Luke 13:24
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New International Version
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

New Living Translation
"Work hard to enter the narrow door to God's Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.

English Standard Version
“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

New American Standard Bible
"Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

King James Bible
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won't be able

International Standard Version
"Keep on struggling to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you that many people will try to enter, but won't be able to do so.

NET Bible
"Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua said to them, “Strive hard to enter the narrow gate, for I say to you, many shall seek to enter and they shall not be able.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Try hard to enter through the narrow door. I can guarantee that many will try to enter, but they won't succeed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Strive to enter in at the narrow gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in and shall not be able.

King James 2000 Bible
Strive to enter in at the narrow gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

American King James Version
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

American Standard Version
Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able.

Darby Bible Translation
Strive with earnestness to enter in through the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in and will not be able.

English Revised Version
Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Webster's Bible Translation
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Weymouth New Testament
"Strain every nerve to force your way in through the narrow gate," He answered; "for multitudes, I tell you, will endeavour to find a way in and will not succeed.

World English Bible
"Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

Young's Literal Translation
'Be striving to go in through the straight gate, because many, I say to you, will seek to go in, and shall not be able;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. The Master, as was frequently his custom, gave no direct answer to his questioner, but his teaching which immediately follows contained the answer to the query. The older authorities, in place of "at the strait gate," read "through the narrow door." The meaning of the image, however, is the same, whichever reading be adopted. The image was not a new one. It had been used before by the Lord, perhaps more than once (see Matthew 7:13, 14), and not improbably had been suggested by some town or fortress hard by the spot where he was teaching - a fort on a hill with a narrow road winding up to a narrow door. In the rabbinical schools he frequented in his youth, he might, too, have heard some adaptation of the beautiful allegory known as the 'Tablet' of Cebes, the disciple of Socrates: "Dost thou not perceive a narrow door, and a pathway before the door, in no way crowded, but few, very few, go in thereat?" The teaching of the Master here is, that the door of salvation is a narrow one, and, to pass through it, the man must strive in real earnest. "See," he seems to say; "if only few are saved, it will not be because the Jews are few and the Gentile nations many, but because, of the Jews and Gentiles, only a few really strive. Something different from race or national privileges will be the test at that narrow door which leads to life. "Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." The reason for the exclusion of these many is to be sought in themselves. They wished to enter in, but confined themselves to wishes. They made no strong, vigorous efforts. Theirs was no life of stern self-surrender, of painful self-sacrifice. To wish to pass through that narrow door is not enough.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Strive to enter in at the strait gate,.... What is meant by the strait gate, and by entering in at it; see Gill on Matthew 7:13. To "strive", is to be diligent in the use of means; to search the Scriptures with care; to attend on the preaching of the word with constancy, neglecting no opportunity; to pray earnestly for spiritual light, knowledge, and grace; to contend with every enemy that opposes the salvation of the soul, as sin, Satan, and the world; to bear all reproaches and persecutions, and press through all difficulties, for the prize of the incorruptible crown: the metaphor seems to be taken from the striving, wrestling, and combat in the Olympic games, for a corruptible crown:

for many I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able: either when it is too late, when the door is shut; or else before, very faintly, in a superficial manner, from a mere natural affection, from a principle of self-love, which leads every one to desire happiness; and by very indirect and improper methods, by their own civility, morality, and righteousness; by works of the law, moral, or ceremonial; or by a profession of religion, and an outward compliance with the ordinances of the Gospel, and not by Christ, and faith in him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. Strive—The word signifies to "contend" as for the mastery, to "struggle," expressive of the difficulty of being saved, as if one would have to force his way in.

strait gate—another figure of the same. (See on [1659]Mt 7:13, 14).

for many … will seek—"desire," that is, with a mere wish or slothful endeavor.

and shall not be able—because it must be made a life-and-death struggle.

Luke 13:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Narrow Gate
23And someone said to Him, "Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?" And He said to them, 24"Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25"Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.'…
Cross References
Matthew 7:13
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

Luke 13:23
Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
Treasury of Scripture

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Strive.

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Genesis 32:25,26 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the …

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven …

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives …

Philippians 2:12,13 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence …

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which …

Hebrews 4:11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall …

2 Peter 1:10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and …

the strait.

Matthew 7:13,14 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

for.

Proverbs 1:24-28 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to …

Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.

Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labor of the foolish wearies every one of them, because he knows …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 58:2-4 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Mark 6:18-20 For John had said to Herod, It is not lawful for you to have your …

John 7:34 You shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither …

John 8:21 Then said Jesus again to them, I go my way, and you shall seek me, …

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek …

Romans 9:31-33 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not …

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

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