Luke 23:34

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then said Iesus, Father, forgiue them, for they know not what they doe: And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Jesus said, Father, let them have forgiveness, for they have no knowledge of what they are doing. And they made division of his clothing among them by the decision of chance.
- Basic English Bible

And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And, parting out his garments, they cast lots.
- Darby Bible

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
- Webster's Bible

Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing." And they divided His garments among them, drawing lots for them;
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots.
- World English Bible

But Jhesus seide, Fadir, foryyue hem, for thei witen not what thei doon.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Jesus said, `Father, forgive them, for they have not known what they do;' and parting his garments they cast a lot.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 23:34


23:34 Then said Jesus - Our Lord passed most of the time on the cross in silence: yet seven sentences which he spoke thereon are recorded by the four evangelists, though no one evangelist has recorded them all. Hence it appears that the four Gospels are, as it were, four parts, which, joined together, make one symphony. Sometimes one of these only, sometimes two or three, sometimes all sound together. Father - So he speaks both in the beginning and at the end of his sufferings on the cross: Forgive them - How striking is this passage! While they are actually nailing him to the cross, he seems to feel the injury they did to their own souls more than the wounds they gave him; and as it were to forget his own anguish out of a concern for their own salvation. And how eminently was his prayer heard! It procured forgiveness for all that were penitent, and a suspension of vengeance even for the impenitent.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 23:34


Lu 23:34 Father, forgive them. This prayer for his murderers is reported only by Luke. It was evidently uttered just after he was nailed to the cross. What divine love in a prayer springing right out of the depth of his physical suffering! They know not what they do. Know not that they reject and slay their own Messiah; know not that, in this act, they doom their city and nation to destruction. "He made intercession for transgressors" (Isa 53:12). They parted his raiment. The executioners cast lots for it. See Joh 18:23.

Discussion for Luke 23

  • BSP
    Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent but he let his fear of men control his actions and this led to him cooperating in the murder of Jesus Christ.
  • Gail Green
    Jesus Christ gave up his life for us when he died on the cross for us sinners
    We now as Christians have to carry our cross in Jesus name.
  • Diriba Bulgu
    Luk 23:54 The piriparation day is Firiday
  • Markie
    Um Michael what are you talking about? The angles didn 't just simply retrieve Jesus 's dead lifeless body. Christ spirit left his body when he died on the cross then that spirit went back into his body 3 days later. That is a resurrection... a once dead body brought back to life. He was seen walking and preaching and even eating in that body after he resurrected then I think 40 days layer he ascended into heaven. How is that like a parent getting their child 's dead body to bury at home? And btw Christ is king.
  • Bozki
    How Great is our Lord Jesus Christ.....Let us not put into nothing What Jesus Did on the Cross to Cleanse us from all our Sins.Love our neighbours just like ourselves, Share to others the Salvation we have in Christ Jesus...God Bless...
  • Domnic Dsouza for verse 31
    specially these last 25 30 years i see and feel the dryness in everything, there was a time when people were concerned and cared for others, But now i see the third floor partying while ground floor someone has expired. there was a time when the wife would mourn a husbands death for a year and more, but now you see her in someone else s arms within a month or two. there was a time when parents were cared till the last breath, but now they are sent to the old age home on the first sign of sickness is this is not the dry wood situation that Christ was talking about.

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