But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Abide with us: for it is toward evening.—As .part of the narrative, the words have the interest of bringing before us the eager desire of the disciples to know more of the wisdom which they had been drinking in from the lips of the unknown Teacher. They could not bring themselves to part with one who had done so much for them. Devout imagination has, however, legitimately read other meanings in it. “Abide with me” has become the burden of the most popular of evening hymns, the true prayer for the evening of each day, for the evening of each man’s life, for the moments when hopes fail and we commune one with another and are sad; for those, also, when our hearts burn within us in the half-consciousness that Christ is speaking to us through the lips of human teachers.
Abide with me from morn to eve,
For without Thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without Thee I cannot die.
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saying, abide with us; his conversation was so engaging, and his discourses were so heavenly and instructive, so sweet and delightful, so powerful and moving, that they could not bear to part with him, but were exceeding desirous of his continuance with them, even though he was a stranger to them. And as they had in view their own pleasure and profit, so they urge the necessity and advantage of his stay, with respect to himself:
for it is towards evening, and the day is far spent; it might be four or five o'clock in the afternoon:But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 24:29. παρεβιάσαντο, they constrained by entreaty, again in Acts 16:15, found in Genesis 19:9.—μεθʼ ἡμῶν, with us, presumably in their home or lodgings. If they were but guests they could not well invite another.—πρὸς ἑσπέραν, κέκλικεν ἡ ἡ.: two phrases where one was enough, by way of pressing their fellow-traveller. They make the most of the late hour, which is not their real reason.29. Abide with us] It is this beautiful verse which has furnished the idea of Lyte’s dying hymn, ‘Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.’
he went in to tarry with them] Comp. Hebrews 13:2, “thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”Luke 24:29. Μεῖνον, abide) They were beseeching Him, from love for His own sake, and from hospitality, that He should not venture to proceed on His journey by night.Verse 29. - And he went in to tarry with them. Some have supposed that one at least of the two had a dwelling at Emmaus; but the position which the strange Teacher assumed as "Master of the household," in the solemn act recorded in ver. 30, seems to indicate that it was an inn where they sojourned.
Contrary to (παρά) his apparent intention of going on. Only here and Acts 16:15.
Is far spent (κέκλικεν)
Lit., has declined. Wyc., is now bowed down.
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