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Luke 21:5

    Luke 21:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and offerings, he said,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And some were talking about the Temple, how it was made fair with beautiful stones and with offerings, but he said,

    Webster's Revision

    And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and offerings, he said,

    World English Bible

    As some were talking about the temple and how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts, he said,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and offerings, he said,

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 21:5

    Goodly stones - Or, costly stones. It has been thought by some that this relates not so much to the stones of which the temple was built, as to the precious stones with which it was decorated. For an account of the stones of the temple, see on Mark 13:1 (note).

    And gifts - Or, consecrated things, αναθημασι. Αναθημα properly signifies a thing consecrated to sacred uses: Αναθεμα signifies a thing devoted to a curse, or to destruction. They both come from the same root, ανατιθημι, I lay up, separate; and though two meanings cannot be more opposite than those assigned to these words, yet in the words themselves a short vowel (ε) in the place of a long one (η) makes all the difference between blessing and cursing.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 21:5

    Goodly stones - Beautiful stones. Either referring to the large, square, and well-finished stones of which the eastern wall was built, or to the precious stones which might have been used in decorating the temple itself. See the notes at Mark 13:1.

    Gifts - This word properly denotes anything devoted or dedicated to God. Anciently warriors dedicated to their gods the spoils of war - the shields, and helmets, and armor, and garments of those slain in battle. These were suspended in the temples. It would seem that something of this kind had occurred in the temple of Jerusalem, and that the people, to express their gratitude to God, had suspended on the pillars and perches of the temple gifts and offerings. Josephus mentions particularly a golden "vine" with which Herod the Great had adorned the columns of the temple ("Antiq." xiii. 8). See also 2 Macc. 5:16; 9:16.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 21:5

    21:5 Goodly stones - Such as no engines now in use could have brought, or even set upon each other. Some of them (as an eye witness who lately measured them writes) were forty - five cubits long, five high, and six broad; yet brought thither from another country. And gifts - Which persons delivered from imminent dangers had, in accomplishment of their vows, hung on the walls and pillars. The marble of the temple was so white, that it appeared like a mountain of snow at a distance. And the gilding of many parts made it, especially when the sun shone, a most splendid and beautiful spectacle. Mt 24:1; Mr 13:1.