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Luke 24:21

    Luke 24:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But we hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel. Yea and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But we were hoping that he would be the Saviour of Israel. In addition to all this he has now let three days go by from the time when these things took place;

    Webster's Revision

    But we hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel. Yea and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass.

    World English Bible

    But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But we hoped that it was he which should redeem Israel. Yea and beside all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 24:21

    Cleopas paints the real state of his own mind in these verses. In his relation there is scarcely any thing well connected; important points are referred to, and not explained, though he considered the person to whom he spoke as entirely unacquainted with these transactions: his own hopes and fears he cannot help mixing with the narration, and throwing over the whole that confusion that dwells in his own heart. The narration is not at all in Luke's style; but as it is probable he was the other disciple who was present, and had heard the words of Cleopas, he gave them in that simple, natural, artless manner in which they were spoken. Had the account been forged, those simple, natural touches would not have appeared.

    To-day is the third day - Our Lord had often said that he would rise again the third day; and though Alpheus had little hope of this resurrection, yet he could not help recollecting the words he had heard, especially as they seemed to be confirmed by the relation of the women, Luke 24:22-24.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 24:21

    We trusted - We hoped and expected.

    Should have redeemed Israel - That he was the Messiah, who would have delivered the nation from the Romans.

    Besides all this - It is to be observed that Cleopas states things just as they occurred to his own mind. There is little connection. His mind is confused and distracted. There were so many things that were remarkable in Jesus; there was so much evidence that he was the Messiah; their hopes had been so suddenly dashed by his death, and the succeeding events had been so wonderful, that his mind was confused, and he knew not what to think. The things which he now stated served to increase his perplexity. The expressions here are perfectly natural. They bespeak an agitated mind. They are simple touches of nature, which show that the book was not forged. If the book had been the work of imposture, this artless and perplexed narrative would not have been thought of.

    Today is the third day ... - Jesus had foretold them that he would rise on the third day. This they did not understand; but it is not improbable that they looked to this day expecting something wonderful, and that the visit to the sepulchre had called it to their recollection, and they were more and more amazed when they put all these things together. As if they had said, "The third day is come, and we have not seen him. Yet we begin to remember his promise - the angels have informed us that he is alive - but we do not know how to put these things together, or what to make of them."

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 24:21

    24:21 To - day is the third day - The day he should have risen again, if at all.