Luke 19:40
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New International Version
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

New Living Translation
He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"

English Standard Version
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Berean Study Bible
"I tell you," He answered, "if they remain silent, the very stones will cry out."

Berean Literal Bible
And answering He said, "I say to you that if these will be silent, the stones will cry out."

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!"

King James Bible
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He answered, "I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out!"

International Standard Version
He replied, "I tell you, if they were quiet, the stones would cry out!"

NET Bible
He answered, "I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!"

New Heart English Bible
He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said to them, “I say to you that if these would be silent, the stones would be crying out loud.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied, "I can guarantee that if they are quiet, the stones will cry out."

New American Standard 1977
And He answered and said, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that if these should be silent, the stones would immediately cry out.

King James 2000 Bible
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

American King James Version
And he answered and said to them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

American Standard Version
And he answered and said, I tell you that, if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom he said: I say to you, that if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.

Darby Bible Translation
And he answering said to them, I say unto you, If these shall be silent, the stones will cry out.

English Revised Version
And he answered and said, I tell you that, if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he answered and said to them, I tell you, that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Weymouth New Testament
"I tell you," He replied, "that if *they* became silent, the very stones would cry out."

World English Bible
He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."

Young's Literal Translation
and he answering said to them, 'I say to you, that, if these shall be silent, the stones will cry out!'
(40) If these should hold their peace.--Here, then, at the very moment when He foresaw most clearly His own approaching end, and the failure of all earthly hopes of the city over which He wept, our Lord accepted every word that disciples or multitude had uttered of Him as being in the fullest sense true.

The stones would immediately cry out.--The startling imagery had a precedent in the language of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 2:11), "The stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it."

And he answered and said unto them, I tell you,.... As a truth, which may be depended on, and you may be assured of; this he spake with great earnestness, fervour, and courage:

that if these should hold their peace; be silent, and not sing the praises of God, and ascribe glory to him, and profess the Messiah, and make this public acknowledgment of him:

the stones would immediately cry out; either against them, or in a declaration of the Messiah: by which expression our Lord means, that it was impossible it should be otherwise; it would be intolerable if it was not; and rather than it should not be, God, who is able out of stones to raise up children to Abraham, would make the stones speak, or turn stones into men, who should rise up and praise the Lord, and confess the Messiah; hereby commending his disciples, and tacitly reflecting upon the Pharisees, for their stupidity; and also giving a hint of the conversion of the Gentiles, who might be compared to stones, especially in the opinion of the Jews. 40. the stones, etc.—Hitherto the Lord had discouraged all demonstrations in His favor; latterly He had begun an opposite course; on this one occasion He seems to yield His whole soul to the wide and deep acclaim with a mysterious satisfaction, regarding it as so necessary a part of the regal dignity in which as Messiah He for this last time entered the city, that if not offered by the vast multitude, it would have been wrung out of the stones rather than be withheld (Hab 2:11).19:28-40 Christ has dominion over all creatures, and may use them as he pleases. He has all men's hearts both under his eye and in his hand. Christ's triumphs, and his disciples' joyful praises, vex proud Pharisees, who are enemies to him and to his kingdom. But Christ, as he despises the contempt of the proud, so he accepts the praises of the humble. Pharisees would silence the praises of Christ, but they cannot; for as God can out of stones raise up children unto Abraham, and turn the stony heart to himself, so he can bring praise out of the mouths of children. And what will be the feelings of men when the Lord returns in glory to judge the world!
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