Luke 24:5
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New International Version
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?

New Living Translation
The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, "Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?

English Standard Version
And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

New American Standard Bible
and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead?

King James Bible
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground." Why are you looking for the living among the dead?" asked the men. "

International Standard Version
While the women remained terrified, bowing their faces to the ground, the men asked them, "Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is living?

NET Bible
The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were in fear and they bowed their faces to the ground, and they were saying to them, “Why are you seeking The Life among the dead?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The women were terrified and bowed to the ground. The men asked the women, "Why are you looking among the dead for the living one?

Jubilee Bible 2000
and as they were afraid and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

King James 2000 Bible
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the ground, they said unto them, Why seek you the living among the dead?

American King James Version
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why seek you the living among the dead?

American Standard Version
and as they were affrighted and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their countenance towards the ground, they said unto them: Why seek you the living with the dead?

Darby Bible Translation
And as they were filled with fear and bowed their faces to the ground, they said to them, Why seek ye the living one among the dead?

English Revised Version
and as they were affrighted, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Webster's Bible Translation
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Weymouth New Testament
The women were terrified; but, as they stood with their faces bowed to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you search among the dead for Him who is living?

World English Bible
Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?

Young's Literal Translation
and on their having become afraid, and having inclined the face to the earth, they said to them, 'Why do ye seek the living with the dead?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And as they were afraid,.... That is, the women were afraid of these angels; these bright appearances and majestic forms, as it was usual for good men and women to be, as appears from the cases of Zacharias, the Virgin Mary, and others:

and bowed down their faces to the earth, through great fear and reverence of these heavenly spirits, and as not being able to bear the lustre of their countenances and garments:

they said unto them, that is, the angels:

why seek ye the living among the dead? intimating, that Christ, though he had been dead, was now living, and not to be sought for in a sepulchre; a way of speaking, much like this, is used in a parable of R. Levi's, concerning Pharaoh's not finding the name of God among the gods of the nations, upon searching for it. Moses and Aaron said to Pharaoh,

"thou fool, is it usual for the dead to "seek" them among the living? , "or ever the living among the dead?" our God is living, these thou speakest of are dead (i).''

Nor is Christ to be found among dead sinners, or lifeless professors, but among living saints, and among the churches of the living God; nor is life to be found among the dead works of the law, or to be obtained by lifeless performances on the dead letter of the law.

(i) Shemot Rabba, sect. 5. fol. 95. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Why, &c.—Astonishing question! not "the risen," but "the Living One" (compare Re 1:18); and the surprise expressed in it implies an incongruity in His being there at all, as if, though He might submit to it, "it was impossible He should be holden of it" (Ac 2:24).

Luke 24:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Resurrection
4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6"He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,…
Cross References
Luke 24:4
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

Luke 24:6
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:

Acts 2:24
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.

Revelation 1:18
I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Treasury of Scripture

And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why seek you the living among the dead?

they.

Luke 1:12,13,29 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell on him…

Daniel 8:17,18 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and …

Daniel 10:7-12,16,19 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me …

Matthew 28:3-5 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow…

Mark 16:5,6 And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on …

Acts 10:3,4 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel …

the living. or, him that liveth.

Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receives them, …

Revelation 1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

Revelation 2:8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things said …

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