Luke 13:23
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New International Version
Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,

New Living Translation
Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He replied,

English Standard Version
And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them,

Berean Study Bible
"Lord," someone asked Him, "will only a few people be saved?" Jesus answered,

Berean Literal Bible
And someone said to Him, "Lord, if those being saved are few?" And He said to them,

New American Standard Bible
And someone said to Him, "Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?" And He said to them,

King James Bible
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lord," someone asked Him, "are there few being saved?" He said to them,

International Standard Version
Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He told them,

NET Bible
Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" So he said to them,

New Heart English Bible
One said to him, "Lord, are they few who are saved?" He said to them,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But a man asked him if there are few who have life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Someone asked him, "Sir, are only a few people going to be saved?" He answered,

New American Standard 1977
And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then someone said unto him, Lord, are there few that are saved? And he said unto them,

King James 2000 Bible
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

American King James Version
Then said one to him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said to them,

American Standard Version
And one said unto him, Lord, are they few that are saved? And he said unto them,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them:

Darby Bible Translation
And one said to him, Sir, [are] such as are to be saved few in number? But he said unto them,

English Revised Version
And one said unto him, Lord, are they few that be saved? And he said unto them,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said one to him, Lord, are there few that are saved? And he said to them,

Weymouth New Testament
when some one asked Him, "Sir, are there but few who are to be saved?"

World English Bible
One said to him, "Lord, are they few who are saved?" He said to them,

Young's Literal Translation
and a certain one said to him, 'Sir, are those saved few?' and he said unto them,
Study Bible
The Narrow Door
22Then Jesus traveled throughout the towns and villages, teaching as He made His way toward Jerusalem. 23“Lord, someone asked Him, “will only a few” people be saved? Jesus answered, 24“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.…
Cross References
Luke 13:22
Then Jesus traveled throughout the towns and villages, teaching as He made His way toward Jerusalem.

Luke 13:24
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.
Treasury of Scripture

Then said one to him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said to them,

are.

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Matthew 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, …

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, …

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

And.

Luke 12:13-15 And one of the company said to him, Master, speak to my brother, …

Luke 21:7,8 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? …

Matthew 24:3-5 And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, …

Mark 13:4,5 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when …

John 21:21,22 Peter seeing him said to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do…

Acts 1:7,8 And he said to them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, …

(23) Are there few that be saved?--More accurately, that are being saved, or, that are in the way of salvation. The Greek participle is present, not perfect, and this sense should be borne in mind both here and in 2Corinthians 2:15#NAME?Acts 2:47, where the English version gives, with a singular infelicity, "such as should be saved."

We are left to conjecture to what class the questioner belonged, and what feelings prompted the question. Was he thinking of salvation in the higher Christian sense of the term, or of safety from that destruction of which Christ had spoken as coming on the impenitent people? In the mind of the questioner the two things may have been blended together, but the answer clearly points to the former, and we have sufficient evidence that such questions were agitating men's minds in the apocryphal Revelation known as the Second Book of Esdras. This book is probably (in part, at least, certainly, see 2 Esdras 8:28-29), post-Christian, and has been assigned to the time of Nero, or Domitian, or Trajan; but it reflects with a wonderful fulness the fevered, anxious thoughts that were working among both Jews and Gentiles, and among those none is so prominent as that "many are created, but few shall be saved" (2 Esdras 8:1; 2 Esdras 8:3; 2 Esdras 8:55). Among the strange cabbalistic fancies of the Rabbis, one was an attempt to fix the number of the saved by the numerical value of the letters of this or that text that prophesied of the Kingdom of Heaven. Assuming the question to be of this nature, its form indicates that it was a speculative inquiry. A man anxious and in earnest would have asked, "What must I do to be saved?" And, being a speculative question, our Lord put it aside, gave no direct answer, and sought to force the man back on the thought of what was needed that he himself might take his place in that company.

Verses 23-30. - Jesus replies to the question of "Are there few that be saved?" Verse 23. - Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? The immediate circumstance which called out this question is not recorded, but the general tone of the Master's later teaching, especially on the subject of his kingdom of the future, had disturbed the vision of many in Israel, who loved to dwell on the exclusion of all save the chosen race from the glories of the world to come. The words of the Second Book of Esdras, written perhaps forty or fifty years after this time, well reflect this selfish spirit of harsh exclusiveness, peculiarly a characteristic of the Jew in the days of our Lord. "The Most High hath made this world for many, but the world to come for few" (2 Esdr. 8:1). "There be many more of them which perish, than of them which shall be saved: like as a wave is greater than a drop" (2 Esdr. 9:15, 16). Other passages breathing a similar spirit might be quoted. What relics we possess of Jewish literature of this period all reflect the same stern, jealous, exclusive spirit. The questioner here either hoped to get from the popular Master some statement which might be construed into an approval of this national spirit of hatred of everything that was not Jewish, or, if Jesus chose to combat these selfish hopes, the Master's words might then be quoted to the people as unpatriotic. Then said one unto him,.... Not one of his disciples, but one of the company, in some one of the cities or villages he passed through, or as he was in the road to Jerusalem:

are there few that be saved? It is a received opinion among the Jews (z), that all Israel shall have a part in the world to come; and this man might put the question to know whether Christ was of this sentiment or not. And by some things he had observed drop from him, and it may be the foregoing parables, which express the small beginnings of his kingdom, and seem to signify, that at first his Gospel should be received but by a few, though it should afterwards spread, he might collect, that his sense was, there would be but a few saved; or this might be a question of mere curiosity and speculation, as it seems to be, by Christ's treatment of it, who does not give a direct answer to it, but puts him and others upon showing a concern for their own salvation.

And he said unto them; not to the man only that put the question, but to the whole company; though the Persic and Ethiopic versions read, "he said unto him", as follows.

(z) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 11. sect. 1.23. Lord, etc.—one of those curious questions by talking of which some flatter themselves they are religious.

said unto them—the multitude; taking no notice of the man or his question, save as furnishing the occasion of a solemn warning not to trifle with so momentous a matter as "salvation."13:23-30 Our Saviour came to guide men's consciences, not to gratify their curiosity. Ask not, How many shall be saved? But, Shall I be one of them? Not, What shall become of such and such? But, What shall I do, and what will become of me? Strive to enter in at the strait gate. This is directed to each of us; it is, Strive ye. All that will be saved, must enter in at the strait gate, must undergo a change of the whole man. Those that would enter in, must strive to enter. Here are awakening considerations, to enforce this exhortation. Oh that we may be all awakened by them! They answer the question, Are there few that shall be saved? But let none despond either as to themselves or others, for there are last who shall be first, and first who shall be last. If we reach heaven, we shall meet many there whom we little thought to meet, and miss many whom we expected to find.
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