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Luke 13:17

As He said this, all His opponents were being humiliated; and the entire crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things being done by Him.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Hypocrisy;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Miracles;   Sabbath;   Scofield Reference Index - Parables;   The Topic Concordance - Sabbath;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Sabbath;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Demon;   Heal, Health;   Miracle;   Sexuality, Human;   Synagogue;   Woman;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Adversary;   Sabbath;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Sabbath;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Law;   Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Adversary;   Adversary (2);   Attributes of Christ;   Common Life;   Cures;   Discourse;   Disease;   Dropsy;   Impotence;   Israel, Israelite;   Miracles;   Multitude;   Sabbath ;   Shame;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Miracles;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sabbath;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Adversary;   Crook-Backed;   Jesus Christ (Part 2 of 2);   Sabbath;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Adversaries - The ruler of the synagogue, and those who felt as he did.

All the people - The persons who attended the synagogue, and who had witnessed the miracle. It is to be remarked:

1.That those who opposed Christ were chiefly the “rulers.” They had an “interest” in doing it. Their popularity was at stake. They were afraid that he would draw off the people from them.

2.The common people heard him gladly. Many of them believed in him. The condition of the poor, and of those in humble life, is by far the most favorable for religion, and most of the disciples of Jesus have been found there.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And as he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame: and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

Here surfaces one of the outstanding characteristics of the writings of the evangelist Luke, who so frequently stressed the rejoicing that followed the works and teachings of the Master. Summers said:

The people rejoiced at all the things Jesus was doing. This is a pattern in Luke and in Acts - the success of Jesus and his cause versus the failure of the opposition.[17]

ENDNOTE:

[17] Ray Summers, op. cit., p. 168.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when he had said these things,.... Had argued with them from their own practices, and in a way so strong and rational, that carried such evidence and conviction with it:

all his adversaries were ashamed; not only the ruler of the synagogue, but the Scribes and Pharisees, that were present, who followed him wherever he went, and were his implacable enemies; these were confounded and silenced; shame appeared in their countenances; they could not lift up their heads, and look him in the face.

And all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him; for the doctrines he taught, and the miracles he wrought, and his wise and close reasonings at this time, to the shame and confusion of all that opposed him: for his audience consisted of different sorts, and what he said, and did, had different effects upon them. Some were filled with joy, and others with wrath, malice, and envy. And this is true with respect to spiritual and eternal things. Glorious things have been done by Christ in eternity, by becoming the surety of his people, by entering into a covenant with his Father on their account, and by taking the care and charge of their persons, and of all grace, blessings, and promises for them; and in time, by assuming their nature, fulfilling the law, bringing in an everlasting righteousness, making peace and reconciliation, procuring pardon, and finishing the work of redemption and salvation; and now in heaven, by entering as the forerunner for them, appearing in the presence of God on their account, presenting their prayers, and making intercession for them: and these are glorious things; they make for the glory of all the divine perfections; they issue in the glory of Christ himself; and in consequence of them, the saints enjoy eternal glory and happiness: these are things of the greatest importance, are wonderful and amazing, and for which saints and angels will glorify God both here and hereafter; and these occasion joy, and gladness in the Lord's people now. For not carnal and profane persons, or hypocrites, and formal professors, or Pharisees, and self-righteous persons rejoice at these things; but such as are the Lord's own people, who are openly his; who have passed under a work of the Spirit of God, who have seen their need of these things, and are sensible of the value of them; who know Christ, and love him, and believe in him.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Were put to shame (κατηισχυνοντοkatēischunonto). Imperfect passive of καταισχυνωkataischunō old verb, to make ashamed, make one feel ashamed. Passive here, to blush with shame at their predicament.

Rejoiced (εχαιρενechairen). Imperfect active. Sharp contrast in the emotions of the two groups.

Were done (γινομενοιςginomenois). Present middle participle, were continually being done.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Were ashamed.

Rev., more correctly, were put to shame.

Glorious things

See on Matthew 11:20.

Were done ( γινομένοις )

Lit., are being done, denoting their being then in progress.

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The Fourfold Gospel

And as he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame: and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him1.

  1. And all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. The people rejoiced not only in the miracle, but in that wisdom which silenced the narrow-minded rulers. The triumph which they rejoiced in was but a slight foretaste of the victories to come, and to point out the nature of those victories the Lord spoke the two parables which follow.

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Ashamed; confounded.--All the people. We observe that the common people seem every where to have been friendly to the Savior. It was the Jewish rulers who were his enemies.

Luke 13:19-21. And thus the kingdom of Christ, from small and unnoticed beginnings, shall extend itself over the earth.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

Ver. 17. For all the glorious things] Which yet his adversaries sought to deprave and denigrate, as if done by I know not what superstitious abuse of the name Jehovah.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

17.] So far am I from thinking a description of this kind to be a mere general close, put in by the Evangelist, that I would take it as an accurate and graphic account of the immediate effect of our Lord’s power and irresistible words, and the following parables as spoken immediately thereupon, shewing the people the ultimate conquest which the Kingdom of God should obtain over all opposition, however strong. On the parables themselves, see on Matthew 13:31-33.

[18–21.] These two parables, found in Matthew as above, and the former of them in Mark 4:30-32, seem to have been again spoken by our Lord at this time, in reference to the progress of His Gospel indicated in Luke 13:17. οὖν,, Luke 13:18, is important, as pointing out the connexion.]

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 13:17. κατῃσχύνοντο πάντες οἱ ἀντικείμενοι αὐτῷ) Comp. Isaiah 45:16, LXX., αἰσχυνθήσονται καὶ ἐντραπήσονται πάντες οἱ ἀντικείμενοι αὐτῷ [which words were probably in Luke’s mind, whilst recording their partial fulfilment].— πᾶς, all) The following verses should be compared with this.— ἔχαιρεν, rejoiced) with a noble and ingenuous joy.— γινομένοις, which were being done) by His word and His miracles.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

It is one thing to be ashamed, another thing to be convinced, so as to confess an error; they were ashamed that they were so put to silence before the people, but we read of no confession of their error and mistake, and begging Christ’s pardon.

The people rejoiced and gave thanks to God

for all the glorious things that were done by our Saviour.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

17.His adversaries were ashamed—For of course this ruler of the synagogue is not without his party to hold to the great doctrine that divine power must not break the Sabbath. But they were at this time ashamed; for the falsity of their excuse was shown by the Saviour so clearly as to be perceived, not only by their own consciences, but by the listening multitude. All the people who had no self-interests in the way; no pride of belonging to the hierarchical party; nothing to prevent their looking at things as they are.

Rejoiced—Joined to all these things was the fact of Jesus’s deeds of mercy. These poor people know what it is to suffer, and can realize what blessedness it is to be relieved, and how blessed the relieving power. They cannot see easily that miracles of mercy are works of Beelzebub.

Glorious things—Their eyes can see the glory of the things done by him. How happy would it have been for them if no later influence from the malign power of the rulers had ever warped these men so as to prevent their uniting in the cry at the fatal hour, Crucify him, crucify him.

 

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘And as he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and the whole crowd rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.’

‘All his adversaries were put to shame.’ The result of His words was that all His adversaries were put to shame (compare Isaiah 45:16 which is within the Servant narratives and may thus to Luke be Messianic, and contrast Isaiah 50:7). But meanwhile we must not lose sight of the wonder that had been done before their eyes. Luke does not for he declares ‘the whole crowd rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.’ They gave glory to God and their full approval to what He had done (compare Exodus 34:10). Such an ascription is a tendency of Luke, see also Luke 2:20; Luke 5:25-26; Luke 7:16; Luke 13:13; Luke 17:15; Luke 18:43; Luke 23:47; Acts 3:8-9; Acts 4:21; Acts 11:18; Acts 13:48; Acts 21:20.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Jesus" action caused a double reaction. His opponents felt humiliated because Jesus" obviously had divine power and compassion, but they had been criticizing Him (cf. Isaiah 45:16). The multitudes rejoiced because they appreciated Jesus using His power for the welfare of the people despite their hypocritical leaders" opposition (cf. Exodus 34:10).

This miracle is a concrete example of Jesus" authority and the truthfulness of His assessment of the spiritual condition of Israel and her leaders.

This concludes Luke"s section of material that records Jesus" instruction of His disciples in view of His rejection ( Luke 12:1 to Luke 13:17). The general movement of Jesus" teaching was from lessons about personal discipleship and disciples" responsibilities to lessons about the coming kingdom.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 13:17. All his adversaries. A number must have been present.

All the multitude rejoiced. This does not oppose the view that the miracle occurred in Perea, late in the ministry. Although Galilee had been abandoned by Him, and Jerusalem had been repeatedly hostile, we infer from Matthew 18:2, that He was still heard with gladness in Perea; in fact some such wave of popularity must have preceded the entry into Jerusalem.

Were done by him. The original indicates continued working, which agrees with Matthew 18:2.

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 13:17. The religious leaders and the people behave according to their character; the former ashamed, not as convinced but as confounded, the latter delighted both by the works and by the words of Jesus.

 

 

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

when He had said = while He was saying.

ashamed = put to shame

for = at. Greek. epi. App-104.

done = coming to pass.

by. Greek. hupo. App-104.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people [or 'multitude' ho (G3588) ochlos (G3793)], rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him. This remark of the Evangelist attests its own artless truth: the resistless force and pungency of the rebuke not only stung His adversaries, but made them feel themselves thoroughly exposed; while the instantaneous cure of this chronic malady, and more than all, the outburst of divine benevolence which vindicated the act, from its own intrinsic superiority to all acts of mercy toward the lower creation, carried the acclaim of the unsophisticated people.

For remarks on this section, see the notes at Matthew 12:9-21, Remarks 1, 2, 4, at the close of that section.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
all his
14:6; 20:40; Psalms 40:14; 109:29; 132:18; Isaiah 45:24; 2 Timothy 3:9; 1 Peter 3:16
and all
19:37-40,48; Exodus 15:11; Psalms 111:3; Isaiah 4:2; John 12:17,18; Acts 3:9-11; Acts 4:21
Reciprocal: Matthew 22:46 - no;  Luke 20:26 - and they marvelled;  John 8:9 - went out;  Titus 2:8 - may

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17. En toen Hij dit zei werden zij allen door de juistheid van het gezegde getroffen en van de verkeerdheid van hun eigen mening overtuigd. En zij, die te voren (Vers 14) met de overste van de synagoge in hun hartinstemden, werden beschaamd. Allen, die zich tegen Hem stelden; en de hele menigte die in de genezing van de vrouw van harte deelnam, verblijdde zich over al de heerlijke dingen die door Hem gebeurden, niet alleen nu, maar ook verder, nu Jezus Zijn goddelijke macht weer aan hen betoonde; zij erkenden toch allen, dat er nog veel van zulke daden zouden volgen.

De ware heiliging van de rustdag heeft de Heere vooral daardoor aan het volk getoond, dat Hij een menigte van Zijn genezingen vooral op de sabbat verrichtte. De ware sabbatswerken waren, als Hij Zich over de mensen in hun ellende ontfermde en hen van hun valse wettelijkheid probeerde te genezen.

II. Vers 18-21. Ook de beide gelijkenissen, die nu volgen als tweede aanhangsel tot Jezus' werkzaamheid in Galilea, die van het mosterdzaad (Vers 18, 19) en die van het zuurdeeg (vers 19, 20) staan in onmiskenbare samenhang met de gelijkenis van de onvruchtbare vijgeboom in Vers 6-11 De eerste verklaart het "waartoe beslaat hij nutteloos de aarde" en wijst er op dat het rijk van God, dat de Joden ontnomen is, aan de Heidenen zal worden gegeven. De andere staat tegenover het "geen vrucht voortbrengend" en geeft op het vruchtdragen van de Heidenen uitzicht (Mattheus 21:23 Voor een Schriftgeleerde scheen het bijna onmogelijk een samenhang voor de herhaling van deze twee gelijkenissen juist hier te vinden; maar er is hier geen sprake van een herhaling van de kant van Christus, maar alleen een bijvoeging als aanhangsel van de kant van de evangelist, die in Hoofdstuk 8:4-21 opzettelijk een vermenging van de beide predikingen aan de zee, zoals die bij Matthe√ľs en Markus is, vermeden heeft. Zoals hij nu voor de tweede van deze beide predikingen zich beperkt heeft tot de gelijkenis van het zaad op de verschillende grond, zo bepaalt hij zich hier voor de eerste tot de beide, die wij voor ons hebben (vgl. Mattheus 18:31-33 en Markus 4:30-32).