Matthew 7:28

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Matthew 7:28 is the twenty-eighth verse of the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. It forms the first part of a two verse conclusion following the Sermon on the Mount.

Content[edit]

In the original Greek according to Westcott-Hort this verse is:

και εγενετο οτε ετελεσεν ο ιησους τους λογους
τουτους εξεπλησσοντο οι οχλοι επι τη διδαχη αυτου

In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these
sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

The World English Bible translates the passage as:

When Jesus had finished saying these things,
the multitudes were astonished at his teaching,

For a collection of other versions see BibleHub Matthew 7:28.

Analysis[edit]

This verse parallels portions of Luke 4:32 and Luke 7:1, with one of the Gospel writers greatly modifying the source material. It also links back the Matthew 5:1, the first verse of the Sermon on the Mount.[1]

"Finished saying theses things" is a standard phrase used by Matthew to end a discourse by Jesus, also being found at Matthew 11:1, 13:53, 19:1, and 26:1. It makes clear that the Gospel is concluding a section.[2] The term may be based on Old Testament sources.[3] Another common Matthean feature is his mention of the crowds or multitudes. Matthew adds crowds of followers in several verses that are lacking them in Luke.[4] The word translated as astonished can mean both amazed with wonder and overwhelmed with fear, though this verse could very well intend both meanings.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luz, Ulrich. Matthew 1-7 A Continental Commentary. 1992. pg. 455
  2. ^ Schweizer, Eduard. The Good News According to Matthew. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1975 pg. 192
  3. ^ a b William David Davies; Dale C. Allison (Jr.) (1988). Matthew. Clark. p. 725.
  4. ^ Gundry, Robert H. Matthew a Commentary on his Literary and Theological Art. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1982. pg 182


Preceded by
Matthew 7:27
Gospel of Matthew
Chapter 7
Succeeded by
Matthew 7:29