Matthew 8:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 8:17, NIV: This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 'He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.'

Matthew 8:17, ESV: This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

Matthew 8:17, KJV: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Matthew 8:17, NASB: This happened so that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: 'HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR ILLNESSES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.'

Matthew 8:17, NLT: This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, 'He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.'

Matthew 8:17, CSB: so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:He himself took our weaknessesand carried our diseases.

What does Matthew 8:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The previous verse describes an evening of healing and casting out demons at Peter's house in Capernaum (Matthew 8:16). Jesus welcomed all who needed help in either of these ways and took care of their issue in a moment.

Now Matthew points to this evening, along with all the other healing Jesus did during His ministry on earth, as the fulfilment of a specific prophecy found in Isaiah 53:4. Matthew quotes that verse in this way, "He took our illnesses and bore our diseases." Matthew's primary audience for this gospel is the nation of Israel. Points such as this are meant to tell Jewish people, in particular, that Jesus truly is the Messiah. Other portions of Isaiah chapter 53 describe the suffering Messiah would experience as part of His ministry (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; Mark 10:33).

In His eager willingness to heal all in Israel who were sick and to cast out their demons, Jesus demonstrated the compassionate nature of God and showed that He came to serve Israel, even as her King.