Luke 12:51
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New International Version
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

New Living Translation
Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other!

English Standard Version
Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

Berean Study Bible
Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division.

Berean Literal Bible
Do you think that I came to give peace on the earth? No, I say to you, but rather division.

New American Standard Bible
"Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;

King James Bible
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do you think that I came here to give peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!

International Standard Version
Do you think that I came to bring peace on earth? Not at all, I tell you, but rather division!

NET Bible
Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!

New Heart English Bible
Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? I say to you, no, but division.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Do you think I came to bring peace to earth? No! I can guarantee that I came to bring nothing but division.

New American Standard 1977
“Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Think ye that I am come to the earth to give peace? No, I tell you, but rather division;

King James 2000 Bible
Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

American King James Version
Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division:

American Standard Version
Think ye that I am come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.

Darby Bible Translation
Think ye that I have come to give peace in the earth? Nay, I say to you, but rather division:

English Revised Version
Think ye that I am come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Webster's Bible Translation
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division:

Weymouth New Testament
Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? No, I tell you that I came to bring dissension.

World English Bible
Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.

Young's Literal Translation
'Think ye that peace I came to give in the earth? no, I say to you, but rather division;
Study Bible
Not Peace, But Division
50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:34
Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Luke 12:52
From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.
Treasury of Scripture

Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division:

Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Zechariah 11:7,8,10,11,14 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. …

Matthew 10:34-36 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send …

Matthew 24:7-10 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: …

(51-53) Suppose ye that I am come to give peace?--See Notes on Matthew 10:34-35. The chief variations are "division" for "sword," and, in Luke 12:53, the doubled statement of reciprocated enmity in each relationship.

Verse 51. - Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division. But the Master quickly leaves himself and his own sad forebodings. He puts by for a season his own holy impatience and continues his warnings. "I have been dwelling on the troublous times quickly coming on. Do not deceive yourselves, my disciples; the great change about to be inaugurated will only be carried out in war and by divisions in the individual house as in the nation. I bring not peace, but a sword, remember." And then follows a curious picture of a home torn asunder by the conflict of thought which would spring up as the result of the cross and of the preaching of the cross. Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth?.... To set up a temporal kingdom, in great pomp, and outward peace and tranquility? Christ came to make peace with God for men, and to give the Gospel of peace, and spiritual and eternal peace to men; but not external peace, especially that, which is not consistent with the preservation of truth:

I tell you, nay; whatever suppositions you have made, or whatever notions you have entertained, I solemnly affirm, and you may depend upon it, I am not come into the world on any such account, as to establish outward peace among men;

but rather division; so he calls the Gospel, which in Matthew is styled a "sword"; and the Ethiopic version seems to have read both here, since it renders it, "but a sword that I may divide": the Gospel is the sword of the Spirit, which divides asunder soul and Spirit, and separates a man from his former principles and practices; and sets men apart from one another, even the nearest relations, at the greatest distance; and is, through the sin of man, the occasion of great contention, discord, and division. 51. peace … ? Nay, etc.—the reverse of peace, in the first instance. (See on [1652]Mt 10:34-36.) The connection of all this with the foregoing warnings about hypocrisy, covetousness, and watchfulness, is deeply solemn: "My conflict hasten apace; Mine over, yours begins; and then, let the servants tread in their Master's steps, uttering their testimony entire and fearless, neither loving nor dreading the world, anticipating awful wrenches of the dearest ties in life, but looking forward, as I do, to the completion of their testimony, when, reaching the haven after the tempest, they shall enter into the joy of their Lord."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.
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