New American Standard Bible
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
King James Bible
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass in those days that he went out into the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God.
World English Bible
It happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God.
Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass in those days, he went forth to the mountain to pray, and was passing the night in the prayer of God,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And it came to pass in those days - The designation of the time here is very general. It means "about" the time when the events occurred which had been just narrated.
He went out into a mountain - Jesus was accustomed to resort to such places to hold communion with God, Mark 6:46. He did it because it was retired, free from interruption, and fitted by impressiveness and grandeur to raise the thoughts to the God that had formed the high hills and the deep-shaded groves.
And continued all night in prayer to God - There has been a difference of opinion about this passage, whether it means that he spent the night in the act of "praying" to God, or in a "place" of prayer. The Jews had places of prayer, called "oratories," built out of their cities or towns, where they could retire from the bustle of a city and hold communion with God. They were built on the banks of rivers (compare Acts 16:13), in groves, or on hills. They were rude inclosures, made by building a rough wall of stone around a level piece of ground, and capable of accommodating a small number who might resort thither to pray. But the more probable opinion is that he spent the whole night in supplication; for:
1. This is the obvious meaning of the passage.
2. The object for which he went out was "to pray."
3. It was an occasion of great importance. He was about to send out his apostles - to lay the foundation of his religion - and he therefore set apart this time especially to seek the divine blessing.
4. It was no unusual thing for Jesus to spend much time in prayer, and we are not to wonder that he passed an entire night in supplication. If it be asked why Jesus should pray "at all" if he was divine, it may be replied that he was also a "man" - a man subject to the same sufferings as others, and, "as a man," needing the divine blessing. There was no more inconsistency in his "praying" than there was in his "eating." Both were "means" employed for an end, and both were equally consistent with his being divine. But Jesus was also "Mediator," and as such it was proper to seek the divine direction and blessing. In "this" case he has set us an example that we should follow. In great emergencies, when we have important duties, or are about to encounter special difficulties, we should seek the divine blessing and direction by "prayer." We should set apart an unusual portion of time for supplication. Nay, if we pass the "whole night" in prayer, it should not be charged as enthusiasm. Our Saviour did it. Men of the world often pass whole nights in plans of gain or in dissipation, and shall it be esteemed strange that Christians should spend an equal portion of time in the far more important business of religion?
LUKE vi. 36-38. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again. One often hears complaints against this world, and against mankind; one hears it said …
Charles Kingsley—The Good News of God
Epistle xxxii. To Anastasius, Presbyter .
Of Christian Liberty.
1 Samuel 15:11
"I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following Me and has not carried out My commands." And Samuel was distressed and cried out to the LORD all night.
At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him.
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
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