Luke 6:46

The Wise and Foolish Builders

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Luke 6:46 in Other Translations

46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
46 "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?
46 "Why are you so polite with me, always saying 'Yes, sir,' and 'That's right, sir,' but never doing a thing I tell you?
46 "Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things I say?

Luke 6:46 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 6:46

And why call ye me Lord, Lord
Or, "my Lord, my Lord", as the Syriac version renders it; acknowledging, in words, his government over them; claiming an interest in him, and making use of his name and authority:

and do not the things which I say;
or "command"; and therefore such words in their mouths would be of no use to them, since they neither did his Father's will, which he taught them, nor observed his commands and ordinances which he enjoined them; and therefore should not enter into the kingdom of heaven, nor be owned by him another day, but should be bid to depart from him; (See Gill on Matthew 7:21). (See Gill on Matthew 7:22). (See Gill on Matthew 7:23).

Luke 6:46 In-Context

44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.
48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S John 13:13
  • 2. Malachi 1:6; Matthew 7:21