Luke 9:54
New International Version
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

New Living Translation
When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?”

English Standard Version
And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

Berean Study Bible
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”

Berean Literal Bible
And the disciples James and John having seen it, said, "Lord, will You that we should call fire to come down from heaven and to consume them?"

King James Bible
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

New King James Version
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”

New American Standard Bible
When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

NASB 1995
When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

NASB 1977
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

Amplified Bible
When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and destroy them?”

Christian Standard Bible
When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”

American Standard Version
And when his disciples James and John saw this , they said, Lord, wilt thou that we bid fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when Yaqob and Yohannan his disciples saw it, they were saying to him, “Our Lord, do you want us to speak and fire will descend from Heaven, and will consume them as Elijah also did?”

Contemporary English Version
When the disciples James and John saw what was happening, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy these people?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when his disciples James and John had seen this, they said: Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?

English Revised Version
And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we bid fire to come down from heaven, and consume them?

Good News Translation
When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
James and John, his disciples, saw this. They asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?"

International Standard Version
When his disciples James and John observed this rejection, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"

Literal Standard Version
And His disciples James and John having seen, said, “Lord, will You [that] we may command fire to come down from Heaven, and to consume them, as Elijah also did?”

NET Bible
Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"

New Heart English Bible
When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and consume them?"

Weymouth New Testament
When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Master, do you wish us to order fire to come down from Heaven and consume them?"

World English Bible
When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?"

Young's Literal Translation
And his disciples James and John having seen, said, 'Sir, wilt thou that we may command fire to come down from the heaven, and to consume them, as also Elijah did?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Samaritans Reject Jesus
53But the people there refused to welcome Him, because He was heading for Jerusalem. 54When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” 55But Jesus turned and rebuked them.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 16:9
Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head!"

2 Kings 1:9
Then King Ahaziah sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. So the captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on top of a hill, and said to him, "Man of God, the king declares, 'Come down!'"

2 Kings 1:10
Elijah answered the captain, "If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And fire came down from heaven and consumed the captain and his fifty men.

Mark 3:17
James son of Zebedee and his brother John (whom He named Boanerges, meaning "Sons of Thunder"),

Luke 9:55
But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

Revelation 13:13
And the second beast performed great signs to cause even fire from heaven to come down to earth in the presence of the people.


Treasury of Scripture

And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, will you that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

wilt.

2 Samuel 21:2
And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)

2 Kings 10:16,31
And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot…

James 1:19,20
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: …

fire.

2 Kings 1:10-14
And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty…

Acts 4:29,30
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, …

Revelation 13:3
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.









(54) When his disciples James and John saw this.--The burning zeal of the sons of Zebedee, more fiery even than that of Peter, was eminently characteristic of those whom our Lord had named as the Sons of Thunder (Mark 3:17). Their anger was probably heightened by the contrast with His former reception in a city of the same people (John 4:40-41), and by the feeling that what seemed to them an act of marvellous condescension was thus rudely repelled. Did not such a people deserve a punishment like that which Elijah had inflicted on the messengers of Ahaziah (2Kings 1:10; 2Kings 1:12; 2Kings 1:14)? The latter words, "as Elias did," are, however, wanting in some of the best MSS.

Verse 54. - And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? The natural fiery temper and burning zeal of these highly favoured and loved brethren - who, we know, received, perhaps in half-playful rebuke from their Master, the epithet Boanerges, sons of thunder-flamed forth at this insult offered to their adored Master in return for his tender, loving consideration for this hated people. Possibly, what these two had lately witnessed on the Transfiguration mount had deepened their veneration for their Lord, and caused them the more bitterly to resent an insult levelled at him. So they prayed him - him whom they had so lately seen radiant with the awful fire of heaven - prayed him to call that fire down, and so wither in a moment those impious despisers of his gracious goodness. The words, "even as Elias did," form a very appropriate historical instance, but they are of doubtful authenticity - the older authorities have them not.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

disciples
μαθηταὶ (mathētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

James
Ἰάκωβος (Iakōbos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2385: The same as Iakob Graecized; Jacobus, the name of three Israelites.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

John
Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2491: Of Hebrew origin; Joannes, the name of four Israelites.

saw [this],
Ἰδόντες (Idontes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

they asked,
εἶπαν (eipan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Lord,
Κύριε (Kyrie)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

do You want
θέλεις (theleis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

us to call
εἴπωμεν (eipōmen)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

down
καταβῆναι (katabēnai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 2597: To go down, come down, either from the sky or from higher land, descend. From kata and the base of basis; to descend.

fire
πῦρ (pyr)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4442: Fire; the heat of the sun, lightning; fig: strife, trials; the eternal fire. A primary word; 'fire'.

from
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

heaven
οὐρανοῦ (ouranou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.

to consume
ἀναλῶσαι (analōsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 355: From ana and a form of the alternate of haireomai; properly, to use up, i.e. Destroy.

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


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