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Luke 2:32

    Luke 2:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

    Webster's Revision

    A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel.

    World English Bible

    a light for revelation to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A light for revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of thy people Israel.

    Definitions for Luke 2:32

    Gentiles - A people; nations other than Israel.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 2:32

    A light to lighten the Gentiles - Φως εις αποκαλυψιν εθνων - A light of the Gentiles, for revelation. By Moses and the prophets, a light of revelation was given to the Jews, in the blessedness of which the Gentiles did not partake. By Christ and his apostles, a luminous revelation is about to be given unto the Gentiles, from the blessedness of which the Jews in general, by their obstinacy and unbelief, shall be long excluded. But to all true Israelites it shall be a glory, an evident fulfillment of all the predictions of the prophets, relative to the salvation of a lost world; and the first offers of it shall be made to the Jewish people, who may see in it the truth of their own Scriptures indisputably evinced.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 2:32

    A light to lighten the Gentiles - This is in accordance with the prophecies in the Old Testament, Isaiah 49; Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 98:3; Malachi 4:2. The Gentiles are represented as sitting in darkness that is, in ignorance and sin. Christ is a "light" to them, as by him they will be made acquainted with the character of the true God, his law, and the plan of redemption. As the darkness rolls away when the sun arises, so ignorance and error flee away when Jesus gives light to the mind. Nations shall come to his light, and kings to the brightness of his rising, Isaiah 60:3.

    And the glory ... - The first offer of salvation was made to the Jews, John 4:22; Luke 24:47. Jesus was born among the Jews; to them had been given the prophecies respecting him, and his first ministry was among them. Hence, he was their glory, their honor, their light. But it is a subject of special gratitude to us that the Saviour was given also for the Gentiles; for:

    1. We are Gentiles, and if he had not come we should have been shut out from the blessings of redemption.

    2. It is he only that now.

    "Can make our dying bed.

    Feel soft as downy pillows are,

    While on his breast we lean our head,

    And breathe our life out sweetly there."

    Thus our departure may be like that of Simeon. Thus we may die in peace. Thus it will be a blessing to die. But,

    3. In order to do this, our life must be like that of Simeon. We must wait for the consolation of Israel. We must look for his coming. We must be holy, harmless, undefiled, "loving" the Saviour. Then death to us, like death to Simeon, will have no terror; we shall depart in peace, and in heaven see the salvation of God, 2 Peter 3:11-12. But,

    4. Children, as well as the hoary-headed Simeon, may look for the coming of Christ. They too must die; and "their" death will be happy only as they depend on the Lord Jesus, and are prepared to meet him.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 2:32

    2:32 And the glory of thy people Israel - For after the Gentiles are enlightened, all Israel shall be saved.