Luke 5:16

16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 5:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 But he withdrew himself in the deserts, and prayed.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 But he would go away to places where he could be alone for prayer.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 Yet He often withdrew to deserted places and prayed.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 But Jesus often went away to be by himself and pray.

Luke 5:16 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 5:16

And he withdrew himself into the wilderness
Into a desert place, that he might have rest from the fatigues of preaching and healing diseases; and being alone, and free from company, might have an opportunity for private prayer to God, for so it lows:

and prayed;
this is to be understood of Christ, as man: as God, he is the object of prayer, and petitions are often addressed unto him; and as mediator, he offers up the prayers of all saints, and presents them to his Father; which are acceptable to him, through the incense of his mediation; and as man, he prayed himself: what he now prayed for, is not known; sometimes he prayed for his disciples, and for all that should believe; for their conversion, sanctification, union, perseverance, and glorification; and sometimes for himself, that the cup might pass from him, and he be saved from death; but always with submission to the will of his Father.

Luke 5:16 In-Context

14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.
18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 14:23; S Luke 3:21
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