Matthew 22:46 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 22:46, NIV: No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Matthew 22:46, ESV: And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Matthew 22:46, KJV: And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Matthew 22:46, NASB: No one was able to offer Him a word in answer, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him any more questions.

Matthew 22:46, NLT: No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Matthew 22:46, CSB: No one was able to answer him at all, and from that day no one dared to question him anymore.

What does Matthew 22:46 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Pharisees, who loved to debate, sometimes challenged each other with hard questions from the Scriptures, including ones that involved resolving an apparent contradiction or conflict. Jesus has engaged them in such a question: If the Christ is the son of David, why does David call Him "my Lord" (Psalm 110:1)?

The Pharisees are completely stumped. They have no answer to this question, and Matthew reports that they stopped trying to use questions to trip Jesus up after this. They now fully realize they will never beat Him that way.

However, Jesus was doing more than just defeating the Pharisees in a legal and religious debate. The answer to His question was exactly what they were missing about Him. He was the Messiah and the long-promised "son of David," but He was also the Son of God and David's Lord. This was the very truth Israel's religious leaders refused to hear and the very claim they were willing to have Jesus killed for making.