Luke 19:38
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
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(38) Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. The substitution of “glory” for the “Hosanna” of St. Matthew and St. Mark is characteristic of the Gentile Evangelist. The parallelism between the shouts of the multitude before the Passion, and the song of the angels at the Nativity (Luke 2:14) is, in many ways, suggestive. There the voices spoke of “peace on earth;” here the multitude, prophesying unconsciously, speak of “peace in heaven.”

19:28-40 Christ has dominion over all creatures, and may use them as he pleases. He has all men's hearts both under his eye and in his hand. Christ's triumphs, and his disciples' joyful praises, vex proud Pharisees, who are enemies to him and to his kingdom. But Christ, as he despises the contempt of the proud, so he accepts the praises of the humble. Pharisees would silence the praises of Christ, but they cannot; for as God can out of stones raise up children unto Abraham, and turn the stony heart to himself, so he can bring praise out of the mouths of children. And what will be the feelings of men when the Lord returns in glory to judge the world!See the notes at Matthew 21:1-16. 38. Blessed be the King, &c.—Mark (Mr 11:9, 10) more fully, "Hosanna," that is, "Save now," the words of Ps 118:25, which were understood to refer to Messiah; and so they add, "to the Son of David, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord (Ps 118:26), Hosanna in the highest." This was the very loftiest style in which He could be saluted as the promised Deliverer.

peace, &c.—(See on [1702]Lu 2:13, 14).

See Poole on "Luke 19:35"

Saying, blessed be the King,.... The King Messiah, the King of Israel, the son of David, the Christ of God; so the Ethiopic version adds, "blessed be the King of Israel"; they sung their "Hosannas" to him, as the other evangelists say:

that cometh in the name of the Lord; See Gill on Matthew 21:9.

peace in heaven; all heavenly peace and prosperity attend him; or let peace be made with God in heaven, by the Prince of Peace on earth, for sinful men:

and glory in the highest; glory be given to God for peace, life, and salvation by his son; and that in the highest heavens, by the angels there, as well as by men on earth, and in the highest notes and strains.

Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Luke 19:38. A free reproduction of the popular acclaim as reported by Mt. and Mk., not without variations even between them. The Hebrew Hosanna is omitted and translated into equivalents which recall the gloria in excelsis (Luke 2:14), “already become a church hymn” (Holtz., H. C.). Lk.’s version runs:

Blessed is He that cometh, the King, in the name of the Lord!

In heaven peace,

And glory in the highest.

In comparison with Mt. and Mk. this version seems secondary.

38. Blessed be the King] The various cries recorded by the three Evangelists all come from the Great Hallel (Psalms 113-118). St John alone (John 12:17 reading on) points out that the Messianic enthusiasm had been mainly kindled by the raising of Lazarus.

Luke 19:38. [Λέγοντες, saying) The very prophecy which the Saviour had uttered in Galilee, ch. Luke 13:35, was in this place fulfilled.—Harm., p. 445.[210]]—βασιλεὺς, King) It was a noble movement on the part of the people [although His external appearance was not kingly.—V. g.]; but yet they did not understand in its deep significance what they were saying. Comp. Luke 19:11, and John 12:16.—εἰρήνη ἐν οὐρανῷ, peace in heaven) See note, ch. Luke 2:14.[211]

[210] But see my note, Luke 13:35, winch shows that the full accomplishment of the prophecy must be yet future: see below Luke 19:44; Luke 19:46.—E. and T.

[211] See also note, at the latter end, on Colossians 1:20. Angels looked on men with displeasure, because of the sin of the latter. Jesus hath ‘reconciled’ the former to the latter by the atonement, and so there is “peace in heaven.”—E. and T.

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