Ephesians 2:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

New Living Translation
He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.

English Standard Version
And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.

New American Standard Bible
AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;

King James Bible
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

International Standard Version
He came and proclaimed peace for you who were far away and for you who were near.

NET Bible
And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he came preaching The News of Peace to you, to the distant ones and to those who are near,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He came with the Good News of peace for you who were far away and for those who were near.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he came and preached peace unto you who were afar off and to those that were near.

King James 2000 Bible
And came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to them that were near.

American King James Version
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were near.

American Standard Version
and he came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were nigh:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And coming, he preached peace to you that were afar off, and peace to them that were nigh.

Darby Bible Translation
and, coming, he has preached the glad tidings of peace to you who [were] afar off, and [the glad tidings of] peace to those [who were] nigh.

English Revised Version
and he came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to them that were nigh:

Webster's Bible Translation
And came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Weymouth New Testament
So He came and proclaimed good news of peace to you who were so far away, and peace to those who were near;

World English Bible
He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near.

Young's Literal Translation
and having come, he did proclaim good news -- peace to you -- the far-off and the nigh,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:14-18 Jesus Christ made peace by the sacrifice of himself; in every sense Christ was their Peace, the author, centre, and substance of their being at peace with God, and of their union with the Jewish believers in one church. Through the person, sacrifice, and mediation of Christ, sinners are allowed to draw near to God as a Father, and are brought with acceptance into his presence, with their worship and services, under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, as one with the Father and the Son. Christ purchased leave for us to come to God; and the Spirit gives a heart to come, and strength to come, and then grace to serve God acceptably.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - And having come, he preached peace to you that were far off, and peace to these that were nigh. The coming denoted by ἐλθὼν is subsequent to the transactions of the cross. It cannot denote what Christ did personally, but what he did by sending his Spirit to the apostles and other early preachers. It was only after the cross and after the resurrection that peace could be proclaimed on the footing of faith in a Savior who had died and was alive. And only in the sense of having sent his preachers and given them his Spirit could Jesus be said to have preached to the Ephesians. The repetition of the word "peace" in the R.V. is expressive; if the subject had been merely peace between the two classes of men, we should not have had the repetition; the repetition denotes peace between each of the two classes and a third party, viz. God. It is remarkable that the Gentiles, "those that were far off," are mentioned here before the Jews, "those that were nigh." In point of chronology, the Jews came first; but the order is here transposed, probably to emphasize the offer of the gospel to the Gentiles, and to show that spiritually they were as near as the Jews.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off,.... Which is to be understood not of Christ's coming in the flesh; for when he came in the flesh, he came only to the Jews that were nigh, and preached the Gospel in his own personal ministry to them, and not to the Gentiles, who are the persons afar off; Ephesians 2:12 but of his coming by his Spirit in the ministry of his apostles, to whom he gave a commission after he had made peace and reconciliation by the blood of his cross, to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the Gentiles in the furthest parts of the earth; and on whom he bestowed gifts, qualifying them for such service, and succeeded them in it by his power and grace: and the subject of their ministry was peace, Christ who is our peace, and peace made by his blood, and the Gospel of peace, which declares both these; and it is the means of making persons of peaceable dispositions; its doctrines and promises, when powerfully applied, give peace to distressed minds, and quiet to doubting saints; and it shows the way to eternal peace:

and to them that were nigh; to the Jews, to whom the Gospel of peace was preached in the first place, not only by Christ and his apostles, before his death; but by his apostles after his resurrection, and after the commission was given to preach it to the Gentiles; though they are mentioned last, because the apostle was speaking to Gentiles; and this also verifies what Christ says, the first shall be last, and the last first: the Alexandrian copy, some others, and the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions, read "peace", in this clause, as in the former; the apostle seems to have respect to Isaiah 57:19 a like description and distinction of Jews and Gentiles may be observed in the writings of the Jews (h); so they say,

"the Israelites are near unto the holy King, and the rest of the nations are far from him.''

(h) Zohar in Numb. fol. 89. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Translate, "He came and announced glad tidings of peace." "He came" of His own free love, and "announced peace" with His own mouth to the apostles (Lu 24:36; Joh 20:19, 21, 26); and by them to others, through His Spirit present in His Church (Joh 14:18). Ac 26:23 is strictly parallel; after His resurrection "He showed light to the people ('them that were nigh') and to the Gentiles ('you that were afar off')," by His Spirit in His ministers (compare 1Pe 3:19).

and to them—The oldest manuscripts insert "peace" again: "And peace to them." The repetition implies the joy with which both alike would dwell again and again upon the welcome word "peace." So Isa 57:19.

Ephesians 2:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
One in Christ
16and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
Cross References
Psalm 148:14
And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.

Isaiah 57:19
creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near," says the LORD. "And I will heal them."

Acts 2:39
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."

Acts 10:36
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Romans 10:14
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:14
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

Ephesians 4:21
when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were near.

and preached.

Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed …

Isaiah 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with …

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that brings good …

Isaiah 57:19-21 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, …

Zechariah 9:10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, …

Matthew 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come on it: but if it …

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 15:5,6 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing…

Acts 2:39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that …

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech …

that.

Ephesians 2:13,14 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near …

Deuteronomy 4:7 For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as …

Psalm 75:1 To you, O God, do we give thanks, to you do we give thanks: for that …

Psalm 76:1,2 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel…

Psalm 147:19,20 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel…

Psalm 148:14 He also exalts the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; …

Luke 10:9-11 And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them, The kingdom …

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