Matthew 13:35

35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”[a]

Matthew 13:35 in Other Translations

KJV
35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
ESV
35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:"I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world."
NLT
35 This fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet: “I will speak to you in parables. I will explain things hidden since the creation of the world. ”
MSG
35 His storytelling fulfilled the prophecy: I will open my mouth and tell stories; I will bring out into the open things hidden since the world's first day.
CSB
35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: I will open My mouth in parables; I will declare things kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Matthew 13:35 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 13:35

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,
&c.] Not Isaiah, as some copies in the times of Jerom read, but Asaph, who is called Asaph the seer, ( 2 Chronicles 29:30 ) which is all one as a prophet; vision is one sort of prophecy F4; and there was such a thing as prophesying with harps, psalteries and cymbals, as well as in other ways, and with which Asaph and his sons are said to prophesy, ( 1 Chronicles 25:1-3 ) so that he is very rightly called a prophet by the evangelist, who is cited, as

saying,
( Psalms 78:2 )

I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things which have
been kept secret from the foundation of the world:
which Psalm, though a history of the dealings of God with the people of Israel, and of the many deliverances wrought for them, yet as the F5 Jewish writers observe, contain many things in it, expressed in a parabolical and enigmatical way; such as God's furnishing a table in the wilderness, kindling a fire against Jacob, opening the doors of heaven, giving the corn of heaven, and angels' food, and delivering his strength into captivity; and besides, the very historical facts recorded of the people of Israel, were types of things future under the Gospel dispensation: now as Asaph, by divine inspiration, delivered these parables and dark sayings, so Christ expressed the Gospel, and the mysteries of it, in a parabolical way, which were hid in God, and under the shadows of the law; and so were kept secret from the beginning of the world, and from the multitude, though now made known to the apostles, and by them to others, according to the will of God.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 R. David Kimchi, Shorash. rad. (hzx) .
F5 Aben Ezra & Kirachi in loc.

Matthew 13:35 In-Context

33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty poundsof flour until it worked all through the dough.”
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 14; S Matthew 1:22
  • 2. Psalms 78:2; Romans 16:25,26; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:26

Footnotes 1