Mark 14:58 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 14:58, NIV: "We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.''"

Mark 14:58, ESV: "“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’”"

Mark 14:58, KJV: "We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands."

Mark 14:58, NASB: "'We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that was made by hands, and in three days I will build another, made without hands.’?'"

Mark 14:58, NLT: "'We heard him say, 'I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.''"

Mark 14:58, CSB: ""We heard him say, 'I will destroy this temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another not made by hands.'""

What does Mark 14:58 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus' claim is recorded in John 2:19, shortly after He cleanses the temple courtyard of merchants the first time. The Jewish leadership confronts Him, asking for proof that He is authorized to drive out the money-changers and animal tradesmen. Jesus responds, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." It's unclear if the Jewish leaders think He means His body or the actual temple. Jeremiah the prophet was nearly executed for merely prophesying that the temple will be destroyed, until the officials remembered Micah had said the same thing (Jeremiah 26:1–19). If the Jewish leaders interpret Jesus' words to mean the temple, it works in their favor; it is a capital offense under Roman law to destroy a place of worship.

Even so, the accusation, that Jesus threatened to destroy the temple, is false; Jesus never stated that He would destroy the temple, but if someone else destroyed the temple, He would rebuild it. And, later, among His own disciples, He does prophesy that the temple will be destroyed, but not by His own hand (Mark 13:2).

John 2:21 clarifies that Jesus hadn't even been talking about the real temple; He was talking about His body. Later, in Matthew 12:38–42, Jesus was more specific in describing the sign of Jonah. Jesus had done many miraculous things, but still the scribes and Pharisees didn't believe that God sent Him. They demanded a sign. Jesus told them they will receive no sign except that, "just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40).

Whether the Jewish leaders think Jesus was talking about the real temple or His body in the John 2 event, some, at least, know the truth (John 12:42). After Jesus is buried by Joseph of Arimathea, the chief priests and Pharisees tell Pilate that Jesus' disciples plan to steal His body and claim that He has risen. Pilate allows them to secure the stone over the tomb and set a guard (Matthew 27:62–66). When Jesus rises again, the chief priests and elders resort to bribing the guards to say the disciples took His body while they were sleeping (Matthew 28:11–15).