Luke 9:54
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New International Version
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"

New Living Translation
When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, "Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?"

English Standard Version
And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

New American Standard Bible
When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"

King James Bible
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"

International Standard Version
When his disciples James and John observed this rejection, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"

NET Bible
Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Yaqob and Yohannan his disciples saw it, they were saying to him, “Our Lord, do you want us to speak and fire will descend from Heaven, and will consume them as Elijah also did?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
James and John, his disciples, saw this. They asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elijah did?

King James 2000 Bible
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?

American King James Version
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

American Standard Version
And when his disciples James and John saw this , they said, Lord, wilt thou that we bid fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when his disciples James and John had seen this, they said: Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?

Darby Bible Translation
And his disciples James and John seeing [it] said, Lord, wilt thou that we speak [that] fire come down from heaven and consume them, as also Elias did?

English Revised Version
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we bid fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?

Webster's Bible Translation
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elijah did?

Weymouth New Testament
When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Master, do you wish us to order fire to come down from Heaven and consume them?"

World English Bible
When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?"

Young's Literal Translation
And his disciples James and John having seen, said, 'Sir, wilt thou that we may command fire to come down from the heaven, and to consume them, as also Elijah did?'
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

Verse 54. - And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? The natural fiery temper and burning zeal of these highly favoured and loved brethren - who, we know, received, perhaps in half-playful rebuke from their Master, the epithet Boanerges, sons of thunder-flamed forth at this insult offered to their adored Master in return for his tender, loving consideration for this hated people. Possibly, what these two had lately witnessed on the Transfiguration mount had deepened their veneration for their Lord, and caused them the more bitterly to resent an insult levelled at him. So they prayed him - him whom they had so lately seen radiant with the awful fire of heaven - prayed him to call that fire down, and so wither in a moment those impious despisers of his gracious goodness. The words, "even as Elias did," form a very appropriate historical instance, but they are of doubtful authenticity - the older authorities have them not.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when his disciples, James and John, saw this,.... The Persic version reads thus; when "James and John, and the disciples saw this"; that is, the other disciples besides them, so making all the disciples say what follows; whereas only those two are intended, who having been the messengers, were the more provoked at this indignity to their Lord and master:

they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them; being enraged at this conduct of the Samaritans towards, Christ, and burning with love to him, and zeal for his honour; being "Boanerges's", sons of thunder, they were for punishing of them in a most terrible manner, even with, fire from heaven; by which Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities of the plain, were destroyed: this they doubted not of doing, knowing what miraculous power was conferred upon them; but did not think proper to attempt to exert it, until they had asked leave of Christ to do it:

even as Elias did; upon the two captains of fifties, with their fifties, as recorded in 2 Kings 1:9 This clause was wanting in a certain copy of Beza's, and is not in the Vulgate Latin version; but is in other copies and versions, and by all means to be retained.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

54. James and John—not Peter, as we should have expected, but those "sons of thunder" (Mr 3:17), who afterwards wanted to have all the highest honors of the Kingdom to themselves, and the younger of whom had been rebuked already for his exclusiveness (Lu 9:49, 50). Yet this was "the disciple whom Jesus loved," while the other willingly drank of His Lord's bitter cup. (See on [1616]Mr 10:38-40; and [1617]Ac 12:2). That same fiery zeal, in a mellowed and hallowed form, in the beloved disciple, we find in 2Jo 5:10; 3Jo 10.

fire … as Elias—a plausible case, occurring also in Samaria (2Ki 1:10-12).

Luke 9:54 Additional Commentaries
Context
Samaritans Reject Jesus
53But they did not receive Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem. 54When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" 55But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;…
Cross References
2 Samuel 16:9
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head."

2 Kings 1:9
Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down!'"

2 Kings 1:10
Elijah answered the captain, "If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!" Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

Mark 3:17
James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means "sons of thunder"),

Luke 9:55
But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

Revelation 13:13
And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people.
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And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

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2 Samuel 21:2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said to them; (now the Gibeonites …

2 Kings 10:16,31 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they …

James 1:19,20 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

James 3:14-18 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

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2 Kings 1:10-14 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man …

Acts 4:29,30 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant to your servants, …

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

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