Luke 20:47
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New International Version
They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely."

New Living Translation
Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be severely punished."

English Standard Version
who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

New American Standard Bible
who devour widows' houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."

King James Bible
Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They devour widows' houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive greater punishment."

International Standard Version
They devour widows' houses and say long prayers to cover it up. They will receive greater condemnation!"

NET Bible
They devour widows' property, and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They who consume widows houses for an offering of prolonging their prayers; those shall receive an extreme judgment.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They rob widows by taking their houses and then say long prayers to make themselves look good. The scribes will receive the most severe punishment."

Jubilee Bible 2000
who devour the houses of the widows and for a pretext make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

King James 2000 Bible
Who devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater condemnation.

American King James Version
Which devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

American Standard Version
who devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who devour the houses of widows, feigning long prayer. These shall receive greater damnation.

Darby Bible Translation
who devour the houses of widows, and as a pretext make long prayers. These shall receive a severer judgment.

English Revised Version
which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

Weymouth New Testament
who swallow up the property of widows and mask their wickedness by making long prayers. They will be punished far more severely than others."

World English Bible
who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation."

Young's Literal Translation
who devour the houses of the widows, and for a pretence make long prayers, these shall receive more abundant judgment.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:39-47 The scribes commended the reply Christ made to the Sadducees about the resurrection, but they were silenced by a question concerning the Messiah. Christ, as God, was David's Lord; but Christ, as man, was David's son. The scribes would receive the severest judgement for defrauding the poor widows, and for their abuse of religion, particularly of prayer, which they used as a pretence for carrying on worldly and wicked plans. Dissembled piety is double sin. Then let us beg of God to keep us from pride, ambition, covetousness, and every evil thing; and to teach us to seek that honour which comes from him alone.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 47. - Which devour widows' houses. Josephus specially alludes to the influence which certain of the Pharisees had acquired over women as directors of the conscience. For a show; rather, in pretence. "Their hypocrisy was so notorious that even the Talmud records the warning given by Alexander Jannaeus to his wife on his deathbed against painted Pharisees. And in their seven classes of Pharisees, the Talmudic writers place 'Shechemites,' Pharisees from self-interest; 'Stumblers,' so mock-humble that they will not raise their feet from the ground; 'Bleeders,' so mock-modest that, because they will not raise their eyes, they run against walls, etc. Thus the Jewish writers themselves depict the Pharisees as the Tartuffes of antiquity" (Farrar). Shall receive greater damnation; rather, judgment. The translators of our beautiful English version are most unhappy in their usual rendering of κρίμα.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which devour widows' houses,.... As the characters of them, in the preceding verse, expose their pride, this shows their avarice; they were very voracious and cruel; they did not spare widows, but devoured their substance:

and for a show make long prayers; to cover their wickedness, pretending great devotion and religion;

the same shall receive greater damnation: than openly profane sinners; doing such wickedness under a cloak of religion, will aggravate their condemnation; See Gill on Matthew 23:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

47. devour, &c.—taking advantage of their helpless condition and confiding character, to obtain possession of their property, while by their "long prayers" they made them believe they were raised far above "filthy lucre." So much "the greater damnation" awaits them. What a lifelike description of the Romish clergy, the true successors of "the scribes!"

Luke 20:47 Additional Commentaries
Context
Beware of the Scribes
46"Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, 47who devour widows' houses, and for appearance's sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."
Cross References
Matthew 23:13
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

Matthew 23:14
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Mark 12:40
They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely."

Luke 20:46
"Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.

Luke 21:1
As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.
Treasury of Scripture

Which devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

devour.

Isaiah 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right …

Jeremiah 7:6-10 If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and …

Ezekiel 22:7 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the middle of …

Amos 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and …

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

Micah 2:2,8 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and …

Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

Mark 12:40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: …

2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive …

for.

Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Matthew 23:26-28 You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and …

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

2 Timothy 3:2-5 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, …

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

the same.

Luke 10:12-14 But I say to you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for …

Luke 12:47,48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

Matthew 11:22-24 But I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at …

James 3:1 My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the …

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