Luke 19:12
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New International Version
He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return.

New Living Translation
He said, "A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return.

English Standard Version
He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.

Berean Study Bible
So He said, "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to lay claim to his kingship and then return.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore He said, "A certain man of noble birth proceeded to a distant country, to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.

New American Standard Bible
So He said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.

King James Bible
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore He said: "A nobleman traveled to a far country to receive for himself authority to be king and then return.

International Standard Version
So he said, "A prince went to a distant country to be appointed king and then to return.

NET Bible
Therefore he said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.

New Heart English Bible
He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said, “A certain man, a son of great descent, went to a distant region to receive a Kingdom and to return.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said, "A prince went to a distant country to be appointed king, and then he returned.

New American Standard 1977
He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

King James 2000 Bible
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

American King James Version
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

American Standard Version
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He said therefore: A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Darby Bible Translation
He said therefore, A certain high-born man went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and return.

English Revised Version
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Webster's Bible Translation
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Weymouth New Testament
So He said to them, "A man of noble family travelled to a distant country to obtain the rank of king, and to return.

World English Bible
He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Young's Literal Translation
He said therefore, 'A certain man of birth went on to a far country, to take to himself a kingdom, and to return,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Ten Minas
11While the people were listening to this, Jesus proceeded to tell them a parable, because He was near Jerusalem and they thought the kingdom of God would appear imminently. 12So He said, “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to lay claim to his kingship and then return. 13Beforehand, he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Conduct business with this until I return,’ he said.…
Cross References
Matthew 25:14
For it is just like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted them with his possessions.

Luke 19:13
Beforehand, he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. 'Conduct business with this until I return,' he said.
Treasury of Scripture

He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

A certain.

Matthew 25:14-30 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, …

Mark 13:34-37 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his …

a far.

Luke 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man …

Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, …

Matthew 21:38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This …

Mark 12:1 And he began to speak to them by parables. A certain man planted …

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into …

Acts 1:9,10 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken …

to.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, …

1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet.

Ephesians 1:20-23 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Philippians 2:9-11 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is …

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels …

and.

Acts 1:11 Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into …

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

(12) A certain nobleman went into a far country.--See Notes on Matthew 25:14-30, with which the parable that follows has many obvious points of resemblance. There are, however, many noticeable differences in detail. At the outset we have the new feature of the nobleman going "into a far country to receive a kingdom." This had an obvious starting-point in the recent history of Juda. Both the Tetrarch Antipas and Archelaus, on the death of their father, had gone to Rome to submit their claims to the kingdom to the decision of Augustus (Jos. Ant. xvii. 9, 3, 4). The Greek for "nobleman" is not the same as in John 4:46, where the word means a "king's officer." Here it is simply a "man of noble family." In the interpretation of the parable we may see a prophetic announcement by our Lord of His own departure to the "far country," that lay behind the veil, to receive His Kingdom, and of His subsequent return.

Verse 12. - He said therefore, A certain noblemen went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. There was a singular fitness in the Master's choice of a framework for his parable, which at first sight would seem strange and unreal. Two nobles, Herod and Archelaus, in that age had literally gone from Jericho, where the Speaker of the parable-story then was, to a far country across the sea - to Rome, to receive a kingdom from Caesar (Josephus, 'Ant.,' 14:14; 17:9). And one of these two nobles, Archelaus, had rebuilt the stately royal palace of Jericho, under the very shadow of which the Speaker and the crowds were perhaps standing. He said therefore,.... The following parable, with the above said design and view:

a certain nobleman; the son of a great family, as the Syriac version renders it; of noble descent, of an illustrious extract; by whom is meant Jesus Christ, who was a "man", as he agreed to be, and was prophesied of as such; and who frequently appeared in an human form before his incarnation; and was now actually become man, though not a mere man: and he may truly be said to be "noble"; not only as the word may signify, as it sometimes does, a person of great authority and power, and of great generosity and goodness, but one of a noble birth; for Christ, as man, descended from the kings of the house of Judah, and was the son of David; and from the Jewish fathers and ancestors of the greatest renown, as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and he may be so called as man, because of the union of the human nature to the Son of God; or because of his divine relation, as the Son of God: this illustrious person,

went into a far country; by which, heaven is meant; so called, not only because of its distance from the earth, but in comparison of the earth, as a place of pilgrimage; and because that it is out of sight, and the views which are had of it, are very distant ones: hither Christ went at his ascension; he came from heaven at his incarnation, by the assumption of human nature; he stayed here awhile, till he had done his work he came about, and then went up to heaven; where he is received, and from whence he is expected again: the end of his going there is,

to receive for himself a kingdom: by which is intended, not the kingdom of nature and providence; for that he had, and did not receive from another; it was his of right, and by nature; nor the kingdom of grace, set up in the hearts of his people, and which was already within many of them; nor the kingdom of glory, prepared for them from the foundation of the world; though into this he entered at his ascension, and took possession of it for himself and them: but a more visible display of his mediatorial kingdom, he received from his Father; and which, upon his ascension, became more manifest, by the dispossessing of Satan, and casting him out of the Gentile world; by converting large numbers of his people, both among Jews and Gentiles; and by ruling in their hearts, subduing their enemies, and protecting and defending them; and by thus reigning till he has gathered them all in, either in Judea, or in the whole world, and then he will come again:

and return; either to destroy the Jews; the doing of which fully proved he had received his kingdom, was vested with power and authority, and was made, or declared Lord and Christ; or at the end of the world, to judge both quick and dead: and this is said, to show that his personal glorious kingdom on earth, or his kingdom in its greatest glory here, will not be till he comes a second time; and to engage diligence in his servants in the mean while; and to keep up the faith, hope, and expectation of his coming again. 12. a far country—said to put down the notion that He was just on His way to set up His kingdom, and to inaugurate it by His personal presence.

to receive … a kingdom—be invested with royalty; as when Herod went to Rome and was there made king; a striking expression of what our Lord went away for and received, "sitting down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

to return—at His second coming.19:11-27 This parable is like that of the talents, Mt 25. Those that are called to Christ, he furnishes with gifts needful for their business; and from those to whom he gives power, he expects service. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal, 1Co 12:7. And as every one has received the gift, so let him minister the same, 1Pe 4:10. The account required, resembles that in the parable of the talents; and the punishment of the avowed enemies of Christ, as well as of false professors, is shown. The principal difference is, that the pound given to each seems to point out the gift of the gospel, which is the same to all who hear it; but the talents, distributed more or less, seem to mean that God gives different capacities and advantages to men, by which this one gift of the gospel may be differently improved.
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