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Vincent's Word Studies
Luke 20



Verse 5

They reasoned ( συνελογίσαντο )

Only here in New Testament. The preposition, σύν , together, and the additional with themselves, denote a very close conference.

Verse 6

Will stone ( καταλιθάσει )

Only here in New Testament. “Stone us down ( κατά ); i.e., stone us to death.

They be persuaded ( πεπεισμένος ἐστιν )

Lit., It (the people collectively) is hawing been persuaded. Denoting a long-standing and settled persuasion.


Verse 9

Let it out

See on Matthew 21:33.

Went into a far country

Not necessarily far, but as Rev., another country. See on Mark 13:34.

A long time ( ἱκανούς )

See on ch. Luke 7:6.

Verse 10

Of the fruit

See on Mark 12:2.

Verse 11

He sent yet ( προσέθετο πέμψαι )

Lit., he added to send. A Hebrew form of expression.

Verse 12

Wounded ( τραυματίσαντες )

Only here and Acts 19:16.

Verse 13

It may be ( ἴσως )

Only here in New Testament. The adverb of ἴσος , equal. It expresses more than perhaps, implying rather a strong probability. Compare the phrase, it is an even chance that.


See on Matthew 21:37.

Verse 16


See on Matthew 21:41.

God forbid ( μὴ γένοιτο )

Lit.,may it not be.

Verse 17

The stone, etc

See on 1 Peter 2:4-7.

Verse 18

Shall be broken ( συνθλασθήσεται )

Rev., rightly, broken to pieces. See on Matthew 21:44.

Grind him to powder ( λικμήσει )

See on Matthew 21:44


Verse 20


See on Mark 3:2.

Spies ( ἐγκαθέτους )

Only here in New Testament. From ἐγκαθίμηι , to send in, as a garrison into a city. Hence of persons sent in for the purpose of espionage.

Which should feign ( ὑποκρινομένους )

Lit., feigning. Rev., which feigned. Only here in New Testament. See on hypocr ites, Matthew 23:13.

The power and authority ( τῇ ἀρχῇ καὶ τῇ ἐξουσίᾳ )

The former, the Roman power in general; the latter, the specific authority of the official.

Verse 21

Acceptest not the person

See on James 2:1.

Verse 22

Tribute ( φόρον )

From φέρω , to bring. Something, therefore, which is brought in by way of payment. Luke uses the Greek word instead of the Latin κῆνσον , censusin Matthew and Mark.

Verse 23


See on considerest, Matthew 7:3.

Craftiness ( πανουργίαν )

From πᾶν , every, and ἔργον , deed. Readiness for every and any deed. Hence unscrupulousness, and so, generally, knavery.

Verse 24


See on Matthew 20:2.

Image and superscription

See on Matthew 22:20.

Verse 26

His words ( ῥήματος )

Singular number. Rev., properly, saying. See on Luke 1:37.


Verse 27


See on Mark 12:18.

Verse 36

Equal unto the angels ( ἰσάγγελοι )

Only here in New Testament.

Verse 37

Shewed ( ἐμήνυσεν )

Originally to disclose something secret. Hence, generally, to make known.

At the bush ( ἐπὶ τῆς βάτου )

Wrong. Render as Rev., in the place concerning the bush. See on Mark 12:26.


Verse 43

Of thy feet ( τῶν ποδῶν σου )

A. V. omits.

Verse 46

Chief rooms

Rev., correctly, chief places. See on Mark 12:39.

Verse 47

Widows' houses

See on Mark 12:40.


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Bibliography Information
Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Luke 20:4". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

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