Matthew 26:52

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.

Matthew 26:52 in Other Translations

KJV
52 Then said Jesus unto him,Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
ESV
52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
NLT
52 “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.
MSG
52 Jesus said, "Put your sword back where it belongs. All who use swords are destroyed by swords.
CSB
52 Then Jesus told him, "Put your sword back in place because all who take up a sword will perish by a sword.

Matthew 26:52 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 26:52

Then said Jesus unto him
That is, unto Peter,

put up again thy sword into its place,
or sheath. This Christ said not only to rebuke Peter for his rashness, but to soften the minds of the multitude, who must be enraged at such an action; and which was still more effectually done by his healing the man's ear: and indeed, had it not been for these words, and this action of Christ's; and more especially had it not been owing to the powerful influence Christ had over the spirits of these men, in all probability Peter, and the rest of the apostles, had been all destroyed at once.

For all they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword.
This is not to be understood of magistrates who bear not the sword in vain, are ministers of God for good, and revengers of evil works; but of private persons that use the sword, and that not in self-defence, but for private revenge; or engage in a quarrel, to which they are not called; and such generally perish, as Peter must have done, had it not been for the interposition of almighty power. Though this seems to be spoken not so much of Peter, and of the danger he exposed himself to, by taking and using the sword, and so to deter him from it, but rather of these his enemies: and as an argument to make and keep Peter easy and quiet, and exercise patience, since, in a little time, God would avenge himself of them; and that the Jews, who now made use of the sword of the Roman soldiers, would perish by the sword of the Romans, as in a few years after the whole nation did.

Matthew 26:52 In-Context

50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

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Cross References 1

  • 1. Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12; Revelation 13:10