And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)He delivered him to his mother.—Literally, He gave him. The mother was, probably, following at some little distance with the other mourners. As she came up she received her son as given to her once again, “God-given,” in a higher sense then when she had rejoiced that a man-child was born into the world.
A dead man carried out - A funeral procession. Anciently no Jews were buried within the walls of the city, except the kings and distinguished persons, 1 Samuel 28:3; 2 Kings 21:18. The custom of burying within cities, and especially within the walls of churches or in their vicinity, had its origin among Christians very early; yet perhaps few customs are more deleterious to health than burials within large cities, especially within the walls of frequented buildings. The effluvia from dead bodies is excessively unwholesome. Burial-places should be in situations of retirement, far from the tread of the happy and busy world, where all the feelings may be still and calm, and where there can be no injury to health from the mouldering bodies of the dead.See Poole on "Luke 7:11"
sat up; upon the bed, or bier: and began to speak; both which, his sitting up and speaking, were plain proofs of his being brought to life:
and he delivered him to his mother; for whose sake he raised him from the dead, commiserating her case: wherefore, as Christ showed his power in raising the dead man, he discovered great humanity, kindness, and tenderness, in delivering him alive to his mother; which might be done after he came off of the bier, by taking him by the hand, and leading him to his mother, and giving him up into her arms: think what affecting scene this must be!And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 7:15. ἀνεκάθισεν, sat up: the ἀνὰ is implied even if the reading ἐκάθισεν be adopted; to sit was to sit up for one who had been previously lying; sitting up showed life returned, speaking, full possession of his senses; the reality and greatness of the miracle thus asserted.Luke 7:15. Ἔδωκεν, gave) For the youth had already ceased to belong to his mother. Comp. ἀπέδωκε, ch. Luke 9:42; 1Ma 10:9.
 By His death: therefore he used ἔδωκεν, not a ἀπέδωκεν, which however Ac reads, though BDab Vulg. Iren. support ἔδωκεν.—ED. and TRANSL.
Compare Acts 9:40. In this in-transitive sense the word is used mostly by medical writers.
Rev., gave. "For he had already ceased to belong to his mother" (Bengel). Compare Luke 9:42.
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