Luke 17:24
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New International Version
For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.

New Living Translation
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes.

English Standard Version
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.

New American Standard Bible
"For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day.

King James Bible
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For as the lightning flashes from horizon to horizon and lights up the sky, so the Son of Man will be in His day.

International Standard Version
Because just as lightning flashes and shines from one end of the sky to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his time.

NET Bible
For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For just as lightning flashes from the sky and lights up all beneath the sky, thus shall The Son of Man be in his day.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The day of the Son of Man will be like lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For as the lightning, which shines from the region under heaven, shines in that which is under heaven; so also shall the Son of man be in his day.

King James 2000 Bible
For as the lightning, that flashing out of the one part under heaven, shines unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

American King James Version
For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

American Standard Version
for as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in his day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as the lightening that lighteneth from under heaven, shineth unto the parts that are under heaven, so shall the Son of man be in his day.

Darby Bible Translation
For as the lightning shines which lightens from [one end] under heaven to [the other end] under heaven, thus shall the Son of man be in his day.

English Revised Version
for as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in his day.

Webster's Bible Translation
For as the lightning that lighteneth from the one part under heaven, shineth to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

Weymouth New Testament
For just as the lightning, when it flashes, shines from one part of the horizon to the opposite part, so will the Son of Man be on His day.

World English Bible
for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day.

Young's Literal Translation
for as the lightning that is lightening out of the one part under heaven, to the other part under heaven doth shine, so shall be also the Son of Man in his day;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:20-37 The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather within some of them. It was a spiritual kingdom, set up in the heart by the power of Divine grace. Observe how it had been with sinners formerly, and in what state the judgments of God, which they had been warned of, found them. Here is shown what a dreadful surprise this destruction will be to the secure and sensual. Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. When Christ came to destroy the Jewish nation by the Roman armies, that nation was found in such a state of false security as is here spoken of. In like manner, when Jesus Christ shall come to judge the world, sinners will be found altogether regardless; for in like manner the sinners of every age go on securely in their evil ways, and remember not their latter end. But wherever the wicked are, who are marked for eternal ruin, they shall be found by the judgments of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. "Yes," went on the Master, "let not delusive expectations interrupt you or turn you aside out of the narrow way of patient faith, for my' coming will, like the lightning, be sudden, cud will gleam forth on every side. There will be no possibility of mistake then."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven,.... The Syriac version reads, "out of heaven", and the Arabic version, "in heaven"; which is the seat of lightning, and from whence it arises:

and shineth unto the other part under heaven; enlightens the earth, which is under the heaven: though the sense of the words, as they lie in the original text, seems to be, that as the lightning lightens at one end of the heavens, and shines to the other; which is done at once, in a moment, in a twinkling of the eye, and to which agrees the Ethiopic version;

so shall also the son of man be in his day: which is not to be understood of the swift progress of the Gospel, after his resurrection and ascension, and the pouring forth of his Spirit; but of his sudden coming, first to take vengeance on the Jewish nation for their rejection of him, and then at the last day, to judge both quick and dead. By his day, is meant his kingdom and glory, or his appearance with power, and great glory: Thus we read (f) for Solomon, "in his hour", that is, in his glory, in the time of his kingdom, when he was in his greatest magnificence.

(f) Misna Bava Metzia, c. 7. sect. 1. & Jarchi & Bartenora in ib. Vid. Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 15. 4. & 16. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. as lightning … so … the Son of man—that is it will be as manifest. The Lord speaks here of His coming and manifestation in a prophetically indefinite manner, and in these preparatory words blends into one the distinctive epochs [Stier]. When the whole polity of the Jews, civil and ecclesiastical alike, was broken up at once, and its continuance rendered impossible by the destruction of Jerusalem, it became as manifest to all as the lightning of heaven that the kingdom of God had ceased to exist in its old, and had entered on a new and perfectly different form. So it may be again, ere its final and greatest change at the personal coming of Christ, and of which the words in their highest sense are alone true.

Luke 17:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Coming of the Kingdom
23"They will say to you, 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go away, and do not run after them. 24"For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. 25"But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 1:14
The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

Matthew 5:15
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Matthew 24:27
For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

1 Corinthians 1:8
He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

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Job 37:3,4 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning to the ends …

Zechariah 9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth …

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the …

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Malachi 3:1,2 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Malachi 4:1,2 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the …

Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then …

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him, You have said: nevertheless I say to you, Hereafter …

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

2 Thessalonians 2:2,8 That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, …

James 5:8 Be you also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the …

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the …

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