Luke 2:14

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good wil towards men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Glory to God in the highest, and on the earth peace among men with whom he is well pleased.
- Basic English Bible

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good pleasure in men.
- Darby Bible

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
- Webster's Bible

Glory be to God in the highest Heavens, And on earth peace among men who please Him!
- Weymouth Bible

Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.
- World English Bible

and seiynge, Glorie be in the hiyeste thingis to God, and in erthe pees be to men of good wille.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Glory in the highest to God, and upon earth peace, among men -- good will.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 2:14


2:14 Glory be to God in the highest; on earth peace; good will toward men - The shouts of the multitude are generally broken into short sentences. This rejoicing acclamation strongly represents the piety and benevolence of these heavenly spirits: as if they had said, Glory be to God in the highest heavens: let all the angelic legions resound his praises. For with the Redeemer's birth, peace, and all kind of happiness, come down to dwell on earth: yea, the overflowings of Divine good will and favour are now exercised toward men.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 2:14


Lu 2:14 Glory to God. The life of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the earth was the working out and development of the song of the angels. It was "Glory to God" illustrated in his consecration and death. It was peace in all the utterances of his lips; peace in his Gospel. It was good will toward men; for every thought, word and act of that blessed life was the translation of God's infinite love into forms visible to the mortal eyes that saw him.

Discussion for Luke 2:14

  • Juancho for verse 14
    Didn't know the gospel acclamation originated with THAT verse.
  • MockingBird for verse 14
    It looks as though much of the world is : Who can I lie to : cheat out of : steal from : how can I please myself today !!! Glory to God in the highest : He has sent peace into the earth through Jesus Christ and He is the Goodwill toward men. Praise God : Notice - Goodwill : It was God 's Good and His will to give us Jesus Christ.
  • Brad Holland for verse 14
    The difference in the King James Version of Luke 2:14 to the Vulgate is worth studying. Wikipedia says it is based on inclusion or omission of a "genitive" vowel at the end of Greek versions of the verse. I have not yet found decisively strong evidence supporting one translation over the other or (alternatively) allowing for both interpretations as would be possible if the original text was not explicit in it's use of language. I would be happy for information explaining the King James interpretation or translation of this verse.