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 23:34

  • Willie B. for verse 34
    It shows the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.while he was working out our salvation.also moved into his role as an assessor for us.Fulfilling Isaiah: 53:12,and Luke:6:27-28
  • Tapiwa Mabhaudhi for verse 34
    In earthly courts ignorance is no defence, but we see a high Priest slain his blood is defying all odds. In all the ignorance of the crucifiers the Lord is interceeding for them even if they did this through ignorance. There is no sin too strong for this special blood of the Lamb. Just receive him today stay blessed
  • If Jesus is God, Who is he praying to on the Cross?
  • K J Sharpe for verse 34
    When Jesus said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." he wasn't talking about the religious community who had asked for his death. He was talking about those who were tasked with torturing him, beating him, nailing him to the cross. Those who knew little to nothing about the significance of what they were doing. Those who didn't understand any of the Jewish traditions, including scripture. Those who didn't even know who Jesus was or what he had done but were simply fulfilling their job descriptions or doing what came naturally to them. These people were "innocent" because of their ignorance.
  • Joseph Vitug for verse 34
    Redemption from sin inherited from the fall, end on the cross and Salvation begins John 3:16. We are commissioned to respect (love) one another.
  • Allen Gruszka for verse 34
    GOD forgive and protect us all from a perverted and fornicating nation of people who have turned away from there creator.

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