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Luke 17

 

 1 Then said he to his disciples, (*) (1) It cannot be avoided, but that offences will come, but woe be to him by whom they come.

 

(*) Matthew 18:7; Mark 9:42 .

(1) The Church is of necessity subject to offences, but the Lord will not suffer them unpunished, if any of the least be offended.

 

 2 It is better for him that a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were cast into the sea, than that he should (*) offend one of these little ones.

 

(*) That is, to turn him back from the knowledge of God, and his salvation.

 

 3  ∂ (2) Take heed to yourselves; if thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him.

 

(2) Our reprehensions must be just, and proceed of love and charity.    

 

 4  (*) And though he sin against thee (♣) seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, It repenteth me, thou shalt forgive him.

 

(*) Matthew 18:21 .

(♣) That is, many times; for by a certain number he meaneth an uncertain.

 

 5  ∂ (3) And the Apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

 

(3) God will never be utterly lacking to the Godly (although he be not so perfectly with them, as they would) even in those difficulties, which cannot be overcome by man's reason.

 

 6 And the Lord said, (*) If ye had faith, as much as is (a) (♣) a grain of mustard seed, and should say unto this mulberry tree, (♠) Pluck thyself up by the roots, and plant thyself in the sea, it should even obey you.

 

(*) Matthew 17:20 .

(a) If you had no more faith, but the quantity of the grain of mustard seed.

(♣) That is, if they had never so little of pure and perfect faith.

(♠) Meaning, they should do wonderful and incredible things.

 

 7  ∂ (4) Who is it also of you, that having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, would say unto him by and by, when he were come from the field, Go, and sit down at table?

 

(4) Seeing that God may challenge unto himself of night, both us and all that is ours, he can be debtor unto us for nothing, although we labor manfully even unto death.

 

 8 And would not rather say to him, (*) Dress wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken, and afterward eat thou, and drink thou?

 

(*) Hereby is declared that it is not enough to do a piece of our duty for a time, but also we must continue to the end.

 

 9 Doeth he thank that servant, because he did that which was commanded unto him? I trow not.

 

 10  (5) So likewise ye, when ye have done all those things, which are commanded you, say, We are (*) unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do.

 

(5) The most perfect keeping of the Law, which we can perform, deserved no reward.

(*) For God receiveth nothing of us, whereby he should stand bound unto us.

 

 11  ∂ (6) And so it was when he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria, and Galilee.

 

(6) Christ doeth well even unto such, as will be unthankful, but the benefits of God profit them only to salvation, which are thankful.

 

 12 And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off.

 

 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

 

 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, (*) Go, shew yourselves unto the (♣) Priests. And it came to pass, that as they went, they were cleansed.

 

(*) Leviticus 14:2 .

(♣) To whom it did appertain to judge of the leprosy, Leviticus 14:2; and hereby also the Priests should have no occasion to grudge or murmur.

 

 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice praised God,

 

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

 

 17 And Jesus answered, and said, Are there not ten cleansed? But where are the (*) nine?

 

(*) He noteth hereby their ingratitude, and that the greatest part neglect the benefits of God.

 

 18 There is none found that returned to give God praise, save this stranger.

 

 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.

 

 20  ∂ (7) And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them, and said, The kingdom of God cometh not (*) with (b) observation.

 

(7) The kingdom of God is not marked of many, although it be most present before their eyes; because they fondly persuade themselves, that it is joined with outward pomp.

(*) It cannot be discerned by any outward shew, or majesty, whereby it might the rather be known.
(b) With any outward pomp and shew of majesty, to be known by; for there were otherwise many plain and evident tokens whereby men might have understood, that Christ was the Messiah, whose kingdom was so long looked for; but he speaketh in this place of those signs which the Pharisees dreamed of, which looked for an earthly kingdom of Messiah.

 

 21 Neither shall men say, Lo here, or lo there; for behold, the kingdom of God is (*) (♣) (c) within you.

 

(*) Or, among you.

(♣) Either by reason of the word of God, which is received by faith, or that the Messiah, whom they sought, as absent, is now present even within their own doors, and yet they know him not, John 1:11 .

(c) You look about for Messiah as though he were absent, but he is amongst you in the midst of you.

 

 22  (8) And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see (d) (*) one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

 

(8) We oftentimes neglect those things when they be present, which we afterward desire when they are gone, but in vain.
(d) The time will come that you shall seek for the Son of man, with great sorrow of heart, and shall not find him.

(*) He speaketh of his first coming into the world.

 

 23  (*) (9) Then they shall say to you, Behold here, or behold there; but go not thither, neither follow them.

 

(*) Matthew 24:23; Mark 13:21 .

(9) Christ forewarneth us that false Christís shall come, and that his glory shall suddenly be spread far and wide through the world, after the ignominy of the cross is put out and extinguished.    

 

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

 

(*) Meaning his second coming, wherein he shall appear in glory.

 

 25 But first must he suffer many things and be reproved of this generation.

 

 26  (*) (10) And as it was in the (♣) days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man.

 

(*) Genesis 7:5; Matthew 24:38; 1 Peter 3:20 .

(10) The world shall be taken unawares with the sudden judgment of God; and therefore the faithful ought to watch continually.

(♣) When men contemned the judgment of God, wherewith they were before menaced.

 

 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, and gave in marriage unto the day that Noah went 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, they built.

 

(*) Genesis 19:24 .

 

 29 But in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

 

 30 After these examples shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 

 31  (11) At that day he that is upon the (*) house, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it out; and he that is in the field likewise, let him not turn back to that he left behind.

 

(11) We must take good heed that neither distrust, nor the enticements of this world, nor any respect of friendship hinder us the least that may be.

(*) We must forget that which we have left behind us, to the end, that we may the better follow to heavenly vocation.

 

 32  (*) Remember Lotís wife.

 

(*) Genesis 19:26 .

 

 33  (*) Whosoever will seek to save his soul, shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose it, (♣) shall (e) get it life.

 

(*) Luke 9:24; Luke 16:25; Matthew 10:39; Mark 8:35; John 12:25 .

(♣) This corporal death shall engender life everlasting.

(e) That is, shall save it, so Matthew expoundeth it; for the life that is here spoken of, is everlasting salvation.

 

 34  (*) I tell you, in that night there shall be two in one (♣) bed; the one shall be received, and the other shall be left.

 

(*) Matthew 24:41 .

(♣) He meaneth that no band or conjunction is so strait that should stay us.

 

 35 Two women shall be grinding together, the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

 

 36 Two shall be in the field; one shall be received, and another shall be left.

 

37 (12) And they answered, and said to him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, (*) (♣) Wheresoever the body is, thither shall also the eagles be gathered together.

 

(12) The only way to continue is to cleave to Christ.

(*) Matthew 24:28 .

(♣) Nothing can hinder the faithful to be joined to their head Jesus Christ; for they shall gather unto him, as the ravening birds about a carian.

 

 

Steve

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