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Luke 17:15

Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice,
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Faith;   Glorifying God;   Jesus, the Christ;   Miracles;   Praise;   Samaria;   Shouting;   Thankfulness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Home;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Samaritans;   Stories for Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Glorifying God;   Missionaries, All Christians Should Be as;   Sickness;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Leper;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Luke, gospel of;   Samaria, samaritans;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Clean, Unclean;   Miracle;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Eschatology;   Tribulation, the;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Gareb;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Ninevites;   Parables;   Passion;   Samaria, Samaritans;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Blessing (2);   Mission;   Popularity ;   Praise (2);   Purification (2);   Reality;   Samaria ;   Toleration, Tolerance;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - 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 - Leper;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for February 7;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, etc. - It seems that he did not wait to go first to the priest, but turned immediately back, and gave public praise to the kind hand from which he had received his cure.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorifying God.

Loud voice ... An almost total failure of the voice is one of the symptoms of leprosy; and, as Trench remarked, "It is not for naught that we are told that he returned `with a loud voice glorifying God'."[22]

ENDNOTE:

[22] Richard C. Trench, op. cit., p. 360.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". "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 one of them, when he saw that he was healed.... When he felt perfect soundness in his body, and perceived that he was restored to his health, and saw with his eyes that the leprosy was gone from him, which must be visible enough:

turned back; either immediately, before he went to the priests; or afterwards, came back to Jesus, when he bad been with them:

and with a loud voice glorified God; Jesus Christ, who is truly God, and whose proper divinity might be seen in this miracle; see 2 Kings 5:7 or God the Father, through Christ, and for his sake, by ascribing his cure to his power, and by returning thanks for it, and acknowledging with gratitude, Christ to be the author of it; which he did, with as loud a voice, as he cried to him for mercy; that all might know the miracle that was wrought, and join in giving glory to Christ: and it was but one of them that did so; gratitude is a rare thing, it is found but in few; unthankfulness cleaves to most persons; it is the general character of men to be unthankful and unholy; multitudes, even all men, share in the providential goodness of God, yet few take notice of, and are thankful for it; God is therefore said to be good, to the unthankful and to the evil, Luke 6:35. Few there are who are of Jacob's spirit, that judge themselves unworthy of the least of mercies, and are heartily thankful for every favour: and this the leper did, when he was sensible that he was healed; no man will seek after a cure, till he sees, or is sensible of his sickness and his wound; and when he does, he will inquire after, and make use of the proper means of healing; and when he has got a cure, he is, or at least ought to be, thankful for it: and so it is in spiritual things, the whole need not a physician, or see no need of the physician, Christ; but those who are sick, and sensible of the sickness of sin, do; and when they perceive that their diseases are healed, and their sins forgiven, then they call upon their souls, and all within them, to bless the Lord, who has done this for them: and it becomes such who are cured of the leprosy of sin, to glorify God; not only with their mouths, by bringing their offering and sacrifice of praise to him, as the leper by the law was obliged to bring his offering, at the time of his cleansing; but by deeds also, with their bodies, and with their spirits; by a holy, humble, and spiritual conversation before men, signified by the leper's washing himself, and clothes, and shaving off all his hair; and by attending on the word and ordinances, by a professed subjection to the Gospel of Christ, signified by the blood being put upon the tip of the right ear of the leper, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the great toe of his right foot, Leviticus 14:14.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-17.html. 1999.

The Fourfold Gospel

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back1, with a loud voice glorifying God2;

  1. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back. Like Naaman (2 Kings 5:15).

  2. With a loud voice glorifying God. A voice made strong by health and gratitude.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

Ver. 15. And one of them] It is ten to one if any return to give thanks. Men make prayer their refuge, but not their recompense. Hezekiah returned not according to his receipts.

And with a loud voice] He was as earnest in praises as be had been in prayers. Our thanks should be larger and louder than our requests, because God prevents us with many mercies, and denies nothing; we have it either in money or money’s worth.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-17.html. 1865-1868.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. All were healed, but only one was thankful; the cure is wrought upon the bodies of all, thankfulness if sound but in the heart of one: the will makes the difference in men, but he makes the difference in wills, who at first made the will. All these lepers were cured, all saw themselves cured; their sense was alike, their hearts were not alike.

Observe, 2. The person that made this return of thankfulness to Christ, He was a Samaritan: that is, none of the Jewish nation, but one that was a stranger to the commonwealth of Israel: neither place nor parentage can block up the way, or stop the current, of God's free mercy, which reaches the unworthy and the ill-deserving.

Observe, 3. How singly he returns his thanks; he gets away from his fellows to make his acknowledgment: there are cases wherein singularity is not only lawful, but laudable; instead of sujecting ourselves to others; examples, it is sometimes our duty to resolve to set an example to others; for it is much better to go the right way alone, than to err with company.

Observe, 4. How speedily he returns his thanks: no sooner does he see his cure, but he hastes to acknowledge it: a noble pattern of thankfulness. What speed of retribution is here! Late payments of our thankfulness savor of ingratitude: it were happy for us christians, did we learn our duty of this Samaritan.

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Burkitt, William. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/luke-17.html. 1700-1703.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

15.] The ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, and ὑπέστ. μ. φ. μεγ. δ. τ. θεόν, set before us something immediate, and, I should be inclined to think, witnessed by the narrator.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/luke-17.html. 1863-1878.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

[15. φωνῆς μεγάλης, with a loud voice) which was in itself a testimony to the fact of the cure having been performed, to the glory and praise of God. For it seems that the voice of lepers is ordinarily hoarse.—V. g.]

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Ver. 15,16. It is most probable that this leper first showed himself to the priest, according to the commandment and the direction of our Saviour, and then returned to give our Saviour thanks. Some think that this glorifying God here mentioned, and his giving thanks to Christ, signify the same thing. I doubt it, because nothing appeareth from this story sufficient to convince us that he looked upon Christ as God; nay, it doth not appear that his faith was risen so high as to believe him the Messiah, the Son of David; they speak to him only under the notion of Jesus, Master, Luke 17:13. It is plain they believed him at least to be a great prophet, sent from God, and clothed with a power from God. I choose rather therefore to interpret his falling down on his face at his feet, as a humble posture of reverence, which those nations did often use to compliment their superiors by, even as a posture of adoration; and that his glorifying God was a praising of him as the principal efficient cause of his healing, and his giving thanks to Christ a civil respect paid to Christ as God’s instrument in the case. The evangelist addeth, and he was a Samaritan. Christ calls him a stranger, Luke 17:18 a stranger to the commonwealth of Israel, as all the Samaritans were.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 17:15". 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

один же из них... возвратился Его реакция напоминала поведение Неемана (4Цар. 5:15). Другие прокаженные, которым не терпелось, чтобы их объявили чистыми, после чего они могли бы вернуться к нормальной жизни в обществе, очевидно продолжили путь к священнику, забыв поблагодарить.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

15.One of them—All are glad; but one is both glad and grateful. The thoughts of his benefactor so fill his heart as to drive the priests from his mind. The others will visit the priests to make sure of the result; but whether they ever see their Saviour or not is the least of their concern. Full well they know, as well as the returning Samaritan, that, while they are going to Jerusalem, Jesus will be upon his journey, and slight will be their chance of offering their worship for his mercy.

Glorified God—The cleansing extended even to his heart. Both soul and body were regenerated, one from sin, and the other from the most terrible emblem of sin.

 

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 17:15. One of them, etc. The description is graphic, the healing took place immediately.

Turned back. They were still on their way to the priests.

With a loud voice. There may be an allusion to the clearness of voice resulting from the cure of his leprosy, since that disease would make the voice husky.

Glorifying God. Glorifying God and love to Jesus Christ are closely joined.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". "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 17:15. . .: general statement, exact words not known, so also in report of thanksgiving to Jesus.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-17.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

with. Greek. meta. App-104.

God. App-98.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God.

Forgetting all about the priests, or unable to proceed further, on discovering the change upon him, he returns to His wondrous Benefactor, his emotions finding vent in a loud burst of praise.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:15". "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

(15) Turned back, and with a loud voice.—The words imply that the work of healing was not accomplished till the company of lepers were at least out of sight.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
17,18; 2 Chronicles 32:24-26; Psalms 30:1,2,11,12; 103:1-4; 107:20-22; 116:12-15; Psalms 118:18,19; Isaiah 38:19-22; John 5:14; 9:38
Reciprocal: Leviticus 14:3 - be healed;  2 Kings 5:15 - he returned;  2 Chronicles 24:22 - remembered;  Psalm 50:15 - deliver;  Psalm 103:2 - forget not;  Matthew 8:3 - immediately;  Matthew 9:8 - and;  Matthew 9:18 - worshipped;  Matthew 15:31 - and they;  Mark 2:12 - glorified;  Mark 5:18 - prayed;  Mark 14:35 - and fell;  Luke 5:25 - glorifying;  Luke 8:39 - and published;  Luke 8:47 - she declared;  Luke 18:43 - followed;  Acts 3:8 - praising;  Romans 1:21 - they glorified

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

15.And one of them, etc. It is uncertain if he returned when they were halfway, and Luke’s words appear to imply this; but I think it more probable, that it was not till he had heard the decision of the priests that he returned to give thanks. He must have obtained permission from the priests to return to the ordinary intercourse of life; and he had no right to neglect the command of Christ, and to defraud the temple of God of a sacrifice. Some will perhaps be better pleased with a different conjecture, that as soon as he saw that he was cleansed, and before he applied to the priests for a testimony, he was seized with a devout and holy zeal, and returned to the Author of the cure, so as to commence his sacrifice with thanksgiving. The words of Christ contain an expostulation with the whole nation; for it is by way of reproach that he draws a comparison between one stranger and many Jews, because it was customary with them to swallow up God’s favors without any feeling of piety. And this was the reason why Christ gained hardly any reputation among them by miracles so numerous and so splendid. Let us learn that this complaint is brought generally against all of us, if we do not at least repay the divine favors by the duty of gratitude.

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