Matthew 13:42

42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:42 in Other Translations

KJV
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
ESV
42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
NLT
42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
MSG
42 pitch them in the trash, and be done with them. They are going to complain to high heaven, but nobody is going to listen.
CSB
42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:42 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 13:42

And shall cast them into a furnace of fire
Not a material, but a metaphorical one; denoting the wrath of God, which shall fall upon wicked men, and abide upon them to all eternity: which is sometimes called hell fire, sometimes a lake which burns with fire and brimstone; and here a furnace of fire, expressing the vehemency and intenseness of divine wrath, which will be intolerable; in allusion either to Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace, or as some think, to the custom of burning persons alive in some countries; or rather, to the burning of chaff and stubble, and the stalks of any unprofitable things that grew in the field F6, for the heating of furnaces, and is the very language of the Jews, who used to compare hell to a furnace; so ( Genesis 15:17 ) is paraphrased by them F7.

``And behold the sun set, and there was darkness; and lo! Abraham saw until the seats were set, and the thrones cast down; and lo! "hell", which is prepared for the wicked in the world to come, (arwntk) , "as a furnace", which sparks and flames of fire surrounded; (hwgbd) , "in the midst of which", the wicked fell, because they rebelled against the law, in their lifetime.''

Which is expressed in much the same language, and conveys the same ideas as here; and no wonder is it that it follows,

there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth;
declaring the remorse of conscience, the tortures of mind, the sense of inexpressible pain, and punishment, the wicked shall feel; also their furious rage and black despair.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 Misn. Sabbat. c. 3. sect. 1. & Maimon, & Bartenora in ib.
F7 Hieros. Targum in Gen. xv. 17.

Matthew 13:42 In-Context

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

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Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 50; S Matthew 8:12