Luke 22:31
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New International Version
"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.

New Living Translation
"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.

English Standard Version
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,

New American Standard Bible
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;

King James Bible
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.

International Standard Version
"Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has asked permission to sift all of you like wheat,

NET Bible
"Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to Shimeon, “Shimeon, behold, Satan has requested that he may sift you all like wheat,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Then the Lord said,] "Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to have you apostles for himself. He wants to separate you from me as a farmer separates wheat from husks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat;

King James 2000 Bible
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

American King James Version
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

American Standard Version
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Darby Bible Translation
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded to have you, to sift [you] as wheat;

English Revised Version
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Weymouth New Testament
"Simon, Simon, I tell you that Satan has obtained permission to have all of you to sift as wheat is sifted.

World English Bible
The Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat,

Young's Literal Translation
And the Lord said, 'Simon, Simon, lo, the Adversary did ask you for himself to sift as the wheat,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:21-38 How unbecoming is the worldly ambition of being the greatest, to the character of a follower of Jesus, who took upon him the form of a servant, and humbled himself to the death of the cross! In the way to eternal happiness, we must expect to be assaulted and sifted by Satan. If he cannot destroy, he will try to disgrace or distress us. Nothing more certainly forebodes a fall, in a professed follower of Christ, than self-confidence, with disregard to warnings, and contempt of danger. Unless we watch and pray always, we may be drawn in the course of the day into those sins which we were in the morning most resolved against. If believers were left to themselves, they would fall; but they are kept by the power of God, and the prayer of Christ. Our Lord gave notice of a very great change of circumstances now approaching. The disciples must not expect that their friends would be kind to them as they had been. Therefore, he that has a purse, let him take it, for he may need it. They must now expect that their enemies would be more fierce than they had been, and they would need weapons. At the time the apostles understood Christ to mean real weapons, but he spake only of the weapons of the spiritual warfare. The sword of the Spirit is the sword with which the disciples of Christ must furnish themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 31-38. - The Lord foretells Simon Peter's fall. He tells She disciples of the hard times coming on them. Verse 31. - And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. The majority of the more ancient authorities omit the words, "and the Lord said." These words were possibly inserted at an early date to obviate the abruptness of this sudden change in the subject-matter of the Lord's discourse. The more accurate translation would be, "Satan obtained you by asking that he," etc. Bengel comments with "not content with Judas." This saying of Jesus is a very mysterious one; it reveals to us something of what is going on in the unseen world. A similar request was made by the same bitter, powerful the in the case or Job (Job 1:12). Are we to understand that these are examples of what is constantly going on in that world so close to us, but from which no whisper ever reaches our mortal ears? Such grave thoughts lend especial intensity to those words in the prayer of prayers, where we ask "our Father which is in heaven" to deliver us from evil, or the evil one, as so many of our best scholars prefer to translate ἀπὸ τοῦ πονήρου. Satan asks that he may test and try the apostles. Judas he had already tempted, and he had won him. Possibly this signal victory emboldened him to proffer this request. We may imagine the evil one arguing thus before the Eternal: "These chosen ones who are appointed to work in the future so tremendous a work in thy Name, are utterly unworthy. Let me just try to lure them away with my lures. Lo, they will surely fall. See, one has already."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon,.... Peter is particularly, and by name, spoken to, either because he might be a principal person in the debate and contention about superiority, mentioned in the context; or because he was chiefly to suffer in the following temptation of Satan; or because he was generally the mouth of the rest of the apostles; and he is addressed, not by the name of Peter, the name Christ gave him, when he first called him, signifying his future solidity, firmness, and steadfastness; because in this instance, he would not give any proof of it; but by his former name, Simon, and which is repeated, partly to show the earnestness of Christ in the delivery of what follows, and partly to express his affectionate concern for him; so the Jews observe (s) concerning God's calling, "Moses, Moses", Exodus 3:4 that , "the doubling of the word", is expressive "of love", and finding grace and favour; even as it is said, "Abraham, Abraham", Genesis 22:11 or it may be to excite attention to what Christ was about to say. Though the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read the first of these, "to Simon", thus: Jesus said to Simon,

Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you; not only Peter, but all the apostles; for the word "you", is plural: Satan, the enemy of the woman's seed, the accuser of the brethren, the wicked one, and the tempter, desired, asked leave of God, for he can do nothing without permission; that he might have these disciples under his power, and in his hand; just as he got leave to have the goods, and even the body of Job in his hand, and fain would have had his life, and soul too, could he have obtained it; and he would have the lives and souls of others; for he goes about, seeking to devour whom he may; and he had now an evil eye upon the apostles, and wanted an opportunity to gratify his malice and envy: his end in desiring to have them in his power was,

that he may sift you as wheat; not to separate the chaff from the wheat, but to make them look like all chaff, by covering the wheat of grace with the chaff of sin and corruption; or to destroy the wheat, was it possible; or to toss them to and fro as wheat is in a sieve; that is, to afflict and distress them; see Amos 9:9 by scattering them both from Christ, and one another; by filling them with doubts about Jesus being the Messiah and Redeemer: and by frightening them with the fears of enemies and of death, which end he obtained; see Matthew 26:56.

(s) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 38. 4. Jarchi in Genesis 22.11. Bemidbar Rabba, sect. 14. fol. 217. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

31-34. Simon, Simon—(See on [1725]Lu 10:41).

desired to have—rather, "hath obtained you," properly "asked and obtained"; alluding to Job (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-6), whom he solicited and obtained that he might sift him as wheat, insinuating as "the accuser of the brethren" (Re 12:10), that he would find chaff enough in his religion, if indeed there was any wheat at all.

you—not Peter only, but them all.

Luke 22:31 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
31"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."…
Cross References
Job 1:6
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.

Job 2:1
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.

Amos 9:9
"For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground.

Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Matthew 26:30
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

1 Corinthians 5:5
hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:11
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

Revelation 12:10
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Treasury of Scripture

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