Luke 6:13
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New International Version
When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

New Living Translation
At daybreak he called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles. Here are their names:

English Standard Version
And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:

Berean Study Bible
When daylight came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated as apostles:

Berean Literal Bible
And when it became day, He summoned His disciples, also having chosen out from them twelve, whom also He named apostles:

New American Standard Bible
And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:

King James Bible
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When daylight came, He summoned His disciples, and He chose 12 of them--He also named them apostles:

International Standard Version
When daylight came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also called apostles:

NET Bible
When morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles:

New Heart English Bible
When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when it was dawn he called his disciples and he chose twelve of them, whom he named Apostles:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When it was day, he called his disciples. He chose twelve of them and called them apostles.

New American Standard 1977
And when day came, He called His disciples to Him; and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples; and of them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles:

King James 2000 Bible
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

American King James Version
And when it was day, he called to him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

American Standard Version
And when it was day, he called his disciples; and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named apostles:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when day was come, he called unto him his disciples; and he chose twelve of them (whom also he named apostles):

Darby Bible Translation
And when it was day he called his disciples, and having chosen out twelve from them, whom also he named apostles:

English Revised Version
And when it was day, he called his disciples: and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named apostles;

Webster's Bible Translation
And when it was day, he called to him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named Apostles;

Weymouth New Testament
When it was day, He called His disciples; and He selected from among them twelve, whom He also named Apostles.

World English Bible
When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles:

Young's Literal Translation
and when it became day, he called near his disciples, and having chosen from them twelve, whom also he named apostles,
Study Bible
The Twelve Apostles
12In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God. 13When daylight came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated as apostles: 14Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,…
Cross References
Matthew 10:2
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

Mark 3:16
These are the twelve He appointed: Simon (whom He named Peter),

Mark 6:30
Meanwhile, the apostles gathered around Jesus and brought Him news of all they had done and taught.

Luke 6:14
Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,

John 4:33
So the disciples asked one another, "Could someone have brought Him food?"

Acts 1:13
When they arrived, they went to the upper room where they were staying: Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
Treasury of Scripture

And when it was day, he called to him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

when.

Luke 9:1,2 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power …

Matthew 9:36-38 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, …

Matthew 10:1-4 And when he had called to him his twelve disciples, he gave them …

Mark 3:13-19 And he goes up into a mountain, and calls to him whom he would: and …

Mark 6:7 And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them forth by …

twelve.

Luke 22:30 That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on …

Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me…

Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with …

Revelation 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the …

apostles.

Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets …

Ephesians 2:20 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus …

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; …

Hebrews 3:1 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the …

2 Peter 3:2 That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by …

Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; …

(13) And when it was day.--In the place which he assigns to the choice of the Twelve, St. Luke agrees more closely with St. Mark than with St. Matthew, who makes it precede the narratives of the disciples plucking the ears of corn, and the healing of the withered hand, which here it follows. A precisely-harmonised arrangement seems here impossible, and is, happily, unimportant. We must be content to admit the possibility, whether accidental or intentional, of one or other of the Gospels, possibly of all three, arranging facts in some other order than that of chronological sequence. The point to which St. Luke's record was obviously intended to give prominence is that the choice of the Twelve came as the result of the night of prayer, just as the prominent thought in St. Matthew (Matthew 9:36) is that it grew out of our Lord's compassion for the multitude that were as sheep without a shepherd.

Verse 13. - And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve. St. Luke frequently alludes to Jesus spending periods of time in prayer. He would have the readers of his Gospel never lose sight of the perfect humanity of the Saviour, and, while ever keeping in view the higher objects of his earthly mission, still is careful always to present him as the Example of a true life. This is why he mentions so often the prayers of Jesus. This time the Master continued in prayer all night. It was a momentous task which lay before him on the following morning - the choice of a few men, the measureless influence of whose life and work we, though we live eighteen centuries after the choice was made, and see already how the twelve have moved the world, are utterly unable to apprehend. In these solemn hours of communion with the Eternal, we may in all reverence suppose that the Blessed One took counsel with his Father, presenting, as Godet phrases it, one by one to the All-seing, while God's finger pointed out those to whom he was to entrust the salvation of the world. Whom also he named apostles. The literal meaning of this term is "one who is sent," but in classical Greek it had acquired a distinct meaning as "envoy or ambassador" of a sovereign or of a state. These favoured men, then, received this as the official designation by which they were ever to be known. Unknown, unhonoured, and for the most part unlearned men, they with all their love and devotion for their Master who had called them, little recked that morning on the mountain-side to what they were called, and of whom they were the chosen envoys! The four lists of the apostles copied above vary very slightly. There was evidently in the matter of the holy twelve an unerring tradition at the time when Luke wrote these chronicles at Rome or Alexandria, at Ephesus or at Antioch, - all knew every detail connected with the great first leaders of the faith. The bare list of names was enough. The Church of the first days knew a hundred facts connected with these famous men. The Church of the future needed no details of private history. These apostles, great though they were, were only instruments in the Master's hand; what they did and suffered was, after all, of little moment to those who should come after. In the four bare skeleton lists, though, certain points are noticeable.

(1) Each catalogue fails into three divisions containing four names. In each of these divisions the same name always stands first, as though some precedence or authority was deputed to this one over the other three forming the division. This, in the absence of any further notice, must not be pressed. It is, however, a very probable inference. The names of these three are Peter, Philip, James.

(2) The twelve were thus divided into three distinct companies, of which the first (this is clearly borne out by the gospel story) stood in the closest relation to Jesus. Of the twelve, the first five came from Bethsaida on the lake, and they all apparently with the exception of Judas the traitor, who came from a town in Judaea - were Galileans. The names are all Hebrew (Aramaic) with the exception of Philip and Andrew, which are Greek. It was, however, at that time by no means uncommon for Jews to possess Greek names, so widely did Hellenic influence extend over Egypt, Syria, and the Mediterranean-washed countries of Asia. And when it was day,.... Or morning; having spent the whole night in prayer to God, no doubt for his disciples, whom he was about to send forth as his apostles, to preach his Gospel, and work miracles, and for their success therein:

he called unto him his disciples; the whole company of them, as in Luke 6:17 all that were his followers, and professed to believe in him, or as many as he pleased; see Mark 3:13.

And of them he chose twelve; and ordained them, and sent them out to preach, heal sicknesses, and cast out devils:

whom he also named apostles; or "messengers", from their being sent by him on such important business; and their names are as follow. 13-16. (See on [1583]Mt 10:2-4.)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.
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