Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 17:36

[ Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left." ]
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jerusalem;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Predestination;   The Topic Concordance - Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;  
Dictionaries:
CARM Theological Dictionary - Eschatology;   Tribulation, the;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Cain (1);   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Discourse;   Husbandman ;   Luke, Gospel According to;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Two men shall be in the field,.... At work there, tilling the ground, or sowing the seed in it, or reaping the corn; which of them soever was the work of the field, at the time of Jerusalem's destruction:

the one shall be taken, and the other left: the circumstances attending these several, instances show, that they cannot be considered as expressive of the use and effect of the preaching of the Gospel, that being the savour of life unto life to some, and the savour of death unto death to others, some being effectually called by it, and others being left to die in their sins; since these men and women are said to be either in a bed asleep, or on a couch feasting, or grinding in a mill, or at work in the field, and so not in proper places, and at leisure to hear the Gospel preached. The whole verse is left out in the Ethiopic version, and in some Greek copies; though it is in the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions, and in the Complutensian edition, and in some ancient copies, as Beza observes.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:36". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-17.html. 1999.

The Fourfold Gospel

There shall be two women grinding together1; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left2.

  1. There shall be two women grinding together. Making meal or flour with the little stone hand-mills, as they still do in the East.

  2. The one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. See .

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 17:36". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Ver. 36. See Matthew 24:40-41. {See Trapp on "Matthew 24:40"} {See Trapp on "Matthew 24:41"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:36". 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 17:36. δύο ἔσονται ἐν τῷ ἀγρῷ, κ. τ. λ.) Very ancient authorities exhibit this versicle in Luke also, as well as in Matt. (Luke 24:40). Moreover, that it was not transferred here from Matthew, is evident from the difference of the words in Luke, as compared with those in Matthew, as also from the different order of the versicles in each Evangelist. [This is the reason for the change of the opinion which is found in the larger Ed. For both the margin of the Ed. 2 and of the Vers. Germ., following the example of the Gnomon, receive that clause concerning the two men in the field.—E. B.] Matthew has two paragraphs, viz. the one concerning the field, and that concerning the grinding at the mill: Luke adds a third, concerning the two men in one bed: just as on another occasion Matthew has two paragraphs concerning ‘following’ Jesus Christ, ch. Luke 8:19-20; to which Luke adds a third, ch. Luke 9:61-62 [“Let me first go bid them farewell which are at home—No man having put his hand to the plough,” etc.]. So likewise the former Evangelist has two paragraphs or clauses, viz. concerning ‘bread,’ and concerning “a fish,” ch. Luke 7:9-10 : the latter Evangelist adds a third, viz. that concerning an ‘egg’, ch. Luke 11:12.(194)

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 17:36". 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 17:34"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 17:36". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-17.html. 1685.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Two, &c. The texts omit this verse.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 17:36". "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

Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

[Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.] The evidence against the genuineness of this verse is too strong to admit of its being printed without brackets, as at least doubtful, and probably taken from Matthew 24:40. All the critical editors exclude it from their text, and nearly all critical expositors concur with them. DeWette, however, inclines to receive it. The prepared and the unprepared will, says our Lord, be found mingled in closest contact together in the ordinary walks and fellowships of life when the moment of severance arrives. Awful truth! Realized before the destruction of Jerusalem, when the Christians found themselves forced by their Lord's directions (Luke 21:21) at once and forever away from their old associates; but most of all, when the second coming of Christ shall burst upon a heedless world.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:36". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-17.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

“This verse is wanting in most of the Greek copies.rdblquote
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 17:36". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-17.html.