Luke 10:25

25 A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to receive eternal life?" 1

Luke 10:25 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 10:25

And behold a certain lawyer stood up
From his seat, having been hearing Christ preach, very likely, in some synagogue; when and where this was, is not certain. The Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions call this man a Scribe; and a lawyer and a Scribe were the same, as appears from ( Matthew 22:35 ) compared with ( Mark 12:28 )

and tempted him;
or tried him whether he understood the law, or whether he would say any thing contrary to it, and see if he could gain any advantage against him, and expose him, and get credit and applause to himself:

saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
the same question as was put by the young ruler in ( Mark 10:17 ) for they were both of the same complexion, and upon the same foundation, seeking eternal life by their own works: (See Gill on Matthew 19:16)

he said unto him;
that is, Jesus, as all the Oriental versions express it.

Luke 10:25 In-Context

23 Then Jesus turned to the disciples and said to them privately, "How fortunate you are to see the things you see!
24 I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, but they could not, and to hear what you hear, but they did not."
25 A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to receive eternal life?"
26 Jesus answered him, "What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?"
27 The man answered, " "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind'; and "Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' "

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Cross References 1

  • 1. 10.25-28Matthew 22.35-40;Mark 12.28-34.