Matthew 26:41
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

New Living Translation
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"

English Standard Version
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

New American Standard Bible
"Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

King James Bible
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Stay awake and pray, so that you won't enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

International Standard Version
All of you must stay awake and pray that you won't be tempted. The spirit is indeed willing, but the body is weak."

NET Bible
Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The Spirit is ready, but the body is weak.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stay awake, and pray that you won't be tempted. You want to do what's right, but you're weak."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

King James 2000 Bible
Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

American King James Version
Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

American Standard Version
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak.

Darby Bible Translation
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] ready, but the flesh weak.

English Revised Version
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Webster's Bible Translation
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Weymouth New Testament
Keep awake, and pray that you may not enter into temptation: the spirit is right willing, but the body is frail."

World English Bible
Watch and pray, that you don't enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Young's Literal Translation
watch, and pray, that ye may not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is forward, but the flesh weak.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:36-46 He who made atonement for the sins of mankind, submitted himself in a garden of suffering, to the will of God, from which man had revolted in a garden of pleasure. Christ took with him into that part of the garden where he suffered his agony, only those who had witnessed his glory in his transfiguration. Those are best prepared to suffer with Christ, who have by faith beheld his glory. The words used denote the most entire dejection, amazement, anguish, and horror of mind; the state of one surrounded with sorrows, overwhelmed with miseries, and almost swallowed up with terror and dismay. He now began to be sorrowful, and never ceased to be so till he said, It is finished. He prayed that, if possible, the cup might pass from him. But he also showed his perfect readiness to bear the load of his sufferings; he was willing to submit to all for our redemption and salvation. According to this example of Christ, we must drink of the bitterest cup which God puts into our hands; though nature struggle, it must submit. It should be more our care to get troubles sanctified, and our hearts satisfied under them, than to get them taken away. It is well for us that our salvation is in the hand of One who neither slumbers nor sleeps. All are tempted, but we should be much afraid of entering into temptation. To be secured from this, we should watch and pray, and continually look unto the Lord to hold us up that we may be safe. Doubtless our Lord had a clear and full view of the sufferings he was to endure, yet he spoke with the greatest calmness till this time. Christ was a Surety, who undertook to be answerable for our sins. Accordingly he was made sin for us, and suffered for our sins, the Just for the unjust; and Scripture ascribes his heaviest sufferings to the hand of God. He had full knowledge of the infinite evil of sin, and of the immense extent of that guilt for which he was to atone; with awful views of the Divine justice and holiness, and the punishment deserved by the sins of men, such as no tongue can express, or mind conceive. At the same time, Christ suffered being tempted; probably horrible thoughts were suggested by Satan that tended to gloom and every dreadful conclusion: these would be the more hard to bear from his perfect holiness. And did the load of imputed guilt so weigh down the soul of Him of whom it is said, He upholdeth all things by the word of his power? into what misery then must those sink whose sins are left upon their own heads! How will those escape who neglect so great salvation?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 41. - Watch (ye) and pray. A summary of Christian duty. Watchfulness sees temptation coming; prayer gives strength to withstand it. The apostles needed the injunction at this moment; for their great trial was close at hand. That ye enter not (in order that ye may not eater) into temptation. The phrase is usually interpreted to mean either to fall into temptation, to be tempted, or to run wilfully into temptation; but it seems to be better, with Grotius, to take it in the sense of succumbing to, falling under, being vanquished by temptation, like ἐμπίπτειν in 1 Timothy 6:9, "immergi et succumbere." That Peter and the rest were now to be tempted was certain (Luke 22:31, 32), and it was too late to deprecate the trial; but it was right and expedient to ask of God grace to withstand in the evil hour. The spirit (πνεῦμα) indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. This was an added motive for vigilance and prayer. The apostles had shown a certain readiness of spirit when they offered to die with Christ (ver. 35); but the flesh, the material and lower nature, represses the higher impulse, checks the will, and prevents it from carrying out that which it is prompted to perform (see the action of these contrariant forces noticed by St. Paul, Romans 7.). "For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things" (Wisd. 9:15). Our Lord at this very time was experiencing and exemplifying the truth of his saying, though in his ease the weakness of the flesh was entirely overmastered by the willing spirit. It is noted that Polycarp quotes this maxim of Christ in his 'Epistle to the Philippians,' ch. 7.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Watch and pray,.... These two are very justly put together. There is, and ought to be, a watching before prayer, and "unto" it; a watching all opportunities, the most suitable and convenient to perform it; and there is a watching in it, both over our hearts, thoughts, words, and gestures, and after it, for a return of it, and answer to it: the reason of this exhortation follows,

that ye enter not into temptation; not that they might not be tempted at all; for none of the saints have been, or are without temptations; and they are needful for them; and it is the will of God they should be attended with them; and he has made gracious provisions for their help and relief under them; but that they might not enter into them, throw themselves in the way of temptation, be surprised by them at an unawares, fall into them headlong, be immersed in them, fall by them, and be overcome with them, so as to forsake Christ, or to deny him:

the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak: meaning either that the evil spirit Satan was very desirous of having them in his hands; very forward and ready to make the onset upon them; was cheerful, alert, and confident of victory; and was strong, robust, and powerful; and they were but flesh and blood, very weak and infirm, and unequal to the enemy; which is a sense not to be despised, seeing it carries in it a very strong reason why they ought to watch and pray, lest they fall into the temptations of such a powerful adversary; see Ephesians 6:12, or else by "spirit" may be meant the soul, as renewed and regenerated by the spirit of God; particularly the principle of grace in it, which is born of the Spirit, and is called by the same name, and which lusts against the flesh, or corrupt nature: this was willing to watch and pray, and guard against falling into temptations; was willing to abide by Christ, and express its love to him every way; but "the flesh", or "body", so the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read, is "weak" and infirm, prone to sleep, indulges ease, and unfit to bear trouble, but ready to sink under it, and is for fleeing from it: and so the words contain our Lord's excuse of his disciples in their present circumstances. Munster's Hebrew Gospel reads the words thus, and "indeed the spirit is watchful, but the flesh is weak". The Ethiopic version after this manner, "the spirit desires, and the body is fatigued". The Persic version, contrary both to the letter and sense of the words, renders them, "my spirit is firm, but my body is infirm".



Matthew 26:41 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Prays at Gethsemane
40And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41"Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." 42He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done."…
Cross References
Matthew 26:38
Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me."

Mark 14:38
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Treasury of Scripture

Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Watch.

Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein …

Mark 13:33-37 Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is…

Mark 14:38 Watch you and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Luke 22:40,46 And when he was at the place, he said to them, Pray that you enter …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps …

enter.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

Proverbs 4:14,15 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…

Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word …

Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted …

1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but …

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to …

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you …

the spirit.

Psalm 119:4,5,24,25,32,35-37,115,117,1 You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently…

Isaiah 26:8,9 Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; …

Romans 7:18-25 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: …

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that …

Galatians 5:16,17,24 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the …

Philippians 3:12-14 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: …

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