Luke 13:24

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Striue to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say vnto you, will seeke to enter in, and shall not be able.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do your best to go in by the narrow door, for I say to you, A number will make the attempt to go in, but will not be able to do so.
- Basic English Bible

Strive with earnestness to enter in through the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in and will not be able.
- Darby Bible

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
- Webster's Bible

Strain every nerve to force your way in through the narrow gate, He answered; "for multitudes, I tell you, will endeavour to find a way in and will not succeed.
- Weymouth Bible

Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.
- World English Bible

Stryue ye to entre bi the streite yate; for Y seie to you, many seken to entre, and thei schulen not mowe.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Be striving to go in through the straight gate, because many, I say to you, will seek to go in, and shall not be able;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 13:24


13:24 Strive to enter in - Agonize. Strive as in an agony. So the word signifies Otherwise none shall enter in. Barely seeking will not avail. #Mt 7:13|.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 13:24


Lu 13:24 Strive to enter in. The language implies that effort, earnest, agonizing is necessary. The word "strive" in the Greek is "agonizomai", from whence our word "agonize" comes. By the strait gate. The door of the kingdom is so narrow that we cannot take our sins, our lusts, our worldliness and worldly pleasures in with us.

Discussion for Luke 13:24

  • Maxo Louis-Charles for verse 24
    To me believing is not just enough to get you in, because the Demons also believe. Jesus said it himself you must strive. Salvation is a paradox, it is free and costly. Imagine where our Gospel would be today, if the Disciples were not striving. There is no partiality in God, we all must strive to enter in, only the violent will take it by force.
  • Mgbeadichie Chinedu for verse 24
    Strive connotes 'struggle'. You must do all you can or struggle by God's grace to ensure that no form of sin remains with you. But those that take it for pleasure-serving God with sin and still have the mind of entering heaven at the end will be disappointed.
  • Sigmund Ivarsson for verse 24
    Those who try to enter some other way are those who try to come in on account of their own righteousness. It is a terrible trap. The more we obey the law the more we are proud of ourselves. It is human nature. We keep away from temptation and then we think we deserve our place but actually when we find out that all are allowed in we get offended by God's mercy. What happens is that we are offended by God. It is a matter of fact we think how can he let "them" in.This is not a God we can accept and we walk away just as the gates open and the ones who feel like they do not deserve it accept the invitation and enter rejoicing.
  • Sigmund Ivarsson for verse 24
    If the gate is so narrow of course many cannot enter at the same time. Not only that but it is also very low so that you must bow down very low to enter. Watch you heads sort of warning. If your head is up high full of pride you will get knocked out but if you bow you also cannot hide any weapons. These things that the Camel cannot bring in nor a person are worldly goods and the traditions of men. You say but these are our tradition and God says drop them. You say they are sacred, God says they are unclean. All of them to the trash heap to be burned. You say I am burning your honor and I say how perceptive of you. Do you still want to come in?
  • This verse reminds me of (Men ought always to pray and not to faint--Submit to God and give no place to the devil--abide in Me--and God is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him). Hallelujah the Way is plain and simple!
  • Myia Sanders for verse 24
    It is a wake up call to those who want to make it to Heaven. You must finish your work and your not done until you hear God say well done my good and faithful servant. Read Romans 8:9

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