Matthew 17:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 17:23, NIV: "They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.' And the disciples were filled with grief."

Matthew 17:23, ESV: "and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed."

Matthew 17:23, KJV: "And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry."

Matthew 17:23, NASB: "and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.' And they were deeply grieved."

Matthew 17:23, NLT: "He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.' And the disciples were filled with grief."

Matthew 17:23, CSB: "They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised up." And they were deeply distressed."

What does Matthew 17:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In making these statements, Jesus is not speaking in parables or obtuse language. He is not attempting to confuse the disciples. He truly wants them to know what is coming, and He is intentionally being clear about what will soon happen to Him. He is providing for them both by managing their expectations for what comes next and by giving them facts to remember after His death and then His resurrection.

He has told them that He, the "Son of Man," is about to be delivered into the hands of men. Now He adds that those men will kill Him and then He will be raised on the third day (John 12:32–33). Jesus willingly made Himself available to be sacrificed for the sins of humanity on the cross. He did this with full knowledge of what would take place (Matthew 16:21; 17:22–23). He was never surprised by a moment of it. He was acting in full obedience and submission to the will of God the Father, who gave His only begotten Son as this sacrifice (John 3:16).

The disciples were upset to hear Jesus say this. Still, they did not fully understand what it meant (John 2:22).