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

  • Lu2677
    Edna, What is your conclusion of; (The story of the Good Samaritan, and the Lord's answer to the lawyer he was talking to) Luke 10:25 through 37? I hope to get an answer from you.
  • Anna
    Irene: Yes, sorry, I translated it in my head from the Finnish bible.
  • Irene123
    Anna - I guess your Bible says - "locked"; the KJV just says shut. That's okay, they very well could have been locked - for fear of the unbelieving Jews.
  • Anna
    Irene: John 20:26. Jesus appears to His disciples.
  • Irene123
    Anna - "..... behind locked doors". What locked doors; where were these doors at ..... ?
  • Anna
    The keys to the kingdom of heaven were given to God's children to loose and bind sins. When someone is on the wayside burdened with a load of sins, the conscience feeling hells burning flames, a child of God stops to heal with the words of the forgiveness of sins. That power has been given to the congregation which Jesus established behind locked doors.

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