Luke 13:30
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New International Version
Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."

New Living Translation
And note this: Some who seem least important now will be the greatest then, and some who are the greatest now will be least important then."

English Standard Version
And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Berean Study Bible
And indeed, some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last."

Berean Literal Bible
And behold, there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."

New American Standard Bible
"And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last."

King James Bible
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Note this: Some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

International Standard Version
You see, some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.

NET Bible
But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

New Heart English Bible
And look, there are some who are last who will be first, and there are some who are first who will be last."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And behold, there are the last who shall be the first and there are the first who shall be the last.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last."

New American Standard 1977
“And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, some are last who shall be first, and some are first who shall be last.

American King James Version
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

American Standard Version
And behold, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold, they are last that shall be first; and they are first that shall be last.

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.

English Revised Version
And behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, there are last, who shall be first; and there are first who shall be last.

Weymouth New Testament
And I tell you that some now last will then be first, and some now first will then be last."

World English Bible
Behold, there are some who are last who will be first, and there are some who are first who will be last."

Young's Literal Translation
and lo, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.'
Study Bible
The Narrow Door
29People will come from east and west and north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God. 30And indeed, some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.” 31At that very hour, some Pharisees came to Jesus and told Him, “Leave this place and get away, because Herod wants to kill You.”…
Cross References
Matthew 19:30
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Matthew 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Mark 10:31
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."
Treasury of Scripture

And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

Matthew 3:9,10 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

Matthew 8:11,12 And I say to you, That many shall come from the east and west, and …

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

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

Matthew 21:28-31 But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the …

Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

(30) And, behold, there are last . . .--See Note on Matthew 19:30. In point of time, it may be noticed, this is the first utterance of the great law that God's judgment reverses man's. When it was uttered in reference to the young ruler, it was but a fresh application of the wider law. Here the application is primarily national. Israel had been the first of nations, but it should become, in its outward fortunes, the last, and the heathen who had been "without hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12) should gain the high pre-eminence of being the heirs of the kingdom. The individual application of the words grows naturally, however, out of the national.

Verse 30. - And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. This expression, which apparently was more than once used by the Lord, in this place clearly has an historical reference, and sadly predicts the rejection of Israel, not only in this present world.

"There above (on earth)
How many hold themselves for mighty kings,
Who here like swine shall wallow in the mire,
Leaving behind them horrible dispraise!"


(Dante, 'Inferno.') And behold, there are last which shall be first,.... The Gentiles, the most mean and abject, afar from God, aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, called last of all; these shall be first, and sit down among patriarchs and prophets, men of the first rank here on earth, in the kingdom of heaven, and enjoy the same glory and happiness with them:

and there are first which shall be last: the Jews, who were first the visible professing people of God, to whom the oracles of God, and outward privileges and ordinances were given; who had the Messiah first sent to them, and the Gospel first preached among them; these shall be last, be rejected and despised, and shut out of the kingdom of heaven, they thought themselves heirs of, and expected to enjoy; see Matthew 19:30. 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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