Luke 6:26
New International Version
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

New Living Translation
What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

English Standard Version
“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

Berean Study Bible
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers treated the false prophets in the same way.

Berean Literal Bible
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for according to these things their fathers used to treat the false prophets likewise.

New American Standard Bible
"Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

King James Bible
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Christian Standard Bible
Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets.

Contemporary English Version
You are in for trouble when everyone says good things about you. That is what your own people said about those prophets who told lies.

Good News Translation
"How terrible when all people speak well of you; their ancestors said the very same things about the false prophets.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets.

International Standard Version
"How terrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you, because that's the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets!"

NET Bible
"Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.

New Heart English Bible
Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Woe to you when men shall say wonderful things about you, for so were their fathers doing to the false Prophets!” Critical

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you. That's the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.

New American Standard 1977
“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for in the same way their fathers used to treat the false prophets.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers treat the false prophets.

King James 2000 Bible
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

American King James Version
Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

American Standard Version
Woe unto you , when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe, when all men speak well of you, for after this manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

English Revised Version
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Weymouth New Testament
"Alas for you when men shall all have spoken well of you; for that is just the way their forefathers behaved to the false Prophets!

World English Bible
Woe, when men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.

Young's Literal Translation
'Woe to you when all men shall speak well of you -- for according to these things were their fathers doing to false prophets.
Study Bible
Woes
25Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers treated the false prophets in the same way. 27But to those of you who will listen, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,…
Cross References
Proverbs 27:21
A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but a man is tested by the praise accorded him.

Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Luke 6:25
Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.

Treasury of Scripture

Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

when.

Micah 2:11
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

John 7:7
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:19
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

so.

1 Kings 22:6-8,13,14,24-28
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king…

Isaiah 30:10
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?







Lexicon
Woe to you
Οὐαὶ (Ouai)
Interjection
Strong's Greek 3759: Woe!, alas!, uttered in grief or denunciation. A primary exclamation of grief; 'woe'.

when
ὅταν (hotan)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3752: When, whenever. From hote and an; whenever; also causatively inasmuch as.

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

men
ἄνθρωποι (anthrōpoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

speak
εἴπωσιν (eipōsin)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

well
καλῶς (kalōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2573: Well, nobly, honorably, rightly. Adverb from kalos; well.

of you,
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

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

their
αὐτὰ (auta)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Neuter 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.

fathers
πατέρες (pateres)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

treated
ἐποίουν (epoioun)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

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

false prophets
ψευδοπροφήταις (pseudoprophētais)
Noun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5578: From pseudes and prophetes; a spurious prophet, i.e. Pretended foreteller or religious impostor.

in the same way.
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 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.
(26) So did their fathers to the false prophets.--The words are of very wide application, but it is probable that there is a special reference in them to the time of Hezekiah and the later kings of Judah. (Comp. Isaiah 30:10; Jeremiah 5:31.) They open a wide question as to the worth of praise as a test of human conduct, and tend to a conclusion quite the reverse of that implied in the maxim, Vox populi, vox Dei. Truth, in matters which, like religion or politics, impinge on men's interests or prejudices, is often, if not always, on the side of the minority, sometimes even on that of one who is as an Athanasius contra mundum. On the other hand, praise (Philippians 4:8) and good repute (1Timothy 3:7) have their value as the witnesses borne by the moral sense of men, when not deadened or perverted to the beauty of holiness, the testimonium. anim? naturaliter Christian? to the moral excellence of the followers of Christ.

Verse 26. - Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! Dean Plumptre, with great force, remarks that these words "open a wide question as to the worth of praise as a test of human conduct, and tend to a conclusion quite the reverse of that implied in the maxim, Vox populi, vox Dei. So did their fathers to the false prophets. A good instance of this is found in 1 Kings 18:19, where Queen Jezebel honours the false prophets. See, too, King Ahab's conduct to such men (1 Kings 22.), and Jeremiah's bitter plaint respecting the popularity of these false men (Jeremiah 5:31). At this point, according to St. Luke's report, the Master paused. It would seem as though he was fearful lest the awful woes foretold as the doom of the rich, the powerful, and the persecutor, should impart a too sombre hue to the thoughts which his followers would in coming days entertain of the world of men about them. He would have his own think of the circle outside the little world of believers with no bitter and revengeful thoughts, but rather with that Divine pity which he felt and showed to all poor fallen creatures. 'See now," the Master went on to say, 'notwithstanding the wee which will one day fall on the selfish rich and great ones of earth, and to whom you, my people, will surely be objects of dislike and hate, while you and they are on earth together, the part you have to play with regard to these is steadily to return love for hate." 6:20-26 Here begins a discourse of Christ, most of which is also found in Mt 5; 7. But some think that this was preached at another time and place. All believers that take the precepts of the gospel to themselves, and live by them, may take the promises of the gospel to themselves, and live upon them. Woes are denounced against prosperous sinners as miserable people, though the world envies them. Those are blessed indeed whom Christ blesses, but those must be dreadfully miserable who fall under his woe and curse! What a vast advantage will the saint have over the sinner in the other world! and what a wide difference will there be in their rewards, how much soever the sinner may prosper, and the saint be afflicted here!
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