Matthew 26:54
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New International Version
But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"

New Living Translation
But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?"

English Standard Version
But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

New American Standard Bible
"How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?"

King James Bible
But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How, then, would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?"

International Standard Version
How, then, would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say this must happen?"

NET Bible
How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How, then, are the Scriptures to be fulfilled that say this must happen?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be?

King James 2000 Bible
But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

American King James Version
But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

American Standard Version
How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that so it must be done?

Darby Bible Translation
How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be?

English Revised Version
How then should the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Webster's Bible Translation
But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Weymouth New Testament
In that case how are the Scriptures to be fulfilled which declare that thus it must be?"

World English Bible
How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?"

Young's Literal Translation
how then may the Writings be fulfilled, that thus it behoveth to happen?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:47-56 No enemies are so much to be abhorred as those professed disciples that betray Christ with a kiss. God has no need of our services, much less of our sins, to bring about his purposes. Though Christ was crucified through weakness, it was voluntary weakness; he submitted to death. If he had not been willing to suffer, they could not conquer him. It was a great sin for those who had left all to follow Jesus; now to leave him for they knew not what. What folly, for fear of death to flee from Him, whom they knew and acknowledged to be the Fountain of life!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 54. - But how then (οϋν, i.e. if I now resist) shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be! There is no" but" in the original. In what way, Christ asks, shall God's determined counsel be accomplished, if you turn to the arm of the flesh, or if I use my Divine power to save myself? The will of God, as declared in Scripture, was that Jesus should be betrayed, seized, should suffer and die. Christ's will was one with the Father's and one with the Spirit's who inspired the Scripture, and therefore he must pass through each stage, undergo each detail, which the sacred volume specified. It was not merely that events were so arranged that they thus befell; nor merely that prophets of old foretold them; but there was some special moral duty and obligation in fulfilling them, which Christ, as one with the Father and the Holy Ghost, was minded to carry out in all perfection. Here was a ray of comfort for Peter and the other apostles. All was foreordained; its announcement in God's book proved it came from God, was under his control and ordering. Patience, therefore, and silent acquiescence were the duties now incumbent. "Be still, then, and know that I am God."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled,.... That is, should Christ make such a request to his Father, and he should grant it, and an host of angels should be sent to rescue him, and he should be rescued by them; how then should the Scriptures, which speak of Christ's being taken, and led as a lamb to the slaughter, and of his various sufferings, and the circumstances of them, have their accomplishment? "declaring", as the Arabic version supplies, or as the Ethiopic version, "which say",

that thus it must be; that the Messiah must be apprehended, and suffer, and die. The several parts of the sufferings of the Messiah are foretold in the writings of the Old Testament; the spirit of Christ, in the prophets, testified before hand of them; as that he should be reproached and despised of men, Psalm 22:6, be spit upon, smote, and buffeted, Isaiah 1:5, be put to death, Psalm 22:15, and that the death of the cross,

Psalm 22:15, and be buried, Isaiah 53:9, and also the several circumstances of his sufferings, which led on to them, or attended them; as the selling him for thirty pieces of silver,

Zechariah 11:12, the betraying him by one of his familiar friends,

Psalm 41:9, the seizing and apprehending him, and which is particularly referred to here, Isaiah 53:7, his disciples forsaking him, Zechariah 13:7, and even his God and Father, Psalm 22:1, his suffering between two thieves, Isaiah 53:12, the parting of his garments, and casting lots on his vesture, Psalm 22:18, the giving him gall and vinegar when on the cross, Psalm 69:21, and not breaking any of his bones, Psalm 34:20, yea, the Scriptures not only declared, that these things should be; but the necessity of them also, that they must be; because of the purposes and decrees of God, which are eternal, immutable, and unfrustrable; for as God had determined on his salvation of his people by Christ, and that through his sufferings and death, these were determined by him also, even the time, nature, manner, and circumstances of them; and which the Scriptures declare, and therefore must be likewise; and because of the covenant of grace, which is sure, unalterable, and unchangeable; in which Christ agreed to assume human nature, to obey, suffer, and die in it, and so do his Father's will, which was to bear the penalty of the law, and undergo the sufferings of death, and which therefore must be, or Christ's faithfulness fail. Moreover, on account of the law and justice of God, which required his bearing the curse, as well as fulfilling the precept of the law: and especially on account of the salvation of his people, which could not be effected without them, they must be. Christ, in these words, discovers a very great concern for the fulfilling of Scripture; and that because it is the word of God, which must not be broken; and because throughout it he is spoken of, in the volume of it, it is written of him, to do the will of God; even in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms: and besides, he was the minister of the circumcision, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers; and even agreeably to them, and upon the foundation of them, he had himself predicted his own sufferings: and as those were to be the rule of the faith and practice of his people in all ages, he was concerned for their accomplishment in every point; and which may teach us to value the Scriptures, and to be confident of the fulfilment of them in things yet future.



Matthew 26:54 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest
53"Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54"How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?" 55At that time Jesus said to the crowds, "Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me.…
Cross References
Matthew 21:42
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: "'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?

Matthew 26:24
The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."
Treasury of Scripture

But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him…

Psalm 22:1-31 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from …

Psalm 69:1-36 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in to my soul…

Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed…

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

Luke 24:25,26,44-46 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that …

John 10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture …

Acts 1:16 Men and brothers, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled…

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