Luke 10:31

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And by chaunce there came downe a certaine Priest that way, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And by chance a certain priest was going down that way: and when he saw him, he went by on the other side.
- Basic English Bible

And a certain priest happened to go down that way, and seeing him, passed on on the opposite side;
- Darby Bible

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
- Webster's Bible

Now a priest happened to be going down that way, and on seeing him passed by on the other side.
- Weymouth Bible

By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
- World English Bible

And it bifel, that a prest cam doun the same weie, and passide forth, whanne he hadde seyn hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And by a coincidence a certain priest was going down in that way, and having seen him, he passed over on the opposite side;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 10:31


10:31 The common translation is, by chance - Which is full of gross improprieties. For if we speak strictly, there is no such thing in the universe as either chance or fortune. A certain priest came down that way, and passed by on the other side - And both he and the Levite no doubt could find an excuse for passing over on the other side, and might perhaps gravely thank God for their own deliverance, while they left their brother bleeding to death. Is it not an emblem of many living characters, perhaps of some who bear the sacred office? O house of Levi and of Aaron, is not the day coming, when the virtues of heathens and Samaritans will rise up in judgment against you?


People's Bible Notes for Luke 10:31


Lu 10:31 A certain priest. Jericho was a city of priests. A priest ought to be a holy man. The law commanded mercy and help to a neighbor (Ex 23:4-5 De 22:1-4). The priest and Levite both disregarded the law in passing the poor sufferer.

Discussion for Luke 10:31

  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 31
    It goes on to show that most heathens possessed more of virtue than the followers of law as they showed more of mercy and love than ignorant obedience to the law.The same is with christianity, a true Christian does as per what Christ teaches us to do to fellowman, just as the samaritan did.It is imperative that we apply these teachings to our everyday lives, especially in the small things... and this brings to my attention to those who have been harrassed by life to be poor.Nowadays you hardly find good people to stop their cars by harmless pedestrians to give them a lift, no, we are concerned about our "self ", our good.we abandon the weightier things just as the Levite and the Priest did.Surely, will Jesus recognise His people......TRAGEDY!!!!

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