Luke 14:2
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New International Version
There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body.

New Living Translation
There was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen.

English Standard Version
And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy.

Berean Study Bible
Right there in front of Him was a man with dropsy.

Berean Literal Bible
And behold, there was a certain man with dropsy before Him.

New American Standard Bible
And there in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy.

King James Bible
And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There in front of Him was a man whose body was swollen with fluid.

International Standard Version
A man whose body was swollen with fluid suddenly appeared in front of him.

NET Bible
There right in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.

New Heart English Bible
And look, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, one man who was swollen with fluid was there before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A man whose body was swollen with fluid was there.

New American Standard 1977
And there, in front of Him was a certain man suffering from dropsy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, there was a certain man before him who had the dropsy.

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, there was a certain man before him who had dropsy.

American King James Version
And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

American Standard Version
And behold, there was before him a certain man that had the dropsy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold, there was a certain man before him that had the dropsy.

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, there was a certain dropsical [man] before him.

English Revised Version
And behold, there was before him a certain man which had the dropsy.

Webster's Bible Translation
And behold, there was a certain man before him who had the dropsy.

Weymouth New Testament
In front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy.

World English Bible
Behold, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him.

Young's Literal Translation
and lo, there was a certain dropsical man before him;
Study Bible
Jesus Heals a Man with Dropsy
1One Sabbath, Jesus went to eat in the home of a leading Pharisee, and those in attendance were watching Him closely. 2Right there in front of Him was a man with dropsy. 3So Jesus asked the experts in the law and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”…
Cross References
Luke 14:1
One Sabbath, Jesus went to eat in the home of a leading Pharisee, and those in attendance were watching Him closely.

Luke 14:3
So Jesus asked the experts in the law and the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"
Treasury of Scripture

And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

(2) A certain man before him which had the dropsy.--This is the only miracle of the kind recorded in the Gospels. The term which St. Luke uses is strictly technical (hydropikos), and we may fairly see in the narrative another illustration of his professional character. He, more than others, had been led to specific inquiries as to the nature of the diseases which our Lord had healed. (See Introduction.) The man may have been an invited guest, or the feast may have been one of the semi-public ones in which the richer Pharisees displayed their hospitality.

Verse 2. - And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. This was the scheme of the Pharisee host. The sick man was not one of the invited guests; with the freedom which attends a feast in a large Oriental house, the afflicted man was introduced, as though by chance, with other lookers-on. The skilful plotters stationed him in a prominent position, where the eyes of the strange Guest would at once fall on him. The situation is described by the evangelist with dramatic clearness: "And, behold, there was a certain man before him which," etc. In an instant Jesus grasped the whole situation. It was the sabbath, and there before him was one grievously sick with a deadly chronic malady. Would he pass by - contrary to his wont-such a sufferer? Would he heal him on the sabbath day? Could he? perhaps thought the crafty foes of the great Physician-Teacher. The disease was a deadly one, utterly incur. able, as they thought, by earthly means. And behold, there was a certain man before him,.... Who sat just before him, as he was at table; who either came there of himself, in order to receive a cure; or rather, since it was in a private house, and he at table too, was brought and set there on purpose by the Pharisees, to try whether Christ would heal him on the sabbath day, that they might have somewhat against him; which they doubted not but he would do, knowing his compassionate and beneficent disposition to do good to creatures in distress, whenever he had an opportunity:

which had the dropsy: or "gathered waters", as the Syriac version renders it; was filled with water, which is the nature of that disease, and distinguishes it from what is called the dry dropsy: this disease is a preternatural collection of serum, or water in some part of the body; or a too great proportion thereof in the blood. The "dropsy" acquires different names, from the different parts it afflicts, or the different parts the waters are collected in; that of the "abdomen", or lower belly, called simply and absolutely "dropsy", is particularly denominated "ascites"; that of the whole habit of the body, "anasarca", or "leucophlegmatia"; that of the head, "hydrocephalus"; that of the scrotum, "hydrocele".---There is also a species of this disease, supposed to be caused instead of water, by a collection of wind, called "tympanites"; and by Hippocrates, the "dry dropsy": we also meet with dropsies of the breast, pericardium, uterus, ovaries, &c. The causes of dropsies in general, are whatever may obstruct the serous part of the blood, so as to make it stagnate in the vessels; or burst the vessels themselves, so as to let the blood out among the membranes; or weaken and relax the tone of the vessels; or this the blood, and make it watery; or lessen perspiration. These causes are various, viz. sometimes acute diseases, scirrhous tumours of any of the more noble viscera, excessive evacuations, particularly haemorrhages, hard drinking, &c. The "ascites", or "water dropsy" of the "abdomen", is the most usual case, and what we particularly call the "dropsy": its symptoms are tumours, first of the feet and legs, and afterwards of the "abdomen." which keep continually growing; and if the belly be struck or shook, there is heard a quashing of water: add to this, three other attendants, viz. a dyspnoea, intense thirst, and sparing urine; with which may be numbered heaviness, listlessness, costiveness, a light fever, and an emaciation of the body (i). Such we must suppose to be the case of this man, and that he was now in such a condition, as to be thought incurable.

(i) Chamber's Cyclopaedia on the word "Dropsy". 2. man before him—not one of the company, since this was apparently before the guests sat down, and probably the man came in hope of a cure, though not expressly soliciting it [De Wette].14:1-6 This Pharisee, as well as others, seems to have had an ill design in entertaining Jesus at his house. But our Lord would not be hindered from healing a man, though he knew a clamour would be raised at his doing it on the sabbath. It requires care to understand the proper connexion between piety and charity in observing the sabbath, and the distinction between works of real necessity and habits of self-indulgence. Wisdom from above, teaches patient perseverance in well-doing.
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