Luke 12:49

“ I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I, if it be already kindled?”

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Other Translations

I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
- King James Version

"I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already kindled?
- American Standard Version (1901)

I came to send a fire on the earth, and it may even now have been lighted.
- Basic English Bible

I have come to cast a fire on the earth; and what will I if already it has been kindled?
- Darby Bible

I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I, if it is already kindled?
- Webster's Bible

I came to throw fire upon the earth, and what is my desire? Oh that it were even now kindled!
- Weymouth Bible

I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled.
- World English Bible

Y cam to sende fier `in to the erthe, and what wole Y, but that it be kyndlid?
- Wycliffe Bible

`Fire I came to cast to the earth, and what will I if already it was kindled?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 12:49


12:49 I am come to send fire - To spread the fire of heavenly love over all the earth.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 12:49


Lu 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth. Conflict and persecution. This was the effect of preaching the gospel. It aroused opposition. See notes on Mt 10:34-37. If it is already kindled. The conflict had already begun. The enemies were seeking his death.

Discussion for Luke 12

  • RSK
    "...for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." To often we wonder about the millionaires and billionaires in this world and look up to them in awe, but that is not how God looks at us. Seek God first and he will supply all our needs. What a powerful message.
  • Stephen Botts
    Verse 25: "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?"

    This does not mean adding height. This means that by taking thought, you cannot prolong your life. You can't add one second to your life, so the Lord Jesus warns us to be ready always.
  • A disciple
    "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?" The thoughts of men are that their possessions and wealth make their greatness: and so idolatry is one of the root sins and causes of all evil in the world. Neither our possessions nor our vain thinking makes us anything more than men.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    I dont know what means but its not purgatory or reincarnation or anything between heaven and hell( apart from your physical life) its appointed of men once to die after this the judgement its heaven or hell thats it!
  • A disciple
    Paul; clearly the Lord here is talking about repentance and forgiveness, and having the wisdom to be prepared to meet our Maker! It only distracts from the intended point to try to find hidden meanings in things like whether this is referring to Purgatory. A good rule for understanding the Scriptures is to read them with respect to the whole context of what was written and apply that to ourselves.
  • Paul
    Is verse 59 referring to a pergatory? If not, what does it mean?

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