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Luke 13:24

    Luke 13:24 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do your best to go in by the narrow door, for I say to you, A number will make the attempt to go in, but will not be able to do so.

    Webster's Revision

    Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

    World English Bible

    "Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

    Definitions for Luke 13:24

    Strait - Narrow.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 13:24

    Many - will seek - They seek - wish and desire; but they do not strive; therefore, because they will not agonize - will not be in earnest, they shall not get in. See this subject more particularly explained on Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 13:24

    Strive - Literally, "agonize." The word is taken from the Grecian games. In their races, and wrestlings, and various athletic exercises, they "strove or agonized," or put forth all their powers to gain the victory. Thousands witnessed them. They were long trained for the conflict, and the honor of victory was one of the highest honors among the people. So Jesus says that we should strive to enter in; and he means by it that we should be diligent, be active, be earnest; that we should make it our first and chief business to overcome our sinful propensities, and to endeavor to enter into heaven. This same figure or allusion to the Grecian games is often used in the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 9:24-26; Philippians 2:16; Hebrews 12:1.

    Strait gate - See the notes at Matthew 7:13-14. Dr. Thomson ("The Land and the Book," vol. i. p. 32) says: "I have seen these strait gates and narrow ways, 'with here and there a traveler.' They are in retired corners, and must be sought for, and are opened only to those who knock; and when the sun goes down and the night comes on, they are shut and locked. It is then too late."

    Will seek to enter in - Many in various ways manifest some desire to be saved. They seek it, but do not agonize for it, and hence, they are shut out. But a more probable meaning of this passage is that which refers this "seeking" to a time that shall be "too late;" to the time when the master has risen up, etc. In this life they neglect religion, and are engaged about other things. At death, or at the judgment, they will seek to enter in; but it will be too late - the door will be shut; and because they did not make religion the chief business of their life, they cannot "then" enter in.

    Shall not be able - This is not designed to affirm anything respecting the inability of the sinner, provided he seeks salvation in a proper time and manner. It means that at the time when many will seek - when the door is shut - they will not be able then to enter in, agreeable to Matthew 7:22. In the proper time, when the day of grace was lengthened out, they "might" have entered in; but there "will be" a time when it will be too late. The day of mercy will be ended, and death will come, and the doors of heaven barred against them. How important, then, to strive to enter in while we have opportunity, and before it shall be too late!

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 13:24

    13:24 Strive to enter in - Agonize. Strive as in an agony. So the word signifies Otherwise none shall enter in. Barely seeking will not avail. Mt 7:13.