Matthew 24:34

34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Matthew 24:34 in Other Translations

KJV
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
ESV
34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
NLT
34 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place.
MSG
34 Don't take this lightly. I'm not just saying this for some future generation, but for all of you. This age continues until all these things take place.
CSB
34 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place.

Matthew 24:34 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 24:34

Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass
Not the generation of men in general; as if the sense was, that mankind should not cease, until the accomplishment of these things; nor the generation, or people of the Jews, who should continue to be a people, until all were fulfilled; nor the generation of Christians; as if the meaning was, that there should be always a set of Christians, or believers in Christ in the world, until all these events came to pass; but it respects that present age, or generation of men then living in it; and the sense is, that all the men of that age should not die, but some should live till all these things were fulfilled;
see ( Matthew 16:28 ) as many did, and as there is reason to believe they might, and must, since all these things had their accomplishment, in and about forty years after this: and certain it is, that John, one of the disciples of Christ, outlived the time by many years; and, as Dr. Lightfoot observes, many of the Jewish doctors now living, when Christ spoke these words, lived until the city was destroyed; as Rabban Simeon, who perished with it, R. Jochanan ben Zaccai, who outlived it, R. Zadoch, R. Ishmael, and others: this is a full and clear proof, that not anything that is said before, relates to the second coming of Christ, the day of judgment, and end of the world; but that all belong to the coming of the son of man, in the destruction of Jerusalem, and to the end of the Jewish state.

Matthew 24:34 In-Context

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that itis near, right at the door.
34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 16:28; S Matthew 23:36