Matthew 21:18
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New International Version
Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.

New Living Translation
In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,

English Standard Version
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry.

Berean Study Bible
In the morning, as Jesus was returning to the city, He was hungry.

Berean Literal Bible
And in the morning, having come back into the city, He became hungry.

New American Standard Bible
Now in the morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry.

King James Bible
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

Christian Standard Bible
Early in the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry.

Contemporary English Version
When Jesus got up the next morning, he was hungry. He started out for the city,

Good News Translation
On his way back to the city early next morning, Jesus was hungry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Early in the morning, as He was returning to the city, He was hungry.

International Standard Version
In the morning, as Jesus was returning to the city, he became hungry.

NET Bible
Now early in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry.

New Heart English Bible
Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But at dawn when he returned to the city he was hungry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the morning, as Jesus returned to the city, he became hungry.

New American Standard 1977
Now in the morning, when He returned to the city, He became hungry.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

King James 2000 Bible
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.

American King James Version
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungry.

American Standard Version
Now in the morning as he returned to the city, he hungered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in the morning, returning into the city, he was hungry.

Darby Bible Translation
But early in the morning, as he came back into the city, he hungered.

English Revised Version
Now in the morning as he returned to the city, he hungered.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now in the morning as he was returning into the city, he was hungry.

Weymouth New Testament
Early in the morning as He was on His way to return to the city He was hungry,

World English Bible
Now in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry.

Young's Literal Translation
and in the morning turning back to the city, he hungered,
Study Bible
The Barren Fig Tree
17Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where He spent the night. 18In the morning, as Jesus was returning to the city, He was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree along the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. “May you never bear fruit again!” He said. And immediately the tree withered.…
Cross References
Mark 11:12
The next day, when they had left Bethany, Jesus was hungry.

Mark 11:20
As they were walking back in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from its roots.

Treasury of Scripture

Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungry.

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Mark 11:12,13 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry…

he hungered.

Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward …

Matthew 12:1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and …

Luke 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat …

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling …







(18) In the morning.--The word implies "daybreak," probably about 5 A.M. This was the usual Jewish time for the first food of the day. If we may infer from Luke 21:37, John 18:1, that the greater part of the night had been spent either in solitary prayer or in converse with the disciples, we have an explanation of the exhaustion which sought food wherever there might seem even a chance of finding it.

Verses 18-22. - The cursing of the barren fig tree. (Mark 11:12-14:, 20-26.) Verse 18. - In the morning (πρωίας, which implies a very early time of the day, and is a term used for the fourth or last watch of the night, Mark 1:35). St. Matthew has combined in one view a transaction which had two separate stages, as we gather from the narrative of St. Mark. The curse was uttered on the Monday morning, before the cleansing of the temple; the effect was beheld and the lesson given on the Tuesday, when Jesus was visiting Jerusalem for the third time (vers. 20-22). Strauss and his followers, resenting the miraculous in the incident, have imagined that the whole story is merely an embodiment and development of the parable of the fruitless fig tree recorded by St. Luke (Luke 13:6, etc.), which in course of time assumed this historical form. There is no ground whatever for this idea. It claims to be, and doubtless is, the account of a real fact, naturally connected with the circumstances of the time, and of great practical importance. He hungered. True Man, he showed the weakness of his human nature, even when about to exert his power in the Divine. There is no need, rather it is unseemly to suppose (as many old commentators have done), that this hunger was miraculous or assumed, in order to give occasion for the coming miracle. Christ had either passed the night on the mountain-side in prayer and fasting, or had started from his lodging without breaking his fast. His followers do not seem to have suffered in the same way; and it was doubtless owing to his mental preoccupation and self-forgetfulness that the Lord had not attended to bodily wants. Now in the morning,.... Greek "in the first", or morning light, in the dawn, or break of day, the first spring of light; so the Latins (s) use "prima luce" for early in the morning, as soon as ever day breaks: so early did Christ rise, and return from Bethany to Jerusalem;

and as he returned to the city. The Persic version renders it, "they returned"; which, though not a good version, gives a true sense; for, as Christ went with the twelve to Bethany, as Mark affirms, so these returned with him, as is clear from what follows. Thus Christ, day after day, went to and from Jerusalem: in the evening he went to Bethany, or to some part of the Mount of Olives, and there abode all night, and returned in the daytime to Jerusalem, and taught in the temple; for it does not appear that he was one night in Jerusalem, before the night of the passover.

He hungered, rising so early before his friends were up, he had eaten nothing that morning, and so before he had got far from Bethany, found himself hungry; which proves the truth of his human nature, which was in all respects like to ours, excepting sin.

(s) Caesar. Comment. 1. 1. p. 14. & passim. Curtius, 1. 5. c. 5. passim. Apulei Metamorph. 1. 9. p. 134. 21:18-22 This cursing of the barren fig-tree represents the state of hypocrites in general, and so teaches us that Christ looks for the power of religion in those who profess it, and the savour of it from those that have the show of it. His just expectations from flourishing professors are often disappointed; he comes to many, seeking fruit, and finds leaves only. A false profession commonly withers in this world, and it is the effect of Christ's curse. The fig-tree that had no fruit, soon lost its leaves. This represents the state of the nation and people of the Jews in particular. Our Lord Jesus found among them nothing but leaves. And after they rejected Christ, blindness and hardness grew upon them, till they were undone, and their place and nation rooted up. The Lord was righteous in it. Let us greatly fear the doom denounced on the barren fig-tree.
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