Luke 11:49

49 Therefore also 1the Wisdom of God said, 2'I will send them 3prophets and apostles, 4some of whom they will 5kill and persecute,'

Luke 11:49 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 11:49

Therefore also said the wisdom of God
. The Syriac version only reads "wisdom"; by which seems to be meant not the perfection of God's wisdom: though it is usual with the Jews to represent the divine perfections as speaking, as the justice and mercy of God. They say F2, that

``when the holy blessed God sought to make Hezekiah the Messiah, and Sennacherib, Gog, and Magog, (Nydh tdym) , "the property of judgment", or "justice, said" before the holy, blessed God, Lord of the world''

and so the sense may be here, that the infinite wisdom of God said within himself, determined in his own breast, to do what follows. But I rather think that Christ is intended, who, as God, is the essential wisdom of God; and, as man and mediator, has the spirit of wisdom resting on him, and the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hid in him; since this is said by Christ, ( Matthew 23:34 ) though the words here seem to be the words of the evangelist relating what Christ had said. Some have thought, that some book, under the name of "The Wisdom of God", is here cited, which had in it the following words,

I will send them prophets and apostles;
which, in Matthew, are called prophets, wise men, and Scribes; and by whom are meant the apostles of Christ, and the ministers of the Gospel. The Persic version reads, "lo, I send to you", as in ( Matthew 23:34 ) ,

and some of them they shall slay and persecute;
some of them they shall put to death, and others they shall persecute from one place to another; (See Gill on Matthew 23:34).


F2 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 94. 1. Vid. Targum in Eccl. x. 8. & in Lam. i. 1. & ii. 20.

Luke 11:49 In-Context

47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
48 So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
49 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,'
50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation,
51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.

Cross References 5

  • 1. [Luke 7:35; Prov. 8:12, 22, 23, 30; Matthew 11:19; 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30; Colossians 2:3]
  • 2. For ver. 49-51, [Matthew 23:34-36]
  • 3. See Acts 13:1; 1 Corinthians 12:28
  • 4. See Matthew 21:35
  • 5. 1 Thessalonians 2:15(Gk.)
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