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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 22:21-38

We have here Christ's discourse with his disciples after supper, much of which is new here; and in St. John's gospel we shall find other additions. We should take example from him to entertain and edify our family and friends with such discourse at table as is good and to the use of edifying, which may minister grace to the hearers; but especially after we have been at the Lord's table, by Christian conference to keep one another in a suitable frame. The matters Christ here discoursed of were... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 22:24-30

22:24-30 Strife arose amongst them about which was to be considered greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the gentiles exercise lordship over them and those who have authority over them claim the title of Benefactor. It must not be so with you; but let him who is greatest among you be as the youngest; and let him who is the leader be as him who serves. Who is the greater? He who sits at table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves. You... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 22:24

And there was also a strife among them ,.... The Persic version reads, "at a certain time there was a contention among the apostles"; and some think, that this refers to the time when the mother of Zebedee's two sons asked the favour of Christ, to set one of them at his right hand, and the other at his left, in his kingdom; which greatly incensed the other disciples, and occasioned a dispute about precedence; when our Lord interposed, and used much the same arguments as here; and which, it... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 22:25

And he said unto them ,.... The disciples; that is, Jesus said to them, as the Syriac and Persic versions express: the kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them ; by which our Lord would dissuade his disciples from seeking to introduce a superiority over one another, since this was the practice of the Heathens, of the men of the world, of ignorant Gentiles; whereas Christ's kingdom was a spiritual kingdom, and not of this world, and therefore, not to be managed in such a way. ... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 22:26

But ye shall not be so ,.... See Gill on Matthew 20:26 . but he that is greatest among you ; in age or gifts, or would be thought to be the greatest, who is most ambitious of grandeur and authority, which perhaps might be Peter's case, who was the oldest man: let him be as the younger ; as John, the beloved disciple, who was the youngest of them; and be as modest, and as humble as he, and reckon himself as in his place, and condescend to men of low estates, and esteem each other,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 22:24

There was also a strife among them - There are two different instances of this sort of contention or strife mentioned by the evangelists, each of which was accompanied with very different circumstances; one by Matthew, in Matthew 18:1 , etc., by Mark, Mark 9:33 , etc.; and by Luke, in Luke 9:46 , etc. That contention cannot have been the same with this which is mentioned here. The other, related in Matthew 20:20 , etc., and Mark 10:35 , etc., must be what Luke intended here to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 22:25

Are called benefactors - The very Greek word used by the evangelist, ευεργεται , was the surname of some of the Ptolemies of Egypt; Ptolemy Euergetes, i.e. the Benefactor. It was a custom among the ancient Romans to distribute part of the lands which they had conquered on the frontiers of the empire to their soldiers; those who enjoyed such lands were called beneficiarii , beneficed persons; and the lands themselves were termed beneficia, benefices , as being held on the beneficence of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 22:26

Let him be as the younger - Dr. Lightfoot justly conjectures that Peter was the eldest of all the disciples; and he supposes that the strife was kindled between him and the sons of Zebedee, James and John. These three disciples were those whom Christ had distinguished by peculiar marks of his favor; and therefore it is natural to conclude that the strife lay between these three, the two brothers and Peter. Shall we or Peter be at the head? Neither, says our Lord. Let him, Peter, who is chief... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 22:1-30

Wednesday and Thursday of Passion Week. Look at that picture—the Son of God awaiting the hour; spending the last day before the arrest and the trial in the deep seclusion of the Bethany home. Over that day the veil of an impenetrable secrecy hangs. One thing only is certain—it was a time in which the shrinking spirit, whilst feeling even unto death the shadow of the exceeding heaviness, nevertheless drank of the brook by the way, the comforting "I am not alone, for the Father is with... read more

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