Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 17:28

It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Confidence;   Jerusalem;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Lot;   Worldliness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Lot;   The Topic Concordance - Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Deluge, the;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Sodom;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Hell;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Eschatology;   Tribulation, the;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Cain (1);   Lot (1);   Luke, the Gospel According to;   Patriarchs;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Lot;   Luke, Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Building ;   Day of Judgment;   Discourse;   Eating and Drinking;   Lot (2);   Luke, Gospel According to;   Names and Titles of Christ;   Parousia (2);   Pleasure;   Poet;   Quotations (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Lot;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Lot (1);   Parousia;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot,.... When he lived in Sodom, and before, and at the time of the destruction of that city with other neighbouring ones:

they did eat, they drank; See Gill on Luke 17:27, and Ezekiel 16:49. This is to be understood of the inhabitants of Sodom, and the other cities that perished with it:

they bought, they sold: they traded among themselves, and with their neighbours; and, as it appears from the text referred to, they had no regard to the poor and needy; they made no conscience of defrauding and oppressing them:

they planted; vineyards, and fruit trees; living in a very fruitful soil, like the garden of God, Genesis 13:10

they builded; houses for themselves and posterity; and thus, as a Jewish writerF8Pirke Eliezer, c. 25. observes of them, in agreement with our Lord's design in all this, being filled with the increase of the earth, they lived in security, peace, and tranquillity.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". "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

Note the same sharp contrast between the imperfects here (ate ηστιονēsthion drank επινονepinon bought ηγοραζονēgorazon sold επωλουνepōloun planted επυτευονephuteuon builded ωικοδομουνōikodomoun) and the aorists in Luke 17:29 (went out εχηλτενexēlthen rained εβρεχενebrexen destroyed απωλεσενapōlesen).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". "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

Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of Lot1; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

  1. Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of Lot. See Genesis 19:15-28; Ezekiel 16:46-56; Jude 1:7.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

THREE CRITICAL DAYS

‘And as it was in the days of Noe … when the Son of Man is revealed.’

Luke 17:26; Luke 17:28; Luke 17:30

The subject is the Kingdom of God. A number of Pharisees had forced themselves upon our Lord with the question, ‘when the Kingdom of God should come?’ And our Lord answered them. ‘The Kingdom of God,’ He said, ‘cometh not with observation’ or outward show. It is a spiritual kingdom in the hearts and consciences of men. To the inquiring Pharisees He said no more. But to His disciples He gives the further teaching contained in the passage in which our text occurs.

There can be no doubt that our Lord chose out from Old Testament history these two days, as being above all others typical of the day when the Son of Man should be revealed.

I. Days of Noah.—These, as we gather from the early chapters of Genesis, were—

(1) Days of astounding and widespread wickedness.

(2) Days of unbelief and careless ease.

(3) Days in which the mercy of God was especially manifested.

(4) Days of a long probation.

II. Days of Lot.—When we consider the days of Lot we find much the same characteristics as those which marked the days of Noah. A difference between the days of Noah and Lot is remarkable when we contrast the characters of these two men. Noah was a sincere man, walking with God, wholly consecrated to His service, separated from the evil world. With Lot it was different. He was a just man, vexed at the sinfulness around him, but this is almost all that can be said. There is nothing very lovely in his character. He was weak and selfish, a moral coward.

III. The day of the Son of Man.—And Christ says, As it was of Noah and Lot, ‘even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.’ Thus—following our line of thought—we may expect that that day will be marked by abounding and widespread wickedness. There will be less sanctity surrounding the marriage state and family life; lawlessness will abound; unbelief will increase and men will scoff at the threatenings of judgments. And as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so in that coming day it will be seen that the love and mercy of God have been fully manifested, yea, more fully than in the former days. Deliverance has been brought within the reach of man, not by a material ark or an angel, but by the eternal Son of God, incarnate for man.

Rev. Dr. Noyes.

Illustration

‘The ark itself was a token of God’s mercy, telling of a place of deliverance. Every plank added to the ark was a call to men to repentance and faith in God. Its extraordinary size, the length of time in which it was building—these were God’s warnings given in mercy to a guilty world that a day of judgment must come. Some during the one hundred and twenty years may have believed and died in faith; but it would seem at the time of the Flood there were none found faithful but Noah and those who entered with him into the ark. And so if the world was to be saved the corrupt must be destroyed. ‘The cause of righteousness had at length but one efficient representative in the person of Noah, and he, much like “a lodge in a garden of cucumbers—like a besieged city’—the object of profane mockery and scorn, taunted, reviled, plied with every weapon fitted to overcome his constancy, and if not in himself, at least in his family, in danger of suffering shipwreck amid the swelling wave of wickedness around him. It was to save him, and with him the cause of God, from this source of imminent danger and perdition that the Flood was sent; and it could only do so by effectually separating between him and the seed of evildoers, engulphing them in ruin, and sustaining him in his temporary home.’

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Nisbet, James. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". Church Pulpit Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/luke-17.html. 1876.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Ver. 28. They did eat, they drank] It is not said here, as Luke 17:27, they married wives; they affected rather those odious concubitus, qui non utrinque resolvunt (Ovid). The Turkish pashas have their catamites, {a} which are their serious loves; for their wives are used but to dress their meat, to laundress, and for reputation, saith one that had been among them. Sodomy (saith he) in the Levant is not held a vice. (Blount’s Voyage.)

{a} A boy kept for unnatural purposes. ŒD

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-17.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

28.] Bornemann joins ὁμοίως with the former verse—but thus the parallelism (see Luke 17:29, end) is broken.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". 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 17:28. ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις λὼς, in the days of Lot) Genesis 19:14.— ἠγόραζον, they were buying) Already the world had become more motley in its employments in the time of Lot, than in that of Noah; how much more so in our times, when the arts of merchandise, navigation, war, the bar [or the market], the school, the senate, etc., have been advanced to the highest perfection!

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". 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 17:26"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 17:28". 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

во дни Лота Т.е. Божья кара придет внезапно, истребляя людей в разгар их обыденной деятельности (Быт. 19:24, 25). Ничто из упомянутого Иисусом относительно дней Ноя или дней Лота не было греховно в своей основе. Но люди были настолько поглощены делами этой жизни, что, когда пришло время Божьей кары, они были совершенно не готовы.

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MacLaren, Alexander. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/luke-17.html.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

28.Days of Lot—Were this entire part 26-37 a fragmentary report by a fourth hand of some passage in the great discourse on Olivet, this passage would be additional to what has been furnished by any other hand.

Eat’ drank’ bought’ sold’ planted’ builded—All these describe not any special course of sinfulness, but a regular train of careless daily life, expecting no sudden advent of destruction.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/luke-17.html. 1874-1909.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 17:28. : introducing a new comparison = similarly, as it was in the days, etc.—so shall it be in the day of, etc. (Luke 17:30). Bornemann ingeniously connects with going before, and, treating it as a Latinism, renders perdidit omnes pariter.— , etc.: again a series of unconnected verbs, and a larger, six, and all in the imperfect tense. This second comparison, taken from Lot’s history, is not given in Mt. The suddenness of the catastrophe makes it very apposite.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-17.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

also = even.

the days of Lot. See Genesis 19:15-25. Isaiah 13:19. Isaiah 16:46-56.

Amos 4:11. Jude 1:7. App-117.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". "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

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat ... drank ... bought ... sold ... planted ... builded;

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". "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

(28) Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot.—The illustration does not occur in the otherwise parallel passage of Matthew 24:26-27, but was naturally suggested by our Lord’s frequent reference to the Cities of the Plain (Luke 10:12; Matthew 10:15; Matthew 11:23); The allusion to Lot in 2 Peter 2:7, may perhaps be traced to the impression made on the Apostle by this revival of the history.

They bought, they sold.—As in the preceding verse, the imperfect tense is used, they were buying, they were selling. There is a characteristic difference in the insertion of these verbs and the two which follow, as indicating a higher advance in social life than in the days of Noah.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Genesis 13:13; 18:20,21; 19:4-15; Ezekiel 16:49,50; James 5:1-5
Reciprocal: Genesis 4:17 - and he;  Genesis 19:14 - as one;  Genesis 19:24 - the Lord;  Deuteronomy 8:12 - and hast built;  Judges 20:41 - were amazed;  Job 21:13 - They;  Jeremiah 50:40 - GeneralEzekiel 16:46 - thy younger sister;  Romans 13:13 - rioting;  2 Peter 2:6 - turning

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 17:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-17.html.