Verses of Luke 23


Luke 23:13 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. How unwilling, how very unwilling, Pilate was to be an instrument of our Saviour's death; one while he expostulates with the chief priests, saying, What evil hath he done? No, St. Luke here declares, Pilate came forth three several times, professing that he found no fault in him.

Where note, how much more justice and equity Christ me with from Pilate, an heathen, than from the chief priests and people of the Jews, professing the true religion! Oh how desperate is the hatred that grows upon the root of religion!

Learn hence, that hypocrites within the church, may be guilty of such tremendous acts of wickedness, as the consciences of infidels and pagans without the church may boggle at, and protest against. Pilate, a pagan, absolves Christ, while the hupocritical Jews, that heard his doctrine, and saw his miracles, do condemn him.

Observe, 2. How Pilate at last suffers himself to be overcome with the importunity of the Jews, and delivers the holy and innocent Jesus, contrary to his judgment and conscience, to the will of his murderers. It is a vain apology for sin when persons pretend, that they are not committed with their own consent, but at the instigation and importunity of others; for such is the frame and constitution of man's soul, that none can make a person wicked without his own consent: it was no extenuation of Pilates's sin, no alleviation of his punishment, that to please the people he delivered our Saviour, contrary to the directions of his own conscience, to be crucified.

Observe, 3. The person whose life the wicked Jews preferred before the life of the holy Jesus, Barabbas: We will that thou release Barabbas, and deliver Jesus. Mark these hypocritical high priests, who pretended such zeal for God and religion; they prefer the life of a person guilty of the highest immoralities and debaucheries, even murder and sedition, before the best man that ever lived in the world.

But whence sprang the malice and hatred of the high priests and of the Jews, against our Saviour?

Why plainly from hence, Christ interpreted the law of God more strictly than their lusts can bear; and he lived a more holy, useful, and excellent life, than they could endure.

Now nothing enrages the men of the world more against the professors, but especially the preachers of the gospel, than holiness of doctrine, and strictness of life and conversation. Such as preach and live well, let them expect such enmity and opposition, such malice and persecution, such sufferings and trials, as will shock an ordinary patience and constancy of mind. Our Master met with it, let his zealous ministers prepare for it.

Verses of Luke 23


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Luke 23:13 - The Greek Testament

Luke 23:13 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 23:13 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 23:13 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 23:13 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 23:13 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 23:13 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 23:13 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 23:13 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 23:13 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 23:13 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 23:13 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 23:13 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 23:13 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 23:13 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 23:13 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 23:13 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 23:13 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 23:13 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 23:13 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 23:13 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 23:13 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 23:13 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 23:13 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 23:13 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 23:13 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 23:13 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 23:13 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 23:13 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Luke 23:13 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 23:13 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 23:13 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 23:13 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 23:13 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament