Luke 17:9
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New International Version
Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?

New Living Translation
And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not.

English Standard Version
Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?

New American Standard Bible
"He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he?

King James Bible
Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does he thank that slave because he did what was commanded?

International Standard Version
He doesn't praise the servant for doing what was commanded, does he?

NET Bible
He won't thank the slave because he did what he was told, will he?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Does that servant receive his thanks because he did the thing that he was commanded? I think not.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He doesn't thank the servant for following orders.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Does he thank that slave because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.

King James 2000 Bible
Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.

American King James Version
Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

American Standard Version
Doth he thank the servant because he did the things that were commanded?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth he thank that servant, for doing the things which he commanded him?

Darby Bible Translation
Is he thankful to the bondman because he has done what was ordered? I judge not.

English Revised Version
Doth he thank the servant because he did the things that were commanded?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth he thank that servant, because he did the things that were commanded him? I suppose not.

Weymouth New Testament
Does he thank the servant for obeying his orders?

World English Bible
Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not.

Young's Literal Translation
Hath he favour to that servant because he did the things directed? I think not.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:1-10 It is no abatement of their guilt by whom an offence comes, nor will it lessen their punishment that offences will come. Faith in God's pardoning mercy, will enable us to get over the greatest difficulties in the way of forgiving our brethren. As with God nothing is impossible, so all things are possible to him that can believe. Our Lord showed his disciples their need of deep humility. The Lord has such a property in every creature, as no man can have in another; he cannot be in debt to them for their services, nor do they deserve any return from him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 9, 10. - Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. And for the loyal, patient, unwearied worker there must be no saying, "What shall we have therefore?" (Matthew 19:27). No spirit of self-complacency and of self-satisfaction must be allowed to brood over the faithful servant's thoughts. In much of the Lord's teaching at this period of his life the position of man as regards God seems to have been dwelt on. God is all; man is nothing. In God's great love is man's real treasure; man is simply a steward of some of God's possessions for a time; man is a servant whose duty it is to work ceaselessly for his Master, God. There are hints of great rewards reserved for the faithful steward in heaven, promises that a time should come when the unwearied servant should sit down and eat and drink in his Master's house; but these high guerdons were not earned, but were simply free, gracious gifts from the Divine Sovereign to his creatures who should try to do his will. This patient, unwearied toil; this deep sense of indebtedness to God who loves man with so intense, so strange a love; this feeling that we can never do enough for him, that when we have taxed all our energies to the utmost in his service, we have done little or nothing, and yet that all the while he is smiling on with his smile of indescribable love; - this is what will increase the disciples' faith, and only this. And in this way did the Lord reply to the disciples' prayer, "Increase our faith."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Doth he thank that servant,.... As if he had done him a favour, and what he was not obliged to;

because he did the things that were commanded him? for, as a servant, he ought to do them, and in so doing does but his duty: he may indeed be commended for it, but not thanked:

I trow not; or "I think not"; it do not seem so to me, as if he would, or, as though it was proper and necessary he should. The Ethiopic version leaves out this last clause.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. I trow not—or, as we say, when much more is meant, "I should think not."

Luke 17:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Power of Faith
8"But will he not say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink '? 9"He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? 10"So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'"
Cross References
Luke 17:8
Won't he rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'?

Luke 17:10
So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"
Treasury of Scripture

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