Luke 20:41-47

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

41 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David?
42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’[a]
44 David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,
46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

Luke 20:41 in Other Translations

KJV
41 And he said unto them,How say they that Christ is David's son?
ESV
41 But he said to them, "How can they say that the Christ is David's son?
NLT
41 Then Jesus presented them with a question. “Why is it,” he asked, “that the Messiah is said to be the son of David?
MSG
41 Then he put a question to them: "How is it that they say that the Messiah is David's son?
CSB
41 Then He said to them, "How can they say that the Messiah is the Son of David?

Luke 20:41-47 In-Context

39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!”
40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
41 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David?
42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’
44 David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”
45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,
46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Matthew 1:1
  • 2. Psalms 110:1; S Matthew 22:44
  • 3. S Luke 11:43

Footnotes 1

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