Luke 12:47
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New International Version
"The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.

New Living Translation
"And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn't prepared and doesn't carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.

English Standard Version
And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.

New American Standard Bible
"And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,

King James Bible
And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And that slave who knew his master's will and didn't prepare himself or do it will be severely beaten.

International Standard Version
That servant who knew what his master wanted but didn't prepare himself or do what was wanted will receive a severe beating.

NET Bible
That servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or do what his master asked will receive a severe beating.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“The servant who knew the will of his master and did not prepare for him according to his will, he shall be beaten many times.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The servant who knew what his master wanted but didn't get ready to do it will receive a hard beating.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And that slave who knew his lord's will and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

King James 2000 Bible
And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

American King James Version
And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

American Standard Version
And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many'stripes ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Darby Bible Translation
But that bondman who knew his own lord's will, and had not prepared [himself] nor done his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes];

English Revised Version
And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes;

Webster's Bible Translation
And that servant who knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Weymouth New Testament
And that servant who has been told his Master's will and yet made no preparation and did not obey His will, will receive many lashes.

World English Bible
That servant, who knew his lord's will, and didn't prepare, nor do what he wanted, will be beaten with many stripes,

Young's Literal Translation
'And that servant, who having known his lord's will, and not having prepared, nor having gone according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:41-53 All are to take to themselves what Christ says in his word, and to inquire concerning it. No one is left so ignorant as not to know many things to be wrong which he does, and many things to be right which he neglects; therefore all are without excuse in their sin. The bringing in the gospel dispensation would occasion desolations. Not that this would be the tendency of Christ's religion, which is pure, peaceable, and loving; but the effect of its being contrary to men's pride and lusts. There was to be a wide publication of the gospel. But before that took place, Christ had a baptism to be baptized with, far different from that of water and the Holy Spirit. He must endure sufferings and death. It agreed not with his plan to preach the gospel more widely, till this baptism was completed. We should be zealous in making known the truth, for though divisions will be stirred up, and a man's own household may be his foes, yet sinners will be converted, and God will be glorified.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 47, 48. - And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. These verses are easy to understand. They explain the broad principles upon which the foregoing statements, in parable and in direct teaching, are based. Rewards and punishments will be allotted in the coming world with strict justice. To some, great knowledge of the Divine will is given and splendid opportunities of work are afforded; to such, if only they are faithful and true, will indeed a high place in the city of God be allotted; but alas for them in the life to come if they fail, if they miss the splendid chance of being true toilers with and for God! Their portion will be the many stripes. To others a knowledge of the Divine will, scanty compared with these just spoken of, is given, and opportunities of doing high and noble work are here comparatively few; if these use the little knowledge and seize the few opportunities, they will, while occupying a lower grade in the hierarchy of heaven, still enjoy the perfect bliss of friendship with God. The punishment for failure here is designated by the few stripes. In this solemn passage it is notable that degrees or grades in punishment as well as degrees or grades in glory are distinctly spoken of.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And that servant which knew his Lord's will,.... Not his secret, but his revealed will; the will of God, which lies in the declarations of his grace and mercy in the Gospel, and in the commands and ordinances expressed in his word; and which are the good, perfect, and acceptable will of God; the knowledge of which is necessary, in order to practice: and where there is a spiritual and saving knowledge, there will be practice: but there may be knowledge, where there is no practice, and which was the case here: Christ here distinguishes between wicked servants, some being knowing, and others ignorant; and accordingly the aggravations of their guilt are more or less:

and prepared not himself; so the Arabic and Ethiopic versions supply, but the Syriac version, "for him", that is, for his Lord: but it may as well be read as in the Vulgate Latin, without any supplement, "and prepared not"; he took no thought nor care about doing it; there is no preparation, readiness, nor disposition, in a natural man, to the will of God: no man is prepared or ready to do it, but he that is regenerated, or is made a new creature; who has the laws of God written on his heart, and who has the Spirit of God put within him, to cause him to keep them; and who has faith in Christ, and strength from him to observe them; but there may be knowledge, where such a preparation is wanting; persons may know much, and profess to know more, and in works deny all, and be to every good work, unfit, disobedient, and reprobate: this clause is left out in the Persic version:

neither did according to his will; the will of God is done aright, when what is done, is done according to the command of God, in the strength of Christ, from love to him, in the exercise of faith on him, and with a view to his glory, and without any dependence on what is done; but there may be knowledge, without any thing of this: the words, "neither did", are wanting in the Syriac version: and such a man that has knowledge without practice,

shall be beaten with many stripes; alluding to the law of the Jews, by which a wicked man was to be punished, by beating him with stripes, not exceeding, forty, according to the nature of his fault, Deuteronomy 25:2 and here it signifies, that persons who have light and knowledge, and the means thereof, and act not according to them, shall be punished with the greatest severity, and endure the greatest degree of torments in hell; see



Luke 12:47 Additional Commentaries
Context
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46the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47"And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:2
If the guilty person deserves to be beaten, the judge shall make them lie down and have them flogged in his presence with the number of lashes the crime deserves,

Ezekiel 9:6
Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary." So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.

Luke 12:41
Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"

Luke 12:46
The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.

James 4:17
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.
Treasury of Scripture

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