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

  • BSP
    If we closely observe the ravens or birds we see that they are fed and are clothed with beautiful feathers. If Jehovah God takes care of these creatures, how much more so will he take care of us?
  • Geraldine Bulos
    Why worry? Remember there is GOD our GOD the Omnipotent, Omnipresence, Omniscient. Mighty of all. The LORD of all. Hallelujah!
  • BSP
    Jehovah God cares for the birds by giving them what is needed to feed them and make sure they are clothed. If God cares for the birds, we can have confidence that he will care for our needs.
  • BSP
    Verse 4~ The worst thing another human can do to us is to put us to death. Our everlasting life lies in the hands of Jehovah God and it is to him that we should be faithful and loyal to in everything.
  • A disciple
    "..hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" Our life in this present evil world is a probationary period until the Day of Reckoning and Eternal Judgment. Good discernment orders its life with a view toward that day in hope of finding mercy, acceptance and salvation.
  • A disciple
    "..Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known." We repent of our sins and begin from that day forward to live with our back to the world and all our old ways, and start reading our Bibles every day, and change our behavior. Over time we experience all outward show being burned up.

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