Mark 14:58

58 "We heard him say, 'I am going to tear down this Temple, built by hard labor, and in three days build another without lifting a hand.'"

Mark 14:58 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 14:58

We heard him say
In a discourse of his, recorded in ( John 2:19 ) :

I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three
days I will build another made without hands;
which was a very false testimony; for Christ did not say be would destroy any temple at all, only put the Jews on doing it; much less did he point at, or design the temple of Jerusalem, but his own body; nor did he use the distinction of a temple, made with and without hands; nor did he affirm that he would build another; only said, he would raise up in three days, that which they should destroy. By this testimony these witnesses would suggest, that Christ had a design upon their temple to demolish it, and that he must be a sorcerer, or a magician, to pretend to build a temple without hands in three days time; (See Gill on Matthew 26:61).

Mark 14:58 In-Context

56 Plenty of people were willing to bring in false charges, but nothing added up, and they ended up canceling each other out.
57 Then a few of them stood up and lied:
58 "We heard him say, 'I am going to tear down this Temple, built by hard labor, and in three days build another without lifting a hand.'"
59 But even they couldn't agree exactly.
60 In the middle of this, the Chief Priest stood up and asked Jesus, "What do you have to say to the accusation?"