Matthew 24:27
New International Version
For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

New Living Translation
For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes.

English Standard Version
For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Berean Study Bible
For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Berean Literal Bible
For just as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

King James Bible
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

New King James Version
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

New American Standard Bible
For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

NASB 1995
“For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

NASB 1977
“For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.

Amplified Bible
For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming [in glory] of the Son of Man [everyone will see Him clearly].

Christian Standard Bible
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

American Standard Version
For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For just as lightning goes out from The East and appears unto The West, so will the coming of The Son of Man be.

Contemporary English Version
The coming of the Son of Man will be like lightning that can be seen from east to west.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even into the west: so shall the coming of the Son of man be.

English Revised Version
For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.

Good News Translation
For the Son of Man will come like the lightning which flashes across the whole sky from the east to the west.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Son of Man will come again just as lightning flashes from east to west.

International Standard Version
because just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Literal Standard Version
for as the lightning comes forth from the east, and appears to the west, so will also be the coming of the Son of Man;

NET Bible
For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.

New Heart English Bible
For as the lightning flashes from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Weymouth New Testament
For just as the lightning flashes in the east and is seen to the very west, so will be the Coming of the Son of Man.

World English Bible
For as the lightning flashes from the east, and is seen even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Young's Literal Translation
for as the lightning doth come forth from the east, and doth appear unto the west, so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Return of the Son of Man
26So if they tell you, ‘There He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.…

Cross References
Ezekiel 1:14
The creatures were darting back and forth as quickly as flashes of lightning.

Matthew 8:20
Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head."

Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man will come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done.

Matthew 16:28
Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

Matthew 24:3
While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?"

Matthew 24:26
So if they tell you, 'There He is in the wilderness,' do not go out; or, 'Here He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.

Matthew 24:37
As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.


Treasury of Scripture

For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

as.

Job 37:3
He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

Job 38:35
Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?

Isaiah 30:30
And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.

the coming.

Matthew 16:28
Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Malachi 3:2
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

Malachi 4:5
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:









(27) As the lightning cometh out of the east.--In this and the three preceding verses we are, as it were, on the dim border-land of the primary and the ultimate fulfilments of the words. The disciples in their questions (Matthew 24:3) had connected the destruction of Jerusalem with the "coming" of their Lord, and the two are connected even in His own words and thoughts. In whatever way He came, whether in the final destruction of the Temple and polity of Israel, or at the end of the world's great drama, the advent would be sudden and unlooked-for as the lightning-flash. The crises of the world's history, which are the "springing and germinant accomplishments" of such words as these, are always unexpected by the great mass of mankind, even though the few whose eyes are opened can discern the signs of the times, and know that their "redemption draweth nigh."

Verse 27. - As the lightning...east...west. That is, shines from one end of heaven to the other. St. Chrysostom's comment explains the similitude: "How, then, shineth the lightning? It needs not one to talk of it, it needs not a herald, but even to them in chambers it shows itself in an instant of time throughout the whole world. So shall that coming be, showing itself at once everywhere by reason of the shining forth of his glory." We are told, "every eye shall see him." His advent shall be sudden, universal, unmistakable; in a moment he shall be present, visible in all his power and glory. From the language of this verse probably has been derived the orientation of churches, and the mode adopted of depositing the bodies of deceased Christians, so that they may at the resurrection face the Lord when he comes from the east.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

just as
ὥσπερ (hōsper)
Adverb
Strong's 5618: Just as, as, even as. From hos and per; just as, i.e. Exactly like.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

lightning
ἀστραπὴ (astrapē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 796: A flash of lightning, brightness, luster. From astrapto; lightning; by analogy, glare.

comes
ἐξέρχεται (exerchetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1831: To go out, come out. From ek and erchomai; to issue.

from
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

[the] east
ἀνατολῶν (anatolōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's 395: From anatello; a rising of light, i.e. Dawn; by implication, the east.

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

flashes
φαίνεται (phainetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5316: Prolongation for the base of phos; to lighten, i.e. Show.

as far as
ἕως (heōs)
Preposition
Strong's 2193: A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until.

[the] west,
δυσμῶν (dysmōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's 1424: A setting (of the sun), hence: the West. From duno; the sun-set, i.e. the western region.

so
οὕτως (houtōs)
Adverb
Strong's 3779: Thus, so, in this manner. Or (referring to what precedes or follows).

will be
ἔσται (estai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

coming
παρουσία (parousia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3952: From the present participle of pareimi; a being near, i.e. Advent; physically, aspect.

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

Son
Υἱοῦ (Huiou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

of Man.
ἀνθρώπου (anthrōpou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.


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