Luke 13:29

29 And 1people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and 2recline at table in the kingdom of God.

Luke 13:29 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 13:29

And they shall come
From all parts the world, from every nation under the heavens; meaning the Gentiles, and which will be a greater aggravation of the punishment of the Jews, and cause still more rage and madness: these shall

come from the east and from the west;
from the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, ( Isaiah 45:6 ) ( Malachi 1:11 )

and from the north, and from the south;
from the most distant parts of the world inhabited by men; see ( Isaiah 43:5 Isaiah 43:6 ) . God has his chosen ones, and Christ has a people in all parts of the world; and therefore his Gospel must be preached to all nations, for the gathering of them in, which will be done in the latter day; and in the resurrection morn, as these will be raised in the several places where they will have been buried, they will come from thence, and make one body, and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and will be for ever with him:

and shall sit down in the kingdom of God;
in Christ's kingdom, in the new heavens, and new earth, as persons that sit down at a table, to partake of a feast; see ( Luke 22:30 ) and in the ultimate glory, where they shall have rest, peace, and joy, for evermore. The Ethiopic version renders it, "they shall rejoice in the kingdom of God"; they shall partake of the joys of heaven; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away; and the Persic version, "and they shall take a repose, and sit and rest"; they shall rest from all their labour, and be in perfect ease and peace; (See Gill on Matthew 8:11).

Luke 13:29 In-Context

27 But he will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!'
28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.
29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you."

Cross References 2

  • 1. [See ver. 28 above]
  • 2. [Luke 14:15; Luke 22:30]
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