New International Version
They replied, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?"
King James Bible
Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore said, Forty and six years was this temple building, and thou wilt raise it up in three days?
World English Bible
The Jews therefore said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you raise it up in three days?"
Young's Literal Translation
The Jews, therefore, said, 'Forty and six years was this sanctuary building, and wilt thou in three days raise it up?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Forty and six years was this temple in building - The temple of which the Jews spake was begun to be rebuilt by Herod the Great, in the 18th year of his reign: Josephus. Ant. b. xv. c. 11, s. 1; and xx. c. 9, s. 5, 7. But though he finished the main work in nine years and a half, yet some additional buildings or repairs were constantly carried on for many years afterwards. Herod began the work sixteen years before the birth of our Lord: the transactions which are here related took place in the thirtieth year of our Lord, which make the term exactly forty-six years. Rosenmuller. Josephus, Ant. b. xx. c. 8, s. 5, 7, has told us that the whole of the buildings belonging to the temple were not finished till Nero's reign, when Albinus, the governor of Judea, was succeeded by Gessius Florus, which was eighty years after the eighteenth year of Herod's reign. See Bp. Pearce.
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