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Luke 22:25

    Luke 22:25 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority on them are called benefactors.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and they that have authority over them are called Benefactors.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he said, The kings of the Gentiles are lords over them, and those who have authority are given names of honour.

    Webster's Revision

    And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and they that have authority over them are called Benefactors.

    World English Bible

    He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and they that have authority over them are called Benefactors.

    Definitions for Luke 22:25

    Gentiles - A people; nations other than Israel.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 22:25

    Are called benefactors - The very Greek word used by the evangelist, ευεργεται, was the surname of some of the Ptolemies of Egypt; Ptolemy Euergetes, i.e. the Benefactor. It was a custom among the ancient Romans to distribute part of the lands which they had conquered on the frontiers of the empire to their soldiers; those who enjoyed such lands were called beneficiarii, beneficed persons; and the lands themselves were termed beneficia, benefices, as being held on the beneficence of the sovereign; and it is no wonder that such sovereigns, however tyrannical or oppressive they might have been in other respects, were termed benefactors by those who were thus dependent on their bounty.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 22:25

    The kings of the Gentiles - The kings of the "nations," or of the earth. They do this, and it is to be expected of them, and it is right. Our Lord does not mean to say that it was wrong that there should be such authority, but that "his" kingdom was to be of a different character, and they were not to expect it there.

    Over them - That is, over the "nations."

    Are called benefactors - The word "benefactor" is applied to one who bestows "favor" on another. It was applied to kings by way of "compliment or flattery." Some of them might have been truly benefactors of their people, but this was by no means true of "all." Yet it was applied to all, and especially to the Roman emperors. It is found applied to them often in the writings of Josephus and Philo.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 22:25

    22:25 They that exercise the most arbitrary authority over them, have from their flatterers the vain title of benefactors.