Outreach Israel Ministries
31 October, 2019

Matthew 16:24 – PME Point

Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his wooden scaffold, and follow Me (Matthew 16:24, PME)


One of the unique features of The Practical Messianic Edition Apostolic Scriptures, is its employment of the rendering “wooden scaffold” for the Greek stauros.

A Messianic version the CJB often uses an alternative like “execution-stake,” instead of the more traditional “cross” for stauros, some of which is intended to counter traditional Jewish hostility to the sign of the cross. A Messianic version like the TLV, however, will frequently use the traditional “cross” for stauros, although it may also use “execution-stake” as well. The PME uses the new alternative, “wooden scaffold.”

What is significant about the rendering “wooden scaffold,” is that it really does convey how this form of ancient execution, was intended to publicly display and humiliate people.


The Practical Messianic Edition of the Apostolic Scriptures or PME is a specialty edition of the New Testament, based on the 1901 American Standard Version, incorporating the conclusions defended in Messianic Apologetics’ Practical Messianic commentary series and other publications.