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Luke 17:24

For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day.
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Scofield Reference Index - Inspiration;   The Topic Concordance - Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;   Rejection;   Suffering;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Judgment, Day of;   King, Christ as;   Second Coming of Christ;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Eschatology;   Tribulation, the;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Son of Man;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Day;   Day of Judgment;   Discourse;   Eschatology (2);   Heaven ;   Lightning ;   Luke, Gospel According to;   Names and Titles of Christ;   Observation;   Poet;   Son of Man;   Star (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Heaven;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Christ, the Exaltation of;   Eschatology of the New Testament;   Lightning;   Parousia;   Shine;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

As the lightning, that lighteneth - See this particularly explained, Matthew 24:27, Matthew 24:28; (note).

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/luke-17.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven,.... The Syriac version reads, "out of heaven", and the Arabic version, "in heaven"; which is the seat of lightning, and from whence it arises:

and shineth unto the other part under heaven; enlightens the earth, which is under the heaven: though the sense of the words, as they lie in the original text, seems to be, that as the lightning lightens at one end of the heavens, and shines to the other; which is done at once, in a moment, in a twinkling of the eye, and to which agrees the Ethiopic version;

so shall also the son of man be in his day: which is not to be understood of the swift progress of the Gospel, after his resurrection and ascension, and the pouring forth of his Spirit; but of his sudden coming, first to take vengeance on the Jewish nation for their rejection of him, and then at the last day, to judge both quick and dead. By his day, is meant his kingdom and glory, or his appearance with power, and great glory: Thus we readF6Misna Bava Metzia, c. 7. sect. 1. & Jarchi & Bartenora in ib. Vid. Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 15. 4. & 16. 1. for Solomon, בשעתו, "in his hour", that is, in his glory, in the time of his kingdom, when he was in his greatest magnificence.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "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

as lightning … so … the Son of man — that is it will be as manifest. The Lord speaks here of His coming and manifestation in a prophetically indefinite manner, and in these preparatory words blends into one the distinctive epochs [Stier]. When the whole polity of the Jews, civil and ecclesiastical alike, was broken up at once, and its continuance rendered impossible by the destruction of Jerusalem, it became as manifest to all as the lightning of heaven that the kingdom of God had ceased to exist in its old, and had entered on a new and perfectly different form. So it may be again, ere its final and greatest change at the personal coming of Christ, and of which the words in their highest sense are alone true.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "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

Lighteneth (αστραπτουσαastraptousa). An old and common verb, though only here and Luke 24:4 in the N.T. The second coming will be sudden and universally visible. There are still some poor souls who are waiting in Jerusalem under the delusion that Jesus will come there and nowhere else.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-17.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Lighteneth ( ἀστράπτουσα )

Only here and Luke 24:4.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/luke-17.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

So shall also the Son of man be — So swift, so wide, shall his appearing be: In his day - The last day.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/luke-17.html. 1765.

The Fourfold Gospel

for as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven1; so shall the Son of man be in his day2.

  1. For as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven. Against all this Jesus warns them, telling them that when the kingdom of heaven does at last assume a visible shape in the manifestation of its King, that manifestation will be so glorious, universal and pronounced as to be absolutely unmistakable.

  2. So shall the Son of man be in his day. See Acts 26:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:8.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

And thus the kingdom of Christ is a spiritual light, springing up in the minds of men, so that those who seek it need not look far away, but will see it at once within them and around them.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/luke-17.html. 1878.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

Ver. 24. For as the lightning] q.d. From mine ascension, and so forwards, you are not to look for me again till I come to judgment; and then I come on a sudden. Many devices there are in the minds of some, to think that Jesus Christ shall come from heaven again, and reign here upon earth a thousand years. But they are, saith a good divine, but the mistakes of some high expressions in Scripture, which describe the judgments poured out upon God’s enemies, in making a way to the Jews’ conversion, by the pattern of the last judgment. (Mr Cotton upon the Seven Vials.)

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-17.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

24. ἐκ τῆς εἰς τὴν] Supply χώραςχώραν.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". 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 17:24. ἀστράπτουσα, that flasheth) i.e. whilst it is in the act of flashing. It cannot be pointed out.— τῆς ὑπʼ οὐρανὸν) Often the expression, the earth ὑπʼ οὐρανὸν, which is beneath heaven, occurs in the LXX. Version, in Job and elsewhere.— οὓτως, so) most rapidly, and most widely.— τῇ ἡμέρᾳ, in His day) viz. the last day: Matthew 26:64.

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". 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 17:24"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 17:24". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-17.html. 1685.

Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

In his day; the day when Christ shall come to destroy his enemies, deliver his friends, and establish his kingdom. There is the same double reference here to Christ’s providential coming to destroy the city and temple, and to his second personal coming, which has been noticed in the notes to Matthew 24:1-51. It will be like the lightning, which fills the heavens from one end to the other with its brightness.

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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "Family Bible New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/luke-17.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

“For as the lightning, when it lightens out of the one part under the heaven, shines to the other part under heaven, so shall the Son of man be in his day.”

For when He comes He will be revealed in splendour and glory (compare Luke 8:29) in the same way as the lightning lights up the whole heavens. There will be no mistaking it. Every eye will see Him, and those also who pierced Him (Revelation 1:7). The splendour and glory of His appearing will be manifested to all (Luke 9:26; Luke 21:27).

Thus any future activity of the Son of Man once He has been take out of the world by suffering, will be cosmic. He will rise as the Lord of glory, He will be in Heaven as the Lord of glory, and He will return as the Lord of glory. By this He is building on all the claims that He has made up to this point and adding to them. He is revealing His unique God-likeness.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/luke-17.html. 2013.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 17:24. For. Neither time nor place can be determined, for the coming will be sudden and universally perceived. See on Matthew 24:27.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "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 17:24. , understood, so also after = from this quarter under heaven to that. Here again Mt.’s version is the more graphic and original = from east to west.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-17.html. 1897-1910.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

For as lightning, &c. See Matthew xxiv. 27. (Witham) --- Christ here alludes to the glory with which he shall appear when he shall come to judge the world, surrounded by his angels, &c. when he will appear like lightning, that shall penetrate the inmost recesses of our souls, and shall suffer no crime, not even the slightest thought of our souls, to pass unnoticed. This is the time when he will manifest his glory, and not on his entry into Jerusalem, as the disciples imagined: for he informs them, that he will then have to suffer a cruel death. (Ven. Bede)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/luke-17.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

lighteneth = flasheth. Greek. astrapto. Occurs only here and in Luke 24:4.

out of. Greek ek. App-104.

under. Greek. hupo. App-104.

heaven. Sing, without Art. Compare Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:10.

unto. Greek eis. App-104.

also the Son of man = the Son of man also.

His day. Described in the Apocalypse.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "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

For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. That is, it will be as manifest as the lightning. So that the kingdom here spoken of has its external and visible side too. 'The Lord,' says Stier correctly, 'speaks here of His coming and manifestation in a prophetically indefinite manner, and in these preparatory words blends into one the distinctive epochs.' When the whole polity of the Jews, civil and ecclesiastical alike, was broken up at once, and its continuance rendered impossible, by the destruction of Jerusalem, it became as manifest to all as the lightning of heaven that the Kingdom of God had ceased to exist in its old, and had entered on a new and perfectly different, form. So it may be again, before its final and greatest change at the personal coming of Christ, of which the words in their highest sense are alone true.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "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

(24) For as the lightning.—See Note on Matthew 24:27. There is, however, a noticeable variation in the form; the two “parts under heaven” taking the place of the “east” and the “west,” and the “day of the Son of Man” taking the place of the more formal “coming,” or parousia, which, as far as the Gospels are concerned, occurs only in St. Matthew. There is also, perhaps, more pictorial vividness in the two words, “lighteneth,” “shineth,” than in St. Matthew’s “cometh out,” and “appeareth,” which is probably the right rendering of the word there translated “shineth.” In any case, the words in St. Matthew are less vivid in their force.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Luke 17:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/luke-17.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
as
Job 37:3,4; Zechariah 9:14; Matthew 24:27
in
Malachi 3:1,2; 4:1,2; Matthew 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:2,8; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:10
Reciprocal: Job 36:30 - he;  Matthew 24:23 - GeneralMark 13:21 - GeneralLuke 17:20 - observation;  Luke 17:26 - the days of the Son;  Luke 17:30 - GeneralActs 2:5 - under;  Revelation 18:1 - and the

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