Matthew 20:22
 
Matthew 20:22
(KJV) But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
(1611 KJV) But Iesus answered, and said, Ye know not what ye aske. Are ye able to drinke of the cup that I shall drinke of, and to be baptized with the baptisme that I am baptized with? They say vnto him, We are able.
(1587 Geneva Bible) And Iesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye aske. Are ye able to drinke of the cup that I shall drinke of, and to be baptized with the baptisme that I shalbe baptized with? They said to him, We are able.
(1526 Tyndale) Iesus answered and sayd: Ye wot not what ye axe. Are ye able to drynke of the cuppe yt I shall drynke of and to be baptised wt the baptyme that I shalbe baptised with? They answered to him that we are.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered.
(NASV) But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to Him, "We are able."
(THE MESSAGE) Jesus responded, "You have no idea what you're asking." And he said to James and John, "Are you capable of drinking the cup that I'm about to drink?" They said, "Sure, why not?"
(AMP) But Jesus replied, You do not realize what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink and to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized ? They answered, We are able.
(NLT) But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”
(ESV) Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able."
(CEV) Jesus answered, "Not one of you knows what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the cup that I must soon drink from?" James and John said, "Yes, we are!"
(NCV) But Jesus said, "You don't understand what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am about to drink?" The sons answered, "Yes, we can."
(1901 ASV) But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink the cup that I am about to drink? They say unto him, We are able.
(DARBY) And Jesus answering said, Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink the cup which *I* am about to drink? They say to him, We are able.
(NLV) Jesus said to her, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to take the suffering that I am about to take? (*Are you able to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?)" They said, "Yes, we are able."
(HCSB) But Jesus answered, "You don't know what you're asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" "We are able," they said to Him.
(RSV) But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" They said to him, "We are able."
(NAB-Roman Catholic) Jesus said in reply, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?" They said to him, "We can."
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) Jesus said in answer: “YOU men do not know what YOU are asking for. Can YOU drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him: “We can.”
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
apokriqeiV de o ihsouV eipen ouk oidate ti aiteisqe dunasqe piein to pothrion o egw mellw pinein kai to baptisma o egw baptizomai baptisqhnai legousin autw dunameqa
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
apokriqeiV de o ihsouV eipen ouk oidate ti aiteisqe dunasqe piein to pothrion o egw mellw pinein legousin autw dunameqa
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
D 05 - Bezae Cantabrigiensis - Fifth century
L 019 - Eighth century
Z 035 - Sixth century
Theta 038 - Ninth century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
K 017 - Ninth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Affected Teaching
James and John were looking forward to Jesus ruling in Jerusalem and despite the constant reminders by Jesus that He was going to Jerusalem to be crucified, their mother requested that one sit on his right and one sit on his left. Jesus told her that she does not realize what she is asking because those positions are given to someone by the Father. Jesus asks them if they were able to drink of the cup He was going to drink and the baptism which he was going to undertake. In their quickness to reply, they told Jesus that they are able. In verse 23, Jesus goes on to tell them that they will drink of the cup and will be baptized with His baptism. (John 18:11 KJV) Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? The cup which the Father gave Him was to be crucified and pay for the sins of all God’s Elect. Every true believer has a cup that the Father gives them which represents the suffering they will do for the kingdom of God and what they are to accomplish in spite of that suffering. In Luke 12:50, Jesus speaks of His coming baptism. (Luke 12:50 KJV) But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! That baptism was His coming bloody death on Calvary. (Rom 6:3 KJV) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Each true believer is baptized into the death of Christ which symbolizes our being dead to the things of the world. No longer does the world hold any attraction for us because a crucified person is a dead person and as Christians we are to be dead to the things of this world. I am not speaking about the ocean or the Grand Canyon or the parks, because God gave those things to us to enjoy. I speak of the allurements of the world such as gambling, sexual attractions, drinking, etc. The things which go against the believer’s transformed lifestyle. The modern versions leave out the part about Christ’s baptism and that is a very integral part of the Scriptures concerning His death for the believers. The cup was His dying for the Elect and the baptism was the method that was used to accomplish the essence of the cup. The modern versions leave out a very important part of the verse which is not surprising because these modern versions are not Christ glorifying, rather they are hostile to Christ.

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