Luke 6:39
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New International Version
He also told them this parable: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?

New Living Translation
Then Jesus gave the following illustration: "Can one blind person lead another? Won't they both fall into a ditch?

English Standard Version
He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?

New American Standard Bible
And He also spoke a parable to them: "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?

King James Bible
And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He also told them a parable: "Can the blind guide the blind? Won't they both fall into a pit?

International Standard Version
He also told them a parable: "One blind person can't lead another blind person, can he? Both will fall into a ditch, won't they?

NET Bible
He also told them a parable: "Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? Won't they both fall into a pit?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he told them a parable: “Can a blind man to lead a blind man? Will not both of them fall into a ditch?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus also gave them this illustration: "Can one blind person lead another? Won't both fall into the same pit?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he spoke a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the pit?

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

American King James Version
And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

American Standard Version
And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he spoke also to them a similitude: Can the blind lead the blind? do they not both fall into the ditch?

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke also a parable to them: Can a blind [man] lead a blind [man]? shall not both fall into [the] ditch?

English Revised Version
And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke a parable to them; Can the blind lead the blind? will they not both fall into the ditch?

Weymouth New Testament
He also spoke to them in figurative language. "Can a blind man lead a blind man?" He asked; "would not both fall into the ditch?

World English Bible
He spoke a parable to them. "Can the blind guide the blind? Won't they both fall into a pit?

Young's Literal Translation
And he spake a simile to them, 'Is blind able to lead blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:37-49 All these sayings Christ often used; it was easy to apply them. We ought to be very careful when we blame others; for we need allowance ourselves. If we are of a giving and a forgiving spirit, we shall ourselves reap the benefit. Though full and exact returns are made in another world, not in this world, yet Providence does what should encourage us in doing good. Those who follow the multitude to do evil, follow in the broad way that leads to destruction. The tree is known by its fruits; may the word of Christ be so grafted in our hearts, that we may be fruitful in every good word and work. And what the mouth commonly speaks, generally agrees with what is most in the heart. Those only make sure work for their souls and eternity, and take the course that will profit in a trying time, who think, speak, and act according to the words of Christ. Those who take pains in religion, found their hope upon Christ, who is the Rock of Ages, and other foundation can no man lay. In death and judgment they are safe, being kept by the power of Christ through faith unto salvation, and they shall never perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 39. - And he spake a parable unto them. St. Luke closes his report of the great sermon with four little parables taken from everyday life. With these pictures drawn from common life, the Master purposed to bring home to the hearts of the men and women listening to him the solemn warnings he had just been enunciating. They - if they would be his followers - must indeed refrain from ever setting up themselves as judges of others. "See," he went on to say, "I will show you what ruin this wicked, ungenerous practice will result in: listen to me." Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? It is not improbable that some of the links in the Master's argument here have been omitted by St. Luke; still, the connection of this saying and what follows, with the preceding grave warning against the bitter censorious spirit which had exercised so fatal an influence on religious teaching in Israel, is clear. The figure of the blind man setting himself up as a guide was evidently in the Lord's mind as a fair representation of the present thought-leaders of the people (the Pharisees). This is evident from the imagery of the beam and mote which follows (vers. 41, 42). Can these blind guides lead others more ignorant and blind too? What is the natural result? he asks; will not destruction naturally overtake the blind leader and the blind led? Both will, of course, end by falling into the ditch.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he spake a parable unto them,.... The Vulgate Latin reads, "he spake also a parable unto them"; besides what he said; and the Arabic version renders it, "another similitude", parable, or proverb, distinct from the comparisons, allusions, and proverbial expressions in the preceding verses. Though it should be observed, that these words were not spoken at the same time, nor on the mount, as the foregoing were; but this, and what follow, are a collection of various expressions of Christ at different times, some delivered on the mount, and others elsewhere; unless it should be rather thought, that these proverbs and sentences were repeated at different places and times, which is not improbable:

can the blind lead the blind? they may do so, as the blind Scribes and Pharisees led the blind people of the Jews, which is what our Lord intends; but if they do, as they did,

shall they not both fall into the ditch? yes, verily, what else can be expected? See Gill on Matthew 15:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

39. Can the blind, &c.—not in the Sermon on the Mount, but recorded by Matthew in another and very striking connection (Mt 15:14).

Luke 6:39 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Judge
38"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-- pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." 39And He also spoke a parable to them: "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40"A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Matthew 15:14
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."
Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

Can.

Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Matthew 23:16-26 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

Romans 2:19 And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light …

1 Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and …

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Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Jeremiah 14:15,16 Therefore thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy …

Micah 3:6,7 Therefore night shall be to you, that you shall not have a vision; …

Zechariah 11:15-17 And the LORD said to me, Take to you yet the instruments of a foolish …

Matthew 23:33 You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation …

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