Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 17:16

and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Faith;   Jesus, the Christ;   Miracles;   Praise;   Samaria;   Thankfulness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Gratitude-Ingratitude;   Home;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Samaritans;   Stories for Children;   Thankfulness;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Samaria, Modern;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Leper;   Samaritans;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Luke, gospel of;   Samaria, samaritans;   Thanksgiving;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Clean, Unclean;   Miracle;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Eschatology;   Tribulation, the;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Gareb;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Foot;   Luke, Gospel of;   Ninevites;   Parables;   Samaria, Samaritans;   Thanksgiving;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Activity;   Beauty;   Blessing (2);   Feet (2);   Fruit (2);   Gentiles;   Gentiles (2);   Hindrance;   Mission;   Nationality;   Popularity ;   Purification (2);   Reality;   Samaria ;   Samaria, Samaritans;   Thanksgiving ;   Toleration, Tolerance;   Universalism (2);   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 - Samaritans;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He was a Samaritan - One who professed a very corrupt religion; and from whom much less was to be expected than from the other nine, who probably were Jews.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/luke-17.html. 1832.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

This gratitude of the Samaritan, Ash rightly understood as typical of "the future acceptance of the Christian mission by Gentiles."[23] The obduracy of Israel also appears in the ingratitude of the nine.

ENDNOTE:

[23] Anthony Lee Ash, op. cit., p. 80.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "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 he fell down on his face at his feet,.... For being cleansed, he might draw nigh unto Jesus; and which he did, with the most profound respect unto him, and reverence of him; and having a deep sense of the favour he had received from him, prostrated himself in this manner before him:

giving him thanks; who had shown compassion to him, had exerted his power on him, and had favoured him with such a singular mercy, as restoring him to health:

and he was a Samaritan; this is particularly remarked by the evangelist, because the Samaritans were reckoned by the Jews, to be ignorant and irreligious persons, and no better than Heathens; and yet this man behaved as a religious good man, who had a sense of his mercy, knew his duty, and his obligations, and performed them; when the other nine, who very likely were all Jews, acted a very stupid and ungrateful part.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-17.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

And he was a Samaritan (και αυτος ην Σαμαρειτηςkai autos ēn Samareitēs). This touch colours the whole incident. The one man who felt grateful enough to come back and thank Jesus for the blessing was a despised Samaritan. The αυτοςautos has point here.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "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 he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan1.

  1. He was a Samaritan. On his way to the priests at Mt. Gerizim the Samaritan turned back to express his thanks. Apparently nine of the lepers were Jews. A Samaritan was among them because they were along the border of the country, and because the fellowship of affliction and disease obliterated the distinctions of race, as it does to this day. In the leper-houses at Jerusalem, Mohammedans and Jews now live together despite the rancor existing between the healthy representatives of these two religions.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Ver. 16. Giving him thanks] A thankful man is worth his weight in gold. Sed perraro grati homines reperiuntur, saith Cicero ( pro Planc.). Plerique ut accipiant importuni, donec acceperint, inquieti; ubi acceperint, ingrati, saith the father. Most pray, but pay not.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-17.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

16. αὐτ. ἦν σαμ.] Strauss supposes (and Hase, but doubtfully) from this, that the whole narrative arose out of a parable about Jews and Samaritans. Such an absurd notion is however not without its use for believers. Every miracle is a parable: our Lord did not work mere feats of supernatural power, but preached by His miracles as well as by His discourses.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". 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

Luke 17:16. σαμαρείτης, a Samaritan) Luke 17:11 [Belonging to Samaria, through the borders of which Jesus was ‘passing’].

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". 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 17:15"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 17:16". 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

это был Самарянин То, что Иисус послал прокаженных показаться священнику, наводит на мысль, что они были иудеями. Этот самарянин мог общаться с ними, пока они все были по закону нечистыми, но при исцелении они отвергли его и не разделили его глубокую благодарность.

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MacLaren, Alexander. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/luke-17.html.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

16.And he was a Samaritan—A Samaritan, and like Luke himself a Gentile. Full proof that the power of true faith and the mercy of God through faith, are not limited to the sons of Abraham. We have indeed in the whole narrative a significant hint of the worldly and dead faith by which Israel fell, contrasted with the faith working by love by which the true Israel rises.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "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 17:16. Fell down, etc. This implies love and willingness to submit himself entirely to the Saviour.

And he was a Samaritan. The others were Jews, it is properly inferred.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "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 17:16. : this, with the comment of Jesus, the point of interest for Lk.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-17.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

on. Greek. epi. App-104.

at = beside. Greek. para. App-104.

Samaritan. See 2 Kings 17:29-35, Compare Luke 10:33.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "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 fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. While he rendered his tribute to Him from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift, he gave thanks at the same time to the mysterious, beneficent Hand by which the cure was performed. And as these men must have had their faith kindled by the reported wonders of His hand on others like themselves, no doubt they saw in Jesus what the Samaritans of Sychar did - "the Christ, the Saviour of the world" (John 4:42), however imperfect their conceptions.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "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

(16) And he was a Samaritan.—As in the parable of the Good Samaritan, St. Luke’s purpose in the selection of the incident falls in with what may be called the Catholicity of his Gospel, the breaking down of every middle wall of partition that divided the Jew from the other nations of the world. As the narrative is peculiar to his record, we may reasonably believe that it was one of the facts with which he became acquainted in the course of his personal inquiries in Galilee and Samaria. It is significant, in this case, that the barrier had been already broken down for a time by the common pressure of calamity, but no enduring sense of fellowship had as yet taken its place. The nine would seem to have separated themselves from the Samaritan as soon as they were cleansed. Men want more than the “misery” which our common proverb associates with “strange” companions, before they learn the lesson of brotherhood in its fulness.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/luke-17.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
fell
5:8; Genesis 17:3; Matthew 2:11; Mark 5:33; John 5:23; Acts 10:25,26; Revelation 4:10; 5:14; Revelation 19:4,5,10
and he
9:52-56; 10:32-35; John 4:9,21,22,39-42; 8:48; Acts 1:8; 8:5-25
Reciprocal: Leviticus 7:12 - a thanksgiving;  Leviticus 14:3 - be healed;  Ruth 2:10 - seeing;  Daniel 2:46 - fell;  Matthew 9:18 - worshipped;  Matthew 26:39 - and fell;  Mark 7:25 - at;  Mark 14:35 - and fell;  Luke 4:7 - worship me;  Luke 5:12 - fell;  Luke 8:41 - and he fell;  Luke 8:47 - she declared;  Luke 10:33 - Samaritan;  John 4:30 - GeneralJohn 11:32 - she fell;  Colossians 3:15 - and be

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 17:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-17.html.