The Gospel According to Luke

Chapter 17

Christ teaches to avoid occasions of offense, 1, 2; and to forgive one another, 3, 4. The power of faith, 5, 6. How we are bound to God and not he to us, 7-10. Christ heals ten lepers, 11-21. Of the kingdom of God and the coming of the Son of man, 22-37.

1 Then he said to the disciples, "It is impossible for the causes of sin to not come. But woe to him by whom they come! 2 It would be better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother trespasses against you, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he trespasses against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns back to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."

5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." 6 And the Lord said, "If you had faith as a grain of mustard-seed, you might say to this sycamine-tree, 'Be plucked up by the root and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

7 "But which of you having a servant plowing, or feeding cattle, will say to him immediately when he has come from the field, 'Go and sit down to eat'? 8 Would he not rather say to him, 'Make ready with which I may have supper, gird yourself, and serve me until I have eaten and drank, and afterward, you shall eat and drink'? 9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded of him? I suppose not. 10 So likewise you, when you have done all the things which are commanded of you, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done that which was our duty to do.'"

11 And it came to pass as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him there, who stood at a distance. 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." 14 And when he saw them, he said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And it came to pass, that as they were going, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus, answering, said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 There was no one found returning to give glory to God, except this stranger." 19 And he said to him, "Arise, depart. Your faith has made you whole."

20 And when he was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation, 21 Neither will they say, 'Behold here!' or, 'Behold there!' For behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

22 And he said to his disciples, "The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you shall not see it. 23 And they will say to you, 'See here,' or, 'See there.' Do not go after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning that lightens from one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so the Son of man shall also be in his day. 25 But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it shall also be in the days of the Son of man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, and they were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot—they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, and they built, 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 Even thus it shall be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 On that day, he who is upon the house-top, with his goods in the house, must not come down to take them away. And he who is in the field, likewise must not return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed: one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 Two women will be grinding together: one will be taken and the other left. 36 Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left." 37 And they answered and said to him, "Where Lord?" And he said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be collected."


Matthew Henry Commentary - Luke, Chapter 17[➚]


[v.1] - Gospel Link: Matthew 18:7.

[v.2] - Gospel Link: Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42.

[v.3] - Gospel Link: Matthew 18:15.

[v.4] - Gospel Link: Matthew 18:21-22.

[v.6] - Gospel Link: Matthew 17:20.

[v.23-24] - Gospel Link: Matthew 24:26-27.

[v.26-27] - Gospel Link: Matthew 24:37-39.

[v.27] - Reference, Genesis 6:1-2, ch. 7.

[v.29] - Reference, Genesis 19:15-25.

[v.30] - Gospel Link: Matthew 24:39.

[v.35-36] - Gospel Link: Matthew 24:40-41.

[v.37] - Gospel Link: Matthew 24:28. Reference, Job 39:30.