Matthew 26:61
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New International Version
and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'"

New Living Translation
who declared, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'"

English Standard Version
and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’”

Berean Study Bible
and said, "This man declared, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'"

Berean Literal Bible
they said, "This man has been saying, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.'"

New American Standard Bible
and said, "This man stated, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.'"

King James Bible
And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
stated, "This man said, 'I can demolish God's sanctuary and rebuild it in three days.'"

International Standard Version
and stated, "This man said, 'I can destroy the sanctuary of God and rebuild it in three days.'"

NET Bible
and declared, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.'"

New Heart English Bible
and said, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying: “This one said, 'I can destroy The Temple of God and in three days I shall build it.'”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They stated, "This man said, 'I can tear down God's temple and rebuild it in three days.'"

New American Standard 1977
and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
who said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.

King James 2000 Bible
And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

American King James Version
And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

American Standard Version
and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said: This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and after three days to rebuild it.

Darby Bible Translation
and said, He said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and in three days build it.

English Revised Version
and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

Webster's Bible Translation
And said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

Weymouth New Testament
who testified, "This man said, 'I am able to pull down the Sanctuary of God and three days afterwards to build a new one.'"

World English Bible
and said, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.'"

Young's Literal Translation
said, 'This one said, I am able to throw down the sanctuary of God, and after three days to build it.'
Study Bible
Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin
60But they could not find it, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61and said, “This man declared, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” 62So the high priest stood up and asked Him, “Have you no answer? What are these men testifying against you?”…
Cross References
Matthew 26:62
So the high priest stood up and asked Him, "Have you no answer? What are these men testifying against you?"

Matthew 27:5
So Judas threw the silver into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Matthew 27:40
and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!"

Mark 14:58
"We heard Him say, 'I will destroy this man-made temple, and in three days I will build another that is made without hands.'"

Mark 15:29
Those who passed by heaped abuse on Him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,

John 2:19
Jesus answered, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again."

Acts 6:14
For we have heard him say that Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us."
Treasury of Scripture

And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

This.

Matthew 26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and …

Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not …

Genesis 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came …

1 Kings 22:27 And say, Thus said the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed …

2 Kings 9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said to …

Psalm 22:6,7 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people…

Isaiah 49:7 Thus said the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to …

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted …

Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting …

John 9:29 We know that God spoke to Moses: as for this fellow, we know not …

Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, …

Acts 18:13 Saying, This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.

Acts 22:22 And they gave him audience to this word, and then lifted up their …

I am. The words of our Lord were widely different from this statement of them; so that the testimony of these witnesses was false, though it had the semblance of truth.

Matthew 27:40 And saying, You that destroy the temple, and build it in three days, …

Jeremiah 26:8-11,16-19 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all …

Mark 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, …

John 2:19-21 Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three …

Acts 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceases not to speak …

(61) This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God.--It is remarkable that the two Gospels which record the charge do not record the words in which it had its starting-point. Apparently, the second cleansing of the Temple (Matthew 21:12) had revived the memory of the first, and brought back to men's minds the words that had then been spoken--"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19). What was now reported was a sufficiently natural distortion of what had then been said. St. Mark adds that even then the witnesses did not agree. There were still discrepancies as to time, place, and the exact words, that did not fit in with the established rules of evidence.

Verse 61. - This fellow (οῦτος). Contemptuously, displaying their animosity by the disrespectful use of the pronoun. I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. This is a distorted account of what our Lord said at his first purgation of the temple, when asked to give a sign in proof of his authority. Speaking metaphorically of his body, he had made this announcement, "Destroy ye this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19). At the time the Jews had not understood the words, and they now pervert them into a criminal accusation, which might take the form of charging him with being either an impious fomenter of disturbance, or a pretender to superhuman powers, Divine or Satanic. In either case, the charge would bring him into collision with the Roman authorities, which was the real object of this preliminary inquiry. We must not forget that Christ had twice interfered with the traffic in the temple, which was carried on to the great profit of the avaricious family of Annas, and that the malice of the high priests was on this account greatly embittered. And said, this fellow said,.... Or saith, as De Dieu observes, the Syriac version of this place should be rendered; that is, he has not only said in times past, referring to John 2:19, but continues to say it, and glory in it:

I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days; in which they did injury, both to his words and sense: he did not say, "I am able to destroy the temple", but only said, "destroy this temple"; signifying neither his power, nor his will and inclination to it; but put it upon the Jews, and left it to them to do it: nor did he say one word about the temple of God, or as it is in Mark 14:58, "this temple that is made with hands"; the temple at Jerusalem, which was made by the hands of men, and devoted to the worship of God; but only "this temple", referring to his body, or human nature; in which he, the Son of God, dwelt, as in a temple; nor did he say that he was able to "build" it in three days, but that he would "raise it up" in three days; intending the resurrection of his body by his own power, after it had been dead three days; and so they perverted his sense, as well as misquoted his words; applying that to the material temple at Jerusalem, what he spoke of the temple of his body, and of its resurrection from the dead, on the third day; designing hereby to fix a charge, both of sacrilege and sorcery upon him: of sacrilege, in having a design upon the temple of God to destroy it; and of sorcery, or familiarity with the devil, and having assistance from him, or knowledge of the magic art, that he could pretend in three days to rebuild a temple, which had been forty and six years in building; and was what could never be done, but by help of Beelzebub, the prince of devils, by whom it was insinuated he did all his miracles. 26:57-68 Jesus was hurried into Jerusalem. It looks ill, and bodes worse, when those who are willing to be Christ's disciples, are not willing to be known to be so. Here began Peter's denying him: for to follow Christ afar off, is to begin to go back from him. It is more our concern to prepare for the end, whatever it may be, than curiously to ask what the end will be. The event is God's, but the duty is ours. Now the Scriptures were fulfilled, which said, False witnesses are risen up against me. Christ was accused, that we might not be condemned; and if at any time we suffer thus, let us remember we cannot expect to fare better than our Master. When Christ was made sin for us, he was silent, and left it to his blood to speak. Hitherto Jesus had seldom professed expressly to be the Christ, the Son of God; the tenor of his doctrine spoke it, and his miracles proved it; but now he would not omit to make an open confession of it. It would have looked like declining his sufferings. He thus confessed, as an example and encouragement to his followers, to confess him before men, whatever hazard they ran. Disdain, cruel mocking, and abhorrence, are the sure portion of the disciple as they were of the Master, from such as would buffet and deride the Lord of glory. These things were exactly foretold in the fiftieth chapter of Isaiah. Let us confess Christ's name, and bear the reproach, and he will confess us before his Father's throne.
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