Luke 20:38

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the liuing for all liue vnto him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now he is not the God of the dead but of the living: for all men are living to him.
- Basic English Bible

but he is not God of [the] dead but of [the] living; for all live for him.
- Darby Bible

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him.
- Webster's Bible

He is not a God of dead, but of living men, for to Him are all living."
- Weymouth Bible

Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him."
- World English Bible

And God is not of deed men, but of lyuynge men; for alle men lyuen to hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and He is not a God of dead men, but of living, for all live to Him.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 20:38


20:38 He is not a God of the dead, or, there is no God of the dead - That is, tho term God implies such a relation, as cannot possibly subsist between him and the dead; who in the Sadducees' sense are extinguished spirits; who could neither worship him, nor receive good from him. So that all live to him - All who have him for their God, live to and enjoy him. This sentence is not an argument for what went before; but the proposition which was to be proved. And the consequence is apparently just. For as all the faithful are the children of Abraham, and the Divine promise of being a God to him and his seed is entailed upon them, it implies their continued existence and happiness in a future state as much as Abraham's. And as the body is an essential part of man, it implies both his resurrection and theirs; and so overthrows the entire scheme of the Sadducean doctrine.


Discussion for Luke 20

  • Rama
    This chapter removes all doubt that Jesus is indeed the son of God as shown in the parable here. Also, there is a resurrection for all who have died including our loved ones. Also this chapter as others in the gospel shows Jesus' answers could not come from any ordinary person and could not be made up by anyone. Jesus is indeed the true messiah even the blind world still cannot see the truth.
  • Alex
    Jesus preached replacement theology when he said them that are born of a woman there is not a greater then john,( Israel ). but he that is least in the kingdom is greater then John which is the H.G. THE ISRAEL OF GOD, Much greater then Abrahams seed, Which is them THAT ARE Born of the spirit, the seed of Christ which are the children of PROMISE I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven.
  • Ian Marshall
    So Jesus was preaching a form of replacement theology. The kingdom of God has been given to the Church and taken from the Jewish religion until the time when the Jews receive Christ as their Messiah.
  • Zeingoff
    Who among you can understand parable, the way Jesus taught. A certain man is God. He let the vineyard to tribes of Israel. He sent forth the prophet whom the people despised. Lastly he sent his son Jesus, who they killed, hoping to gain his inheritance. But God will give it to those who are prepared.
  • Irene123
    Stephede - When Jesus was teaching here - the Gospels hadn't even been heard of; none of the N.T. was even begun being written until about 15 yrs. after the church of Jesus was begun in Acts ch. 2. EVERYTHING Jesus taught was from the O.T. He said himself the "law, and the Prophets, and the Psalms testify of me". The 15 yrs. after the ch. began - the apostles taught from the O.T.
  • Stephede
    Luke 1 state that Jesus was in the temple(as was his habit, teaching from the gospel. He wasn't teaching The letters of Paul! He was teaching the Torah and the Prophets. The parable of the vineyard and the greedy husbandman shows how God, Father has always sent his elect to witness on earth, including Jesus, whom he raised from the dead, and still on earth their is wicked and greedy people. Oi

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