Matthew 25:12

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

Matthew 25:12 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
English Standard Version (ESV)
12 But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
The Message Bible (MSG)
12 "He answered, 'Do I know you? I don't think I know you.'
American Standard Version (ASV)
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
12 "But he answered them, 'I don't even know who you are!'
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
12 "But he replied, 'I assure you: I do not know you!'
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
12 "But he replied, 'What I'm about to tell you is true. I don't know you.'

Matthew 25:12 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 25:12

But he answered and said
The Lord and bridegroom from within, thought fit to give them an answer, but an unexpected and awful one to them:

verily I say unto you, I know you not;
which must be understood in consistence with the omniscience of Christ: he knew their persons, conduct, and state; he knew they were foolish virgins, graceless professors, who had made no account of him and his righteousness; but had trusted to, and depended upon, their external profession of religion: they were none of the people whom he foreknew, or knew as his own, and loved with an everlasting love; he never knew them as his father's choice in him, or as this father's gift to him; he never knew them in the everlasting covenant, or as his sheep, for whom he died; he never knew them to believe in him, or love him; nor ever exalt his person, blood and sacrifice, at his table, nor do any good work with a single eye to his glory; he never approved of them, liked their persons, or their conduct; or ever owned them as the true companions, either of his bride, or of himself: which answer implies, that as the door was shut, so it should remain; there was no admittance for them, nor any to be hoped for; and it is all one as if he had said, begone, and depart hence. The Persic version adds such a clause, "begone from my door".

Matthew 25:12 In-Context

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 41; S Matthew 7:23
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