Luke 24:11
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New International Version
But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.

New Living Translation
But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn't believe it.

English Standard Version
but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

Berean Study Bible
But their words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women.

Berean Literal Bible
And their words appeared before them like folly, and they did not believe them.

New American Standard Bible
But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

King James Bible
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women.

International Standard Version
But what they said seemed nonsense to them, so they did not believe them.

NET Bible
But these words seemed like pure nonsense to them, and they did not believe them.

New Heart English Bible
These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they did not believe them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And these words appeared as insanity in their eyes and they did not believe them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The apostles thought that the women's story didn't make any sense, and they didn't believe them.

New American Standard 1977
And these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they did not believe them.

King James 2000 Bible
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

American King James Version
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

American Standard Version
And these words appeared in their sight as idle talk; and they disbelieved them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And these words seemed to them as idle tales; and they did not believe them.

Darby Bible Translation
And their words appeared in their eyes as an idle tale, and they disbelieved them.

English Revised Version
And these words appeared in their sight as idle talk; and they disbelieved them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Weymouth New Testament
But the whole story seemed to them an idle tale; they could not believe the women.

World English Bible
These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn't believe them.

Young's Literal Translation
and their sayings appeared before them as idle talk, and they were not believing them.
Study Bible
The Resurrection
10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But their words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. And after bending down and seeing only the linen cloths, he went away wondering to himself what had happened.…
Cross References
Mark 16:11
And when they heard that Jesus was alive and she had seen Him, they did not believe it.

Mark 16:13
And they went back and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.

Mark 16:14
Later as they were eating, Jesus appeared to the eleven and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

Luke 24:41
While they were still in disbelief because of their joy and amazement, He asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
Treasury of Scripture

And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

idle.

Luke 24:25 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that …

Genesis 19:14 And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his …

2 Kings 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, …

Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe …

Psalm 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Acts 12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and knew not that it was true …

(11) Idle tales.--The one Greek word which is thus rendered occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It is applied strictly to the trifling, half-idiotic babble of dotage.

Verse 11. - And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. The utter incredulity of the friends of Jesus when these reports of his resurrection were brought to them is remarkable when contrasted with the evident dread of the Sanhedrin that something of grave moment would happen after three days had elapsed. The disciples were evidently amazed at their Master's rising from the dead. The chief priests and Jewish leaders would apparently have been surprised if something startling had not happened (see Matthew 27:63, etc., where an account is given of the measures these able but unprincipled men took, in their short-sighted wisdom, to counteract any fulfilment of the Crucified One's word - a fulfilment they evidently looked forward to as to no improbable contingency). The utter surprise of the disciples at the Resurrection, which in their Gospels they truthfully acknowledge, is no small side-proof of the genuineness of these records of the event. And their words seemed to them as idle tales,.... As fabulous things, as mere whims, and the fancies of their brains: "as a dream", according to the Persic version; or, "as a jest", as the Arabic version renders it. They looked upon them as mere deceptions and delusions, and not real things; the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read, "these words"; what they related concerning what they saw, and heard, at the sepulchre:

and they believed them not: for they had no thought, nor expectation of Christ's rising from the dead; they did not know that he was to rise again, according to the Scriptures; nor did they understand him when he told them of his rising again; and had no faith in it, nor hope concerning it, and could give no credit to it, when it was told them; and the Arabic version reads, "they did not believe it"; the word or report which the women delivered to them. 24:1-12 See the affection and respect the women showed to Christ, after he was dead and buried. Observe their surprise when they found the stone rolled away, and the grave empty. Christians often perplex themselves about that with which they should comfort and encourage themselves. They look rather to find their Master in his grave-clothes, than angels in their shining garments. The angels assure them that he is risen from the dead; is risen by his own power. These angels from heaven bring not any new gospel, but remind the women of Christ's words, and teach them how to apply them. We may wonder that these disciples, who believed Jesus to be the Son of God and the true Messiah, who had been so often told that he must die, and rise again, and then enter into his glory, who had seen him more than once raise the dead, yet should be so backward to believe his raising himself. But all our mistakes in religion spring from ignorance or forgetfulness of the words Christ has spoken. Peter now ran to the sepulchre, who so lately ran from his Master. He was amazed. There are many things puzzling and perplexing to us, which would be plain and profitable, if we rightly understood the words of Christ.
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