Luke 4:42

Jesus Preaches in Synagogues

42 1And when it was day, he departed and went 2into a desolate place. And 3the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them,

Luke 4:42 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 4:42

And when it was day
The "day after", as the Persic version renders it;

at the dawning,
or "break of day", as the Syriac. He rose a great while before it was day, as Mark says, ( Mark 1:35 ) but did not go out till it was day, or till day was coming on, when

he departed
from Peter's house, and from Capernaum:

and went into a desert place;
for the sake of solitude, that he might be retired from company, and have an opportunity of privately praying to God:

and the people sought, and came unto him:
they first went to Simon's house, and not finding him there, sought for him elsewhere: and when they understood where he was, they came to him,

and stayed him that he should not depart from them;
they laid hold on him, and held him, and did all they could to persuade him, to abide with them constantly, and not think of removing from them: though perhaps this was not so much from love to Christ's person and presence, or any regard to his ministry, and the good and welfare of their immortal souls, as on account of the miracles he wrought, and the corporal benefits he bestowed on them.

Luke 4:42 In-Context

40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.
41 And demons also came out of many, crying, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them,
43 but he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose."
44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Cross References 3

  • 1. For ver. 42, 43, see Mark 1:35-38
  • 2. Luke 5:16
  • 3. [Mark 1:36]
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