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Luke 17:5

    Luke 17:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the twelve said to the Lord, Make our faith greater.

    Webster's Revision

    And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

    World English Bible

    The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 17:5

    Increase our faith - This work of pardoning every offense of every man, and that continually, seemed so difficult, even to the disciples themselves, that they saw, without an extraordinary degree of faith, they should never be able to keep this command. But some think that this and what follows relate to what Matthew has mentioned. Matthew 17:19, Matthew 17:20.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 17:5

    Increase our faith - This duty of forgiving offences seemed so difficult to the disciples that they strongly felt the need of an increase of faith. They felt that they were prone themselves to harbor resentments, and that it required an additional increase of true religion to enable them to comply with the requirements of Jesus. We may learn from this:

    1. That Jesus has "the power" of increasing the faith of his people. Strength comes from him, and especially strength to believe the gospel. Hence, he is called the "Author and Finisher" of our faith, Hebrews 12:2.

    2. The duty of forgiving offences is one of the most difficult duties of the Christian religion. It is so contrary to our natural feelings; it implies such elevation above the petty feelings of malice and revenge, and is so contrary to the received maxims of the world, which teach us to "cherish" rather than to forgive the memory of offences, that it is no wonder our Saviour dwells much on this duty, and so strenuously insists on it in order to our having evidence that our hearts have been changed.

    Some have thought that this prayer that he would increase their faith refers to the power of working miracles, and especially to the case recorded in Matthew 17:16-20.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 17:5

    17:5 Lord, increase our faith - That we may thus forgive, and may neither offend nor be offended. Mt 17:20.