Matthew 23:32
New International Version
Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

New Living Translation
Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started.

English Standard Version
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.

Berean Study Bible
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins.

Berean Literal Bible
You, then, fill up the measure of your fathers.

New American Standard Bible
"Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.

King James Bible
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Christian Standard Bible
Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors' sins!

Contemporary English Version
So keep on doing everything they did.

Good News Translation
Go on, then, and finish up what your ancestors started!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' sins!

International Standard Version
Then finish what your ancestors started!

NET Bible
Fill up then the measure of your ancestors!

New Heart English Bible
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So fulfill the standard of your forefathers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Go ahead, finish what your ancestors started!

New American Standard 1977
“Fill up then the measure of the guilt of your fathers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

King James 2000 Bible
Fill you up then the measure of your fathers.

American King James Version
Fill you up then the measure of your fathers.

American Standard Version
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Darby Bible Translation
and ye, fill ye up the measure of your fathers.

English Revised Version
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Weymouth New Testament
Fill up the measure of your forefathers' guilt.

World English Bible
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye -- ye fill up the measure of your fathers.
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
31So you testify against yourselves that you are the sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins. 33You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape the sentence of hell?…
Cross References
Jeremiah 7:26
Yet they would not listen to Me or incline their ear, but they stiffened their necks and did more evil than their fathers.'

Jeremiah 32:18
You show loving devotion to thousands, but lay the sins of the fathers into the laps of their children after them, O great and mighty God whose name is the LORD of Hosts,

Ezekiel 20:4
Will you judge them, will you judge them, son of man? Confront them with the abominations of their fathers

Matthew 23:31
So you testify against yourselves that you are the sons of those who murdered the prophets.

Matthew 23:33
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape the sentence of hell?

1 Thessalonians 2:16
hindering us from telling the Gentiles how they may be saved. As a result, they continue to heap up their sins to full capacity; the utmost wrath has come upon them.

Treasury of Scripture

Fill you up then the measure of your fathers.

the measure.

Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the …

Numbers 32:14 And, behold, you are risen up in your fathers' stead, an increase …

Zechariah 5:6-11 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goes forth. …







Lexicon
Fill up,
πληρώσατε (plērōsate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4137: From pleres; to make replete, i.e. to cram, level up, or to furnish, satisfy, execute, finish, verify, etc.

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

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative 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.

measure
μέτρον (metron)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3358: An apparently primary word; a measure, literally or figuratively; by implication, a limited portion.

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’ [sins].
πατέρων (paterōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.
(32) Fill ye up then . . .--The English fails to give the pathetic abruptness of the original: And ye--fill ye up the measure of your fathers. The thought implied is that which we find in Genesis 15:16, and of which the history of the world offers but too many illustrations. Each generation, as it passes, adds something to the ever-accumulating mass of evil. At last the penalty falls, as though the long-suffering of God had been waiting till the appointed limit had been reached, and the measure of iniquity was at last full.

Verse 32. - Fill ye up then; καὶ ὑμεῖς πληρώσατε: do ye also (as well as they) fill up. An imperative, expressive of Divine irony, containing virtually a prophecy. Complete your evil work, finish that which your fathers began (comp. John 13:27). The measure. There is a certain limit to iniquity; when this is reached, punishment falls. The metaphor is derived from a full cup, which a single drop more will make overflow. This added drop would be the death of Christ and the persecution of his followers. Then vengeance must follow (comp. Genesis 15:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:16). 23:13-33 The scribes and Pharisees were enemies to the gospel of Christ, and therefore to the salvation of the souls of men. It is bad to keep away from Christ ourselves, but worse also to keep others from him. Yet it is no new thing for the show and form of godliness to be made a cloak to the greatest enormities. But dissembled piety will be reckoned double iniquity. They were very busy to turn souls to be of their party. Not for the glory of God and the good of souls, but that they might have the credit and advantage of making converts. Gain being their godliness, by a thousand devices they made religion give way to their worldly interests. They were very strict and precise in smaller matters of the law, but careless and loose in weightier matters. It is not the scrupling a little sin that Christ here reproves; if it be a sin, though but a gnat, it must be strained out; but the doing that, and then swallowing a camel, or, committing a greater sin. While they would seem to be godly, they were neither sober nor righteous. We are really, what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean, while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life; here we must begin with ourselves. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was like the ornaments of a grave, or dressing up a dead body, only for show. The deceitfulness of sinners' hearts appears in that they go down the streams of the sins of their own day, while they fancy that they should have opposed the sins of former days. We sometimes think, if we had lived when Christ was upon earth, that we should not have despised and rejected him, as men then did; yet Christ in his Spirit, in his word, in his ministers, is still no better treated. And it is just with God to give those up to their hearts' lusts, who obstinately persist in gratifying them. Christ gives men their true characters.
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