Till Heaven and Earth pass …
Wat does this Scripture Verse mean?
To understand what this Verse means we need to understand what a jot and a tittle is. A jot (in Greek) or yod (in Hebrew) is the smallest letter in the alphabet. And the tittle is the smallest accent or quotation mark used.
When Jesus gave his famous Sermon on the Mount he addressed many of the misconceptions which had been floating around with regards to how people were supposed to be following the law.
“I came not to destroy the law.”
Jesus made it very clear that he had not come to earth to destroy the law; he came to uphold it and show people how it is supposed to be done. In him is no sin.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you,
Till heaven and earth pass,
one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,
till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments,
and shall teach men so,
he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:
but whosoever shall do and teach them,
the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say unto you,
That except your righteousness shall exceed
the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees,
ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus said, ‘Don’t even break the smallest of the Commandments if you don’t want to get into trouble.’
Bible Verses from Biblehub
Let’s have a look at what other Bible Translators have to say about this Verse.
The quotes below are courtesy of Biblehub, It’s wonderful to be able to find so many parallel translations all in the one place.
New International Version
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.
For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
International Standard Version
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
GOD’S WORD® Translation
Jubilee Bible 2000
King James 2000 Bible
American King James Version
American Standard Version
Darby Bible Translation
English Revised Version
Webster’s Bible Translation
Weymouth New Testament
World English Bible
Young’s Literal Translation
You can let me know in the comments below how you read these verses.
Considering Jesus’ words and actions and from reading the above translations it seems clear to me that God’s law (The Ten Commandments) will stand as long as we have heaven and earth.
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