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9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
9:3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
9:4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
9:7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
9:8 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
9:9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.
9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
9:11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
9:12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.
9:13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.
9:14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
9:15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
9:16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
9:17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.
9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
9:19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
9:21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;
9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
9:30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
9:31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
9:33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
9:34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
9:36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
9:37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
9:38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.
9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
9:40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
9:41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.
9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
9:43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,
9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
9:46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
9:47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
9:48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
9:49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
9:52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
9:53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
9:54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
9:57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

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Everything King James Bible:Luke

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Luke
Book: Luke
Chapter: 9

The apostles sent forth. (1-9) The multitude miraculously fed.
(10-17) Peter's Testimony to Christ, Self-denial enjoined.
(18-27) The Transfiguration. (28-36) An evil Spirit cast out.
(37-42) Christ checks the ambition of his disciples. (43-50) He
reproves their mistaken zeal. (51-56) Every thing to be given up
for Christ. (57-62)

1-9 Christ sent his twelve disciples abroad, who By this time
were able to teach others what they had received from the Lord.
They must not be anxious to commend themselves to people's
esteem By outward appearance. They must go as they were. The
Lord Jesus is the Fountain of power and authority, to whom all
creatures must, in one way or another, be subject; and if he
goes with the Word of his ministers in power, to deliver sinners
from Satan's Bondage, they may be sure that he will care for
their wants. When Truth and Love thus go together, and yet the
message of God is rejected and despised, it leaves men without
excuse, and turns to a Testimony against them. Herod's guilty
Conscience was ready to conclude that John was risen from the
dead. He desired to see Jesus; and why did he not go and see
him? Probably, because he thought it below him, or because he
wished not to have any more reprovers of Sin. Delaying it now,
his Heart was hardened, and when he did see Jesus, he was as
much prejudiced against him as others, Lu 23:11.

10-17 The people followed Jesus, and though they came
unseasonably, yet he gave them what they came for. He spake unto
them of the Kingdom of God. He healed those who had need of
healing. And with five loaves of Bread and two fishes, Christ
fed five thousand men. He will not see those that fear him, and
serve him faithfully, want any good thing. When we receive
Creature-comforts, we must acknowledge that we receive them from
God, and that we are unworthy to receive them; that we owe them
all, and all the comfort we have in them, to the mediation of
Christ, By whom the Curse is taken away. The blessing of Christ
will make a little go a great way. He fills every hungry soul,
abundantly satisfies it with the Goodness of his House. Here
were fragments taken up: in our Father's House there is Bread
enough, and to spare. We are not straitened, nor stinted in

18-27 It is an unspeakable comfort that our Lord Jesus is God's
Anointed; this signifies that he was both appointed to be the
Messiah, and qualified for it. Jesus discourses concerning his
own sufferings and Death. And So far must his disciples be from
thinking how to prevent his sufferings, that they must prepare
for their own. We often meet with crosses in the way of duty;
and though we must not pull them upon our own heads, yet, when
they are laid for us, we must take them up, and carry them after
Christ. It is Well or ill with us, according as it is Well or
ill with our souls. The body cannot be happy, if the soul be
miserable in the other world; but the soul may be happy, though
the body is greatly afflicted and oppressed in this world. We
must never be ashamed of Christ and his Gospel.

28-36 Christ's Transfiguration was a specimen of that Glory in
which he will come to Judge the world; and was an encouragement
to his disciples to suffer for him. Prayer is a transfiguring,
transforming duty, which makes the Face to shine. Our Lord
Jesus, even in his Transfiguration, was willing to speak
concerning his Death and sufferings. In our greatest glories On
Earth, let us remember that in this world we have No continuing
City. What need we have to pray to God for quickening Grace, to
make us lively! Yet that the disciples might be witnesses of
this sign from Heaven, after awhile they became awake, So that
they were able to give a full account of what passed. But those
know not what they say, that talk of making Tabernacles On Earth
for glorified saints in Heaven.

37-42 How deplorable the case of this Child! He was under the
power of an evil Spirit. Diseases of that nature are more
frightful than such as arise merely from natural causes. What
mischief Satan does where he gets possession! But happy those
that have access to Christ! He can do that for us which his
disciples cannot. A Word from Christ healed the Child; and when
our children recover from sickness, it is comfortable to receive
them as healed By the Hand of Christ.

43-50 This prediction of Christ's sufferings was Plain enough,
but the disciples would not understand it, because it agreed not
with their notions. A little Child is the emblem By which Christ
teaches us simplicity and Humility. What greater honour can any
Man attain to in this world, than to be received By men as a
Messenger of God and Christ; and to have God and Christ own
themselves received and welcomed in him! If ever any society of
Christians in this world, had reason to silence those not of
their own Communion, the twelve disciples at this time had; yet
Christ warned them not to do the like again. Those may be found
Faithful followers of Christ, and may be accepted of him, who do
not follow with us.

51-56 The disciples did not consider that the conduct of the
Samaritans was rather the effect of national prejudices and
bigotry, than of Enmity to the Word and Worship of God; and
through they refused to receive Christ and his disciples, they
did not ill use or injure them, So that the case was widely
different from that of Ahaziah and Elijah. Nor were they aware
that the Gospel Dispensation was to be marked By miracles of
Mercy. But above all, they were ignorant of the prevailing
motives of their own hearts, which were pride and Carnal
ambition. Of this our Lord warned them. It is easy for us to
say, Come, see our zeal for the Lord! and to think we are very
Faithful in his cause, when we are seeking our own objects, and
even doing harm instead of good to others.

57-62 Here is one that is forward to follow Christ, but seems
to have been hasty and rash, and not to have counted the cost.
If we mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside the thoughts of
great things in the world. Let us not try to join the profession
of Christianity, with seeking after worldly advantages. Here is
another that seems resolved to follow Christ, but he begs a
short delay. To this Man Christ first gave the Call; he said to
him, Follow me. Religion teaches us to be kind and good, to show
Piety at home, and to requite our parents; but we must not make
these an excuse for neglecting our duty to God. Here is another
that is willing to follow Christ, but he must have a little time
to talk with his friends about it, and to set in order his
household affairs, and give directions concerning them. He
seemed to have worldly concerns more upon his Heart than he
ought to have, and he was willing to enter into a Temptation
leading him from his purpose of following Christ. No one can do
any business in a proper manner, if he is attending to other
things. Those who begin with the work of God, must resolve to go
On, or they will make nothing of it. Looking back, leads to
drawing back, and drawing back is to perdition. He only that
endures to the End shall be saved.

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