Matthew 21:46
New International Version
They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

New Living Translation
They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.

English Standard Version
And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

Berean Study Bible
Although they wanted to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they considered Jesus a prophet.

Berean Literal Bible
And seeking to lay hold of Him, they feared the crowds, because they were holding Him as a prophet.

New American Standard Bible
When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

King James Bible
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Christian Standard Bible
Although they were looking for a way to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because the people regarded him as a prophet.

Contemporary English Version
So they looked for a way to arrest Jesus. But they were afraid to, because the people thought he was a prophet.

Good News Translation
so they tried to arrest him. But they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although they were looking for a way to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they regarded Him as a prophet.

International Standard Version
Although they wanted to arrest him, they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.

NET Bible
They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, because the crowds regarded him as a prophet.

New Heart English Bible
When they sought to seize him, they feared the crowds, because they considered him to be a prophet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they sought to seize him and they were afraid of the crowds, because they were holding him as a Prophet.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They wanted to arrest him but were afraid of the crowds, who thought he was a prophet.

New American Standard 1977
And when they sought to seize Him, they feared the multitudes, because they held Him to be a prophet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude because they held him as a prophet.

King James 2000 Bible
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

American King James Version
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

American Standard Version
And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And seeking to lay hands on him, they feared the multitudes: because they held him as a prophet.

Darby Bible Translation
And seeking to lay hold of him, they were afraid of the crowds, because they held him for a prophet.

English Revised Version
And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

Weymouth New Testament
but though they were eager to lay hands upon Him, they were afraid of the people, for by them He was regarded as a Prophet.

World English Bible
When they sought to seize him, they feared the multitudes, because they considered him to be a prophet.

Young's Literal Translation
and seeking to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, seeing they were holding him as a prophet.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
45When the chief priests and Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew He was speaking about them. 46Although they wanted to arrest Him, they feared the crowds, because they considered Jesus a prophet.
Cross References
Matthew 21:11
The crowds replied, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee."

Matthew 21:26
But if we say, 'From men,' we are afraid of the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet."

Matthew 21:45
When the chief priests and Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew He was speaking about them.

Matthew 22:1
Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables:

Mark 11:18
When the chief priests and scribes heard this, they looked for a way to kill Him. For they were afraid of Him, because the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.

John 7:30
So they tried to seize Him, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.

Treasury of Scripture

But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

they sought.

2 Samuel 12:7-13
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; …

Proverbs 9:7-9
He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot…

Proverbs 15:12
A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

because.

Matthew 21:11
And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Luke 7:16,39
And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people…

John 7:40,41
Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet…







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

they wanted
ζητοῦντες (zētountes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

to arrest
κρατῆσαι (kratēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2902: From kratos; to use strength, i.e. Seize or retain.

Him,
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
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.

they feared
ἐφοβήθησαν (ephobēthēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative 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.

crowds,
ὄχλους (ochlous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3793: From a derivative of echo; a throng; by implication, the rabble; by extension, a class of people; figuratively, a riot.

because
ἐπεὶ (epei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1893: Of time: when, after; of cause: since, because; otherwise: else. From epi and ei; thereupon, i.e. Since.

they considered
εἶχον (eichon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

[Jesus]
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
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.

a prophet.
προφήτην (prophētēn)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4396: From a compound of pro and phemi; a foreteller; by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet.
(46) When they sought to lay hands.--We must remember that they had once before made a like attempt, and had been baffled (John 7:44-46). Now circumstances were even more against them. The Prophet was surrounded by His own disciples, and by an admiring crowd. Open violence they did not dare to venture on, and they had to fall back upon the more crooked paths of stratagem and treachery.

Verse 46. - They feared the multitude. They did not dare to lay violent hands on Jesus in the presence of the excited crowd, which would have withstood any such attack at this moment. A Prophet (see ver. 11). If they did not recognize him as Messiah, they regarded him as one inspired by God, and having a Divine mission. This accounts for the joyful acquiescence of the Pharisaical party in the offer of Judas, when he proposed to betray his Master in the absence of the multitude



21:33-46 This parable plainly sets forth the sin and ruin of the Jewish nation; and what is spoken to convict them, is spoken to caution all that enjoy the privileges of the outward church. As men treat God's people, they would treat Christ himself, if he were with them. How can we, if faithful to his cause, expect a favourable reception from a wicked world, or from ungodly professors of Christianity! And let us ask ourselves, whether we who have the vineyard and all its advantages, render fruits in due season, as a people, as a family, or as separate persons. Our Saviour, in his question, declares that the Lord of the vineyard will come, and when he comes he will surely destroy the wicked. The chief priests and the elders were the builders, and they would not admit his doctrine or laws; they threw him aside as a despised stone. But he who was rejected by the Jews, was embraced by the Gentiles. Christ knows who will bring forth gospel fruits in the use of gospel means. The unbelief of sinners will be their ruin. But God has many ways of restraining the remainders of wrath, as he has of making that which breaks out redound to his praise. May Christ become more and more precious to our souls, as the firm Foundation and Cornerstone of his church. May we be willing to follow him, though despised and hated for his sake.
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