Luke 20:38
New International Version
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

New Living Translation
So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.”

English Standard Version
Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”

Berean Study Bible
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive.”

Berean Literal Bible
Now He is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to Him."

King James Bible
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

New King James Version
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”

New American Standard Bible
Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to Him.”

NASB 1995
“Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.”

NASB 1977
“Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to Him.”

Amplified Bible
Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living [so these forefathers will be among the resurrected]; for all live [in a definite relationship] to Him.”

Christian Standard Bible
He is not the God of the dead but of the living, because all are living to him.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is not God of the dead but of the living, because all are living to Him.”

American Standard Version
Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he was not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all of them were alive to him.”

Contemporary English Version
So the Lord isn't the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.

English Revised Version
Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Good News Translation
He is the God of the living, not of the dead, for to him all are alive."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He's not the God of the dead but of the living. In God's sight all people are living."

International Standard Version
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, because he considers all people to be alive to him."

Literal Standard Version
and He is not a God of dead men, but of living, for all live to Him.”

NET Bible
Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live before him."

New Heart English Bible
Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him."

Weymouth New Testament
He is not a God of dead, but of living men, for to Him are all living."

World English Bible
Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him."

Young's Literal Translation
and He is not a God of dead men, but of living, for all live to Him.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Sadducees and the Resurrection
37Even Moses demonstrates that the dead are raised, in the passage about the burning bush. For he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive.” 39Some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, You have spoken well!”…

Cross References
Matthew 22:32
I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."

Mark 12:27
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"

Luke 20:39
Some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, You have spoken well!"

Romans 14:8
If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.


Treasury of Scripture

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.

a God.

Psalm 16:5-11
The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot…

Psalm 22:23-26
Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel…

Psalm 145:1,2
David's Psalm of praise. I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever…

for all.

John 6:57
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

John 11:25,26
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: …

John 14:19
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.









(38) For all live unto him.--St. Luke alone adds the words. They are of value as developing the meaning of those that precede them. All life, in the truest, highest sense of that term, depends upon our relation to God. We live to Him, and in Him. And so when He reveals Himself as the God of those who have passed from earth, He witnesses that that relation continues still. They are not dead, but are still living unto Him. We may, perhaps, connect the thought thus expressed with St. Paul's words, "in Him we live, and move, and have our being," in his speech at Athens. (See Note on Acts 17:28.)



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
He is
ἔστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

[the] God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

of [the] dead
νεκρῶν (nekrōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

of [the] living,
ζώντων (zōntōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 2198: To live, be alive. A primary verb; to live.

for
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

to Him
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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.

all
πάντες (pantes)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

are alive.”
ζῶσιν (zōsin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2198: To live, be alive. A primary verb; to live.


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