Matthew 27:25

All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"

Exodus 20:5

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me

Deuteronomy 24:16

Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.

  • Some consider this to be relevant : for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 1 Thess 2:16.
    – Nigel J
    Jan 2, 2021 at 16:39
  • @Tony Chan If I am one of Montagues and kill one of the Capulets saying that I am sinning but Capulets are so nasty that it is worthy of sinning, and 'let my sin be on me and my children', for Capulets are indeed so nasty! This will not deter Aphrodites to make his child Romeo fall in love with Capulet Juliet. God has nothing to do with human heedless oaths done in their moments of stupidity. Jan 3, 2021 at 6:22

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The answer to this question hinges on the meaning of "children". In the Bible, "children" or "sons" (depending on the text in question) is used in two distinct ways:

  • Literal biological descendants (obviously), eg, Deut 24:16, Eze 18, etc.
  • Metaphoric descendants indicating people who have the the same attitudes and disposition

It is the second category that is clearly in view in Matt 27:25. Here are more example of metaphoric "children" or "sons"

  • 1 John 3:9, Anyone born of God refuses to practice sin, because God’s seed abides in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God
  • 1 John 4:7, Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God
  • 1 John 5:1, 2, Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves those born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments.
  • 1 John 3:10, By this the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
  • John 8:44, You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him.
  • Acts 13:10, and said, “O child of the devil and enemy of all righteousness, you are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery! Will you never stop perverting the straight ways of the Lord?
  • Rom 9:8, So it is not the children of the flesh who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as offspring.

Thus, Matt 27:25 is discussing those who agree with those who agitated for Christ's crucifixion - unbelievers who refuse to accept Jesus sacrifice of atonement for our sins are also guilty of His crucifixion.

  • 1 Cor 11;27, Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
  • Acts 5:28, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us responsible for this man’s blood.”
  • Matt 23:35, so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
  • Heb 10:29, How much more severely do you think one deserves to be punished who has trampled on the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and insulted the Spirit of grace?


I do not believe that the curse that the Jewish leadership called upon themselves in Matt 27:25 means that all Jews are subsequently cursed. The reason is simple - many Jews were NOT present and many Jews have subsequently become Christians. It is only those (whether Jews or otherwise) who refuse to accept Jesus as Messiah that fall victim to the the curse.

This was played out less than 40 years after this curse was pronounced. In the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, perhaps as many as one million Jews perished. Christians escaped the city, precisely because they recalled the warning Jesus, and escaped destruction.


Is Matthew 27:25 binding?

Matthew 27:25

All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"

What were the consequences of such a rejection of Jesus as the Messiah? Jesus said to the city of Jerusalem: “Your house [the temple] is abandoned to you.”

Matthew 23:37-38 (NASB)

Grieving over Jerusalem

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

Yes, God withdrew his protection, and the Roman armies subsequently destroyed Jerusalem with its temple. Just as a man’s family would feel the consequences if he squandered all his possessions, the loss of divine protection was felt not only by those who cried out for Jesus’ death but by their families as well. In this sense, Jesus’ blood did come upon them and their children.​


I’m not sure it is “binding” in the sense that there is something happening between man and God (as there is in the OT verses you pulled out), since the cry in Matthew was from the people alone - we don’t know if God accepted/responded to their cry.

Here, the people are addressing Pilate and not God - it seems that this statement is more a reflection of their desire for Barabbas to be be released than an actual belief that His blood would be upon themselves and their children.

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    Sorry Nigel, that was a mistake! I meant Barabbas and corrected it in my answer above. Thanks for catching that! Jan 2, 2021 at 21:22

Matthew 27:25

All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"

These were the stupid words of the rebellious Jews. They are not binding to God. Another case in point can be found in the wilderness travel during Moses' time.

Numbers 14

3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder.

31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.

In fact, God did the opposite of what the rebellious Israelites had unthinkingly said.

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