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Luke 13:31-35 – Jesus Laments about Jerusalem

Summary

Pharisees warn Jesus about Herod Antipas. Jesus responds that he will not face death until he arrives at Jerusalem.

Analysis

Laments over cities, their crimes, their failures, and their leaders are common in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Jesus speaks as a prophet in this scene as he learns that a ruler is opposing him and as he speaks about Jerusalem's resistance to God's prophets. These verses foretell Jesus' death even as they convey his deep regret for the city's refusal to receive comfort and protection from him. Jesus will address related statements to Jerusalem in Luke 19:41-44.

Luke 13:31-35

The Lament over Jerusalem

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ 32He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me,* “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when* you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”

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