Luke 17:20-37

The Coming of the Kingdom of God

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,
21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[a]
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.
24 For the Son of Man in his day[b] will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.
29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.
32 Remember Lot’s wife!
33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.
34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.[c]
37 “Where, Lord?” they asked. He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

Luke 17:20-37 In-Context

18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,
21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.
24 For the Son of Man in his daywill be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.
29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.
32 Remember Lot’s wife!
33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.
34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”
37 “Where, Lord?” they asked. He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

Cross References 17

  • 1. S Matthew 3:2
  • 2. ver 23
  • 3. S Matthew 8:20
  • 4. Matthew 9:15; S Luke 5:35
  • 5. Matthew 24:23; Mark 13:21; Luke 21:8
  • 6. Matthew 24:27
  • 7. S Matthew 16:21
  • 8. Luke 9:22; Luke 18:32
  • 9. Mark 13:30; Luke 21:32
  • 10. Genesis 6:5-8; Genesis 7:6-24
  • 11. Genesis 19:1-28
  • 12. Matthew 10:23; S Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:3,27,37,39; Matthew 25:31; S 1 Corinthians 1:7; S 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; 2 Peter 3:4; S Revelation 1:7
  • 13. Matthew 24:17,18; Mark 13:15-16
  • 14. Genesis 19:26
  • 15. S John 12:25
  • 16. Matthew 24:41
  • 17. Matthew 24:28

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or "is within you"
  • [b]. Some manuscripts do not have "in his day."
  • [c]. Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 24:40.
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