Luke 19:31
New International Version
If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say, 'The Lord needs it.'"

New Living Translation
If anyone asks, 'Why are you untying that colt?' just say, 'The Lord needs it.'"

English Standard Version
If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’”

Berean Study Bible
If anyone asks why you are untying it, tell him that the Lord needs it.”

Berean Literal Bible
And if anyone asks you, 'Why do you untie it?' thus will you say, 'Because the Lord has need of it.'"

New American Standard Bible
"If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say, 'The Lord has need of it.'"

King James Bible
And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

Christian Standard Bible
If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it? ’ say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’ ”

Contemporary English Version
If anyone asks why you are doing this, just say, 'The Lord needs it.'"

Good News Translation
If someone asks you why you are untying it, tell him that the Master needs it."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it?' say this: The Lord needs it.'"

International Standard Version
If anyone asks you why you are untying it, say this: 'The Lord needs it.'"

NET Bible
If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say, 'The Lord needs it.'"

New Heart English Bible
If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord needs it.'"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“If a man asks you why you are loosing him, say thus to him: 'He is needed for Our Lord.' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If anyone asks you why you are untying it, say that the Lord needs it."

New American Standard 1977
“And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ thus shall you speak, ‘The Lord has need of it.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if anyone asks you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord has need of him.

King James 2000 Bible
And if any man asks you, Why do you loose him? thus shall you say unto him, Because the Lord has need of him.

American King James Version
And if any man ask you, Why do you loose him? thus shall you say to him, Because the Lord has need of him.

American Standard Version
And if any one ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say, The Lord hath need of him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if any man shall ask you: Why do you loose him? you shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of his service.

Darby Bible Translation
And if any one ask you, Why do ye loose [it]? thus shall ye say to him, Because the Lord has need of it.

English Revised Version
And if any one ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say, The Lord hath need of him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if any man shall ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say to him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

Weymouth New Testament
And if any one asks you, 'Why are you untying the colt?' simply say, 'The Master needs it.'"

World English Bible
If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord needs it.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and if any one doth question you, Wherefore do ye loose it? thus ye shall say to him -- The Lord hath need of it.'
Study Bible
The Triumphal Entry
30“Go to the village ahead of you,” He said. “As you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks why you are untying it, tell him that the Lord needs it.” 32So those who were sent went out and found it just as Jesus had told them.…
Cross References
Luke 19:30
"Go to the village ahead of you," He said. "As you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here.

Luke 19:32
So those who were sent went out and found it just as Jesus had told them.

Treasury of Scripture

And if any man ask you, Why do you loose him? thus shall you say to him, Because the Lord has need of him.

the Lord.

Psalm 24:1
A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psalm 50:10-12
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills…

Matthew 21:2,3
Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me…







Lexicon
If
ἐάν (ean)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1437: If. From ei and an; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.

anyone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

asks
ἐρωτᾷ (erōta)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2065: Apparently from ereo; to interrogate; by implication, to request.

why
Διὰ (Dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

you are untying [it],
λύετε (lyete)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3089: A primary verb; to 'loosen'.

tell [him]
ἐρεῖτε (ereite)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2046: Probably a fuller form of rheo; an alternate for epo in certain tenses; to utter, i.e. Speak or say.

that
Ὅτι (Hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

the
(HO)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lord
Κύριος (Kyrios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

needs
χρείαν (chreian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5532: From the base of chraomai or chre; employment, i.e. An affair; also occasion, demand, requirement or destitution.

it.”
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(31) Because the Lord hath need of him.--See Note on Matthew 21:3 as to the meaning of the word "Lord" as thus used.

Verse 31. - And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. Had he not right here? surely the cattle on a thousand hills were his I St. Matthew not only mentions the colt, but also the ass. This little detail is unnoticed by St. Luke. Probably the colt, though not broken in, would go the more quietly accompanied by its mother. But the reason of St. Matthew's special mention of the ass as well as of the colt was the reference to Genesis 49:11, in which Justin Martyr, in a curious chapter of the 'Dialogue with Trypho,' finds a direct reference to the ass and the foal (see Justin Martyr, 'Dialogue with Trypho,' c. 53.). 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!
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