New American Standard Bible
"So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
King James Bible
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Darby Bible Translation
So that ye bear witness of yourselves that ye are sons of those who slew the prophets:
World English Bible
Therefore you testify to yourselves that you are children of those who killed the prophets.
Young's Literal Translation
So that ye testify to yourselves, that ye are sons of them who did murder the prophets;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Ye be witnesses unto yourselves - The emphasis, here, lies in the words "to yourselves." It is an appeal to their conscience. It was not by their building the tombs that they were witnesses that they were the children of those who killed the prophets; but that, in spite of all this pretence of piety, under all this cloak of profession, they knew in their consciences, and were witnesses to themselves, that it was mere hypocrisy, and that they really approved the conduct of those who slew the prophets.
Children of them ... - Resembling them; approving their conduct; inheriting their feelings. See the notes at Matthew 1:1. They not only showed that they were descended from them, but that they possessed their spirit, and that, in similar circumstances, they would have done as they did.
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Letter Xliv Concerning the Maccabees but to whom Written is Unknown.
Because of the sins of her prophets And the iniquities of her priests, Who have shed in her midst The blood of the righteous;
and say, 'If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
"Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.
"Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.
"You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.
"Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become;
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