Luke 19:43

43 "For the days will come upon you when your enemies will 1throw up a barricade against you, and 2surround you and hem you in on every side,

Luke 19:43 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 19:43

For the days shall come upon thee
Suddenly, and very quickly, as they did within forty years after this:

that thine enemies;
the Romans, and such the Jews took them to be, and might easily understand who our Lord meant:

shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep
thee in on every side:
which was not only verified in the Roman armies closely besieging them; but particularly in this, as Josephus relates F20 that Titus built a wall about the city, of thirty nine furlongs long, and thirteen forts in it which reached ten furlongs, and all done in three days time; by which means they were pent up, starved, and famished, and reduced to inexpressible distress.


F20 De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 8.

Luke 19:43 In-Context

41 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it,
42 saying, "If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.
43 "For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side,
44 and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
45 Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling,

Cross References 2

  • 1. Ecclesiastes 9:14; Isaiah 29:3; Isaiah 37:33; Jeremiah 6:6; Ezekiel 4:2; Ezekiel 26:8
  • 2. Luke 21:20

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Lit "and"
  • [b]. I.e. a dirt wall or mound for siege purposes
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