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Luke 17

Introduction

1Christ teaches to avoid occasions of offence;
3and to forgive one another.
5The power of faith.
6How we are bound to God, and not he to us.
11Christ heals ten lepers.
22Of the kingdom of God, and the coming of the Son of Man.

Verse 1

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
It is
Matthew 16:23; 18:7; Romans 14:13,20,21; 16:17; 1 Corinthians 8:13; 10:32; 11:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 2:14,20; 13:14-18
Reciprocal: Matthew 18:5 - receive;  Matthew 18:6 - offend;  Mark 9:42 - offend;  1 Corinthians 8:9 - take;  1 Timothy 6:1 - that the;  1 John 2:10 - occasion of stumbling

Verse 2

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
better
Matthew 18:6; 26:24; Mark 9:42; 1 Corinthians 9:15; 2 Peter 2:1-3
one
Isaiah 40:11; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 18:3-5,10,14; John 21:15; 1 Corinthians 8:11,12; 9:22
Reciprocal: Matthew 5:30 - offend;  Matthew 10:42 - one;  Matthew 18:5 - receive;  Romans 14:1 - weak;  Romans 14:13 - put;  Romans 14:21 - whereby;  1 Corinthians 8:9 - take;  1 John 2:10 - occasion of stumbling

Verse 3

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
heed
21:34; Exodus 34:12; Deuteronomy 4:9,15,23; 2 Chronicles 19:6,7; Ephesians 5:15; Hebrews 12:15; 2 John 1:8
If
Matthew 18:15-17,21
rebuke
Leviticus 19:17; Psalms 141:5; Proverbs 9:8; 17:10; 27:5; Galatians 2:11-14; James 5:19
Reciprocal: Genesis 50:17 - Forgive;  Exodus 22:9 - for all manner of trespass;  Judges 11:8 - the elders;  Matthew 6:12 - as;  Luke 6:37 - forgive;  Colossians 3:13 - forgiving

Verse 4

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
if
Matthew 18:21,22,35; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Ephesians 4:31,32; Colossians 3:12,13
I repent
Matthew 5:44; 6:12,14,15; 18:16; Romans 12:20; 2 Thessalonians 3:13,14
Reciprocal: Genesis 50:17 - Forgive;  Exodus 22:9 - for all manner of trespass;  Judges 11:8 - the elders;  Ecclesiastes 11:2 - seven;  Matthew 18:15 - if;  Luke 6:37 - forgive

Verse 5

And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
Increase
Mark 9:24; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10; Philippians 4:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 1:22,23
Reciprocal: Matthew 15:28 - great;  Acts 3:16 - through;  1 Corinthians 12:9 - faith;  1 Corinthians 13:2 - and though I have all;  Colossians 2:12 - the faith;  1 Thessalonians 3:12 - the Lord

Verse 6

And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
If
Matthew 17:20,21; 21:21; Mark 9:23; 11:22,23; 1 Corinthians 13:2
as
13:19; Matthew 13:31,32
Reciprocal: Joshua 10:14 - the Lord;  Matthew 14:29 - he walked;  Acts 3:16 - through;  1 Corinthians 12:9 - faith

Verse 7

But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
13:15; 14:5; Matthew 12:11
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 15:18 - a double;  Matthew 21:21 - If ye have;  Luke 22:27 - GeneralJohn 13:4 - laid aside;  1 Corinthians 9:10 - that ploweth

Verse 8

And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
Make
Genesis 43:16; 2 Samuel 12:20
and gird
12:37
Reciprocal: Genesis 18:8 - stood;  Deuteronomy 15:18 - a double;  1 Corinthians 9:10 - that ploweth;  1 Peter 1:13 - gird;  Revelation 3:20 - will sup

Verse 10

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
1 Chronicles 29:14-16; Job 22:2,3; 35:6,7; Psalms 16:2,3; 35:6,7; Proverbs 16:2,3; Isaiah 6:5; 64:6; Matthew 25:30,37-40; Romans 3:12; 11:35; 1 Corinthians 9:16,17; 15:9,10; Philippians 3:8,9; Philemon 1:11; 1 Peter 5:5,6
Reciprocal: Genesis 32:10 - not worthy of the least of all;  Numbers 6:18 - and put it;  1 Samuel 15:13 - I have performed;  Job 10:15 - righteous;  Jeremiah 32:23 - they have;  Ezekiel 1:23 - which;  Luke 15:29 - Lo;  Luke 18:12 - fast;  2 Corinthians 12:11 - though

Verse 11

And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
9:51,52; John 4:4

Verse 12

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
which
5:12; 18:13; Leviticus 13:45,46; Numbers 5:2,3; 12:14; 2 Kings 5:27; 7:3; 2 Chronicles 26:20,21
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 5:3 - he would;  Matthew 8:2 - a leper;  Mark 1:40 - a leper;  Luke 7:22 - the lepers

Verse 13

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
have
18:38,39; Matthew 9:27; 15:22; 20:30,31; Mark 9:22
Reciprocal: Luke 5:12 - besought

Verse 14

And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Go
5:14; Leviticus 13:1,2-46; 14:2-32; Matthew 3:15; 8:4
as
2 Kings 5:14; Isaiah 65:24; Matthew 8:3; John 2:5; 4:50-53; 9:7; 11:10
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 24:8 - GeneralMark 1:44 - show;  Mark 3:5 - Stretch;  Luke 13:13 - and immediately

Verse 15

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
17,18; 2 Chronicles 32:24-26; Psalms 30:1,2,11,12; 103:1-4; 107:20-22; 116:12-15; Psalms 118:18,19; Isaiah 38:19-22; John 5:14; 9:38
Reciprocal: Leviticus 14:3 - be healed;  2 Kings 5:15 - he returned;  2 Chronicles 24:22 - remembered;  Psalm 50:15 - deliver;  Psalm 103:2 - forget not;  Matthew 8:3 - immediately;  Matthew 9:8 - and;  Matthew 9:18 - worshipped;  Matthew 15:31 - and they;  Mark 2:12 - glorified;  Mark 5:18 - prayed;  Mark 14:35 - and fell;  Luke 5:25 - glorifying;  Luke 8:39 - and published;  Luke 8:47 - she declared;  Luke 18:43 - followed;  Acts 3:8 - praising;  Romans 1:21 - they glorified

Verse 16

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
fell
5:8; Genesis 17:3; Matthew 2:11; Mark 5:33; John 5:23; Acts 10:25,26; Revelation 4:10; 5:14; Revelation 19:4,5,10
and he
9:52-56; 10:32-35; John 4:9,21,22,39-42; 8:48; Acts 1:8; 8:5-25
Reciprocal: Leviticus 7:12 - a thanksgiving;  Leviticus 14:3 - be healed;  Ruth 2:10 - seeing;  Daniel 2:46 - fell;  Matthew 9:18 - worshipped;  Matthew 26:39 - and fell;  Mark 7:25 - at;  Mark 14:35 - and fell;  Luke 4:7 - worship me;  Luke 5:12 - fell;  Luke 8:41 - and he fell;  Luke 8:47 - she declared;  Luke 10:33 - Samaritan;  John 4:30 - GeneralJohn 11:32 - she fell;  Colossians 3:15 - and be

Verse 17

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
but
Genesis 3:9; Psalms 106:13; John 8:7-10; Romans 1:21
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 32:25 - rendered;  Matthew 20:16 - the last;  Luke 17:15 - General

Verse 18

There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
to give
Psalms 29:1,2; 50:23; 106:13; Isaiah 42:12; Revelation 14:7
save
Matthew 8:10,12; 15:24-28; 19:30; 20:16
Reciprocal: Leviticus 7:12 - a thanksgiving;  Leviticus 14:16 - GeneralDeuteronomy 10:19 - GeneralJoshua 7:19 - give;  1 Kings 8:41 - a stranger;  2 Chronicles 32:25 - rendered;  Psalm 107:21 - GeneralMalachi 2:2 - to give;  Luke 17:15 - General

Verse 19

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
thy faith
7:50; 8:48; 18:42; Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:34; 10:52

Verse 20

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
when the
10:11; 16:16; 19:11; Acts 1:6,7
observation
or, outward show.
23,24; Daniel 2:44; Zechariah 4:6; John 18:36
Reciprocal: Isaiah 42:2 - GeneralDaniel 2:45 - without hands;  Matthew 12:19 - GeneralMatthew 12:28 - then;  Matthew 20:21 - in thy;  Matthew 21:43 - The kingdom;  Luke 10:9 - The kingdom;  Acts 1:3 - speaking;  Romans 14:17 - kingdom;  Hebrews 12:28 - a kingdom

Verse 21

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Lo here
21:8; Matthew 24:23-28; Mark 13:21
the kingdom
Romans 14:17; Colossians 1:27
within you
or, among you.
10:9-11; Matthew 12:28; John 1:26
Reciprocal: Matthew 20:21 - in thy;  Matthew 21:43 - The kingdom;  Luke 13:18 - the kingdom;  Luke 17:23 - GeneralJohn 18:36 - My kingdom is;  Acts 1:3 - speaking;  Romans 2:29 - which;  Hebrews 12:28 - a kingdom

Verse 22

And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
when
5:35; 13:35; Matthew 9:15; John 7:33-36; 8:21-24; 12:35; 13:33; 16:5-7; John 16:16-22; 17:11-13
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 30:3 - the days;  Matthew 23:39 - Ye shall not;  Luke 17:26 - the days of the Son;  John 7:34 - GeneralHebrews 8:8 - the days

Verse 23

And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
21; 21:8; Matthew 24:23-26; Mark 13:21-23
Reciprocal: Luke 17:20 - observation;  John 7:34 - General

Verse 24

For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
as
Job 37:3,4; Zechariah 9:14; Matthew 24:27
in
Malachi 3:1,2; 4:1,2; Matthew 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:2,8; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:10
Reciprocal: Job 36:30 - he;  Matthew 24:23 - GeneralMark 13:21 - GeneralLuke 17:20 - observation;  Luke 17:26 - the days of the Son;  Luke 17:30 - GeneralActs 2:5 - under;  Revelation 18:1 - and the

Verse 25

But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
must
9:22; 18:31,33; 24:25,26,46; Matthew 16:21; 17:22,23; 20:18,19; Mark 8:31; Mark 9:31; 10:33
rejected
1 Samuel 8:7; 10:19; Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; John 1:11; 12:38
Reciprocal: Judges 21:21 - dance;  John 12:48 - rejecteth

Verse 26

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
as
Genesis 7:7-23
Noah
Job 22:15-18; Matthew 24:37-39; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:19,20; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:6
the days of the Son
22,24; 18:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 5:29 - he called;  Genesis 7:1 - Come;  Genesis 7:23 - every living substance;  Joshua 8:22 - let none;  Judges 9:27 - did eat;  1 Kings 1:41 - as they;  1 Chronicles 1:4 - Noah;  Job 34:20 - troubled;  Ecclesiastes 1:10 - it hath;  Ecclesiastes 8:6 - therefore;  Ecclesiastes 9:12 - the sons;  Isaiah 22:13 - behold;  Matthew 22:5 - one;  Matthew 24:38 - they;  Luke 8:14 - and are;  Luke 14:18 - I have;  Acts 24:25 - when;  1 Thessalonians 5:3 - Peace

Verse 27

They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
12:19,20; 16:19-23; Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 8:12-14; 1 Samuel 25:36-38; Job 21:9-13; Isaiah 21:4; 22:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
Reciprocal: Genesis 5:29 - he called;  Genesis 6:14 - Make;  Genesis 6:17 - bring;  Genesis 7:7 - GeneralGenesis 7:10 - waters;  Genesis 7:21 - GeneralGenesis 7:23 - every living substance;  Judges 20:41 - were amazed;  1 Samuel 30:16 - eating;  2 Chronicles 18:2 - Ahab;  Job 1:13 - when;  Job 22:15 - the old way;  Proverbs 23:34 - thou;  Ecclesiastes 2:5 - I planted;  Isaiah 5:14 - he that rejoiceth;  Isaiah 47:8 - I shall not;  Jeremiah 16:8 - GeneralMatthew 24:37 - GeneralLuke 3:36 - Noe;  Luke 20:34 - marry;  Romans 13:13 - rioting;  1 Thessalonians 5:3 - then;  2 Peter 2:5 - spared;  2 Peter 3:6 - General

Verse 28

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Genesis 13:13; 18:20,21; 19:4-15; Ezekiel 16:49,50; James 5:1-5
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:17 - and he;  Genesis 19:14 - as one;  Genesis 19:24 - the Lord;  Deuteronomy 8:12 - and hast built;  Judges 20:41 - were amazed;  Job 21:13 - They;  Jeremiah 50:40 - GeneralEzekiel 16:46 - thy younger sister;  Romans 13:13 - rioting;  2 Peter 2:6 - turning

Verse 29

But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Genesis 19:16-25; Deuteronomy 29:23-25; Isaiah 1:9; 13:19; Jeremiah 50:40; Hosea 11:8; Amos 4:11; Zephaniah 2:9; Matthew 11:23,24; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 1:7; Revelation 11:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:17 - and he;  Genesis 19:24 - the Lord;  Job 21:13 - They;  Job 22:20 - the fire;  Psalm 11:6 - Upon;  Isaiah 34:9 - GeneralJeremiah 20:16 - as;  Revelation 20:9 - and fire

Verse 30

Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
24; 21:22,27,34-36; Matthew 24:3,27-31; 26:64; Mark 13:26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:13; Revelation 1:7
Reciprocal: Job 22:20 - the fire;  Isaiah 1:9 - we should;  1 Corinthians 1:7 - coming;  1 Peter 4:13 - when

Verse 31

In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
he which
The flat-roofed eastern houses have stairs on the outside, by which a person may ascend and descend without coming into the house; and in walled cities they usually form continued terraces, from one end of the city to the other, terminating at the gates; so that one may pass along the tops of the houses and escape out of the city without coming down into the street.
Job 2:4; Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 6:25; 16:26; 24:17-21; Mark 13:14-16; Philippians 3:7,8
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:17 - look;  Genesis 19:26 - looked;  Genesis 45:20 - stuff;  1 Samuel 20:38 - GeneralJob 34:27 - turned;  Jeremiah 48:6 - Flee;  Mark 13:15 - GeneralLuke 9:62 - No;  Luke 21:21 - flee

Verse 32

Remember Lot's wife.
Genesis 19:17,26; 1 Corinthians 10:6-12; Hebrews 10:38,39; 2 Peter 2:18-22
Reciprocal: Numbers 14:4 - GeneralDeuteronomy 24:9 - Remember;  1 Samuel 20:38 - GeneralJob 34:27 - turned;  Psalm 44:18 - heart;  Matthew 21:41 - He will;  Luke 9:62 - No;  2 Timothy 4:10 - having

Verse 33

Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
9:24,25; Matthew 10:39; 16:25; Mark 8:35-37; John 12:25; Revelation 2:10

Verse 34

I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
I tell
13:3,5,24; Isaiah 42:9; Matthew 24:25; Mark 13:23; 14:29
in
Matthew 24:40,41
two
Psalms 26:9; 28:3; Jeremiah 45:5; Ezekiel 9:4-6; Malachi 3:16-18; Romans 11:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; 2 Peter 2:9
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 6:11 - for even;  Jeremiah 16:16 - every mountain;  Luke 23:39 - General

Verse 35

Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
grinding
Exodus 11:5; Judges 16:21
Reciprocal: Isaiah 47:2 - the millstones

Verse 36

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Verse 37

And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
wheresoever
Job 39:29,30; Daniel 9:26,27; Amos 9:1-4; Zechariah 13:8,9; 14:2; Matthew 24:28; 1 Thessalonians 2:16; Revelation 19:17,18 Reciprocal: Habakkuk 1:8 - they;  Luke 21:35 - dwell

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/luke-17.html.