Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 15:9

When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!'
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Penitent;   Pharisees;   Repentance;   Salvation;   The Topic Concordance - Losing and Things Lost;   Repentance;   Salvation;   Seeking;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Parables;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Parable;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Christ, Christology;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Pieces;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Drachma;   Herodians;   Pieces of Gold;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Drachma;   Friend, Friendship;   Gospel;   Imagery;   Jesus, Life and Ministry of;   Luke, Gospel of;   Mammon;   Parables;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Love, Lover, Lovely, Beloved;   Parable;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Candlestick;   Children of God;   Complacency;   Doctrines;   Friendship;   Gain;   Gospel (2);   Happiness;   Ideas (Leading);   Man (2);   Market, Market-Place ;   Mental Characteristics;   Money (2);   Religious Experience;   Sanctify, Sanctification;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Weights and Measures;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Drachm,;   Piece of Silver;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Drachma;   Joy;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for November 14;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends,.... See Gill on Luke 15:6 a parable somewhat like to this, the JewsF24Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 1. 4. have on those words in Proverbs 2:4 "If thou seekest her as silver", &c.

"it is like to a man that has lost a "shekel", (a piece of money,) or beryl rings, within his house; he lights up many lamps and many candles, until he lights on them; and lo, these things much more: for if a man for the things of the temporary life of this world, lights many lamps and candles, until he lights upon them and finds them; the words of the law, since they are the life of this world, and the life of the world to come, shouldest thou not search after them as for hidden treasure?'

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-15.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Her friends and neighbours (τας πιλας και γειτοναςtas philas kai geitonas). Note single article and female friends (feminine article and πιλαςphilas). εως ου ευρηιHeōs hou eurēi here as in Luke 15:4, only ουhou added after εωςheōs (until which time) as often.

Which I lost (ην απωλεσαhēn apōlesa). First aorist active indicative of απολλυμιapollumi She lost the coin (note article). The shepherd did not lose the one sheep.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-15.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Her friends

Female friends, for the noun is used in the feminine form.

I lost

Through her own carelessness. Of the sheep, Jesus says “was lost.” “A sheep strays of itself, but a piece of money could only be lost by a certain negligence on the part of such as should have kept it” (Trench). In the one case, the attention is fastened on the condition of the thing lost; in the other, upon the sorrow of the one who has lost.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/luke-15.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

The Fourfold Gospel

Or what woman having ten pieces of silver1, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp2, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it3?
    SECOND GREAT GROUP OF PARABLES. (Probably in Perea.) C. PARABLE OF THE LOST COIN. Luke 15:8-10

  1. Or what woman having ten pieces of silver. The "drachma", or piece of silver, corresponded to the Latin "denarius", and was worth about seventeen cents. The woman, having only ten of them, was evidently poor. Such small coin have been for centuries worn by Oriental women as a sort of ornamental fringe around the forehead.

  2. Doth not light a lamp. Because Oriental houses are commonly without windows, and therefore dark.

  3. Until she find it? This phrase, which is practically repeated in both parables (Luke 15:4) is a sweet source of hope; but it is not to be pressed so as to contradict other Scripture.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-15.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

Ver. 9. Rejoice with me] What greater joy than to have had a hand in the conversion of a sinner from the error of his way?

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-15.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Luke 15:9. She calleth her friends, &c.— Her female friends, — τας φιλας . It might seem hardly worth while to ask the congratulation of her friends on so small an occasion as finding a drachma; (for that is the piece of coin here mentioned, in value not above nine-pence;) but it is represented as the tenth part of her little stock; and the impressible and social temper of the sex may perhaps be thought of, as adding some propriety to the representation.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/luke-15.html. 1801-1803.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

9.] αἱ φίλαι κ. γείτονες are invited—but there is no return home now—nor in the explanation, Luke 15:10, is there any ἐν οὐρανῷ, because the Spirit abides in the Church—because the angels are present in the Church, see 1 Corinthians 11:10 :—nor is it ἔσται (as in Luke 15:7 at the return of the Redeemer then future), but γίνεται—the ministering spirits rejoice over every soul that is brought out of the dust of death into God’s treasure-house by the searching of the blessed Spirit.

In this parable then we have set before us the sinner who is unconscious of himself and his own real worth; who is lying, though in reality a precious coin, in the mire of this world, lost and valueless, till he is searched out by the blessed and gracious Spirit. And that such a search will be made, we are here assured.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/luke-15.html. 1863-1878.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 15:9. συγκαλεῖται, calleth together) forthwith.— τὰς φίλας καὶ τὰς γείτονας; female friends and neighbours) The angelic forces, viewed in themselves, have no distinction of sex. They are, however, regarded as acting either at home or abroad; Hebrews 1:14, note: when abroad, they are represented in man’s attire, which is suited to war: when at home, in the attire suited to peace, and which is that usually assigned to women.

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/luke-15.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Luke 15:8"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 15:9". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-15.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

“And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost.’ ”

And when she has found the coin she calls her friends and neighbours in to celebrate, and to rejoice with her. For she has found what was precious to her. Most of us know what it is to lose something, and the joy we have on finding it, but in our case it will not usually be quite so important to us as this coin was to the woman.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/luke-15.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

9.Her friends and her neighbours—Here the Church is perhaps a Church; we have a picture of the union of the various sections into which the universal Church must of necessity be divided; and it is a common rejoicing over the conversion of sinners and the triumphs of the cross.

Rejoice with me—Just as these Scribes and Pharisees ought to have rejoiced with Jesus when stupid Jewish wanderers, or senseless Gentile outcasts, listened to his gospel and renounced their sins. This joy of the Church over the converted sinner is pictured forth by Jesus to show these doctors of the Jewish Church that if they are of the true Church they will rejoice too.

Which I have lost—For the Church has lost every soul that is lost. Every soul is redeemed by Christ. Every soul is met as it enters probation with the saving power of the atonement, and is truly an heir of heaven. Every soul enters life a proper member of the Church; of which membership baptism is the true recognition. And if the soul be left unconscious, as a piece of metal, of its own worth, and become hard in sin, and buried in darkness and dust, with the image, not of the blessed Redeemer, but of the gods of heathenism, which are but forms of the devil, it is the Church who lost them, and the Church who may rejoice when she has found that which she had lost.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/luke-15.html. 1874-1909.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 15:9. And I say unto you. The last verse contains the commendation of one of ‘the sons of this world;’ here we have a recommendation to ‘the sons of the light.’

Hake to yourselves friends out of the mammon. By using money with a prudence like that of the unjust steward, but under a higher motive and with better means than his, gain for yourselves ‘friends,’ rather than estates, mansions, etc. ‘Mammon’ itself is not to be made a friend, but to be used in making the friends.

Of unrighteousness. Mammon, the personification of money, commonly become the occasion and the means of an unrighteous course of conduct; for this and other reasons its inherent character is said to be unrighteousness.

That when it shall fail, i.e., the mammon to which the correct reading undoubtedly refers. The special reference is to death, when a man’s wealth utterly fails; but it may fail before that

They may receive you, i.e., the friends you have made. These ‘friends’ can only ‘receive’ us into the eternal tabernacles, i.e., in the future state of blessedness. They do not open heaven for any one, they only welcome there. Of course only those friends, thus made, who belong to our Lord’s kingdom, are included here. They may help us heavenward by their prayers before they go there to ‘receive’ us. There are numerous other explanations; for example: the ‘friends’ are the angels, who welcome those who have left the service of mammon, using the interval (and also the means gained in that service) so as to make such friends. This leads to inferences bordering on what is immoral.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/luke-15.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 15:9. : this calling together of friends and neighbours (feminine in this case, . .) peculiarly natural in the case of a woman; hence perhaps the reading of T.R., , the middle being more subjective. The finding would appeal specially to feminine sympathies, if the lost drachma was not part of a hoard to meet some debt, but belonged to a string of coins worn as an ornament round the head, then as now, by married women in the East, as Tristram suggests (Eastern Customs in Bible Lands, p. 76). This view, favoured by Farrar, is ignored by most commentators.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-15.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

friends. Female friends (feminine)

the piece. Not "my", as in Luke 15:6.

I had lost = I lost. Compare "was lost" in Luke 15:6.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-15.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-15.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
Rejoice
6,7
Reciprocal: Song of Solomon 5:1 - friends;  Micah 7:18 - he delighteth;  Luke 10:21 - Jesus;  Luke 15:24 - they;  John 15:11 - my

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 15:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-15.html.