty.

Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungered, and you gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and …

Proverbs 25:21 If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, …

Romans 12:20 Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him …

I was a.

Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you clothed …

Genesis 18:2-8 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, see, three men stood by …

Genesis 19:1-3 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate …

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Romans 16:23 Gaius my host, and of the whole church, salutes you. Erastus the …

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

Hebrews 13:1-3 Let brotherly love continue…

1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

3 John 1:5-8 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do to the brothers, and to strangers…

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