Luke 24:50
New International Version
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them.

English Standard Version
And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.

Berean Study Bible
When Jesus had led them out as far as Bethany, He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

Berean Literal Bible
And He led them out as far as to Bethany, and having lifted up His hands, He blessed them.

New American Standard Bible
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

King James Bible
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Christian Standard Bible
Then he led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus led his disciples out to Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them.

Good News Translation
Then he led them out of the city as far as Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them.

International Standard Version
Later, he led them out as far as Bethany, lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

NET Bible
Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them.

New Heart English Bible
He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he brought them unto Bethany and he lifted his hands and he blessed them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus took them to a place near Bethany. There he raised his hands and blessed them.

New American Standard 1977
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands and blessed them.

King James 2000 Bible
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

American King James Version
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

American Standard Version
And he led them out until they were over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he led them out as far as Bethania: and lifting up his hands, he blessed them.

Darby Bible Translation
And he led them out as far as Bethany, and having lifted up his hands, he blessed them.

English Revised Version
And he led them out until they were over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he led them out as far as to Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Weymouth New Testament
And He brought them out to within view of Bethany, and then lifted up His hands and blessed them.

World English Bible
He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

Young's Literal Translation
And he led them forth without -- unto Bethany, and having lifted up his hands he did bless them,
Study Bible
The Ascension
49And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But remain in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” 50When Jesus had led them out as far as Bethany, He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51While He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven.…
Cross References
Leviticus 9:22
Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them. And having made the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering, he stepped down.

Joshua 22:6
So Joshua blessed them and sent them on their way, and they went to their homes.

Matthew 21:17
Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where He spent the night.

Luke 24:51
While He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven.

Acts 1:9
After He had said this, they watched as He was taken up, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.

Acts 1:12
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near the city, a Sabbath day's journey away.

1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or dissension.

Treasury of Scripture

And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

as far.

Mark 11:1
And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,

Acts 1:12
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.

he lifted.

Genesis 14:18-20
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God…

Genesis 27:4
And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

Genesis 48:9
And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.







Lexicon
[When]
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[Jesus] had led
Ἐξήγαγεν (Exēgagen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1806: To lead out, sometimes to death, execution. From ek and ago; to lead forth.

them
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
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.

out
ἔξω (exō)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 1854: Without, outside. Adverb from ek; out(-side, of doors), literally or figuratively.

as far as
ἕως (heōs)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2193: A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until.

Bethany,
Βηθανίαν (Bēthanian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 963: Of Chaldee origin; date-house; Beth-any, a place in Palestine.

He lifted up
ἐπάρας (eparas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1869: To raise, lift up. From epi and airo; to raise up.

His
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.

hands
χεῖρας (cheiras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5495: A hand.

[and] blessed
εὐλόγησεν (eulogēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2127: (lit: I speak well of) I bless; pass: I am blessed. From a compound of eu and logos; to speak well of, i.e. to bless.

them.
αὐτούς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
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.
(50) And he led them out as far as to Bethany.--It must be admitted that this narrative, taken by itself, would leave the impression that the Ascension followed with not more than a day's interval on the Resurrection. We must remember, however, that even the coincidences between the close of St. Luke's first book and the beginning of his second, show that he was already looking forward to resuming his work, and that the interval of forty days is distinctly recognised in Acts 1:3, though there also, as here, there is no mention of any return to Galilee in the interval. Is it a conceivable solution of the problem that the devout women, who were St. Luke's informants, remained at Jerusalem in almost entire seclusion, and hardly knew of what had passed outside the walls of their house from the day of the Resurrection onwards to that of the Ascension? To them, as to others who look back upon periods in which intense sorrow and intense joy have followed one on the other, all may have seemed, when they looked back upon it in after years, as a dream, the memory of which was in one sense, as to its outcome, indelible, but in which the sequence of details could no longer be traced with clearness. If we may distinguish between two words often used as synonymous, it was with them, not recollection, but memory. On the brief narrative that follows, see Notes on Acts 1:9-11.

Verses 50-53. - THE ASCENSION. In considering the questions which suggest themselves in connection with the ascension of our blessed Lord, we are met on the threshold with the fact that only St. Luke, in his Gospel in this place, and in the Acts (1.), has given us a detailed account of the scene. But the fact is referred to plainly by St. John (John 3:13; John 6:62; John 20:17) and by St. Paul (Ephesians 4:9, 10; 1 Timothy 3:16). A vast number of passages besides, in the Epistles of SS. Paul, Peter, and James, and in the Revelation of St. John, presuppose the Ascension, when they describe the heavenly glory of Jesus and of his session at the right hand of God. St. John's triple mention of the Ascension (see above) is exactly in accordance with his constant practice in his Gospel; he avoids rewriting a formal narrative of things which, when he wrote, were well known i, the Churches; yet he alludes to these things in clear and unmistakable language, and draws from them his lessons and conclusions. Notably this is the case in the Fourth Gospel with regard to the sacraments. "It contains," says Dr. Westcott, "no formal narrative of the institution of sacraments, and yet it presents most fully the idea of sacraments." Neander writes with great force on this apparent omission of the Ascension: "We make the same remark upon the ascension of Christ as was before made upon his miraculous conception. In regard to neither is prominence given to the special and actual fact in the apostolic writings; in regard to both, such a fact is presupposed in the general conviction of the apostles, and in the connection of Christian consciousness. Thus the end of Christ's appearance on earth corresponds with its beginning. Christianity rests upon supernatural facts - stands or falls with them. By faith in them has the Divine life been generated from the beginning. Were this faith gone, there might indeed remain many of the effects of what Christianity has been; but as for Christianity in the true sense, as for a Christian Church, there could be none." Verse 50. - And he led them out as far as to Bethany; more accurately, and he led them out until they were over against Bethany. The scene of the Ascension could scarcely have been the central summit of the Mount of Olives (Jebel-el-Tur), according to ancient tradition; but it is more likely that it took place on one of the remoter uplands which lie above the village. "On the wild uplands which immediately overhang the village, he finally withdrew from the eyes of his disciples, in a seclusion which, perhaps, could nowhere else be found so near the stir of a mighty city; the long ridge of Olivet screening those hills, and those hills the village beneath them, from all sound or sight of the city behind; the view opening only on the wide waste of desert-rocks and ever-descending valleys, into the depths of the distant Jordan and its mysterious lake" (Dean Stanley, 'Sinai and Palestine,' ch. 3.). He lifted up his hands, and blessed them. In Acts 1:4 we read how Jesus, having assembled (συναλιζόμενος) the apostles, gave them some last commands before he left them. It is not expressly stated that only the eleven were present on this occasion.' When he had finished speaking, "he lifted up his hands, and blessed them." There is now no laying on of hands. "Jam non imposuit manus," comments Bengel. Those hands, as they were lifted up, were already separated from them, the space between the Risen and those he was blessing grew greater every moment. 24:50-53 Christ ascended from Bethany, near the Mount of Olives. There was the garden in which his sufferings began; there he was in his agony. Those that would go to heaven, must ascend thither from the house of sufferings and sorrows. The disciples did not see him rise out of the grave; his resurrection could be proved by their seeing him alive afterwards: but they saw him ascend into heaven; they could not otherwise have a proof of his ascension. He lifted up his hands, and blessed them. He did not go away in displeasure, but in love, he left a blessing behind him. As he arose, so he ascended, by his own power. They worshipped him. This fresh display of Christ's glory drew from them fresh acknowledgments. They returned to Jerusalem with great joy. The glory of Christ is the joy of all true believers, even while they are here in this world. While waiting for God's promises, we must go forth to meet them with our praises. And nothing better prepares the mind for receiving the Holy Ghost. Fears are silenced, sorrows sweetened and allayed, and hopes kept up. And this is the ground of a Christian's boldness at the throne of grace; yea, the Father's throne is the throne of grace to us, because it is also the throne of our Mediator, Jesus Christ. Let us rely on his promises, and plead them. Let us attend his ordinances, praise and bless God for his mercies, set our affections on things above, and expect the Redeemer's return to complete our happiness. Amen. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.
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