Luke 12:49
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New International Version
"I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

New Living Translation
"I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning!

English Standard Version
“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!

New American Standard Bible
"I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!

King James Bible
I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I came to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze!

International Standard Version
"I've come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already ablaze!

NET Bible
"I have come to bring fire on the earth--and how I wish it were already kindled!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I have come to set fire to the earth, and I only wish it were already burning.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I have come to throw fire on the earth. I wish that it had already started!

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am come to cast fire into the earth; and what do I desire, except that it be kindled?

King James 2000 Bible
I am come to send fire on the earth; and would that it were already kindled?

American King James Version
I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

American Standard Version
I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already kindled?

Douay-Rheims Bible
I am come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled?

Darby Bible Translation
I have come to cast a fire on the earth; and what will I if already it has been kindled?

English Revised Version
I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what will I, if it is already kindled?

Webster's Bible Translation
I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I, if it is already kindled?

Weymouth New Testament
"I came to throw fire upon the earth, and what is my desire? Oh that it were even now kindled!

World English Bible
"I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled.

Young's Literal Translation
'Fire I came to cast to the earth, and what will I if already it was kindled?
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

Verse 49. - I am come to send fire on the earth. It is still the same train of thought that the Master pursues - a train which had been only slightly diverted by Peter's question. The text, so to speak, of the whole discourse was "the strange attraction which riches possess for men, and the palsying effect which this attraction, when yielded to, exercises over the whole life." The Master's argument was as follows: "Beware of covetousness; let your attachment to earthly possessions sit very lightly on you all; and as for you, my disciples, do you have nothing to do with these perishable goods." And here, with an abrupt solemnity, probably the voice changing here, and ringing with an awful emotion, he enforces his charge to the disciples with the words, "I am come to send fire on the earth." "My stern, sad work is to inaugurate a mighty struggle, to cast a firebrand on the earth. Lo, my presence will stir up men - you will see this in a way none now dream of; a vast convulsion will rend this people asunder. In the coming days of war and tumult, what have you, my disciples, who will be in the forefront of this movement, - what have you to do with earthly goods? Toss them away from you as useless baggage. The pioneers of the army of the future, surely they must be unencumbered in the war, which is about to break out; for remember, 'I am come to send fire on the earth.'" And what will I, if it be already kindled? better rendered, how I would that it had been already kindled! That is to say, "How I wish that this fire were already burning!" (so Olshausen, De Wette, Bleek, and Farrar). Through all the woe, however, the Redeemer could see, shining as it were through a dark cloud, the unspeakable glory and blessedness of his work. But this fire could not be kindled into a flame until something had happened. The cross must be endured by him; till then his work was not finished; and in his pure human nature - it is with stammering tongue and trembling pen we speak or write here - he felt, we believe, the bitter stinging pain of dread expectation of what was coming. With this onlook he was weighed down, we know, at times; witness especially the Gethsemane agony. He goes on to say -

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I am come to send fire on the earth,.... Meaning either the Gospel, which is as fire, that gives both light and heat, warms the hearts of God's people, and causes them to burn within them; though very distressing and torturing to wicked men; so the word of God is compared to fire, in Jeremiah 20:9. Or else zeal for it, and which would be opposed with sharp contentions by others; or rather persecution for the sake of the Gospel, called sometimes the fiery trial; which tries men, as gold is tried in the fire, what they are, and what their principles and profession be; unless the Holy Ghost, and baptizing with him, and with fire, should be meant; since Christ in the next verse, speaks of the baptism of his sufferings, which that was to follow:

and what will I? what shall I say concerning this fire? what shall I wish and pray for? what would be pleasing and agreeable to me? even this,

if it be already kindled; or "that it were already kindled", or "O that it were already kindled"; meaning either that the Gospel was warmly preached by his disciples, and zealously defended by them, as it was after his death and resurrection; or that hot persecution was raised against it which was now beginning, since the advantage of it would be far greater than the evil in it: or that the Holy Ghost was come down in cloven tongues, like as of fire.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

49-53. to send—cast.

fire—"the higher spiritual element of life which Jesus came to introduce into this earth (compare Mt 3:11), with reference to its mighty effects in quickening all that is akin to it and destroying all that is opposed. To cause this element of life to take up its abode on earth, and wholly to pervade human hearts with its warmth, was the lofty destiny of the Redeemer" [Olshausen: so Calvin, Stier, Alford, &c.].

what will I, &c.—an obscure expression, uttered under deep and half-smothered emotion. In its general import all are agreed; but the nearest to the precise meaning seems to be, "And what should I have to desire if it were once already kindled?" [Bengel and Bloomfield].

Luke 12:49 Additional Commentaries
Context
Not Peace, But Division
49"I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! 50"But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!…
Cross References
Luke 12:48
But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Luke 12:50
But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!
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