Luke 6:26
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New International Version
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

New Living Translation
What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

English Standard Version
“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

New American Standard Bible
"Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

King James Bible
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets.

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you, because that's the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets!"

NET Bible
"Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Woe to you when men shall say wonderful things about you, for so were their fathers doing to the false Prophets!” Critical

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you. That's the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers treat the false prophets.

King James 2000 Bible
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

American King James Version
Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

American Standard Version
Woe unto you , when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe, when all men speak well of you, for after this manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

English Revised Version
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Weymouth New Testament
"Alas for you when men shall all have spoken well of you; for that is just the way their forefathers behaved to the false Prophets!

World English Bible
Woe, when men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.

Young's Literal Translation
'Woe to you when all men shall speak well of you -- for according to these things were their fathers doing to false prophets.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:20-26 Here begins a discourse of Christ, most of which is also found in Mt 5; 7. But some think that this was preached at another time and place. All believers that take the precepts of the gospel to themselves, and live by them, may take the promises of the gospel to themselves, and live upon them. Woes are denounced against prosperous sinners as miserable people, though the world envies them. Those are blessed indeed whom Christ blesses, but those must be dreadfully miserable who fall under his woe and curse! What a vast advantage will the saint have over the sinner in the other world! and what a wide difference will there be in their rewards, how much soever the sinner may prosper, and the saint be afflicted here!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! Dean Plumptre, with great force, remarks that these words "open a wide question as to the worth of praise as a test of human conduct, and tend to a conclusion quite the reverse of that implied in the maxim, Vox populi, vox Dei. So did their fathers to the false prophets. A good instance of this is found in 1 Kings 18:19, where Queen Jezebel honours the false prophets. See, too, King Ahab's conduct to such men (1 Kings 22.), and Jeremiah's bitter plaint respecting the popularity of these false men (Jeremiah 5:31). At this point, according to St. Luke's report, the Master paused. It would seem as though he was fearful lest the awful woes foretold as the doom of the rich, the powerful, and the persecutor, should impart a too sombre hue to the thoughts which his followers would in coming days entertain of the world of men about them. He would have his own think of the circle outside the little world of believers with no bitter and revengeful thoughts, but rather with that Divine pity which he felt and showed to all poor fallen creatures. 'See now," the Master went on to say, 'notwithstanding the wee which will one day fall on the selfish rich and great ones of earth, and to whom you, my people, will surely be objects of dislike and hate, while you and they are on earth together, the part you have to play with regard to these is steadily to return love for hate."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you!.... The word "all", is left out in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic; Persic: and Ethiopic versions, and is wanting in many copies, though it is in the Alexandrian copy; and the meaning is, it looks ill in persons, when the men of the world, wicked men, all of them, or the greater part of them, applaud and commend them; for this can never be, if they are truly religious persons, and are faithful to their principles, and upright in their practices; and do not connive at, or comply with the errors and evil ways of wicked men; for it is no bad sign, to have the good word of good men, and therefore these must be excepted, and the passage must be limited to bad men;

for so did their fathers to the false prophets; they spoke well of them, and heaped favours, riches, and honours upon them, that they might prophesy unto them things; 1 Kings 22:6, smooth things and deceit.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. all … speak well of you—alluding to the court paid to the false prophets of old (Mic 2:11). For the principle of this woe, and its proper limits, see Joh 15:19.

Luke 6:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Woes
25"Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26"Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.
Cross References
Proverbs 27:21
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.

Matthew 7:15
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Luke 6:25
Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
Treasury of Scripture

Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

when.

Micah 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will …

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because …

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume …

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

2 Peter 2:18,19 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

1 John 4:5,6 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the …

Revelation 13:3,4 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly …

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1 Kings 22:6-8,13,14,24-28 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four …

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

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