Luke 12:56

“Ye hypocrites, ye can discerne the face of the skie, and of the earth: but how is it that yee doe not discerne this time?”

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[Ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
- King James Version

"You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye hypocrites, ye know how to interpret the face of the earth and the heaven; but how is it that ye know not how to interpret this time?
- American Standard Version (1901)

O false ones! the face of the earth and the heaven is clear to you; how is it that the signs of these times are not as clear to you?
- Basic English Bible

Hypocrites, ye know how to judge of the appearance of the earth and of the heaven; how [is it then that] ye do not discern this time?
- Darby Bible

Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, and of the earth; but how is it, that ye do not discern this time?
- Webster's Bible

Vain pretenders! You know how to read the aspect of earth and sky. How is it you cannot read this present time?
- Weymouth Bible

You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how is it that you don't interpret this time?
- World English Bible

Ypocritis, ye kunnen preue the face of heuene and of erthe, but hou preuen ye not this tyme.
- Wycliffe Bible

hypocrites! the face of the earth and of the heaven ye have known to make proof of, but this time -- how do ye not make proof of [it]?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 12:56


12:56 How do ye not discern this season - Of the Messiah's coming, distinguishable by so many surer signs.


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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