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Luke 2:14 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

14. Glory to God in the highest In the highest heavens. Commentators understand this as a reference to the Jewish threefold heavens. This glory ascends to the highest. This glory among the highest is placed in contrast to the peace on earth. See note on Mat 21:9.

Good will to men Rather good will among men. The first clause represented what takes place between God and men from the mediation of Christ. Glory ascends to heaven, peace descends to earth. Such is the reconciliation between God and men. Good will among men represents men’s reconciliation among each other. Is it a fallacy to suppose that here is a parallel clause for each one of the Holy Trinity? There is God, to whom accrues glory in the highest; there is Christ, who is our peace; there is the Holy Ghost, through whose communion there is good will among men.

It is not clear whether these clauses were sung as a continuous strain, or whether they were heard in single floating fragments, or whether by alternate responses. The last would give them most of the character of the Hebrew choral service. So they would be truly an angel choir in the gallery of the firmament.

Consult other comments:

Luke 2:14 - The Greek Testament

Luke 2:14 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 2:14 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 2:14 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 2:14 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 2:14 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 2:14 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 2:14 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 2:14 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 2:14 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 2:14 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 2:14 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 2:14 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 2:14 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 2:14 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 2:14 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 2:14 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 2:14 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 2:14 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 2:14 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 2:14 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

Luke 2:14 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 2:14 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 2:14 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Luke 2:14 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 2:14 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 2:14 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 2:14 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 2:14 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments