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- Matt 8:17. The quotation here of Esaias (Isaiah) is likely of Isa 53:4: "surely he hath born our griefs and carried our sorrows." Although it seems a fair translation of the Hebrew Masoretic Text, it does not follow the Septuigant translation very closely. Most scholars seem to think Matthew is offering his own translation of the Hebrew text in a way that conforms more closely with the miracles Jesus performed (healing the sick), or that Matthew is referring to a version of Isaiah that we do not have access to.
- This KJV rendering seems a little puzzling here because there is no record of Jesus being physically sick. Perhaps for this reason, translations such as the the NASB render the phrase "bare our sicknesses" as "carried away our diseases" (the Greek word bastazo can mean "bear" or "carry"). "Our infirmities" and "our sicknesses" may also (or alternately) refer to spiritual infirmities and sicknesses (see Alma 7:12).
- Matt 9:14-15: The bridegroom. Regarding Christ as the bridegroom, see the discussion of the bride and bridegroom and the marriage supper of the Lamb in connection with Matt 25:1-13 (Parable of the Ten Virgins).
- Matt 9:36. As in verse 9:36, in Mark 6:34 it is stated in a different context that Jesus had compassion on people because they were like sheep without a shepherd. These are the only two instances in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) where Jesus is referred to as a shepherd, although the term is used several times in the gospel of John. Examples in John include John 10:11 and John 10:14, where Jesus says, "I am the good shepherd."
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