Luke 13:34
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New International Version
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

New Living Translation
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me.

English Standard Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

New American Standard Bible
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!

King James Bible
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem! She who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

International Standard Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones to death those who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you people were unwilling!

NET Bible
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you have murdered The Prophets and you have stoned those who were sent to her. How many times I have desired to gather your children as a hen that gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing!”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets and stone to death those sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! But you were not willing!

Jubilee Bible 2000
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kills the prophets and stones those that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

King James 2000 Bible
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent unto you; how often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen does gather her brood under her wings, and you would not!

American King James Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill the prophets, and stone them that are sent to you; how often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen does gather her brood under her wings, and you would not!

American Standard Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her own brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldest not?

Darby Bible Translation
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the [city] that kills the prophets and stones those that are sent unto her, how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen her brood under her wings, and ye would not.

English Revised Version
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her own brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Webster's Bible Translation
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee; how often would I have gathered thy children, as a hen gathereth her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

Weymouth New Testament
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who murderest the Prophets and stonest those who have been sent to thee, how often have I desired to gather thy children just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not come!

World English Bible
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her own brood under her wings, and you refused!

Young's Literal Translation
'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is killing the prophets, and stoning those sent unto her, how often did I will to gather together thy children, as a hen her brood under the wings, and ye did not will.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:31-35 Christ, in calling Herod a fox, gave him his true character. The greatest of men were accountable to God, therefore it became him to call this proud king by his own name; but it is not an example for us. I know, said our Lord, that I must die very shortly; when I die, I shall be perfected, I shall have completed my undertaking. It is good for us to look upon the time we have before us as but little, that we may thereby be quickened to do the work of the day in its day. The wickedness of persons and places which more than others profess religion and relation to God, especially displeases and grieves the Lord Jesus. The judgment of the great day will convince unbelievers; but let us learn thankfully to welcome, and to profit by all who come in the name of the Lord, to call us to partake of his great salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee! This exquisite and moving apostrophe was uttered in similar language in the Passion-week, just as Jesus was leaving the temple for the last time. It was spoken here with rare appropriateness in the first instance after the promise of sad irony that the holy city should not be deprived of the spectacle of the Teacher-Prophet's death. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem!" It was a farewell to the holy city. It was the sorrowful summing-up of the tenderest love of centuries. Never had earthly city been loved like this. There the anointed of the Eternal were to fix their home. There the stately shrine for the service of the invisible King of Israel was to keep watch and ward over the favoured capital of the chosen race. There the visible presence of the Lord God Almighty, the Glory and the Pride of the people, was ever and anon to rest. And in this solemn last farewell, the Master looked back through the vista of the past ages of Jerusalem's history, It was a dark and gloomy contemplation. It had been all along the wicked chief city of a wicked people, of a people who had thrown away the fairest chances ever offered to men - the city of a people whose annals were memorable for deeds of blood, for the most striking ingratitude, for incapacity, for folly shading into crime. Not once nor twice in that dark story of Israel chosen messengers of the invisible King had visited the city he loved so well. These were invested with the high credentials which belong to envoys from the King of kings, with a voice sweeter and more persuasive, with a power grander and more far-reaching than were the common heritage of men; and these envoys, his prophets, they had maltreated, persecuted, murdered. How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings! God's great love to Israel had been imaged in the far back days of the people, when Moses judged them, under a similar metaphor. Then it was the eagle fluttering over her young and bearing them on her wings; now it is slightly altered to one if possible more tender and loving, certainly more homely. How often in bygone days would the almighty wings, indeed, had Israel only wished it, have been spread out over them a sure shelter! Now the time of grace was over, and the almighty wings were folded. And ye would not! Sad privilege, specially mentioned here by the Divine Teacher, this freedom of man's will to resist the grace of God. "Ye would not," says the Master, thus joining the generation who heard his voice to the stiffnecked Israel of the days of the wicked kings.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets,.... These words, with what follow, as they stand in Matthew 23:37 were delivered by Christ, when he was in the temple at Jerusalem; but here they were spoken by him when in Galilee, in Herod's jurisdiction; so that it appears, that the same words were spoken by Christ at different times, in different places, and to different persons: unless it can be thought, that Luke transcribed them from Matthew, and inserts them here, on occasion of Christ's having mentioned the perishing of a prophet in Jerusalem; where many had been killed and put to death, in one way or another, and particularly in the following:

and stonest them that are sent unto thee; as Zechariah, 2 Chronicles 24:20

how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not? and therefore ought not to have been condemned as a false prophet by their sanhedrim, as he suggests he should be, and as he afterwards was; See Gill on Matthew 23:37.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34, 35. O Jerusalem, &c.—(See on [1665]Mt 23:37; [1666]Mt 23:39).

Luke 13:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
Lament over Jerusalem
33"Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. 34"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! 35"Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!'"
Cross References
Jeremiah 35:17
"Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.'"

Matthew 23:37
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Luke 19:41
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
Treasury of Scripture

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kill the prophets, and stone them that are sent to you; how often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen does gather her brood under her wings, and you would not!

Jerusalem.

Luke 19:41,42 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

Matthew 23:37-39 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them …

killest.

2 Chronicles 24:21,22 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the …

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Nehemiah 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and …

Jeremiah 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: …

Jeremiah 26:23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him to Jehoiakim …

Lamentations 4:13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, …

Matthew 21:35,36 And the farmers took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, …

Matthew 22:6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

Acts 7:52,59 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they …

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was …

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, …

how.

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

Psalm 81:10,13 I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: …

Isaiah 48:17-19 Thus said the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the …

Isaiah 50:2 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none …

thy.

Luke 19:44 And shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within …

Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not …

Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion …

Lamentations 1:16 For these things I weep; my eye, my eye runs down with water, because …

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your …

Galatians 4:25,26 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem …

as.

Deuteronomy 32:11,12 As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad …

Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of …

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings,

Psalm 36:7 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in …

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you …

and ye.

Luke 15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father …

Nehemiah 9:30 Yet many years did you forbear them, and testified against them by …

Psalm 81:11 But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

Proverbs 1:24-30 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning …

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus said the LORD, Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the …

Jeremiah 7:23,24 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will …

Jeremiah 35:14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons …

Jeremiah 44:4-6 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early …

Hosea 11:2,7 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed to Baalim, …

Zechariah 1:4 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, …

Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the …

Acts 3:14,15 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer …

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