Luke 18:34

34 1But they understood none of these things. 2This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Luke 18:34 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 18:34

And they understood none of these things
"Not one of them", as the Syriac and Persic versions render it; every article of his sufferings and death were unintelligible by them; they knew not how to understand him in any one point: or how to reconcile these things to the notions they had entertained of the temporal grandeur, and glory, of the Messiah, and his kingdom; and which shows their great ignorance of the prophecies of the Old Testament concerning these things.

And this saying,
or "thing"; for it answers to the Hebrew word (rbd) , which signifies any affair, or matter, as well as a word, or saying: and so here, the whole of this affair

was hid from them;
unless it should have a peculiar regard to that part of it, which expresses his resurrection from the dead; see ( Mark 9:10 ) or the delivery of him to the Gentiles, ( Luke 9:44 Luke 9:45 )

neither knew they the things which were spoken;
the meaning of them. The Ethiopic version leaves out this, and puts the former clause, by way of question, "and he said unto them, and is this saying hid from you?"

Luke 18:34 In-Context

32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon.
33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise."
34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant.

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Mark 9:32
  • 2. Luke 9:45; [Luke 24:16]
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