Luke 3:23

“And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Iesus himselfe began to be about thirty yeeres of age, being (as was supposed) the sonne of Ioseph, which was the sonne of Heli,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jesus himself, when he began `to teach', was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the `son' of Heli,
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Jesus at this time was about thirty years old, being the son (as it seemed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
- Basic English Bible

And Jesus himself was beginning to be about thirty years old; being as was supposed son of Joseph; of Eli,
- Darby Bible

And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, who was the son of Heli,
- Webster's Bible

And He--Jesus--when He began His ministry, was about thirty years old. He was the son (it was supposed) of Joseph, son of Heli,
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus himself, when he began to teach, was about thirty years old, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
- World English Bible

And Jhesu hym silf was bigynninge as of thritti yeer, that he was gessid the sone of Joseph, which was of Heli,
- Wycliffe Bible

And Jesus himself was beginning to be about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, son of Joseph,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 3:23


3:23 And Jesus was - John's beginning was computed by the years of princes: our Saviour's by the years of his own life, as a more august era. About thirty years of age - He did not now enter upon his thirtieth year (as the common translation would induce one to think) but he now entered on his public ministry: being of such an age as the Mosaic law required. Our great Master attained not, as it seems, to the conclusion of his thirty - fourth year. Yet what glorious achievements did he accomplish within those narrow limits of time! Happy that servant, who, with any proportionable zeal, despatches the great business of life; and so much the more happy, if his sun go down at noon. For the space that is taken from the labours of time, shall be added to the rewards of eternity. The son of Heli - That is, the son - in - law: for Heli was the father of Mary. So St. Matthew writes the genealogy of Joseph, descended from David by Solomon; St. Luke that of Mary, descended from David by Nathan. In the genealogy of Joseph (recited by St. Matthew) that of Mary is implied, the Jews being accustomed to marry into their own families.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 3:23


Lu 3:23-38 The Genealogy. For a comparison of the genealogies given by Matthew and Luke, see notes on Mt 1:1-17. In these notes I have followed Godet, Van Oosterzee, and others in the view that Luke gives the line of Mary, and therefore the line of Christ. Jesus was only "supposed to be the son of Joseph", but was "the son" (i.e, descendant, grandson) "of Heli", the father of Mary.

Discussion for Luke 3:23

  • Larry richards for verse 23
    What does "being (AS WAS SUPPOSED) the son of Joseph" mean? Does it mean that God in his infinite wisdom and abilities found a method for Mary to be virgin, and yet for Joseph to be the biological father of Jesus? Is such thing possible today via medical procedure? If so, then why couldn't God have done the same or similar thing?

Bible Options