Matthew 17:11
New International Version
Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, "Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready.

English Standard Version
He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things.

Berean Study Bible
Jesus replied, “Elijah does indeed come, and he will restore all things.

Berean Literal Bible
And answering He said, "Elijah indeed comes and will restore all things.

New American Standard Bible
And He answered and said, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things;

King James Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

Christian Standard Bible
"Elijah is coming and will restore everything," he replied.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus told them, "Elijah certainly will come and get everything ready.

Good News Translation
"Elijah is indeed coming first," answered Jesus, "and he will get everything ready.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Elijah is coming and will restore everything," He replied.

International Standard Version
He answered them, "Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things.

NET Bible
He answered, "Elijah does indeed come first and will restore all things.

New Heart English Bible
And he answered and said, "Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered and he said to them, “Elijah does come first so that everything may end.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus answered, "Elijah is coming and will put everything in order again.

New American Standard 1977
And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall come first and restore all things.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.

American King James Version
And Jesus answered and said to them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

American Standard Version
And he answered and said, Elijah indeed cometh, and shall restore all things:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answering, said to them: Elias indeed shall come, and restore all things.

Darby Bible Translation
And he answering said to them, Elias indeed comes first and will restore all things.

English Revised Version
And he answered and said, Elijah indeed cometh, and shall restore all things:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus answered and said to them, Elijah truly will first come, and restore all things:

Weymouth New Testament
"Elijah was indeed to come," He replied, "and would reform everything.

World English Bible
Jesus answered them, "Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, 'Elijah doth indeed come first, and shall restore all things,
Study Bible
The Transfiguration
10The disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11Jesus replied, “Elijah does indeed come, and he will restore all things. 12But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.”…
Cross References
Matthew 17:10
The disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Matthew 17:12
But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands."

Acts 1:6
So when they came together, they asked Him, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"

Acts 3:21
Heaven must take Him in until the time comes for the restoration of all things, which God announced long ago through His holy prophets.

Treasury of Scripture

And Jesus answered and said to them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

and restore.

Malachi 4:6
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. THE END OF THE PROPHETS.

Luke 1:16,17
And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God…

Luke 3:3-14
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; …







Lexicon
[Jesus] replied,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Elijah
Ἠλίας (Ēlias)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2243: Elijah, the prophet. Of Hebrew origin; Helias, an Israelite.

{does} indeed
μὲν (men)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3303: A primary particle; properly, indicative of affirmation or concession; usually followed by a contrasted clause with de.

come,
ἔρχεται (erchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

he will restore
ἀποκαταστήσει (apokatastēsei)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 600: From apo and kathistemi; to reconstitute.

all things.
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
(11) Elias truly shall first come.--Better, cometh Our Lord's words are obviously enigmatic in their form, and, as such, admit of two very different interpretations. Taken literally, as they have been by very many both in earlier and later times, they seem to say that Elijah shall come in person before the yet future day of the Lord, the great second Advent of the Christ. So it has been argued the prophecy of Malachi 4:5 shall yet have a literal fulfilment, and John the Baptist when he confessed that he was not Elijah (John 1:21) was rightly expecting his appearance. It would hardly be right to reject this interpretation merely on the ground of its literalism, or its improbability, or the resemblance which it has to the fantastic belief and practices, which have kept their ground even in modern Judaism, in connection with the expected appearance of the Tishbite, though these, so far as they go, must be thrown into the adverse scale. The words that follow in the next verse are, however, more decisive.

And restore all things.--Better, and shall restore. Leaving for the present the question who was to do the work, we turn to the nature of the work itself. Our Lord's language generalises the description given by Malachi. That work of "turning the hearts of the children to the fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children," was but part of a wider restoration of things and persons. Old truths were to be reproclaimed, and cleared from the after-growths of traditions. Men, as a race, were to be brought into their right relation to their God and Father. The words seem--at least as interpreted by Acts 3:21 (where see Note); Romans 8:21; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1Corinthians 15:28, and other like passages--to point forward to a "restitution of all things," the bringing in of order where now there is disorder and confusion, which shall embrace not Israel only, or even mankind, but the whole universe of God, visible and invisible.

Verse 11. - Elias truly shall first come (ἔρχεται, cometh). Many of the best manuscripts and editions omit "first." The Vulgate has merely, Elias quidem venturus est. It is probably inserted in our text from the parallel passage in Mark, where it is certainly genuine. Christ is here alluding to his own second coming, which shall be preceded by the appearance of Elijah in person. This seems to be the plain meaning of the prophecy in Malachi, and of Christ's announcement, and is confirmed by St. John's statement concerning the two witnesses (Revelation 11:3, 6). That the paragraph cannot refer to John the Baptist is plain from the tenses used in this verse contrasted with those in the following. To regard ver. 12 as simply a correction of ver. 10 is to do violence to language, and to leave one half of Malachi's prediction unexplained. Restore (ἀποκατασήσει) all things. The event is still future, and was not fulfilled in the Baptist's preaching, however deep and extensive may have been its influence. Of course, John in a partial degree reproduced the character and acts of Elijah, directing the people to the eternal principles of justice and righteousness, to a reformation of religion and morals; but he could not be said to have reconstituted, re-established all things; though it is possible that, had his message been received and acted upon, some such effects would have been produced. How and in what degree Elijah, again appearing and living on earth, will effect this great achievement, we know not. We can only fall back on the ancient prophecy, which affirms that "he shall turn the heart of the fathers to [or, 'with'] the children, and the heart of the children to [or, 'and'] their fathers" (Malachi 4:6), and expect that in some way, known unto God, he shall convert one and all, young and old, unto the Lord; or unite the Jews who are the fathers in the faith to Christians who are their children, and thus embrace Jew and Gentile in one fold under one Shepherd. 17:1-13 Now the disciples beheld somewhat of Christ's glory, as of the only begotten of the Father. It was intended to support their faith, when they would have to witness his crucifixion; and would give them an idea of the glory prepared for them, when changed by his power and made like him. The apostles were overcome by the glorious sight. Peter thought that it was most desirable to continue there, and to go no more down to meet the sufferings of which he was so unwilling to hear. In this he knew not what he said. We are wrong, if we look for a heaven here upon earth. Whatever tabernacles we propose to make for ourselves in this world, we must always remember to ask Christ's leave. That sacrifice was not yet offered, without which the souls of sinful men could not have been saved; and important services were to be done by Peter and his brethren. While Peter spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, an emblem of the Divine presence and glory. Ever since man sinned, and heard God's voice in the garden, unusual appearances of God have been terrible to man. They fell prostrate to the earth, till Jesus encouraged them; when looking round, they beheld only their Lord as they commonly saw him. We must pass through varied experiences in our way to glory; and when we return to the world after an ordinance, it must be our care to take Christ with us, and then it may be our comfort that he is with us.
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