Luke 13:23

23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them,

Luke 13:23 in Other Translations

23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
23 And someone said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them,
23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He replied,
23 A bystander said, "Master, will only a few be saved?"
23 "Lord," someone asked Him, "are there few being saved?" He said to them,

Luke 13:23 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 13:23

Then said one unto him
Not one of his disciples, but one of the company, in some one of the cities or villages he passed through, or as he was in the road to Jerusalem:

are there few that be saved?
It is a received opinion among the Jews F26, that all Israel shall have a part in the world to come; and this man might put the question to know whether Christ was of this sentiment or not. And by some things he had observed drop from him, and it may be the foregoing parables, which express the small beginnings of his kingdom, and seem to signify, that at first his Gospel should be received but by a few, though it should afterwards spread, he might collect, that his sense was, there would be but a few saved; or this might be a question of mere curiosity and speculation, as it seems to be, by Christ's treatment of it, who does not give a direct answer to it, but puts him and others upon showing a concern for their own salvation.

And he said unto them;
not to the man only that put the question, but to the whole company; though the Persic and Ethiopic versions read, "he said unto him", as follows.


F26 Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 11. sect. 1.

Luke 13:23 In-Context

21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty poundsof flour until it worked all through the dough.”
22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them,
24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
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