Matthew 25:36
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New International Version
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

New Living Translation
I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'

English Standard Version
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

New American Standard Bible
naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

King James Bible
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.'

International Standard Version
I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'

NET Bible
I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you came to me.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.

American King James Version
Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.

American Standard Version
naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.

Darby Bible Translation
naked, and ye clothed me; I was ill, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came to me.

English Revised Version
naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came to me.

Weymouth New Testament
when I was ill-clad, you clothed me; when I was sick, you visited me; when I was in prison, you came to see me.'

World English Bible
I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.'

Young's Literal Translation
naked, and ye put around me; I was infirm, and ye looked after me; in prison I was, and ye came unto 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 36. - Ye visited me. The visitation of the sick has become a common term among us. It implies properly going to see, though other ideas are connoted. Ye came unto me. It was easier in those days to visit friends in prison than it is at the present time. Good men, if they could not obtain release of prisoners, might comfort and sympathize with them. The seven corporal works of mercy which antiquity has endorsed have been preserved in the mnemonic line, "Visito, poto, cibo, redimo, tego, colligo, condo. All these might be performed by non-Christians who professed the fear of God and followed the guidance of conscience. God never leaves himself without witness; his Spirit strives with man, and in the absence of higher and completer revelation, to be wholly guided by these inner motions is to work out salvation, as far as circumstances allow, and in a certain restricted sense. In a universal judgment regard is had to this consideration. "In return for what do they receive such things? For the covering of a roof, for a garment, for bread, for cold water, for visiting, for going into the prison. For indeed in every case it is for what is needed; and sometimes not even for that. For surely the sick and he that is in bonds seek not for this only, but the one to be loosed, the other to be delivered from his infirmity. But he, being gracious, requires only what is within our power, or rather even less than what is within our power, leaving to us to exert our generosity in doing more" (St. Chrysostom, in loc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Naked, and ye clothed me,.... For in such a condition sometimes are the dear children of God, and members of Christ; see 1 Corinthians 4:11, when others, who, Dorcas like, have made coats and garments for them, and clothed them with them; and which will be shown another day, or taken notice of as the fruits, and so evidences of the grace of God in them,

I was sick, and ye visited me, or "looked after me", or "over me": or, as the Persic version renders it, ye had the care of me; and which is the true sense and import of the word: for it not only intends visits paid to sick persons in a Christian manner, relieving them with their substance, giving good advice, or speaking comfortable words to them; but attending them, and waiting on them, and doing such things for them which, in their weak state, they are not capable of doing for themselves. Visiting of the sick was reckoned, by the Jews, a very worthy action: they speak great things of it, and as what will be highly rewarded hereafter,

"Six things, (they say (h),) a man eats the fruit of them in this world, and there is a stable portion for him in the world to come:

and the two first of them are, "the taking in of travellers", or "strangers", which is mentioned in the preceding verse, and , "visiting the sick". One of their Rabbins (i) says,

"he that does not visit the sick, is as if he shed blood: says another, he that visits the sick is the cause of his living; and he that does not visit the sick, is the cause of his death: and, says a third, whoever visits the sick shall be preserved from the damnation of hell.

I was in prison, and ye came unto me: which has been often the lot of the saints, as it was frequently of the Apostle Paul, who had this respect shown him by many of the people of God, as by the house of Onesiphorus, and by Epaphroditus, who brought him a present from the Philippians, when in bonds; and which will be remembered another day,

(h) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol, 127. (i) T. Bab. Nedarim, fol. 40. 1. Vid. Maimon. Hilch. Ebel, c. 14. sect. 4, 5, 6.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

36. Naked … sick … prison, and ye came unto me.

Matthew 25:36 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Sheep and the Goats
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.' 37"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?…
Cross References
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.

Matthew 25:37
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

2 Timothy 1:16
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.

Hebrews 13:3
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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

Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.

Naked.

Job 31:19,20 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering…

Luke 3:11 He answers and said to them, He that has two coats, let him impart …

James 2:14-16 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

was sick.

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

Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have you not strengthened, neither have you healed that …

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support …

Acts 28:8,9 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever …

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

James 5:14,15 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; …

I was in.

Philippians 4:10-14 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care …

2 Timothy 1:16-18 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed …

Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which …

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