Luke 9:51
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New International Version
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

New Living Translation
As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.

New American Standard Bible
When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem;

King James Bible
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the days were coming to a close for Him to be taken up, He determined to journey to Jerusalem.

International Standard Version
When the days grew closer for Jesus to be taken up to heaven, he was determined to continue his journey to Jerusalem.

NET Bible
Now when the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus set out resolutely to go to Jerusalem.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it was that when the days of his ascent were fulfilled, he prepared himself to go to Jerusalem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The time was coming closer for Jesus to be taken to heaven. So he was determined to go to Jerusalem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

American King James Version
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, when the days were well-nigh come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass, when the days of his assumption were accomplishing, that he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when the days of his receiving up were fulfilled, that *he* stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, when the days were well-nigh come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

Weymouth New Testament
Now when the time drew near for Him to be received up again into Heaven, He proceeded with fixed purpose towards Jerusalem, and sent messengers before Him.

World English Bible
It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem,

Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass, in the completing of the days of his being taken up, that he fixed his face to go on to Jerusalem,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:51-56 The disciples did not consider that the conduct of the Samaritans was rather the effect of national prejudices and bigotry, than of enmity to the word and worship of God; and through they refused to receive Christ and his disciples, they did not ill use or injure them, so that the case was widely different from that of Ahaziah and Elijah. Nor were they aware that the gospel dispensation was to be marked by miracles of mercy. But above all, they were ignorant of the prevailing motives of their own hearts, which were pride and carnal ambition. Of this our Lord warned them. It is easy for us to say, Come, see our zeal for the Lord! and to think we are very faithful in his cause, when we are seeking our own objects, and even doing harm instead of good to others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 51-56. - The Samaritan insult to the Lord. The Master's reception of it. Verse 51. - And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. This is a very solemn introduction to this great section of St. Luke's writing. It at once marks off all that now follows as a winding-up of the earthly ministry. The expression, "that he should be received up," is simply the rendering of one Greek word, which signifies "ascension." The Passion, the cross, and the grave are passed over here, and the glorious goal alone is spoken cf. What a lesson of comfort is here suggested! The words in the Greek original, "he steadfastly set his face," are evidently literally translated from a well-known Aramaic (Hebrew) expression.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it came to pass, when the time was come,.... Or "days were fulfilled", an usual Hebraism; when the period of time fixed for his being in Galilee was come to an end: when he had fulfilled his ministry, and finished all his sayings, and wrought all the miracles he was to work in those parts; when he was to quit this country, and go into Judea, and up to Jerusalem, signified in the next clause:

that he should be received up; or as all the Oriental versions rightly render the words, "when the time, or days of his ascension were fulfilled"; not of his ascension to heaven, as interpreters generally understand the passage, because the word is used of that, in Mark 16:19 Acts 1:2 much less as others, of his being taken and lifted up from the earth upon the cross, and so signifies his crucifixion, and sufferings, and death; for of neither of these can it be said, that the time of them was come, or the days fulfilled, in which either of these should be: for if Christ was now going to the feast of tabernacles, as some think, it must be above half a year before his death, and still longer before his ascension to heaven: and if to the feast of dedication, it was above three months to his ascension: hence interpreters that go this way, are obliged to interpret it, that the time drew near, or was drawing on, or the days were almost fulfilled; whereas the expression is full and strong, that the time was come, and the days were fulfilled; and which was true in the sense hinted at, that now the time was up, that Jesus must leave the low lands of Galilee, having finished his work there; and go into the higher country of Judea, and so up to Jerusalem; for of his ascension from Galilee to Jerusalem are the words to be understood; See Gill on Matthew 19:1.

See Gill on Mark 10:1 And it is observable that after this, he never went into Galilee any more; and this sense is confirmed by what follows:

he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem; or "strengthened his face", as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions; set his face like a flint, as in Isaiah 1:7 denoting not impudence, as hardening of the face is used in Proverbs 21:29 but boldness, courage, constancy and firmness of mind: or "he prepared his face", as the Syriac; or "turned his face", as the Arabic, he looked that way, and set forward; or as the Persic version renders it, "he made a firm purpose", he resolved upon it, and was determined to go to Jerusalem, his time being up in Galilee; and though he knew what he was to meet with and endure; that he should bear the sins of his people, the curse of the law, and wrath of God; that he should have many enemies, men and devils to grapple with, and undergo a painful, shameful, and accursed death; yet none of these things moved him, he was resolutely bent on going thither, and accordingly prepared for his journey; See Gill on 2 Kings 12:17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Lu 9:51-56. The Period of His Assumption Approaching Christ Takes His Last Leave of Galilee—The Samaritans Refuse to Receive Him.

51. the time was come—rather, "the days were being fulfilled," or approaching their fulfilment.

that he should be received up—"of His assumption," meaning His exaltation to the Father; a sublime expression, taking the sweep of His whole career, as if at one bound He was about to vault into glory. The work of Christ in the flesh is here divided into two great stages; all that preceded this belonging to the one, and all that follows it to the other. During the one, He formally "came to His own," and "would have gathered them"; during the other, the awful consequences of "His own receiving Him not" rapidly revealed themselves.

he steadfastly set his face—the "He" here is emphatic—"He Himself then." See His own prophetic language, "I have set my face like a flint" (Isa 50:7).

go to Jerusalem—as His goal, but including His preparatory visits to it at the feasts of tabernacles and of dedication (Joh 7:2, 10; 10:22, 23), and all the intermediate movements and events.

Luke 9:51 Additional Commentaries
Context
Samaritans Reject Jesus
51When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem; 52and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make arrangements for Him.…
Cross References
Mark 16:19
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.

Luke 9:57
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go."

Luke 13:22
Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.

Luke 17:11
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.

Luke 18:31
Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.

Luke 19:11
While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.

Luke 19:28
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

that.

Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, …

2 Kings 2:1-3,11 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven …

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into …

John 6:62 What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour …

John 16:5,28 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, …

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and …

Acts 1:2,9 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the …

Ephesians 1:20 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Ephesians 4:8-11 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

Hebrews 6:20 Where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels …

he stedfastly.

Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened …

Isaiah 50:5-9 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither …

Acts 20:22-24 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing …

Acts 21:11-14 And when he was come to us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his …

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God …

1 Peter 4:1 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm …

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