Luke 20:38

“For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the liuing for all liue vnto him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now he is not the God of the dead but of the living: for all men are living to him.
- Basic English Bible

but he is not God of [the] dead but of [the] living; for all live for him.
- Darby Bible

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.
- Webster's Bible

He is not a God of dead, but of living men, for to Him are all living."
- Weymouth Bible

Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him."
- World English Bible

And God is not of deed men, but of lyuynge men; for alle men lyuen to hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and He is not a God of dead men, but of living, for all live to Him.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 20:38


20:38 He is not a God of the dead, or, there is no God of the dead - That is, tho term God implies such a relation, as cannot possibly subsist between him and the dead; who in the Sadducees' sense are extinguished spirits; who could neither worship him, nor receive good from him. So that all live to him - All who have him for their God, live to and enjoy him. This sentence is not an argument for what went before; but the proposition which was to be proved. And the consequence is apparently just. For as all the faithful are the children of Abraham, and the Divine promise of being a God to him and his seed is entailed upon them, it implies their continued existence and happiness in a future state as much as Abraham's. And as the body is an essential part of man, it implies both his resurrection and theirs; and so overthrows the entire scheme of the Sadducean doctrine.


Discussion for Luke 20

  • Houston for verse 36
    It is my belief that a true bible resurrection is rising with an incorruptible body neither can they die anymore so it is my belief that Lazarus was not a bible resurrection but a bringing to life that he died with a natural body hence he died again or else he and the widow son is still here or Luke wrote wrong when he said neither can they die anymore!!
  • Eric
    Bryan, your comment on 2 2, the answer is context. In John 1:1 an "a " is completely out of context and would create multiple god 's. The first and greatest commandment is this "the Lord our God is one, and you shall worship Him with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength. " He is ONE not many.
  • Bozki
    In this chapter Jesus Warns us about the people that leads us, always conform to the Word of God. Just always Read the Word of God......God Bless....
  • RNM 20-4
    LUKE 20-4...Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts 47 Which devour widows ' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation. Sounds like the churches of today. AMEN!
  • why is it that the king James can put the "a " to have it say "a god " here but not have it in John 1:1 for the same Greek word and sentence structure?
  • Brianna for verse 21
    This scripture is interesting. Even his enemies couldn 't deny Jesus truthful teachings. Perhaps they were trying to flatter him, or appease the crowd, but they understood that Jesus taught the truth. Because he taught the truth , he gained so much criticism from the Pharisees.

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