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Luke 6:39

    Luke 6:39 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, Is it possible for one blind man to be guide to another? will they not go falling together into a hole?

    Webster's Revision

    And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?

    World English Bible

    He spoke a parable to them. "Can the blind guide the blind? Won't they both fall into a pit?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?

    Definitions for Luke 6:39

    Parable - An utterance that involves a comparison.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 6:39

    Can the blind lead the blind? - This appears to have been a general proverb, and to signify that a man cannot teach what he does not understand. This is strictly true in spiritual matters. A man who is not illuminated from above is utterly incapable of judging concerning spiritual things, and wholly unfit to be a guide to others. Is it possible that a person who is enveloped with the thickest darkness should dare either to judge of the state of others, or attempt to lead them in that path of which he is totally ignorant! If he do, must not his judgment be rashness, and his teaching folly? - and does he not endanger his own soul, and run the risk of falling into the ditch of perdition himself, together with the unhappy objects of his religious instruction?

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 6:39

    A parable - A proverb or similitude.

    Can the blind lead the blind? - See the notes at Matthew 15:14.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 6:39

    6:39 He spake a parable - Our Lord sometimes used parables when he knew plain and open declarations would too much inflame the passions of his hearers. It is for this reason he uses this parable, Can the blind lead the blind? - Can the scribes teach this way, which they know not themselves? Will not they and their scholars perish together? Can they make their disciples any better than themselves? But as for those who will be my disciples, they shall be all taught of God; who will enable them to come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of their Master. Be not ye like their disciples, censuring others, and not amending yourselves. Mt 15:14.