Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 14:4

But they kept silent. And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jesus, the Christ;   Miracles;   Sabbath;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Miracles of Christ, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Miracle;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Courage;   Sabbath;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Heal, Health;   Miracle;   Sabbath;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Hospitality;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Cures;   Discourse;   Dropsy;   Gestures;   Imagination;   Israel, Israelite;   Logia;   Peace (2);   Sabbath ;   Salvation;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Go;   Jesus Christ (Part 2 of 2);   Peace;   Sabbath;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

They held their peace - They could not answer the question but in the affirmative; and as they were determined to accuse him if he did heal the man, they could not give an answer but such as would condemn themselves, and therefore they were silent.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/luke-14.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

They held their peace - They were silent. They “could” not say it was not lawful, for the law did not forbid it. If it had they would have said it. Here was the time for them to make objections if they had any, and not after the man was healed; and as they “made” no objection “then,” they could not with consistency afterward. They were, therefore, effectually silenced and confounded by the Saviour.

He took him - Took hold of the man, or perhaps took him apart into another room. By taking hold of him, or touching him, he showed that the power of healing went forth from himself.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/luke-14.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

But they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go.

Astounded by the position in which Jesus had placed them, and being unable to discover some means of saving face, they simply remained silent; whereupon, Jesus healed the man; and, since the man was evidently not one of the guests invited to dinner, the Lord sent him on his way.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/luke-14.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they held their peace,.... Or were silent, choosing to say nothing, which might countenance such an action; and yet knew not how to condemn it:

and he took him, and healed him, and let him go; he took him by the hand, or laid his hands on him; he touched him, and, it may be, stroked the part affected, and in an instant the prodigious swelling of his body came down: for he who at his rebuke could dry up the sea, could by a touch dry up such a quantity of water, as was in this man's body; and then he dismissed him from the table and company, and he went home perfectly cured.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-14.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Took him (επιλαβομενοςepilabomenos). Second aorist middle participle of επιλαμβανωepilambanō an old verb, only in the middle in the N.T. It is not redundant use, “took and healed,” but “took hold of him and healed him.” Only instance in the N.T. of its use in a case of healing.

Let him go (απελυσενapelusen). Probably, dismissed from the company to get him away from these critics.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-14.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Took

Took hold of him. Luke 20:20; 1 Timothy 6:12.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/luke-14.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

The Fourfold Gospel

But they held their peace1. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go.

  1. But they held their peace. If the lawyers and Pharisees declared it lawful, they defeated their plot, and if they said otherwise, they involved themselves in an argument with Jesus in which, as experience taught them, they would be humiliated before the people. Hence, they kept silence, but their silence only justified him, since it was the duty of every lawyer to pronounce this act unlawful if it had been so.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-14.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

Ver. 4. And he took him] Good must be done, however it be taken.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-14.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Luke 14:4. And he took him, The original επιλαβομενος, signifies either his taking hold of him, or laying his hand upon him. Doubtless our Lord could have accomplished this cure as well by a secret volition, and so might have cut off all manner of cavilling; but he chose rather to produce it by an action in which there was the very least degree of bodily labour that could be, because thus he had an opportunity of reproving the reigning superstition of the times.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/luke-14.html. 1801-1803.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 14:4. ἰάσατο, He healed him) His adversaries were using the dropsical man as the cloke for assailing the Lord: but yet Jesus conferred the benefit on him.

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/luke-14.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Luke 14:1"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 14:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-14.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘But they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go.’

So they said nothing. They no doubt reclined there tight-lipped and observant, waiting to see what He would do. Perhaps He would think better of it. But Jesus was a faithful servant, and when they said nothing Jesus took the man, and healed him, and let him go. And who could criticise Him when they had refused to forbid it? It is reasonable to assume that the man was there because he had chosen to come, because he wanted to be healed. He had come in faith. And once again Jesus had revealed that He could make men right.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/luke-14.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4.Held their peace—Unable to condemn what their law permitted; unwilling to concede a point on which so much cavil had been founded. Jesus proposes the old question, as if the advantage had fairly turned on his side.

Took’ healed’ let go—Displaying his own mastery before their watching eyes with a sort of calm, majestic omnipotence.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/luke-14.html. 1874-1909.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 14:4. But they held their peace. They could attend feasts on the Sabbath, but could not say that it was right to heal the sick. Formalism is always thus inconsistent. Their silence was a confession of defeat, however. Then came the healing.

Sent him away. He was not a guest. The rebuke was not given until after the man had been sent away.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/luke-14.html. 1879-90.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

took = took bold of. Compare Luke 20:20. 1 Timothy 6:12.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-14.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(4) And he took him.—Better, he laid hold on him. The healing was, in this instance, effected by actual contact.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/luke-14.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
Matthew 21:25-27; 22:46
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 14:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-14.html.