Luke 13:1
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New International Version
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

New Living Translation
About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple.

English Standard Version
There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

New American Standard Bible
Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

King James Bible
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At that time, some people came and reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

International Standard Version
At that time, some people who were there told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

NET Bible
Now there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
At that time some people came and told him about those Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At that time some people reported to Jesus about some Galileans whom Pilate had executed while they were sacrificing animals.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There were present at the same time some that told him of the Galilaeans whose blood Pilate had mingled with his sacrifices.

King James 2000 Bible
There were present at that time some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

American King James Version
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

American Standard Version
Now there were some present at that very season who told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Darby Bible Translation
Now at the same time there were present some who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with [that of] their sacrifices.

English Revised Version
Now there were some present at that very season which told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Webster's Bible Translation
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Weymouth New Testament
Just at that time people came to tell Him about the Galilaeans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

World English Bible
Now there were some present at the same time who told him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

Young's Literal Translation
And there were present certain at that time, telling him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate did mingle with their sacrifices;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1-5 Mention was made to Christ of the death of some Galileans. This tragical story is briefly related here, and is not met with in any historians. In Christ's reply he spoke of another event, which, like it, gave an instance of people taken away by sudden death. Towers, that are built for safety, often prove to be men's destruction. He cautioned his hearers not to blame great sufferers, as if they were therefore to be accounted great sinners. As no place or employment can secure from the stroke of death, we should consider the sudden removals of others as warnings to ourselves. On these accounts Christ founded a call to repentance. The same Jesus that bids us repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, bids us repent, for otherwise we shall perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-9. - Signs of the times. The Lord continues his solemn warnings. Israel pictured in the parable of the barren fig tree. Verse 1. - There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices; better rendered, now there were present at that particular time; namely, when the Master was discoursing of the threatening signs of the times, and urging men to repent and to turn and make their peace with God while there was yet time, for a terrible crisis was impending on that doomed land. Some of those then present, probably Jerusalem Jews, specially told off to watch the great Teacher, struck with his grave foreboding tone, when he spoke of the present aspect of affairs, quoted to him a recent bloody fray which had taken place in the temple courts. "Yes, Master," these seemed to say, "we see there is a fierce hatred which is ever growing more intense between Jew and Roman. You know, for instance, what has just taken place in the city, only the victims in this case were Galilaeans, not scrupulous, righteous Jews. Is it not possible that these bloody deeds are simply punishments of men who are great sinners, as these doubtless were?" Such-like incidents were often now occurring under the Roman rule. This, likely enough, had taken place at some crowded Passover gathering, when a detachment of soldiers came down from the Castle of Antonia and had dealt a red-handed "justice" among the turbulent mob. Josephus relates several of the more formidable of such collisions between the Romans and the Jews. At one Passover he relates how three thousand Jews were butchered, and the temple courts were filled with dead corpses; at another of these feasts two thousand perished in like manner (see ' Ant.,' 17:9. 3; 20:5.3; and ' Bell. Jud.,' 2:5; 5:1). On another occasion disguised legionaries were sent by Pilate the governor with daggers among the Passover crowds (see 'Ant.,' 18:31). These wild and terrible collisions were of frequent occurrence in these sad days.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There were present at that season,.... Among the innumerable multitude of people, Luke 12:1 that were then hearing the above discourses and sayings of Christ:

some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. These Galileans were very likely some of the followers of Judas Gaulonitis, or Judas of Galilee; see Acts 5:37 who endeavoured to draw off the Jews from the Roman government, and affirmed it was not lawful to give tribute to Caesar; at which Pilate being enraged, sent a band of soldiers, and slew these his followers; who were come up to the feast of the passover, as they were offering their sacrifices in the temple, and so mixed their blood with the blood of the passover lambs: this being lately done, some of the company spoke of it to Christ; very likely some of the Scribes and Pharisees, whom he had just now taxed as hypocrites; either to know his sense of Pilate's conduct, that should he condemn it as brutish and barbarous, they might accuse him to him; or should he approve of it, might traduce him, and bring him into contempt among the people; or to know his sentiments concerning the persons slain, whether or no they were not very wicked persons; and whether this was not a judgment upon them, to be put to death in such a manner, and at such a time and place, and which sense seems to be confirmed by Christ's answer. Josephus (z) relating a slaughter of the Samaritans by Pilate, which bears some likeness to this, has led some, though without any just reason, to conclude, that these were Samaritans, who are here called Galileans. This history is neither related nor hinted at, by any other writer but Luke. The phrase of mingling blood with blood, is Jewish; it is said of one Trogianus the wicked (perhaps the Emperor Trajan), that he slaughtered the Jews, , "and mingled their blood with their blood"; and their blood ran into the sea, unto Cyprus (a). The Jews (b) have a notion, that

"in the age in which the son of David comes, Galilee shall be destroyed.''

Here was a great slaughter of the Galileans now, see Acts 5:37 but there was a greater afterwards by the Romans: it may be that the Pharisees made mention of this case to Christ, to reproach him and his followers, who were called Galileans, as his disciples chiefly were.

(z) Antiqu. l. 18. c. 5. (a) T. Hieros. Succa, fol. 55. 2. Vid. Lightfoot Hor. in loc. (b) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 97. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 13

Lu 13:1-9. The Lesson, "REPENT OR Perish," Suggested by Two Recent Incidents, and Illustrated by the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree.

1-3. Galileans—possibly the followers of Judas of Galilee, who, some twenty years before this, taught that Jews should not pay tribute to the Romans, and of whom we learn, from Ac 5:37, that he drew after him a multitude of followers, who on his being slain were all dispersed. About this time that party would be at its height, and if Pilate caused this detachment of them to be waylaid and put to death as they were offering their sacrifices at one of the festivals, that would be "mingling their blood with their sacrifices" [Grotius, Webster and Wilkinson, but doubted by De Wette, Meyer, Alford, &c.]. News of this being brought to our Lord, to draw out His views of such, and whether it was not a judgment of Heaven, He simply points them to the practical view of the matter: "These men are not signal examples of divine vengeance, as ye suppose; but every impenitent sinner—ye yourselves, except ye repent—shall be like monuments of the judgment of Heaven, and in a more awful sense." The reference here to the impending destruction of Jerusalem is far from exhausting our Lord's weighty words; they manifestly point to a "perdition" of a more awful kind—future, personal, remediless.

Luke 13:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Repentance
1Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate?…
Cross References
Matthew 27:1
Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed.

Matthew 27:2
So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

Acts 1:11
"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

Acts 2:7
Utterly amazed, they asked: "Aren't all these who are speaking Galileans?
Treasury of Scripture

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

the Galilaeans. The Galilaeans are frequently mentioned by Josephus as the most turbulent and seditious people, being upon all occasions ready to disturb the Roman authority. It is uncertain to what event our Lord refers; but is probable that they were the followers of Judas Gaulonitis, who opposed paying tribute to Caesar and submitting to the Roman government. A party of them coming to Jerusalem during one of the great festivals, and presenting their oblations in the court of the temple, Pilate treacherously sent a company of soldiers, who slew them, and 'mingled their blood with their sacrifices.'

Acts 5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, …

mingled.

Lamentations 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom you have done this. Shall the …

Ezekiel 9:5-7 And to the others he said in my hearing, Go you after him through …

1 Peter 4:17,18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

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