First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. It is so contrary to our natural feelings; it implies such elevation above the petty feelings of malice and revenge, and is so contrary to the received maxims of the world, which teach us to "cherish" rather than to forgive the memory of offences, that it is no wonder our Saviour dwells much on this duty, and so strenuously insists on it in order to our having evidence that our hearts have been changed. In recent passages Jesus has been asking some fairly extraordinary things of them – to give away their possessions, to forgive those who wrong you…countless times, to take up his cross, and more. These files were made available by Mr. Ernie Stefanik. 1863-1878. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/luke-17.html. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/luke-17.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/luke-17.html. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". Luke 17:5-10 Dear Partner in Preaching, I have to admit that I feel for the disciples. These are the things we pray to believe. See notes on Luke 13:32; Luke 13:18; Luke 13:10; Luke 15:1. What was there wrong,—or, if not wrong, at least unsatisfactory or ignorant—in the prayer which the Apostles made to Christ in the text? And the apostles said, Lord, increase our faith, And he said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard-seed, And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. It is faith to believe which we desire and ask for: faith to be perfectly sure. Master! "Rabbis of intellectual eminence were often called `uprooters of mountains' in allusion to their powers of solving difficult questions"; and, significantly, Matthew quoted Jesus using the term "mountain" in this same context on another occasion (Matthew 17:20). "Commentary on Luke 17:5". It will not do in these days, to pretend that there are no difficulties in the way of a firm belief. Increase our faith—This conversation we do not view as a continuation of that in the four preceding verses; but rather as a later conversation induced by the same general circumstances, namely, the pressure of the Pharisees of the Herodian party upon the converts and upon the religion of Jesus. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. But the former seemeth to be least strained. I need not try to reckon up, or rehearse, the many truths which come of these, which multiply and are ramified into every detail of our daily life, always more and more as we grow older. The power of faith, and caution against pride in that power, Luke 17:5-10. Matthew 17:20. Key Thought. The apostles therefore very properly pray, Lord, increase our faith after hearing this discourse. Those who offer the prayer should remember the occasion of it. Irreverence and flippancy and self-conceit are the characteristics of any whom you are likely to know. Furthermore, the disciple of Jesus must not only actively seek to avoid being a hindrance to others (verses 1-2), he must aggressively seek to restore one who has falle… "Commentary on Luke 17:5". Keep out of the society of unbelievers. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". "Commentary on Luke 17:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". "Commentary on Luke 17:5". Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Luke 17:5-10 EXEGESIS: LUKE 17:1-10. Every other trouble could be borne, if we were but delivered from doubt; if we were but perfectly sure of certain things which good people often say. I ask then—. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-17.html. ", III. Luke 17:6.—Preacher's Monthly, vol. I. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. And yet the very highest, compared to what it might be, is as nothing. When our Saviour had preached the doctrine and duty of forgiveness, the apostles, instantly pray, Lord, increase our faith. BibliographyClarke, Adam. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Broadman Press 1932,33. III. ἡμ. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Lk 17:5-6 Faith of a mustard seed (// Mt 17:20; Mk 11:23; Mt 21:21; Th 48; Th 106:2; cf. They would have to believe that God could change a person"s heart even though he gave no evidence of genuine contrition by repeatedly sinning and then repeatedly professing repentance. 2.The duty of forgiving offences is one of the most difficult duties of the Christian religion. Luke 17:5, ESV: "The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”" Luke 17:5, KJV: "And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith." And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" BibliographyNisbet, James. 1801-1803. DD. Does the phrase it imply that our faith (πίστις) is given to us by God? Now as they were going away they were cleansed. And the apostles said. 1874-1909. Let me put you on your guard. (Luke 19:11) While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. We are generally apt to pray for the beginning of what is good more and more earnestly than we pray for the continuance and the increase of what is good. 5.] https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/luke-17.html. rather ἐγνώρισεν, Luke 2:15. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Theophylactus) --- Christ compares faith to a grain of mustard seed; because, though the grain be small, it is nevertheless stronger than most herbs. Luke 17:5, NASB: "The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!'" ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 1. Such company cannot possibly do you good. 16 and threw himself prostrate at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. Luke 17:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Luke 17:5, NIV: "The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!'" • Both Naaman and the Samaritan leper were foreigners who sought healing from 1876. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Luke 17:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Luke 17:6, NIV: "He replied, 'If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you." What is the Lord's reply? This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. (Read Luke 17:20-37) The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather within some of them. Hence, he is called the "Author and Finisher" of our faith, Hebrews 12:2. ", II. BibliographyJ. I believe the explanation is this, that the Apostles betrayed in their prayer an ignorance of the true meaning and province of faith; the Lord had just been impressing upon them a plain practical duty, that of forgiving each other their offences, and the Apostles feeling how hard it would be for human nature to fulfil this command, admitting that justice of the Lord's injunction, and fearing lest they should be tempted to forget it, make the prayer that He would increase their faith—as though faith were a kind of preservative from sin of which the more we had the better, as though a certain amount of faith would prevent a man from falling, just as a certain amount of medicine might cure a complaint; and as though if they had only faith enough given to them by God's grace they could be perfect in their walk through this world, and sure of life in the world to come. –Hebrews 11:1-3  John William Russell, Compact Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1964), p. 182. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". Faith is a ladder with many and long ascents. Did you know Jesus is taking note of how full or how empty our heart is of gratitude? iii., p. 350; G. Macdonald, Christian World Pulpit, vol. The apostles wanted more faith so they could meet the challenges of God's demands, but Jesus knew that it was not quantity they needed but quality. There are two things in it: (a)the forgiveness of those who sin against us is, humanly speaking, an impossibility, comparable to the outlandish wonder in view here; and (b) the faith of Christians, without any providential increase of it, is more than enough to enable it to be done. Eventually, though, a mustard plant may attain a height of from 10 to 15 feet [3-5 m] and have sturdy branches, thus virtually becoming a tree. In things truly and spiritually good, without him we can do nothing. 1870. Hence, he is called the “Author and Finisher” of our faith, Hebrews 12:2. Pray with the Psalmist, "Cleanse Thou me from secret faults; keep back Thy servant also from presumptuous sins.". xxxii., p. 149; A. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". "Commentary on Luke 17:5". Almost every day you will find another and another and another seal of prayer, and faith seeing those seals, will learn to ask more and more confidently, and so faith will grow by watching the experiences of prayer. ἡμῖν καὶ πίστιν. Give us more faith; firmer faith, constant faith; faith that does not ebb and flow: faith that is always there. (2) By keeping out of harm's way. v., p. 17; H. W. Beecher, Sermons, 3rd series, p. 420. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. John Trapp Complete Commentary. (5) The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.—The form in which the fragment that thus commences is brought before us suggests, as has been stated before (see Notes on Luke 7:13; Luke 10:1), that it was a comparatively late addition to the collection of “the words of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:35), and this is confirmed by the exceptional use of “the Apostles” for “the disciples.” It may have stood originally in an absolutely isolated form. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". Was not the faith that could “remove mountains” wanted, if ever, here—a faith in the pardoning love of the Father, and in their own power to reproduce it? The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.— Our Lord's discourse in the preceding verses, being very opposite to the common notions concerning the Messiah and his followers, seems to have staggered the faith of the disciples a little. The first deals with faith (verses 5-6) and the second deals with what is expected of disciples (verses 7-10). Lord, increase our faith — That we may thus forgive, and may neither offend nor be offended. They began possibly to fear,that Jesus, who talked in such a manner, was not the person they had hitherto taken him for. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. in Beck. No doubt the felt difficulty of carrying into effect such holy directions-the difficulty first of avoiding offences, and next of forgiving them so divinely. 4. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-17.html. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Sin, Jesus has made very clear in the first four verses of chapter 17, is to be taken most seriously. Luke referred to the Twelve as apostles here probably to highlight the importance of this teaching for disciple leaders. BibliographyAlford, Henry. Luke 17:5-10 Yves I-Bing Cheng, M.D., M.A. 15 Finding himself cured, one of them turned back praising God at the top of his voice. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". The word is only found besides in Schol. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Sycamine tree ... "This word sometimes means the mulberry tree, sometimes the sycamore.". The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. American King James Version × in Luke 17:24-36 Luke 17:24-36  For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. Not quite sure—There are no sadder words; none at all. “The apostles said to the Lord: ‘Increase our faith!’” “The apostles said to the Lord: ‘Increase our faith!’” The Lord answered: If you had faith like a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted … ", I. I put quite aside the special use which they, perhaps, wished to make of a strong faith. Luke 17:5 Translation & Meaning. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". — Luke 17:7-10 NLT. Today I want to look at a familiar story in Scripture in Luke 17:11-19 where we see how Jesus feels about people who are truly thankful. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. By the way we may observe from hence, that as the beginnings, so the increase, of our faith must be from God. 2012. Church Pulpit Commentary. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 1318; J. Kennedy, Christian World Pulpit, vol. Be constantly picking up the returning arrow which you shot into the skies. Faith is a ladder with many and long ascents. Miller was right in affirming that such a wonder as Jesus promised here suggests "that genuine faith can accomplish what experience, reason, and probability would deny, if it is exercised within God's will. But in the face of all difficulties, we take our stand here: that there is evidence adequate to the healthy mind, which proves the grand doctrines by which we live; that there is a God; a future life; that Christ was here; and if here at all, our Sacrifice and Saviour. It is a great thing to ask. 5. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-17.html. 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. Not morally only, but intellectually too, you do not know how it may harm you, incapacitate you, pervert you. "The Fourfold Gospel". B. Bruce, The Parabolic teaching of Christ, p. 168. References: Luke 17:5.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. The duty of forgiving offences is one of the most difficult duties of the Christian religion. Bruce thinks that this sounds much like the stereotyped petition in church prayers. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". There is a twofold difficulty in this passage: (1) The manner in which Christ receives the prayer of the Apostles seems to be not such as we should have expected; and, (2) the connection of thought between the prayer for increase of faith and the Parable of the Unprofitable Servant is far from obvious. just by the performance of those practical duties which the Lord had enjoined; it is not for a man to say, "I cannot do such and such things, because I have not faith enough;" but rather to strive to increase His faith by doing God's will. It was a faith to be miraculously bestowed, energizing them with a burning zeal and eloquence, a clearness in preaching, and an efficiency for performing signs and wonders to demonstrate the divinity of their mission. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". Occasionally, it takes more faith than we might think we are capable of having. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/luke-17.html. By what means shall we get increase of faith? And yet in the things of God whatever lives grows, and whatever grows not, dies.’. 1871-8. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? "Sermon Bible Commentary". BibliographyTrapp, John. And the apostles said unto the Lord (see the note at Luke 11:1), Increase our faith. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". There come the agnostic moments into many a saintly life. We may learn from this: 1.That Jesus has “the power” of increasing the faith of his people. They had been taught this before, and no doubt in the mean time had learned their insufficiency. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/luke-17.html. A servant had no right to expect approval or commendation. 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. They are amazed at the greatness of the faith which is to overcome σκάνδαλα and forgive ἁμαρτήματα as in Luke 17:3-4 :—and pray that more faith may be added to them. 2. "E.W. Matthew 17:19, Matthew 17:20. Paul lays it down absolutely that ‘faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’ It was an age when there was no printing, and therefore there were very few or no books. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary.  J. R. Dummelow, Commentary on the Holy Bible (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937), p. 762. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. On the other hand, its position here indicates a sufficiently traceable sequence. " Hobbs was sure that no miraculous ability was promised Christians in this; because, said he, "We cannot even transplant violets in a garden, to say nothing of transplanting trees from the land into the sea. That command of a seven-fold—i.e., an unlimited—forgiveness seemed to make almost too great a strain on their faith. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/luke-17.html. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Luke 17:11-19 EXEGESIS: LUKE 17:11-19. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". 1685. Anecd. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". Strength comes from him, and especially strength to believe the gospel. Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. BibliographyGill, John. Or we may take the word faith, in its ordinary sense, for the true principle of holiness and virtue, which the disciplesdesired their Master to strengthen in them, because the duty that he had recommended was extremely difficult. "Commentary on Luke 17:5". 1905. 1599-1645. increase our faith — moved by the difficulty of avoiding and forgiving “offenses.” This is the only instance in which a spiritual operation upon their souls was solicited of Christ by the Twelve; but a kindred and higher prayer had been offered before, by one with far fewer opportunities. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". The collect and readings for today, Proper 22C, the Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, may be found here. I n order to give His disciples a perspective on the meaning of servanthood, the Lord Jesus told the parable of the unprofitable servant. Strength comes from him, and especially strength to believe the gospel. Luke 17:5-10 follows Jesus’ stern warning to his disciples concerning causing “little ones” to stumble (17:1-4). p. 787, 15, but in the sense of accurate distinguishing, which it cannot have in this place (Vulg. πρόσθ. It is so contrary to our natural feelings; it implies such elevation above the petty feelings of malice and revenge, and is so contrary to the received maxims of the world, which teach us to “cherish” rather than to forgive the memory of offences, that it is no wonder our Saviour dwells much on this duty, and so strenuously insists on it in order to our having evidence that our hearts have been changed. Till the soul cometh steadily and fixedly to agree to those propositions of the word where this is required, as the indispensable will of God; nay, till it comes firmly to rest upon those promises, and hope for them, which are made to this duty; finally, till it comes to have received Christ, and forgiveness from him, and considers itself bound to forgive, as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven it, Ephesians 4:32; it will hardly come up to the practice of this duty. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-17.html. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". The disciples having heard our Saviour inculcating maxims hard to flesh and blood, such as avoiding scandal, and forgiving our enemies, humbly beg their faith may be increased, that they may be able to comply with these maxims; for they had heard Christ say, that every thing was possible to him that believed. 1896. Whatever admits of increase must have degrees. Increase our faith - This duty of forgiving offences seemed so difficult to the disciples that they strongly felt the need of an increase of faith. Observing and watching the experiences of prayer, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. This is the only example in the Gospels in which the Apostles are marked out as requesting or saying any thing to the Lord. • Luke 17:5-6: Third word: Increase our faith. Often, it takes great faith. This is the only instance in which a spiritual operation upon their souls was solicited of Christ by the Twelve; but a kindred and even higher prayer had been offered to Him before, by one with far fewer opportunities, which in all likelihood first suggested to them this prayer. Literally ‘Add to us faith,’ i.e. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Considering the wondrous work of Christ.—Place yourselves in holy fancy at the foot of His cross; look up into that meek, suffering, loving Face; see those precious wounds; hear Him say, ‘It is for you; it is for you.’ Feel that blood washing out your sins! 1983-1999. (See on Mr 9:24.). Luke 17:5. The prayer of the Apostles in the text is at least one which requires caution in the use; and it becomes positively mischievous if it implies the thought that any gift of faith from God, any supernatural influence, any inspiration from above, can be a substitute for the patient development of the seed of God's grace, the watering of it with prayer, the keeping it clear from noxious intertwining weeds, the pruning and dressing of the tree—in fact, the thorough devotion of our spiritual energies to carrying on the work of grace. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. What has not that death purchased? The high title given, and the spontaneous united request, shew how deeply they had felt the previous lessons. All other rights reserved. II. 0 0 The pericope itself contains two sub-units. What did Jesus means by this promise? II. See the note at Mark 9:24, and Remark 3 at the close of that section. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. I. 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