Matthew 26:61

61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ ”

Read Matthew 26:61 Using Other Translations

And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
and said, "This man said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'"
who declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

What does Matthew 26:61 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 26:61

And said, this fellow said
Or saith, as De Dieu observes, the Syriac version of this place should be rendered; that is, he has not only said in times past, referring to ( John 2:19 ) , but continues to say it, and glory in it:

I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three
days;
in which they did injury, both to his words and sense: he did not say, "I am able to destroy the temple", but only said, "destroy this temple"; signifying neither his power, nor his will and inclination to it; but put it upon the Jews, and left it to them to do it: nor did he say one word about the temple of God, or as it is in ( Mark 14:58 ) , "this temple that is made with hands"; the temple at Jerusalem, which was made by the hands of men, and devoted to the worship of God; but only "this temple", referring to his body, or human nature; in which he, the Son of God, dwelt, as in a temple; nor did he say that he was able to "build" it in three days, but that he would "raise it up" in three days; intending the resurrection of his body by his own power, after it had been dead three days; and so they perverted his sense, as well as misquoted his words; applying that to the material temple at Jerusalem, what he spoke of the temple of his body, and of its resurrection from the dead, on the third day; designing hereby to fix a charge, both of sacrilege and sorcery upon him: of sacrilege, in having a design upon the temple of God to destroy it; and of sorcery, or familiarity with the devil, and having assistance from him, or knowledge of the magic art, that he could pretend in three days to rebuild a temple, which had been forty and six years in building; and was what could never be done, but by help of Beelzebub, the prince of devils, by whom it was insinuated he did all his miracles.

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