New International Version
For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
King James Bible
For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
Darby Bible Translation
for if these things are done in the green tree, what shall take place in the dry?
World English Bible
For if they do these things in the green tree, what will be done in the dry?"
Young's Literal Translation
for, if in the green tree they do these things -- in the dry what may happen?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If they do these things in a green tree - This seems to be a proverbial expression, the sense of which is: If they spare not a tree which, by the beauty of its foliage, abundance and excellence of its fruits, deserves to be preserved, then the tree which is dry and withered will surely be cut down. If an innocent man be put to death in the very face of justice, in opposition to all its dictates and decisions, by a people who profess to be governed and directed by Divine laws, what desolation, injustice, and oppression may not be expected, when anarchy and confusion sit in the place where judgment and justice formerly presided? Our Lord alludes prophetically to those tribulations which fell upon the Jewish people about forty years after. See the notes on Matthew 24:1-51 (note).
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'Then Herod questioned with Him in many words; but He answered him nothing.'--LUKE xxiii. 9. Four Herods play their parts in the New Testament story. The first of them is the grim old tiger who slew the infants at Bethlehem, and soon after died. This Herod is the second--a cub of the litter, with his father's ferocity and lust, but without his force. The third is the Herod of the earlier part of the Acts of the Apostles, a grandson of the old man, who dipped his hands in the blood of one Apostle, …
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Then "'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"'
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
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And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
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