Luke 20:38
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New International Version
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."

New Living Translation
So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him."

English Standard Version
Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”

New American Standard Bible
"Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him."

King James Bible
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is not God of the dead but of the living, because all are living to Him."

International Standard Version
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, because he considers all people to be alive to him."

NET Bible
Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live before him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he was not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all of them were alive to him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He's not the God of the dead but of the living. In God's sight all people are living."

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

American King James Version
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.

American Standard Version
Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.

Darby Bible Translation
but he is not God of [the] dead but of [the] living; for all live for him.

English Revised Version
Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.

Weymouth New Testament
He is not a God of dead, but of living men, for to Him are all living."

World English Bible
Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him."

Young's Literal Translation
and He is not a God of dead men, but of living, for all live to Him.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:27-38 It is common for those who design to undermine any truth of God, to load it with difficulties. But we wrong ourselves, and wrong the truth of Christ, when we form our notions of the world of spirits by this world of sense. There are more worlds than one; a present visible world, and a future unseen world; and let every one compare this world and that world, and give the preference in his thoughts and cares to that which deserves them. Believers shall obtain the resurrection from the dead, that is the blessed resurrection. What shall be the happy state of the inhabitants of that world, we cannot express or conceive,

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living,.... See Gill on Matthew 22:32.

for all live unto him. The Persic version, reads, "all these live unto him"; namely, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for though they are dead to men, they are not to God; their souls live with him, and their bodies will be raised by him: he reckons of them, as if they were now alive, for he quickens the dead, and calls things that are not, as though they were; and this is the case of all the saints that are dead, as well as of those patriarchs. The Ethiopic reads, "all live with him"; as the souls of all departed saints do; the Arabic version reads, all live in him; so all do now, Acts 17:28.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

38. not … of the dead, … for all, &c.—To God, no human being is dead, or ever will be; but all sustain an abiding conscious relation to Him. But the "all" here meant "those who shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world." These sustain a gracious covenant relation to God, which cannot be dissolved. In this sense our Lord affirms that for Moses to call the Lord the "God" of His patriarchal servants if at that moment they had no existence, would be unworthy of Him. He "would be ashamed to be called their God, if He had not prepared for them a city" (Heb 11:16). How precious are these glimpses of the resurrection state!

Luke 20:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sadducees Question the Resurrection
37"But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB. 38"Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him." 39Some of the scribes answered and said, "Teacher, You have spoken well."…
Cross References
Matthew 22:32
I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."

Mark 12:27
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"

Luke 20:39
Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!"

Romans 14:8
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.

a God.

Psalm 16:5-11 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot…

Psalm 22:23-26 You that fear the LORD, praise him; all you the seed of Jacob, glorify …

Psalm 145:1,2 I will extol you, my God, O king; and I will bless your name for …

Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: why God …

for all.

John 6:57 As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he …

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: …

Romans 6:10,11,22,23 For in that he died, he died to sin once: but in that he lives, he …

Romans 14:7-9 For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself…

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are …

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

Revelation 7:15-17 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and …

Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, …

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