Luke 9:3

3 He said, "Don't load yourselves up with equipment.

Luke 9:3 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 9:3

And he said unto them, take nothing for your journey
Throughout the towns and cities of Judea, where they were sent to preach the Gospel:

neither staves,
The Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read in the singular number, "neither staff, rod, or club"; and so it was in one of Beza's ancient copies, but in all the rest in the plural, as in Matthew; which last must be the true reading, since one staff was allowed, according as in ( Mark 6:8 ) though more than one were forbidden:

nor scrip;
or bag to put provision in; (See Gill on Matthew 10:10)

Neither bread, neither money;
gold, silver, or brass, to buy bread with; because they were to have it, wherever they came, given them, as their due, and the reward of their labour;

neither have two coats apiece;
the word "apiece" is left out in one copy, nor is it expressed in the Vulgate Latin and the eastern versions, which read as in ( Matthew 10:10 ) though the word does aptly and clearly express the sense of the prohibition, which was not that they should not have two coats among them, but not two apiece; or each man should not have two, or have change of raiment; (See Gill on Matthew 10:10)

Luke 9:3 In-Context

1 Jesus now called the Twelve and gave them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases.
2 He commissioned them to preach the news of God's kingdom and heal the sick.
3 He said, "Don't load yourselves up with equipment.
4 Keep it simple; you are the equipment. And no luxury inns - get a modest place and be content there until you leave.
5 If you're not welcomed, leave town. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and move on."
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