Lu 9:1
9:1 Then {1} he called his twelve disciples together, and gave
    them power and authority over all devils, and to cure

 (1) The twelve apostles are sent forth only at the commandment
     of Christ and equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit:
     both that none of the Israelites might pretend ignorance,
     and also that they might be better prepared for their
     general mission.

Lu 9:4
9:4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there {a} abide, and
    thence depart.

    (a) When you depart out of any city, depart from that place
        where you first took up your lodging: so that in these
        few words the Lord forbids them to change their
        lodgings: for this publishing of the gospel was as it
        were a publishing throughout the whole land, that no one
        in Judea might pretend ignorance, as though he had not
        heard that Christ had come.

Lu 9:7
9:7 {2} Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by
    him: and he {b} was perplexed, because that it was said of
    some, that John was risen from the dead;

 (2) As soon as the world hears tidings of the gospel it is
     divided into differing opinions, and the tyrants especially
     are afraid.
     (b) He stuck as it were fast in the mire.

Lu 9:10
9:10 {3} And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all
     that they had done. And he took them, and went aside
     privately into a {c} desert place belonging to the city
     called Bethsaida.

 (3) They that follow Christ will lack nothing, not even in the
     (c) The word signifies a desert: note, this was not in the
         town Bethsaida, but part of the fields belonging to the

Lu 9:13
9:13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said,
     We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; {d} except
     we should go and buy meat for all this people.

     (d) This is said imperfectly, and therefore we must
         understand it to mean something like this: "We cannot
         give them to eat unless we go and buy, etc.".

Lu 9:16
9:16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and
     looking up to heaven, {e} he blessed them, and brake, and
     gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

     (e) He gave God thanks for these loaves and fishes, and
         prayed at the same time that God would feed this
         multitude which was so great with such a small
         quantity, and to put it briefly, that this whole
         banquet might be to the glory of God.

Lu 9:18
9:18 {4} And it came to pass, as he was {f} alone praying, his
     disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom
     say the people that I am?

 (4) Although the world be tossed up and down between different
     errors, yet we ought not to condemn the truth but be all
     the more desirous to know it, and be more steadfast to
     confess it.
     (f) Alone from the people.

Lu 9:22
9:22 {5} Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be
     rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
     be slain, and be raised the third day.

 (5) Christ himself attained to the heavenly glory, by the cross
     and invincible perseverance.

Lu 9:23
9:23 And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me,
     let him deny himself, and take up his cross {g} daily, and
     follow me.

     (g) Even as one day follows another, so does one cross
         follow another, and the cross is by the figure of
         speech metonymy taken for the miseries of this life:
         for to be hanged on the cross was the most grievous
         and cruel punishment that there was amongst the Jews.

Lu 9:28
9:28 {6} And it came to pass about an eight days after these
     sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into
     a mountain to pray.

 (6) So that his disciples do not stumble at his debasing
     himself in his flesh, he teaches them that it is voluntary,
     showing in addition for a moment the brightness of his

Lu 9:31
9:31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his {h} decease which
     he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

     (h) What death he would die in Jerusalem.

Lu 9:36
9:36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And
     they kept [it] close, and told no man in {i} those days any
     of those things which they had seen.

     (i) Until Christ was risen again from the dead.

Lu 9:37
9:37 {7} And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they
     were come down from the hill, much people met him.

 (7) Nothing offends Christ as much as incredulity, although he
     bears with it for a time.

Lu 9:39
9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out;
     and it teareth him that he foameth again, and {k} bruising
     him hardly departeth from him.

     (k) As it happens in the falling sickness.

Lu 9:43
9:43 {8} And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God.
     But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus
     did, he said unto his disciples,

 (8) We have no reason to promise ourselves rest and quietness
     in this world, seeing that they themselves who seemed to
     fawn upon Christ crucify him shortly after.

Lu 9:44
9:44 {l} Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son
     of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.

     (l) Give diligent ear to them, and once you have heard them
         see that you keep them.

Lu 9:46
9:46 {9} Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them
     should be greatest.

 (9) Ambition results in dishonour, but the result of modest
     obedience is glory.

Lu 9:49
9:49 {10} And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting
     out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he
     followeth not with us.

 (10) Extraordinary things are neither rashly to be allowed nor

Lu 9:51
9:51 {11} And it came to pass, when the time was come that he
     should be received up, he stedfastly {m} set his face to go
     to Jerusalem,

 (11) Christ goes willingly to death.
      (m) Literally, "he hardened his face": that is, he
          resolved with himself to die, and therefore ventured
          upon his journey and cast away all fear of death, and
          went on.

Lu 9:54
9:54 {12} And when his disciples James and John saw [this], they
     said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down
     from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

 (12) We must take heed of zeal and fond imitation which is not
      moderated, even in good causes, that whatever we do, we do
      it to God's glory, and the profit of our neighbour.

Lu 9:55
9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what
     manner of {n} spirit ye are of.

     (n) So the Hebrews say, that is, you do not know what will,
         mind, and counsel you are of: so the gifts of God are
         called the spirit because they are given by God's
         Spirit, and so are the things that are contrary to them
         also called the spirit, which proceed from the wicked
         spirit, such as the spirit of covetousness, of pride,
         and madness.

Lu 9:57
9:57 {13} And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a
     certain [man] said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee
     whithersoever thou goest.

 (13) Those who follow Christ must prepare themselves to endure
      all discomforts.

Lu 9:59
9:59 {14} And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said,
     Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

 (14) The calling of God ought to be preferred without any
      question, before all duties that we owe to men.

Lu 9:60
9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury {o} their dead: but
     go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

     (o) Who, even though they live in this frail life of man,
         yet are strangers from the true life, which is
         everlasting and heavenly.

Lu 9:61
9:61 {15} And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but
     let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my

 (15) Those who follow Christ must at once renounce all worldly