Luke 11:48
New International Version
So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.

New Living Translation
But in fact, you stand as witnesses who agree with what your ancestors did. They killed the prophets, and you join in their crime by building the monuments!

English Standard Version
So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.

Berean Study Bible
So you are witnesses who consent to the deeds of your fathers: They killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.

Berean Literal Bible
So you are witnesses and consent to the works of your fathers; for indeed they killed them, and you build their tombs.

New American Standard Bible
"So you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs.

King James Bible
Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, you are witnesses that you approve the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their monuments.

Contemporary English Version
You must think that was the right thing for your people to do, or else you would not have built monuments for the prophets they murdered.

Good News Translation
You yourselves admit, then, that you approve of what your ancestors did; they murdered the prophets, and you build their tombs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, you are witnesses that you approve the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their monuments.

International Standard Version
So you are witnesses and approve of the deeds of your ancestors, because they killed those for whom you are building monuments.

NET Bible
So you testify that you approve of the deeds of your ancestors, because they killed the prophets and you build their tombs!

New Heart English Bible
So you are witnesses and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You testify therefore and you approve the deeds of your fathers, for they murdered them and you build their tombs.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So you are witnesses and approve of what your ancestors did. They murdered the prophets for whom you build monuments.

New American Standard 1977
“Consequently, you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.

King James 2000 Bible
Truly you bear witness that you consent to the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchers.

American King James Version
Truly you bear witness that you allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchers.

American Standard Version
So ye are witnesses and consent unto the works of your fathers: for they killed them, and ye build their tombs .

Douay-Rheims Bible
Truly you bear witness that you consent to the doings of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchres.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye bear witness then, and consent to the works of your fathers; for they killed them, and ye build [their sepulchres].

English Revised Version
So ye are witnesses and consent unto the works of your fathers: for they killed them, and ye build their tombs.

Webster's Bible Translation
Truly ye bear testimony, that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchers.

Weymouth New Testament
It follows that you bear testimony to the actions of your forefathers and that you fully approve thereof. They slew, you build.

World English Bible
So you testify and consent to the works of your fathers. For they killed them, and you build their tombs.

Young's Literal Translation
Then do ye testify, and are well pleased with the works of your fathers, because they indeed killed them, and ye do build their tombs;
Study Bible
Woes to Religious Leaders
47Woe to you! You build tombs for the prophets, but it was your fathers who killed them. 48So you are witnesses who consent to the deeds of your fathers: They killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49Because of this, the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and others they will persecute.’…
Cross References
Matthew 23:27
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and every impurity.

Luke 11:47
Woe to you! You build tombs for the prophets, but it was your fathers who killed them.

Luke 11:49
Because of this, the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and others they will persecute.'

Romans 1:32
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things are worthy of death, they not only continue to do these things, but also approve of those who practice them.

Treasury of Scripture

Truly you bear witness that you allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchers.

ye bear.

Joshua 24:22
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

Job 15:6
Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

Psalm 64:8
So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

for.

2 Chronicles 36:16
But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

Matthew 21:35-38
And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another…

Hebrews 11:35-38
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: …







Lexicon
So
ἄρα (ara)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 686: Then, therefore, since. Probably from airo; a particle denoting an inference more or less decisive.

you are
ἐστε (este)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

witnesses [who]
μάρτυρές (martyres)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3144: A witness (judicially) or figuratively (genitive case); by analogy, a 'martyr'.

consent
συνευδοκεῖτε (syneudokeite)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4909: From sun and eudokeo; to think well of in common, i.e. Assent to, feel gratified with.

to the
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

deeds
ἔργοις (ergois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

of
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

fathers:
πατέρων (paterōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

They
αὐτοὶ (autoi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

killed
ἀπέκτειναν (apekteinan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 615: To put to death, kill; fig: I abolish. From apo and kteino; to kill outright; figuratively, to destroy.

[the prophets],
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

build [their tombs].
οἰκοδομεῖτε (oikodomeite)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3618: From the same as oikodome; to be a house-builder, i.e. Construct or confirm.
(48) Truly ye bear witness that ye allow.--The better MSS. give, Truly are ye witnesses, and ye allow. The word "allow" has, as always in the English Bible, the meaning of "approving of," "consenting to," "having pleasure in." The last phrase is the rendering of the same Greek word in Romans 1:32, and would express the meaning here. The derivation of "allow" from the French allouer and the Latin adlaudare, shows this to be the true sense. On the rest of the verse, see Note on Matthew 23:31.

11:37-54 We should all look to our hearts, that they may be cleansed and new-created; and while we attend to the great things of the law and of the gospel, we must not neglect the smallest matter God has appointed. When any wait to catch something out of our mouths, that they may insnare us, O Lord, give us thy prudence and thy patience, and disappoint their evil purposes. Furnish us with such meekness and patience that we may glory in reproaches, for Christ's sake, and that thy Holy Spirit may rest upon us.
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