Luke 7:16

16 Fear seized them all, and 1they glorified God, saying, 2"A great prophet has arisen among us!" and 3"God has visited his people!"

Luke 7:16 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 7:16

And there came a fear on all
That were there present, and heard, and saw what was done. Not a fear of dread, and terror, and of punishment, as in devils and wicked men; but a fear and reverence of the divine majesty, whose power and presence they were sensible must be there at that time:

and they glorified God;
they praised him, and gave thanks to him, ascribing this amazing action to divine power, and gave God the glory of it; and blessed him for the Messiah, who was sent unto them, as they concluded Jesus to be, from this wonderful instance:

saying, that a great prophet is risen up among us;
even that great prophet Moses wrote of, and said should be raised up from among the children of Israel, ( Deuteronomy 18:15 Deuteronomy 18:18 ) and that God hath visited his people. The Arabic version adds, "for good". For God sometimes visits for evil, in a wave of wrath and sore displeasure; but this was a visitation for good: they concluded that God had looked upon them with a look of love, and had a gracious regard to them, and had sent them the Messiah, who, they hoped, would deliver them from the Roman yoke; as he had formerly looked upon, and visited their fathers, and sent a redeemer to them, to deliver them from Egyptian bondage. The Ethiopic version renders it, "and God hath mercy on his people"; and the Persic version, "God hath looked upon his people, and hath taken care of them."

Luke 7:16 In-Context

14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise."
15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesusgave him to his mother.
16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"
17 And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
18 The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,

Cross References 3

  • 1. Luke 2:20; Matthew 9:8; Matthew 15:31; Acts 11:18; Acts 21:20; [Matthew 5:16]; See Luke 13:13
  • 2. ver. 39; See Deuteronomy 18:15; Matthew 21:11
  • 3. See Luke 1:68