Luke 22:37

37 For I tell you that 1this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: 2'And he was numbered with the transgressors.' For 3what is written about me has its fulfillment."

Luke 22:37 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 22:37

For I say unto you, that this that is written
In ( Isaiah 53:12 )

must yet be accomplished;
it having not been as yet; at least not so perfectly fulfilled:

and he was reckoned among the transgressors.
The Syriac and Arabic versions read in the first person, "and I shall be reckoned" and so the Persic version, "that I may be numbered" and the Ethiopic renders it, "and the Lord Jesus is numbered with sinners"; neither right: for the words are a proper citation from ( Isaiah 53:12 ) which, as the whole prophecy belongs to the Messiah, was fulfilled in Jesus; who, though he was no transgressor, yet being in the likeness of sinful flesh, and dwelling among, and conversing with sinners, was traduced as one, and was joined with Barabbas, a murderer, a thief, and a robber, and put up with him for the people to choose which of the two they would have released; and was at last crucified between two thieves; and more than this, being in the legal place, and stead of his people, and having their sins laid upon him, and imputed to him, he was made and accounted, by imputation, not only a sinner, but sin itself; and as such, was considered in the eye of the law, and by the justice of God, and was treated accordingly; (See Gill on Mark 15:28)

for the things concerning me have an end.
The Syriac version renders it, "all of them"; or "the whole of it", as the Ethiopic version; all that were concerning him; all the counsels, purposes, and decrees of God, relating to his sufferings and death; to the manner in which his death was brought about, by one of his disciples betraying him; to the several indignities he should be used with, by Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Jews, and Roman soldiers; and to his death itself; all which were by the determinate counsel, and foreknowledge of God, and now were about to have, and quickly had their fulfilling end; as also all his own covenant engagements and agreements he entered into with his Father, to bear the sins of many, to make his soul an offering for sin, to be numbered with transgressors, and pour out his soul unto death; and likewise all the types and shadows of the law, all sacrifices in general, and the daily sacrifice in particular, with the passover, brazen serpent, and other things, even the whole law, both moral and ceremonial, had their full and final accomplishment in him; together with all the prophecies of the Old Testament relating to this matter, particularly ( Genesis 3:15 ) ( Psalms 22:12 ) ( Isaiah 53:5-12 ) ( Daniel 9:26 ) ( Zechariah 12:10 ) ( Zechariah 13:6 Zechariah 13:7 ) .

Luke 22:37 In-Context

35 And he said to them, "When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing."
36 He said to them, "But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors.' For what is written about me has its fulfillment."
38 And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords." And he said to them, "It is enough."
39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.

Cross References 3

  • 1. [Acts 1:16]; See Luke 13:33; Matthew 1:22
  • 2. Cited from Isaiah 53:12
  • 3. [John 17:4; John 19:30]
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