This Generation Shall Not Pass, Till All These Things Fulfilled

If you have been reading the Bible for sometime now or at least read about messianic prophecies, for sure, you must have encountered this bible line or verse: “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

Let me show you the different translations of these Bible passage to compare:

Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

Matthew 24:34 English Standard Version (ESV)

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Matthew 24:34 King James Version (KJV)

Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Matthew 24:34 New International Version

Amein I say unto you, This nation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Matthew 24:34 CEPHER Abridged

This Bible passage is about the Lesson of the Fig Tree.  My concern is on verse 32.  Somehow there are quite a number of Bible translations:

Amein I say unto you, This nation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Luke 21:32 CEPHER Abridged

I prefer the above translation; however, knowing the truth of the Scripture is not about what we prefer or like.  Therefore, the reason for this post — that is to know what Yeshua meant.  Would it mean that he had a wrong prophecy?  Is Yeshua subject to Deuteronomy 18:22?

If the prophet speaks in the name of the LORD and the oracle was not spoken by the LORD; the prophet has uttered it presumptuously: do not stand in dread of him.

Deuteronomy 18:22

Remember that all these things will take place before the people now living have all died.  

Luke 21:32 Good News Bible

Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

Luke 21: 32 New International Version

What does the word generation mean?  Does it mean an average lifespan of a group of people?  Or can it also mean nation as the CEPHER translated it.  Below is a commentary from Jamieson-Fausset-Brown:

32. This generation—not “this nation,” as some interpret it, which, though admissible in itself, seems very unnatural here. It is rather as in Lu 9:27.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Number 30

Pslam 95 

Hebrews 30