Luke 23:34

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then said Iesus, Father, forgiue them, for they know not what they doe: And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Jesus said, Father, let them have forgiveness, for they have no knowledge of what they are doing. And they made division of his clothing among them by the decision of chance.
- Basic English Bible

And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And, parting out his garments, they cast lots.
- Darby Bible

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
- Webster's Bible

Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing." And they divided His garments among them, drawing lots for them;
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots.
- World English Bible

But Jhesus seide, Fadir, foryyue hem, for thei witen not what thei doon.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Jesus said, `Father, forgive them, for they have not known what they do;' and parting his garments they cast a lot.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 23:34


23:34 Then said Jesus - Our Lord passed most of the time on the cross in silence: yet seven sentences which he spoke thereon are recorded by the four evangelists, though no one evangelist has recorded them all. Hence it appears that the four Gospels are, as it were, four parts, which, joined together, make one symphony. Sometimes one of these only, sometimes two or three, sometimes all sound together. Father - So he speaks both in the beginning and at the end of his sufferings on the cross: Forgive them - How striking is this passage! While they are actually nailing him to the cross, he seems to feel the injury they did to their own souls more than the wounds they gave him; and as it were to forget his own anguish out of a concern for their own salvation. And how eminently was his prayer heard! It procured forgiveness for all that were penitent, and a suspension of vengeance even for the impenitent.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 23:34


Lu 23:34 Father, forgive them. This prayer for his murderers is reported only by Luke. It was evidently uttered just after he was nailed to the cross. What divine love in a prayer springing right out of the depth of his physical suffering! They know not what they do. Know not that they reject and slay their own Messiah; know not that, in this act, they doom their city and nation to destruction. "He made intercession for transgressors" (Isa 53:12). They parted his raiment. The executioners cast lots for it. See Joh 18:23.

Discussion for Luke 23

  • SARAH
    Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
    Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
    The women viewed the sepulchre and the body of Jesus on the preparation day (Friday evening before sunset)
  • Steve morrow
    mild bill luke23:39 and one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on HIM saying if thou be CHRIST save thyself and us 40 but the other answering rebuked him saying dost not thou fear GOD seeing thou art in the same condemnation PSALM 34:11 COME YE CHILDREN HEARKEN UNTO ME I WILL TEACH YOU THE FEAR OF THE LORD PRO2:5 THEN SHALT THOU UNDESTAND THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND FIND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
  • Irene123
    V. 56 - " ... and rested the Sabbath day ... "; this was still the dispensation under the law. The New covenant didn't begin until Jesus ascension. Actually there was a space of time when several things happened that signaled the end of O.T. law: Jesus' crucifixion, the vail rent (that vail was 4" thick btw, Jesus appeared after 3 says, etc.
  • Gail Green
    Jesus Christ gave up his life for us when he died on the cross for us sinners
    We now as Christians have to carry our cross in Jesus name.
  • Diriba Bulgu
    Luk 23:54 The piriparation day is Firiday
  • Markie
    Um Michael what are you talking about? The angles didn 't just simply retrieve Jesus 's dead lifeless body. Christ spirit left his body when he died on the cross then that spirit went back into his body 3 days later. That is a resurrection... a once dead body brought back to life. He was seen walking and preaching and even eating in that body after he resurrected then I think 40 days layer he ascended into heaven. How is that like a parent getting their child 's dead body to bury at home? And btw Christ is king.

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