Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 17:13

and they raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Faith;   Jesus, the Christ;   Leprosy;   Miracles;   Samaria;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Crying to Jesus;   Home;   Master, Christ;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Samaritans;   Stories for Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Leprosy;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Leper;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Luke, gospel of;   Samaria, samaritans;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Clean, Unclean;   Mercy;   Miracle;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Poverty;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Eschatology;   Tribulation, the;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Gareb;   Leper;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Master;   Mercy, Merciful;   Parables;   Pity;   Rabbi;   Samaria, Samaritans;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Appreciation (of Christ);   Highway;   Lord (2);   Mission;   Physician (2);   Purification (2);   Reality;   Samaria ;   Voice (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Master;   Miracles;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Scribes;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

They lifted up their voices - They cried with one accord - they were all equally necessitous, and there was but one voice among them all, though ten were engaged in crying at the same time. As they were companions in suffering, they were also companions in prayer. Prayer should be strong and earnest, when the disease is great and inveterate. Sin is the worst of all leprosies; it not only separates those to whom it cleaves from the righteous, but it separates them from God; and nothing but the pitying heart and powerful hand of Christ Jesus can set any soul free from it.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/luke-17.html. 1832.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

These men made common cause in their wretchedness. Cox said:

Think what their affliction had done for them! (a) It brought them to a common level, causing them to forget racial hatred. Sin reduced men to a common level before God. (b) It made them unclean, (c) isolated them, and (d) made them hopeless.[21]

ENDNOTE:

[21] Frank L. Cox, According to Luke (Austin, Texas: Firm Foundation Publishing House, 1941), p. 52.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/luke-17.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they lifted up their voices,.... Together, and cried aloud, being at a distance, that they might be heard; as well as to express their vehement desire, and great importunity to be cleansed; see Judges 9:7.

And said, Jesus, Master; or "Rabbi, Jesus", thou great Master in Israel; who art a teacher come from God, and who dost surprising miracles, and art able to cure us:

have mercy on us; and cleanse us from our leprosy; we believe thou art able, if thou wilt; show compassion to us, miserable objects, as they were; their faith was the same with that of the other leper, in Matthew 8:2.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-17.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

they lifted up — their common misery drawing these poor outcasts together (2 Kings 7:3), nay, making them forget the fierce national antipathy of Jew and Samaritan [Trench].

Jesus, etc. — (Compare Matthew 20:30-33). How quick a teacher is felt misery, even though as here the teaching may be soon forgotten!

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/luke-17.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Lifted up (ηρανēran). First aorist active of the liquid verb αιρωairō f0).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-17.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

The Fourfold Gospel

and they lifted up their voices1, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us2.

  1. And they lifted up their voices. Such as they had, for the leper's bronchial tubes are dry, and the voice is harsh and squeaky.

  2. Saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. Considering their condition, their prayer was definite enough.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

Ver. 13. And they lifted up their voices] These sought themselves only in their prayers, as do hypocrites; and nought esteemed the love of Christ. So did those that fasted to themselves, Zechariah 7:6; more to get off their chains than their sins. Ephraim "is an empty vine, he beareth fruit to himself," Hosea 10:1. The Church keeps her fruit for her Beloved.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-17.html. 1865-1868.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 17:13. ᾖραν φωνὴν, they lifted up their voices) An effort which their disease was scarcely admitting of. The one grateful Samaritan directed his voice to a pious use again in Luke 17:15.

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/luke-17.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Luke 17:12"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 17:13". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-17.html. 1685.

Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

помилуй нас Ср. 16:24; 18:38, 39; Мф. 9:27; 15:22; 17:15; 20:31; Мк. 10:47, 48. Это было обычной мольбой людей, желающих исцеления.

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MacLaren, Alexander. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/luke-17.html.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘And they lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” ’

These men pleaded in loud voices for Jesus to show His compassion to them, acknowledging Him as ‘Master’ (Epistata - the One who stands over). This title is usually only used by Luke as spoken by disciples of Jesus, and the idea may be in order to demonstrate their interest in His message. It is one of the words Luke uses instead of Rabbi because of his Gentile readers.

Men crying to Jesus for mercy is a theme of the Gospels, for He is the compassionate and the merciful. Compare Luke 16:24; Luke 18:38-39; Matthew 9:27; Matthew 15:22; Mark 10:47-48.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

13.Lifted up their voice—Raising a cry to be heard by Jesus in the distance.

Master—Neither his honour, nor his name, nor his power is unknown to them. Here on the confines of Samaria, and among the outcasts of society, Jesus, Master, are familiar words.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/luke-17.html. 1874-1909.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 17:13. And they, ‘they’ is emphatic; the first step was taken on their part.

Jesus, Master, etc. These people in an obscure village, isolated too by their disease, knew our Lord and called upon Him by name.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/luke-17.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 17:13. : this word is peculiar to Lk., which suggests editorial revision of the story.— : a very indefinite request compared with that of the leper in Luke 5:12 f., whose remarkable words are given in identical terms by all the synoptists. The interest wanes here.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-17.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Jesus. See App-98. Master. See App-98.

mercy = compassion.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-17.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

And they lifted up their voices - their common misery, as Trench remarks, drawing these poor outcasts together (see 2 Kings 7:3), nay, causing them to forget the fierce national antipathy which reigned between Jew and Samaritan.

And said, Jesus, Master [ epistata (G1988)] have mercy on us. How quick a teacher is felt misery, even though in some cases (as in all but one here) the teaching may be soon forgotten!

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-17.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(13) Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.—The Greek word for “Master” is again that which has been noticed as St. Luke’s usual equivalent for “Rabbi.” (See Note on Luke 5:5.) We may believe that the earlier instance of leprosy being cleansed (Matthew 8:2), possibly many such instances (Matthew 11:5), had in some way come to their knowledge.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/luke-17.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-17.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

13.Jesus, Master (338) It is evident that all of them possessed some measure of faith, not only because they implore Christ’s assistance, but because they honor him with the title of Master That they made use of that expression sincerely, and not in hypocrisy, may be inferred from their ready obedience; for, although they perceive that the filthy scab still remains in their flesh, yet as soon as they are commanded to show themselves to the priests, they do not refuse to obey. Add to this that, but for the influence of faith, they would never have set out to show themselves to the priests; for it would have been absurd to present themselves to the judges of leprosy, for the purpose of attesting that they had been cleansed, if the promise of Christ had been regarded by them as of no more value than a mere inspection of the disease. They bear a visible leprosy in their flesh; and yet, trusting to Christ’s word alone, they have no scruple about declaring that they are clean. It cannot therefore be denied, that some seed of faith had been implanted in their hearts. Now though it is certain that they were not regenerated by the Spirit of adoption, yet there is no absurdity in supposing that they had some beginnings of piety. There is the greater reason to fear that sparks of faith, which make their appearance in us, may be extinguished; for, although lively faith, which has its roots deeply fixed by the Spirit of regeneration, never dies, yet we have seen formerly that many conceive a temporary faith, which immediately disappears. Above all, it is too common a disease that, when we are urged by strong necessity, and when the Lord himself prompts us by a secret movement of the Spirit, we seek God, but, when we have obtained our wishes, ungrateful forgetfulness swallows up that feeling of piety. Thus poverty and hunger beget faith, but abundance kills it.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:13". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/luke-17.html. 1840-57.