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

New Living Translation
One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"

English Standard Version
Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

New American Standard Bible
And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, "Who do the people say that I am?"

King James Bible
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While He was praying in private and His disciples were with Him, He asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"

International Standard Version
One day, while Jesus was praying privately and the disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?"

NET Bible
Once when Jesus was praying by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when he was praying alone, and his disciples were with him, he asked them and he said, “What is it the crowds are saying about me, who I am?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Once when Jesus was praying privately and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him, and he asked them, saying, Who do the people say that I am?

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

American King James Version
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, as he was praying apart, the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the multitudes say that I am?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples also were with him: and he asked them, saying: Whom do the people say that I am?

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as he was praying alone, his disciples were with him, and he asked them saying, Who do the crowds say that I am?

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the multitudes say that I am?

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, as he was in retirement praying, his disciples were with him; and he asked them, saying, Who say the people that I am?

Weymouth New Testament
One day when He was praying by Himself the disciples were present; and He asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?"

World English Bible
It happened, as he was praying alone, that the disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the multitudes say that I am?"

Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass, as he is praying alone, the disciples were with him, and he questioned them, saying, 'Who do the multitudes say me to be?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:18-27 It is an unspeakable comfort that our Lord Jesus is God's Anointed; this signifies that he was both appointed to be the Messiah, and qualified for it. Jesus discourses concerning his own sufferings and death. And so far must his disciples be from thinking how to prevent his sufferings, that they must prepare for their own. We often meet with crosses in the way of duty; and though we must not pull them upon our own heads, yet, when they are laid for us, we must take them up, and carry them after Christ. It is well or ill with us, according as it is well or ill with our souls. The body cannot be happy, if the soul be miserable in the other world; but the soul may be happy, though the body is greatly afflicted and oppressed in this world. We must never be ashamed of Christ and his gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 18-27. - Jesus question to his own: Who did they think he was? He tells them of a suffering Messiah, and describes the lot of his own true followers. Verse 18. - And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? With these abrupt words, St. Luke changes for his readers the time and scene. Since the miracle of feeding the five thousand at Bethsaida Julias, Jesus had preached at Capernaum the famous sermon on the "Bread of life" (reported in John 6.); he had wandered to the north-east as far as the maritime cities of Tyro and Sidon; had returned again to the Decapolis region for a brief sojourn; and then once more had turned his footsteps north; and it was in the extreme confines of the Holy Land, in the neighbourhood of Caesarea Philippi, and close to the great fountain, the source of the sacred Jordan, at the foot of the southern ridge of Hermon, where he put the momentous question here chronicled, to his listening disciples. Much had happened since the five thousand were fed. The defection which the Master had foreseen when he commenced his parable-teaching with the sad story of the "sower," had begun. After the great Capernaum sermon (John 6.), many had fallen away from him; the enthusiasm for his words was rapidly waning; the end was already in sight. "Well," he asks his own, "what are men saying about me? Whom do they think that I am?"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it came to pass, as he was alone praying,.... To his God and Father, for himself as man, and mediator; for the success of his Gospel, and the increase of his interest; and for his disciples, that they might have a clearer revelation of him; and which they had, as appears in their after confession of him by Peter, as the mouth of them all. The place where he now retired for private devotion, was somewhere in the coasts of Caesarea Philippi; for he was now gone from the desert of Bethsaida, as appears from Matthew 16:13 and when he is said to be alone, the meaning is, that he was retired from the multitude, but not from his disciples; for it follows,

his disciples were with him, in this solitary place:

and he asked them, being with them alone;

saying, Whom say the people that I am? what are the sentiments of the common people, or of the people in general concerning me? The Alexandrian copy, and the Arabic version read, "men", as in Matthew 16:13. See Gill on Matthew 16:13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Lu 9:18-27. Peter's Confession of Christ—Our Lord's First Explicit Announcement of His Approaching Death, and Warnings Arising Out of It.

(See on [1609]Mt 16:13-28; and Mr 8:34).

Luke 9:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Peter's Confession of Christ
18And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, "Who do the people say that I am?" 19They answered and said, "John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again."…
Cross References
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,

Matthew 16:13
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"

Mark 8:27
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"

Luke 3:21
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened

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

Luke 9:19
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life."

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.
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