Luke 12:4
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New International Version
"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

New Living Translation
"Dear friends, don't be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that.

English Standard Version
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

New American Standard Bible
"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.

King James Bible
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"And I say to you, My friends, don't fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more.

International Standard Version
"But I tell you, my friends, never be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can't do anything more.

NET Bible
"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more they can do.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I say to you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after this there is nothing more for them to do.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"My friends, I can guarantee that you don't need to be afraid of those who kill the body. After that they can't do anything more.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of those that kill the body and, after that, have no more that they can do.

King James 2000 Bible
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

American King James Version
And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

American Standard Version
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Darby Bible Translation
But I say to you, my friends, Fear not those who kill the body and after this have no more that they can do.

English Revised Version
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them which kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I say to you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Weymouth New Testament
"But to you who are my friends I say, "'Be not afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do nothing further.

World English Bible
"I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Young's Literal Translation
'And I say to you, my friends, be not afraid of those killing the body, and after these things are not having anything over to do;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-12 A firm belief of the doctrine of God's universal providence, and the extent of it, would satisfy us when in peril, and encourage us to trust God in the way of duty. Providence takes notice of the meanest creatures, even of the sparrows, and therefore of the smallest interests of the disciples of Christ. Those who confess Christ now, shall be owned by him in the great day, before the angels of God. To deter us from denying Christ, and deserting his truths and ways, we are here assured that those who deny Christ, though they may thus save life itself, and though they may gain a kingdom by it, will be great losers at last; for Christ will not know them, will not own them, nor show them favour. But let no trembling, penitent backslider doubt of obtaining forgiveness. This is far different from the determined enmity that is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which shall never be forgiven, because it will never be repented of.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. All this the Master knew was true and would shortly happen, His words were verified before fifty years had passed. The triumphant success of the great Christian preachers and the discredited condition of the old rabbinic schools is testified to by snell words as we find in St. Paul's letters. "Where is the wise? where is the scribe?" (1 Corinthians 1:20). But this success the Master well knew would be accompanied with many a suffering on the part of the heralds of his message. Persecution in its many dreary forms would dog their footsteps; a death of agony and shame not unfrequently would be their guerdon. It was, for instance, we know, the earthly recognition of that devoted servant of the Lord (Paul) who, we believe, guided the pen of Luke here. This painful way, which his disciples must surely tread, had already been indicated in no obscure language by the Master ("some of them" - my apostles - "they shall slay and persecute," Luke 11:49). A triumph, greater than any which had ever been given to the sons of men, would surely be theirs, but the Master would not conceal the earthly price which his chosen servants must pay for this splendid success. There was a point, however, beyond which human malice and enmity were utterly powerless; he would have his servants turn their thoughts on that serene region where men as men would have no power.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I say unto you, my friends,.... Whom he dearly loved, and had taken into the greatest intimacy and familiarity; making known to them whatever he had heard from his Father; giving them the best instructions, the most faithful and friendly advice, and proper precautions; all which, and more, showed them to be his friends, and for whom he after laid down his life:

be not afraid of them that kill the body; though he would have them beware of the Pharisees, he would not have them be afraid of them; he would have them know them, and avoid their hypocrisy, and guard against it; but not fear them, or the worst they could do unto them, which was to kill the body; and that they had no need to be afraid of, since at death, their souls would be immediately happy, in the enjoyment and vision of God; and their bodies would sleep in Jesus, and be raised in the resurrection morn, and be united to their souls, and be both for ever blessed:

and after that have no more that they can do; they have nothing more to kill, or which they can put to pain or misery; the soul is out of their reach, is an immortal spirit, and cannot be hurt or destroyed by them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4, 5. I say, &c.—You will say, That may cost us our life. Be it so; but, "My friends, there their power ends." He calls them "my friends" here, not in any loose sense, but, as we think, from the feeling He then had that in this "killing of the body" He and they were going to be affectingly one with each other.

Luke 12:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Fearing God Alone
4"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. 5"But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!…
Cross References
Proverbs 29:25
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Jeremiah 41:18
to escape the Babylonians. They were afraid of them because Ishmael son of Nethaniah had killed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed as governor over the land.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

John 15:14
You are my friends if you do what I command.
Treasury of Scripture

And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

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Songs 5:1,16 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my …

Isaiah 41:8 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed …

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

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Isaiah 51:7-13 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart …

Jeremiah 1:8,17 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, said the LORD…

Jeremiah 26:14,15 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seems good and …

Ezekiel 2:6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of …

Daniel 3:16,17 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that …

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an …

1 Peter 3:14 But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

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