Luke 23:30
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New International Version
Then "'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"'

New Living Translation
People will beg the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and plead with the hills, 'Bury us.'

English Standard Version
Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’

New American Standard Bible
"Then they will begin TO SAY TO THE MOUNTAINS, 'FALL ON US,' AND TO THE HILLS, 'COVER US.'

King James Bible
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they will begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us!' and to the hills, Cover us!'

International Standard Version
Then people will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!', and to the hills, 'Cover us up!'

NET Bible
Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they shall begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us', and to the hills, 'Cover us.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then people will say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

American King James Version
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

American Standard Version
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us.

Darby Bible Translation
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall upon us; and to the hills, Cover us:

English Revised Version
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Weymouth New Testament
Then will they begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us;' and to the hills, 'Cover us.'

World English Bible
Then they will begin to tell the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and tell the hills, 'Cover us.'

Young's Literal Translation
then they shall begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us, and to the hills, Cover us; --
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:26-31 We have here the blessed Jesus, the Lamb of God, led as a lamb to the slaughter, to the sacrifice. Though many reproached and reviled him, yet some pitied him. But the death of Christ was his victory and triumph over his enemies: it was our deliverance, the purchase of eternal life for us. Therefore weep not for him, but let us weep for our own sins, and the sins of our children, which caused his death; and weep for fear of the miseries we shall bring upon ourselves, if we slight his love, and reject his grace. If God delivered him up to such sufferings as these, because he was made a sacrifice for sin, what will he do with sinners themselves, who make themselves a dry tree, a corrupt and wicked generation, and good for nothing! The bitter sufferings of our Lord Jesus should make us stand in awe of the justice of God. The best saints, compared with Christ, are dry trees; if he suffer, why may not they expect to suffer? And what then shall the damnation of sinners be! Even the sufferings of Christ preach terror to obstinate transgressors.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. The allusion, in the first place, was to the awful siege of Jerusalem and to the undreamed-of woes which would accompany it; and in the second place, to the centuries of misery and persecution to which the children of these "daughters of Jerusalem" would, as Jews, be subjected in all lands.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then shall they begin to say,.... The Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions read, "then shall ye begin to say"; the tribulation being so great, as never was the like since the creation of the world, nor never will be to the end of it; and being so sore pressed with the sword and famine; with the enemy without, and divisions, robberies, and murders within; and their miseries being inexpressible, and intolerable, they will seek to go into the holes of the rocks, and caves of the earth, as is prophesied of them, Isaiah 2:19 and as Josephus says, many of them did, when the city was taken; and, like those in Hosea 10:8 will say, "to the mountains fall on us, and to the hills cover us"; will choose rather that the mountains and hills round about Jerusalem, should fall upon them, and they be buried under the ruins of them, than live in such terrible distress, or fall into the hands of their enemies! Compare with this Revelation 6:15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. mountains … hills, &c.—(Ho 10:8), flying hither and thither as they did in despair for shelter, during the siege; a very slight premonition of cries of another and more awful kind (Isa 2:10, 19, 21; Re 6:16, 17).

Luke 23:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Crucifixion
29"For behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' 30"Then they will begin TO SAY TO THE MOUNTAINS, 'FALL ON US,' AND TO THE HILLS, 'COVER US.' 31"For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"…
Cross References
Isaiah 2:19
People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.

Isaiah 2:20
In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.

Hosea 10:8
The high places of wickedness will be destroyed-- it is the sin of Israel. Thorns and thistles will grow up and cover their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills, "Fall on us!"

Luke 23:31
For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

Revelation 6:16
They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
Treasury of Scripture

Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves …

Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: …

Revelation 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from …

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and …

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