Matthew 5:18
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For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

King James Bible
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Darby Bible Translation
For verily I say unto you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, one iota or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all come to pass.

World English Bible
For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.

Young's Literal Translation
for, verily I say to you, till that the heaven and the earth may pass away, one iota or one tittle may not pass away from the law, till that all may come to pass.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven - In the very commencement of his ministry, Jesus Christ teaches the instability of all visible things. "The heaven which you see, and which is so glorious, and the earth which you inhabit and love, shall pass away; for the things which are seen are temporal, προσκαιρα, are for a time; but the things which are not seen are eternal αιωνια, ever-during," 2 Corinthians 4:18. And the Word of the Lord endureth for ever.

One jot or one tittle - One yod, (י), the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. One tittle or point, κεραια, either meaning those points which serve for vowels in this language, if they then existed; or the seraphs, or points of certain letters, such as ר resh, or ד daleth, ה he, or ח cheth (as the change of any of these into the other would make a most essential alteration in the sense, or, as the rabbins say, destroy the world). Or our Lord may refer to the little ornaments which certain letters assume on their tops, which cause them to appear like small branches. The following letters only can assume coronal apices, ץ tsaddi - ג gimel - ז zain - נ nun - ט teth - ע ayin - ש shin. These, with the coronal apices, often appear in MSS.

That this saying, one jot or one tittle, is a proverbial mode of expression among the Jews, and that it expressed the meaning given to it above, is amply proved by the extracts in Lightfoot and Schoettgen. The reader will not be displeased to find a few of them here, if he can bear with the allegorical and strongly figurative language of the rabbins.

"The book of Deuteronomy came and prostrated itself before the Lord, and said: 'O Lord of the world, thou hast written in me thy law; but now, a Testament defective in some parts is defective in all. Behold, Solomon endeavors to root the letter yod out of me.' (In this text, Deuteronomy 17:5. לא ירבה נשים lo yirbeh, nashim, he shall not multiply wives). The holy blessed God answered, 'Solomon and a thousand such as he shall perish, but the least word shall not perish out of thee.'"

In Shir Hashirim Rabba, are these words:

"Should all the inhabitants of the earth gather together, in order to whiten one feather of a crow, they could not succeed: so, if all the inhabitants of the earth should unite to abolish one י yod, which is the smallest letter in the whole law, they should not be able to effect it."

In Vayikra Rabba, s. 19, it is said:

"Should any person in the words of Deuteronomy 6:4, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is אחד achad, One Lord, change the ד daleth into a ר resh, he would ruin the world." [Because, in that case, the word אחר achar, would signify a strange or false God].

"Should any one, in the words of Exodus 34:14, Thou shalt worship no Other, אחר achar, God, change ר resh into ד daleth, he would ruin the world." [Because the command would then run, Thou shalt not worship the Only or true God].

"Should any one in the words of Leviticus 22:32, Neither shall ye Profane תחללו techelelu, my holy name, change ח cheth into ה he, he would ruin the world." [Because the sense of the commandment would then be, Neither shall ye Praise my holy name].

"Should any one, in the words of Psalm 150:6, Let every thing that hath breath Praise, תהלל tehalel, the Lord, change ה, he into ח cheth, he would ruin the world." [Because the command would then run, Let every thing that hath breath Profane the Lord].

"Should any one, in the words of Jeremiah 5:10, They lied Against the Lord, ביהוה beihovah, change ב beth into כ caph, he would ruin the world." [For then the words would run, They lied Like the Lord].

"Should any one, in the words of Hosea, Hosea 5:7, They have dealt treacherously, ביהוה beihovah, Against the Lord, change ב beth into כ caph, he would ruin the world." [For then the words would run, They have dealt treacherously Like the Lord].

"Should any one, in the words of 1 Samuel 2:2, There is none holy As the Lord, change כ caph into ב beth, he would ruin the world." [For then the words would mean, There is no holiness In the Lord].

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

verily.

Matthew 5:26 Truly I say to you, You shall by no means come out there, till you have paid the uttermost farthing.

Matthew 6:2,16 Therefore when you do your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets...

Matthew 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Truly I say to you, I have not found so great faith, no...

Matthew 10:15,23,42 Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city...

Matthew 11:11 Truly I say to you, Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist...

Matthew 13:17 For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them...

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

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief: for truly I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed...

Matthew 18:3,18 And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven...

Matthew 19:23,28 Then said Jesus to his disciples, Truly I say to you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven...

Matthew 21:21,31 Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have faith, and doubt not...

Matthew 23:36 Truly I say to you, All these things shall come on this generation.

Matthew 24:2,34,47 And Jesus said to them, See you not all these things? truly I say to you, There shall not be left here one stone on another...

Matthew 25:12,40,45 But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I know you not...

Matthew 26:13,14 Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman has done...

Mark 3:28 Truly I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, and blasphemies with which soever they shall blaspheme:

Mark 6:11 And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when you depart there, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them...

Mark 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, Why does this generation seek after a sign? truly I say to you...

Mark 9:1,41 And he said to them, Truly I say to you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death...

Mark 10:15,29 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein...

Mark 11:23 For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea...

Mark 12:43 And he called to him his disciples, and said to them, Truly I say to you, That this poor widow has cast more in...

Mark 13:30 Truly I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Mark 14:9 Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world...

Mark 14:18,25,30 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, One of you which eats with me shall betray me...

Luke 4:24 And he said, Truly I say to you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

Luke 11:51 From the blood of Abel to the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: truly I say to you...

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find watching: truly I say to you, that he shall gird himself...

Luke 13:35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate: and truly I say to you, You shall not see me, until the time come when you shall say...

Luke 18:17,29 Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein...

Luke 21:32 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, To day shall you be with me in paradise.

John 1:51 And he said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Hereafter you shall see heaven open...

John 3:3,5,11 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God...

John 5:19,24,25 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do...

John 6:26,32,47,53 Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, You seek me, not because you saw the miracles...

John 8:34,51,58 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin...

John 10:1,7 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way...

John 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it stays alone: but if it die...

John 13:16,20,21,38 Truly, truly, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him...

John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do...

John 16:20,23 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful...

John 21:18 Truly, truly, I say to you, When you were young, you gird yourself, and walked where you would: but when you shall be old...

Till.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Psalm 102:26 They shall perish, but you shall endure: yes, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a clothing shall you change them...

Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke...

Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one pronunciation mark of the law to fail.

Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Hebrews 1:11,12 They shall perish; but you remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment...

2 Peter 3:10-13 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise...

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away...

pass.

Psalm 119:89,90,152 For ever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven...

Isaiah 40:8 The grass wither, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you.

Library
Agree with Thine Adversary
Eversley, 1861. Windsor Castle, 1867. St. Matthew v. 25, 26. "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." This parable our Lord seems to have spoken at least twice, as He did several others. For we find it also in the 12th
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Salt Without Savour
'Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.'--MATT. v. 13. These words must have seemed ridiculously presumptuous when they were first spoken, and they have too often seemed mere mockery and irony in the ages since. A Galilean peasant, with a few of his rude countrymen who had gathered round him, stands up there on the mountain, and says to them, 'You,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Lamp and the Bushel
'Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.'--Matt. v. 14-16. The conception of the office of Christ's disciples contained in these words is a still bolder one than that expressed by the preceding metaphor, which
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The New Form of the Old Law
'Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20. For I say
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Psalm 111:8
They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever."

Isaiah 44:26
who carries out the words of his servants and fulfills the predictions of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, 'It shall be inhabited,' of the towns of Judah, 'They shall be rebuilt,' and of their ruins, 'I will restore them,'

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Luke 16:17
It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

Luke 21:33
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

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