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Luke 9:55

    Luke 9:55 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, You know not what manner of spirit you are of.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But he turned, and rebuked them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But turning round he said sharp words to them.

    Webster's Revision

    But he turned, and rebuked them.

    World English Bible

    But he turned and rebuked them, "You don't know of what kind of spirit you are.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But he turned, and rebuked them.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 9:55

    Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of - Ye do not consider that the present is a dispensation of infinite mercy and love; and that the design of God is not to destroy sinners, but to give them space to repent, that he may save them unto eternal life. And ye do not consider that the zeal which you feel springs from an evil principle, being more concerned for your own honor than for the honor of God. The disciples of that Christ who died for his enemies should never think of avenging themselves on their persecutors.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 9:55

    Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of - You suppose that you are actuated by a proper love for me; but you know not yourselves. It is rather a love of revenge; rather revengeful feelings toward the "Samaritans" than proper feelings toward "me." We learn here:

    1. That "apparent" zeal for God may be only improper opposition toward our fellow-men.

    2. That people, when they wish to honor God, should examine their spirit, and see if there is not lying at the bottom of their professed zeal for God some bad feeling toward their fellow-men.

    3. That the highest opposition which Jesus met with was not inconsistent with "his" loving those who opposed him, and with his seeking to do them good.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 9:55

    9:55 Ye know not what manner of spirit - The spirit of Christianity is. It is not a spirit of wrath and vengeance, but of peace, and gentleness, and love.