Luke 16:29

29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

Luke 16:29 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
English Standard Version (ESV)
29 But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
New Living Translation (NLT)
29 “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’
The Message Bible (MSG)
29 "Abraham answered, 'They have Moses and the Prophets to tell them the score. Let them listen to them.'
American Standard Version (ASV)
29 But Abraham saith, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses' [Teachings] and the Prophets. Your brothers should listen to them!'
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
29 "But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.'
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
29 "Abraham replied, 'They have the teachings of Moses and the Prophets. Let your brothers listen to them.'

Luke 16:29 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 16:29

Abraham said unto him.
&c.] In reply to this his request:

they have Moses and the prophets;
that is, their writings; which shows this man, and his five brethren, to be Jews; for to them were the oracles of God committed; and these had the writings of Moses and the prophets read to them every sabbath day; and is true, whether the contemporaries and immediate successors of the Pharisees are meant, or the ten tribes: and also shows, that one view of the parable, is to establish the authority of these writings; see ( Luke 16:16 Luke 16:17 ) and that it is a peculiar privilege to have them; and that they ought to be attended to and regarded;

let them hear them;
for they testified concerning Christ, and concerning the sins of the Jews, and the calamities, both temporal and eternal, that should come upon them; and which, testimony was sufficient to leave them without excuse: and indeed, the word of God, read, explained, and heard, is the ordinary means of conversion, or of bringing men to faith and repentance.

Luke 16:29 In-Context

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,
28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Luke 24:27,44; John 1:45; John 5:45-47; Acts 15:21
  • 2. Luke 4:17; Luke 24:27,44; John 1:45
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