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Luke 17:23

23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.

Read Luke 17:23 Using Other Translations

And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
And they will say to you, 'Look, there!' or 'Look, here!' Do not go out or follow them.
People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out and follow them.

What does Luke 17:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 17:23

And they shall say unto you, see here, or see there
That is, there is Christ; and in two of Beza's exemplars, the word Christ is added as in ( Matthew 24:23 ) from whence it seems to be transcribed: and the sense is, it shall be said by one or another; Christ is in such a place, or he is in such a place, and he will quickly appear, and deliver the people of the Jews out of all their distresses and calamities by the Romans,

Go not after them nor follow [them]:
the last clause, "nor follow them", is left out in the Syriac and Persic versions; the meaning is, give no credit to them; as if Christ was come again in person, and was in such a place, do not go along with them, where they direct, as into the desert, or into the secret chambers; for to follow them will be very dangerous, of bad consequence, as well as vain and fruitless; see ( Acts 5:36 Acts 5:37 ) .

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