Luke 6:12
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New International Version
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

New Living Translation
One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.

English Standard Version
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.

New American Standard Bible
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.

King James Bible
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
During those days He went out to the mountain to pray and spent all night in prayer to God.

International Standard Version
Now it was in those days that Jesus went to a mountain to pray, and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.

NET Bible
Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But it occurred in those days that Yeshua went out to a mountain to pray, and there he was waiting for the morning in the prayer of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At that time Jesus went to a mountain to pray. He spent the whole night in prayer to God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass in those days that he went out into the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

American King James Version
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass in those days that he went out into the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out to a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Weymouth New Testament
About that time He went out on one occasion into the hill country to pray; and He remained all night in prayer to God.

World English Bible
It happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God.

Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass in those days, he went forth to the mountain to pray, and was passing the night in the prayer of God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:12-19 We often think one half hour a great deal to spend in meditation and secret prayer, but Christ was whole nights engaged in these duties. In serving God, our great care should be not to lose time, but to make the end of one good duty the beginning of another. The twelve apostles are here named; never were men so privileged, yet one of them had a devil, and proved a traitor. Those who have not faithful preaching near them, had better travel far than be without it. It is indeed worth while to go a great way to hear the word of Christ, and to go out of the way of other business for it. They came to be cured by him, and he healed them. There is a fulness of grace in Christ, and healing virtue in him, ready to go out from him, that is enough for all, enough for each. Men regard the diseases of the body as greater evils than those of their souls; but the Scripture teaches us differently.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 12-19. - The choice of the twelve. Verse 12. And it came to pass in those days. That is to say, in the course of his ministry in Galilee, especially in the thickly populated district lying round the Lake of Genessaret, and after the events related in ch. 5. and the first eleven verses of ch. 6, Jesus proceeded to choose, out of the company of those who had especially attached themselves to him, twelve who should henceforth be always with him. These he purposed to train up as the authorized exponents of his doctrine, and as the future leaders of his Church. Things had assumed a new aspect during the last few months. Jerusalem and the hierarchy, supported by the great teachers of that form of Judaism which for so long a period had swayed the hearts of the people, had, although not yet openly, declared against the views and teaching of Jesus. His acts - but far more his words - had gathered round him, especially in Galilee, in the north and central districts of Palestine, a large and rapidly increasing following. It was necessary that some steps should be taken at once to introduce among the people who had received his words gladly, some kind of organization; hence the formal choice of the twelve, who from henceforth stood nearest to him. We possess the following four lists of these twelve men: - Matthew 10:2-4....

Simon

Andrew

James

John

Philip

Bartholomew

Thomas

Matthew

James of Alphaeus

Lebbaeus

Simon the Kananite

Judas Iscariot

Mark 3:16-19....

Simon

James

John

Andrew

Philip

Bartholomew

Matthew

Thomas

James of Alphaeus

Thaddaeus

Simon the Kananite

Judas Iscariot

Luke 6:14-16....

Simon

Andrew

James

John

Philip

Bartholomew

Matthew

Thomas

James of Alphaeus

Simon Zelotes

Judas of James

Judas Iscariot

Acts 1:13....

Peter

James

John

Andrew

Philip

Thomas

Bartholomew

Matthew

James of Alphaeus

Simon Zelotes

Judas of James He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it came to pass in those days,.... When Christ was teaching by the lake of Gennesaret, or in one or other of the cities of Galilee near that place:

that he went out; of the synagogue and city where he had been:

into a mountain to pray; for the sake of solitude, and which lay near the sea of Tiberias; See Gill on Matthew 14:23.

and continued all night in prayer to God; or "with" God, as the Ethiopic version renders it; or "in the prayer of God" as the phrase may be literally rendered; not in a prayer of God's making; though the Jews (m) sometimes speak of the prayer of God, and give us a form of it: but either this respects the object of his prayer; it was made to God, as our translation suggests; or the nature, matter, and manner of it: it was a divine prayer, it regarded divine things, and was put up in a very fervent manner, and with great vehemence; so the coals of love or jealousy are said to be "coals of fire, which hath , the flame of Jehovah"; that is as we render it, "a most vehement flame", Sol 8:6 In like manner, "prayer of God" is a most vehement prayer; strong cries sent up to God with great eagerness and importunity, fervency, and devotion; and such was Christ's prayer, and in which he continued all night: unless by the prayer of God should be meant, as is thought by many, an house of prayer to God, in which Christ lodged all night, and spent it in prayer to God in it. Certain it is, the Jews had their "proseuchre", or prayer houses. Philo the Jew (n) often speaks of them, and so does Josephus (o); and there seems to be mention made of them in the Talmudic writings: when R. Jochanan ben Zaccai came to Vespasian, in his camp before Jerusalem, Vespasian asked him, what he should give him? he replied (p),

"I desire nothing of thee but this "Jabneh", (a famous university,) that I may teach in it the disciples, and fix in it "an oratory", or "prayer house", and do in it, all the commandments said in the law.''

And in another place (q),

"R. Judah says, that Samuel said it is free for a man to make water within four cubits, , which I should choose to render, "of the proseucha", or "prayer house":''

though the Gemarists afterwards, and so the gloss seem to explain it of the time after prayer, in which a man should wait before he evacuates, even as long as he might go the length of four cubits. Juvenal (r) has reference to one of these oratories, when he says, "in qua te qucero proseucha?" and in one of these, it is very likely, Christ was in prayer all night long; for by the sea side, and by the side of rivers, these oratories were used to be; Acts 16:13.

(m) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 7. 1. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 56, fol. 50. 2.((n) De Vita Mosis, l. 3. p. 685. in Flaccum, p. 971, 972, 982. leg. ad Caium. p. 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014, 1016, 1040, 1043. (o) In Vita. (p) Abot R. Nathan, c. 4. fol. 2. 4. (q) T. Bab. Megilia, fol. 27. 2.((r) Satyr. 3. l. 295.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Lu 6:12-49. The Twelve Apostles Chosen—Gathering Multitudes—Glorious Healing.

12, 13. went out—probably from Capernaum.

all night in prayer … and when … day, he called, &c.—The work with which the next day began shows what had been the burden of this night's devotions. As He directed His disciples to pray for "laborers" just before sending themselves forth (see on [1581]Mt 9:37; [1582]Mt 10:1), so here we find the Lord Himself in prolonged communion with His Father in preparation for the solemn appointment of those men who were to give birth to His Church, and from whom the world in all time was to take a new mould. How instructive is this!

Luke 6:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Twelve Apostles
12It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. 13And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:…
Cross References
1 Samuel 15:11
"I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.

Isaiah 26:9
My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Matthew 5:1
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,

Matthew 14:23
After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,

Mark 3:13
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.

Luke 5:16
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 6:11
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Luke 6:17
He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon,

Luke 9:18
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"

Luke 9:28
About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.

Luke 9:29
As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

John 6:3
Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.
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