And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)A vision of angels.—The word for “vision” is used of what Zacharias saw in the Temple (Luke 1:22), of the “visions” of which St. Paul was tempted to boast (2Corinthians 12:1). It does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament.Matthew 28:1-7; John 20:12.
A vision of angels - An appearance of angels, or they had seen angels. See John 20:12.
besides all this—not only did His death seem to give the fatal blow to their hopes, but He had been two days dead already, and this was the third. It is true, they add, some of our women gave us a surprise, telling us of a vision of angels they had at the empty grave this morning that said He was alive, and some of ourselves who went thither confirmed their statement; but then Himself they saw not. A doleful tale truly, told out of the deepest despondency.See Poole on "Luke 24:22"
they came; they returned from the sepulchre with great haste, and in a very great fright, and came to the disciples, where they were assembled;
saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels. The Syriac and Persic versions add, "there"; at the sepulchre, for there were two of them at least, if not three; see Luke 24:4. They not only reported, that they could not find the body of Jesus, but also that they had seen some angels: or the sense may be, that they told them, that though they could not find the dead body of their Lord, yet they had seen him alive, as they did by the way, as they were returning, Matthew 28:9 and also that a vision of angels had appeared to them:
which said that he was alive; see Luke 24:5. So that it was not a deception of their sight, they certainly saw both Christ and the angels; and were assured from their testimony, as well as by their own eyes and ears, that he was certainly risen: now, though this was so clear a point, and so well attested, the disciples knew not how to believe it; they were perplexed about it; they could neither receive it, nor discredit it; they hoped it might be so, but feared it was not.And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 24:23. μὴ εὑροῦσαι, etc.: that part of the women’s story—the body gone—is accepted as a fact; their explanation of the fact is regarded as doubtful, as appears from the cautious manner of expression.—λέγουσαι, etc., they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who say. Yet the use of the present indicative, λέγουσιν, in reporting what the angels said, shows a wish to believe the report.23. which said] Rather, which say. This mention of a sort of double hearsay (‘women saying—of angels who say’) shews the extreme hesitation which appears throughout the narrative.
Cleopas, absorbed in his story, throws himself back to the time of his interview with the women. Lit., "They came saying that they have seen a vision of angels which say" (λέγουσιν).
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