Matthew 27:35

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New Testament Matthew 27

(Textus Receptus, Novum Testamentum, Theodore Beza, 4th folio edition. Geneva. 1598)

  • Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

(King James Version, Pure Cambridge Edition 1900)

  • Matthew 27:35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His clothes, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet: “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)




Was Matthew 27:35 Spoken of By The Prophet or Not?

And who exactly is Zechariah 13:6 referring to exactly?

Both of these questions really depends on what bible you are reading from.

Before we start, I would like to point out one important fact about biblical prophecy.

When reading bible prophecies, events to take place at some time in the future in perfect detail are not for believers to believe; they are for the unbelievers to believe.

Psalm 22:16

Psalm 22:16 (KJV) For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

This verse, which was spoken by David did not apply to him, it applied to another – the coming Messiah; Jesus Christ our Lord. The above scripture is also explicit as it describes in detail an event that would change the course of human history: the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

As we continue to read this Psalms we will be able to verify with certainty that verse sixteen does indeed refer to the Messiah if we cross reference Psalm 22:18 with Matthew 27:35.

Psalm 22:18 KJV They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Matthew 27:35 KJV And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Again, by checking against the scriptures as we have done above, the unbeliever will be able to come to the conclusion that the Bible does indeed speak the truth and does not lie; if they read a version that is not corrupted. Unfortunately in modern times this is becoming a complex issue as many of the bibles on the market are translated from a perverse text, a text that many church leaders are also willing to embrace to further blind the already fragile misguided sheep.

Modern Versions Explained

One of the many issues with the modern bible is that they continually try to remove the references to Jesus and His deity, and do everything in their power to take away from who He is and the prophecies that were fulfilled in Him.

If we read Matthew 27:35 in a modern bible such as the NASB, ESV or the NIV, we will see that they directly attack which was spoken by the prophet by removing the reference to it, “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet”.

By making this change, they turn this verse into a moment of history, rather than the actual fact that the event that took place in Matthew 27:35 occurred in exact detail as it was spoken by the prophet hundreds of years earlier before the event occurred.

Matthew 27:35

(ESV) And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.
(NASB) And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
(NIV) When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Yet again we can see how these modern translations deny this prophetical truth.

More Denial

Next we will turn to Zechariah 13:6, an extremely explicit and important verse as it gives the exact location as to where our Lord Jesus was pierced, and a description of those who wounded Him. In addition, if we cross reference this verse with Psalms 22:16 it again proves that the bible is true, and the prophecy was fulfilled; a prophecy which was written hundreds of years before the event occurred, a prophecy that occurred in the exact detail in which it was written.

Zechariah 13:6 KJV And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

And again, when we compare modern translations to the above we can see that they pervert the gospel by removing from the verse how the Lord was to be pierced. This has further implication as it causes confusion to the unbeliever and can lead them away from the cross and affords them the opportunity to claim that the event never took place because according to the modern translation the wounds were not explicitly in the hands, so therefore this is not a prophecy about Jesus, but rather about someone else.

Zechariah 13:6

(ESV) And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your back?’ he will say, ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’
(NASB) “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’
(NIV) If someone asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your body?’ he will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’
(NKJV) And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’
(NAB) And if anyone asks him, “What are these wounds on your chest?” he shall answer, “With these I was wounded in the house of my dear ones.”

But if we continue to cross reference and study the scriptures that are not corrupt, we can verify that Zechariah 13:6 is definitely a prophecy about Jesus Christ; His death on the cross and resurrection. In order to further verify who verse 13:6 is in reference to, let us read the next verse, verse 7.

Zechariah 13:7 KJV Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Here we can see that this verse makes a claim that the shepherd will be smitten, and the sheep will be scattered. Can we find this statement anywhere else in the scriptures where it is in reference to Jesus? The answer is yes, if we cross reference Zechariah 13:7 with what Jesus himself spoke in Matthew 26:31-32.

Matthew 26:31-32 KJV Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. (32) But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

From the above verse we can clearly see that this was a direct quote from the passage of Zechariah 13:7, yet modern bibles choose to hide this truth from you in order to deceive you and continue to attack the deity of Christ.


With all this stated as outlined above, I have one last question to ask each of you.

How can anyone continue to read a perverted gospel as taught in the NAB, NIV, NASB, ESV and NKJV and trust the words written upon their pages as they purposely distort and pervert the gospel?

This is a question I cannot answer for you, but what I will do is continue to show you where these modern version error greatly and teach heretical doctrines about the Lord Jesus Christ.

If your bible is not based on the Textus Receptus such as the KJV, then the book you are studying is not a bible.

John 8:32 KJV And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The truth has been presented here before you, will you accept the truth or continue in your denial. You will not be able to claim ignorance before the Lord your God on the day of reckoning.

What is it going to be, Gods pure word, or a perversion of it? You need to decide, and you need to decide quickly.


Textus Receptus

See Also Matthew 27:35 Complutensian Polyglot 1514

Desiderius Erasmus


Stephanus (Robert Estienne)

Theodore Beza

See Also Matthew 27:35 Beza 1598 (Beza)

  • 1604 (Beza Octavo 5th)




  • 1894 (? ????? ???T???)

Other Greek

  • 1857 (Tregelles' Greek New Testament)
  • (Tischendorf 8th Ed.)
  • 1881 (Westcott & Hort)
  • (Greek orthodox Church)

Anglo Saxon Translations

  • 1000 (Anglo-Saxon Gospels Manuscript 140, Corpus Christi College by Aelfric)
  • 1200 (Anglo-Saxon Gospels Hatton Manuscript 38, Bodleian Library by unknown author)

English Translations

Foreign Language Versions

See also Bible translations into Afrikaans


  • 1933 (Ta Biblia Ta Logia - J. D. du Toit, E. E. van Rooyen, J. D. Kestell, H. C. M. Fourie, and BB Keet
  • 1953
  • 1982 Paraphrase - Die Lewende Bybel, Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy (CUM)
  • 1982 South African Bible Society - E. P. Groenewald, A. H. van Zyl, P. A. Verhoef, J. L. Helberg, and W. Kempen
  • 1983 © Bybelgenootskap van Suid Afrika
  • 2001 The Nuwe Wêreld-vertaling van die Heilige Skrif is an Afrikaans translation of the 1984 English translation of the Bible by the Watchtower Society.
  • 2002 Die Boodskap
  • 2002 - Gert Prinsloo, Phil Botha, Willem Boshoff, Hennie Stander, Dirk Human, Stephan Joubert, and Jan van der Watt.
  • 2006 The Nuwe Lewende Vertaling (literally "New Living Translation")
  • 2008 Bybel vir Almal - South African Bible Society, Bart Oberholzer, Bernard Combrink, Hermie van Zyl, Francois Tolmie, Christo van der Merwe, Rocco Hough en Elmine Roux.
  • 2014 Direct Translation, South African Bible Society
  • 2014 Afrikaans Standard Version, CUM Books



Amuzgo de Guerrero

  • 1973 Amuzgo de Guerrero (AMU) Copyright © 1973, 1999 by La Liga Biblica
  • 1999



  • 1516
  • 1591
  • 1616
  • 1622
  • 1671 Biblia Arabica. de propaganda fide. Arabic and Latin Bible printed in Rome by Abraham Ecchellensis and Louis Maracci
  • ولما صلبوه اقتسموا ثيابه مقترعين عليها. لكي يتم ما قيل بالنبي اقتسموا ثيابي بينهم وعلى لباسي القوا قرعة. (Arabic Smith & Van Dyke)
  • 1988 Arabic Life Application Bible (ALAB) Copyright © 1988 by Biblica
  • 2009 Arabic Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV-AR) Copyright © 2009 by World Bible Translation Center


  • (Aramaic Peshitta)


  • 1571 Eta crucificatu çutenean parti citzaten haren abillamenduac, çorthe egotziric: compli ledinçát Prophetáz erran cena, Partitu vkan dituzte ene abillamenduac, eta ene arroparen gainean çorthe egotzi vkan duté.


  • 1940 (1940 Bulgarian Bible)
  • (Матей 27:35) (Bulgarian Bible)


  • 1860 Cherokee New Testament (CHR)









  • Et l'ayant crucifie, ils partagerent ses vetements, en tirant au sort; (French Darby)
  • 1744 Et après l'avoir crucifié, ils partagèrent ses vêtements, en les jetant au sort, afin que ce qui avait été dit par un Prophète, fût accompli : ils ont partagé entre eux mes vêtements, et ont jeté ma robe au sort. (Martin 1744)
  • 1744 (Ostervald 1744)
  • 1864 (Augustin Crampon)
  • 1910
  • 2006 (King James Française)


  • 1545 (Luther 1545)
  • 1871 (Elberfelder 1871)
  • 1912 Da sie ihn aber gekreuzigt hatten, teilten sie seine Kleider und warfen das Los darum, auf daß erfüllet würde, was gesagt ist durch den Propheten: "Sie haben meine Kleider unter sich geteilt, und über mein Gewand haben sie das Los geworfen." (Luther 1912)


  • 1904 (Greek Orthodox (B. Antoniades))
  • Modern Greek (Trinitarian Bible Society)




  • 1649 Poi, avendolo crocifisso, spartirono i suoi vestimenti, tirando la sorte; acciocchè fosse adempiuto ciò che fu detto dal profeta: Hanno spartiti fra loro i miei vestimenti, ed hanno tratta la sorte sopra la mia veste. (Giovanni Diodati Bible 1649)
  • 1927 Poi, dopo averlo crocifisso, spartirono i suoi vestimenti, tirando a sorte; (Riveduta Bible 1927)





  • postquam autem crucifixerunt eum diviserunt vestimenta eius sortem mittentes Latin Vulgate
  • 1527 (Erasmus 1527)
  • 1527 (Erasmus Vulgate 1527)
  • 1565 (Beza)
  • 1598 (Beza)





  • 1996 (Pidgin King Jems)



  • 1833 (Potawatomi Matthew and Acts)



  • 1876 Распявшие же Его делили одежды Его, бросая жребий; Russian Synodal Version
  • Phonetically:




See Also Bible translations (Spanish)

  • 1543 (Francisco de Enzinas New Testament)
  • 1556 (Juan Perez de Pineda New Testament and book of Psalms)
  • 1569 (Sagradas Escrituras)
  • 1814 Valera Revision
  • 1817 Valera Revision
  • 1831 Valera Revision
  • 1858 Reina Valera
  • 1862 Valera Revision
  • 1865 Valera Revision (American Bible Society Revisión)
  • 1869 Valera Revision
  • 1909 (Reina-Valera) Antigua Spanish Bible
  • 1960 Versión Reina-Valera (Eugene Nida )
  • 1987 Translation from English. Publisher: Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.
  • 1994 Nuevo Testamento versión Recobro
  • 1997 (La Biblia de las Américas) (©1997)
  • 1999 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI)
  • 2002 (1602 Purificada)
  • 2009 Santa Biblia: Reina-Valera
  • 1 (Reina Valera Gómez)


  • Walimsulubisha, kisha wakagawana mavazi yake kwa kuyapigia kura.


  • 1917 Och när de hade korsfäst honom, delade de hans kläder mellan sig genom att kasta lott om dem. (Swedish - Svenska 1917)


  • 1905 At nang siya'y kanilang maipako sa krus ay kanilang binahagi ang kaniyang mga damit, na kanilang pinagsapalaran; (Ang Dating Biblia 1905)


(Thai KJV)





  • 1934 Họ đã đóng đinh Ngài trên cây thập tự rồi, thì bắt thăm mà chia nhau áo xống của Ngài. (Ma-thi-ô 27:35 Vietnamese Bible) (VIET)


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