Matthew 12:6
New International Version
I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.

New Living Translation
I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple!

English Standard Version
I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.

Berean Study Bible
But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.

Berean Literal Bible
But I say to you that a greater than the temple is here.

New American Standard Bible
"But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.

King James Bible
But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

Christian Standard Bible
I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.

Contemporary English Version
I tell you there is something here greater than the temple.

Good News Translation
I tell you that there is something here greater than the Temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here!

International Standard Version
But I tell you, something greater than the Temple is here!

NET Bible
I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.

New Heart English Bible
But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I say to you, one greater than The Temple is here.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I can guarantee that something greater than the temple is here.

New American Standard 1977
“But I say to you, that something greater than the temple is here.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

King James 2000 Bible
But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

American King James Version
But I say to you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

American Standard Version
But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I tell you that there is here a greater than the temple.

Darby Bible Translation
But I say unto you, that there is here what is greater than the temple.

English Revised Version
But I say unto you, that one greater than the temple is here.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I say to you, that in this place is one greater than the temple.

Weymouth New Testament
But I tell you that there is here that which is greater than the Temple.

World English Bible
But I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.

Young's Literal Translation
and I say to you, that a greater than the temple is here;
Study Bible
The Lord of the Sabbath
5Or haven’t you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6But I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7If only you had known the meaning of ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God indeed dwell with man upon the earth? Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple I have built.

Isaiah 66:1
This is what the LORD says: "Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me? Or where will My place of repose be?

Isaiah 66:2
Has not My hand made all these things? And so they came into being, declares the LORD. This is the one I will esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, who trembles at My word.

Matthew 12:5
Or haven't you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and yet are innocent?

Matthew 12:41
The men of Nineveh will stand at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now One greater than Jonah is here.

Matthew 12:42
The queen of the south will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and now One greater than Solomon is here.

Treasury of Scripture

But I say to you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

Matthew 12:41,42
The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here…

Matthew 23:17-21
Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? …

2 Chronicles 6:18
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!







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

I tell
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

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

something greater than
μεῖζόν (meizon)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

temple
ἱεροῦ (hierou)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2411: Neuter of hieros; a sacred place, i.e. The entire precincts of the Temple.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

here.
ὧδε (hōde)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5602: From an adverb form of hode; in this same spot, i.e. Here or hither.
(6) In this place is one greater than the temple.--Better, Here is something greater than the Temple. The Greek adjective is neuter in the better MSS., and the word "here" we may think of as accompanied (like the "destroy this temple" of John 2:19) by a gesture which interpreted the words. The passage thus referred to furnishes obviously the true explanation of our Lord's assertion of His greatness here, and spoken, as it probably was, to scribes from Jerusalem, may have been intended to remind them of it. The body of the Son of Man was the truest, highest temple of God, and the disciples who ministered to Him were entitled to at least the same privilege as the priests in the Temple at Jerusalem. The range of the words is, however, wider than this their first and highest application. We are taught to think of the bodies of other sons of men as being also, in their measure, temples of God (1Corinthians 6:19), and so there follows the conclusion that all works of love done for the bodies or the souls of men as little interfere with the holiness of a day of rest as did the ministrations of the priests as they laboured to weariness in the ritual of the Temple. Inasmuch as the disciples were not at the time engaged in any direct service to their Master, but were simply satisfying the cravings of their own hunger, their act, strictly speaking, came under the general rather than the special application of the words. Man, as such, to those who take a true measure of his worth, is greater than any material temple.

Verse 6 - Matthew only. But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple (τοῦ ἱεροῦ μειζόν ἐστιν ῶδε); "Gr. a greater thing" (Revised Version margin). A similarly difficult neuter is found in vers. 41, 45. If the neuter be insisted upon, we must understand Christ to refer to his cause, the work in which the disciples were engaged. This was greater than the temple; lunch more, therefore, was it greater than the sabbath. Probably, however, our Lord is referring to himself, to his own Person and character, but uses the neuter, either as forming a more decided contrast to ἱερόν, or as being more weighty than the masculine (cf. ch. 11:9, note). Also it was less defined and more mysterious. He could not reveal to them the secret of his presence. Observe the use, even at this stage in his ministry, of words implying the decadence of the temple service (cf. John 4:21; Acts 6:14). In this place; here (Revised Version), as in vers. 41, 42. 12:1-8 Being in the corn-fields, the disciples began to pluck the ears of corn: the law of God allowed it, De 23:25. This was slender provision for Christ and his disciples; but they were content with it. The Pharisees did not quarrel with them for taking another man's corn, but for doing it on the sabbath day. Christ came to free his followers, not only from the corruptions of the Pharisees, but from their unscriptural rules, and justified what they did. The greatest shall not have their lusts indulged, but the meanest shall have their wants considered. Those labours are lawful on the sabbath day which are necessary, and sabbath rest is to froward, not to hinder sabbath worship. Needful provision for health and food is to be made; but when servants are kept at home, and families become a scene of hurry and confusion on the Lord's day, to furnish a feast for visitors, or for indulgence, the case is very different. Such things as these, and many others common among professors, are to be blamed. The resting on the sabbath was ordained for man's good, De 5:14. No law must be understood so as to contradict its own end. And as Christ is the Lord of the sabbath, it is fit the day and the work of it should be dedicated to him.
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