Luke 6:36

36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:36 in Other Translations

KJV
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
ESV
36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
NLT
36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
MSG
36 Our Father is kind; you be kind.
CSB
36 Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Luke 6:36 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 6:36

Be ye therefore merciful
Tenderhearted, kind, beneficent to all men, friends and foes:

as your Father also is merciful;
that is your Father which is in heaven; who is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works: nothing is more common in Zohar F25, and the Talmud F26 than to express the Divine Being by no other name, than "the Merciful"; (rma) (anmxr) , "the Merciful said" so, and so; that is, God: and so the Arabians generally begin their books and chapters with these words, "in the name of God, exceeding merciful", or "the merciful commiserator": a saying much like to this in the text, is the Targum of Jonathan, on ( Leviticus 22:28 ) .

``O my people, the children of "Israel, as your father", (Nmxr) , "is merciful" in heaven, so be ye merciful on earth.''


FOOTNOTES:

F25 Zohar in Lev. fol. 2. 2. & 9. 4. & 20. 1. & 22. 1.
F26 T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 15. 2.

Luke 6:36 In-Context

34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. James 2:13
  • 2. Matthew 5:48; Matthew 6:1; Luke 11:2; Luke 12:32; Romans 8:15; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 1:3; 1 John 3:1