IN THOSE DAYS. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. for the doxology, as the particle καὶ , and [between δόξα — Θεῷ and ἐπὶ γ . Men (and women) of God’s good pleasure. Although the message of salvation was for all people - the Messiah had to be Jewish. “Glory in the highest heavens to God. – Luke 2:14 NIV. Luke 2 New International Version (NIV) The Birth of Jesus. KJV: King James Version . This first phrase of Luke 2:14 has only four words in the Greek text, and what they mean is not debated by scholars. Luke 2:1-7 is an account of the birth of Jesus. This is a not-so-subtle intimation that this newborn child was not only the promised Messiah, but also the One known as "the Lord" in the Old Testament. We read that on earth there will be peace... among men of goodwill. What does this verse really mean? These two versions of the verse actually stem from a rather tiny variant between the manuscripts of Luke's gospel. Only they will discover the joy of the Lord in their hearts and peace with God in their lives. (g) God's ready, good, infinite, and gracious favour towards men. The shepherds were given the profound privilege of being among the first to hear the good news of great joy about the Savior of the world. Nevertheless, most modern versions say, “Glory to God in the highest,” which does not communicate well to the modern reader, and in fact can be confusing. Luke 2:14, ESV: "“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”" Luke 2:14, KJV: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." By diffusing in the heart universal good-will to people - "disposing," people to lay aside their differences, to love one another, to seek each other's welfare, and to banish envy, malice, pride, lust, passion, and covetousness - in all ages the most fruitful causes of difference among people. NET This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) Verses 1–19 are commonly read during Nativity plays as part of celebrating Christmas Text. Luke 2:8-20 is an account of the shepherds who first heard the good news of Jesus’ birth.The second section can be broken into two smaller parts as follows: 2:8-14 (the angels’ announcement) and 2:15-20 (the shepherds’ response). Browse Sermons on Luke 2:14. I know that without Jesus there is nothing I could have done to warrant peace with You, for I acknowledge that I am a sinner, deserving of death - but glory to God in the highest, that peace has been granted to men with whom You are pleased. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. follows. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, πλῆθος στρατιᾶς οὐρανίοÏ, μέγας ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν καὶ ἔνδοξος ἐν ὑψίστοις, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. On earth peace - That is, the gospel will bring peace. Although this good news which was delivered by the angels is open to ALL who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - nowhere in Scripture is it taught that peace on earth is for all men. "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased." The fact that it is in the "dative plural" form means that it should be transl… … Continue reading "Commentary on Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]" Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. A text-critical exploration of the final phrase of Luke 2:14, advocating the adoption of EUDOKIA. No wonder the Bible records that they were sore afraid. He had to be the Son of God, born of a Jewish virgin, in the little town of Bethlehem, as a descendent of David and Abraham. 4. How many angels constitute a multitude? (Luke Commentary - See also sermon Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem - Part 1 for some of the historical background). But the true message that was shared on that Bethlehem hillside, was that these good tidings which spoke of joy to mankind and peace on earth were for a particular group of people. Luke 2:14 Translation & Meaning. Wyc., to men of good-will. Luke 2:14 is the last phrase of the words spoken by the angels of heaven to the shepherds who were watching that night the flocks, indeed sacrificial flocks designed for the soon coming Passover, concerning the newborn Christ. give, “on earth peace among men of good will”—i.e., among men who are the objects of the good will, the approval and love of God. Luke 2:1-14. Peace WITH God is received when one is justified by faith. Only those that trust in the name of the only begotten Son of the Father are identified in this verse as, "men of goodwill.". It all actually boils down to the presence or absence of a single Greek letter. Moreover, Christ may be said to be "peace", because he is the donor of all true solid peace and real prosperity, both external, which his people have in the world, and with each other; and internal, which they have in their own breasts, through believing in him, and attending on his ordinances; and eternal, which they shall have for ever with him in the world to come. Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. It is obvious, however, that the “peace” of the angels’ hymn is something far higher than any “such as the world giveth”—peace between man and God, and therefore peace within the souls of all who are thus reconciled. Luke 2:14(NASB) Picture courtesy of Michael Dudash. Christ came to fulfil both the Law and the prophets and not one prophetic scripture relating to Christ's first advent was broken - and every prophecy relating to His second coming will likewise be fulfilled, to the glory of God. 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. "Among" the highest that is, among the angels of God; indicating that "they" felt a deep interest in this work, and were called on to praise God for the redemption of man. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Deus gratuito suo favore homines dignatus sit” (Calvin). Luke 2:14. The first word is what's called a dative, plural form of the word "ἄνθρωπος" (anthropos), a word for "man." And. 2. He had to fulfil these and numerous other prophecies to fulfil Scripture, and thus He became qualified in two distinct areas 1) as Messiah of Israel and 2) Saviour of the world. LUKE 2:1-3. New International Version (NIV) a. Luke 2:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Luke 2:14, NIV: "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'" The “peace on earth” has not unfrequently been connected, as in Milton’s Ode on the Nativity, with the fact that the Roman empire was then at peace, and the gates of the Temple of Janus closed because there was no need for the power of the god to go forth in defence of its armies. All these are beyond our full comprehension. And suddenly there was with the angel, &c. — The welcome news was no sooner published, than a multitude of heavenly beings were heard celebrating, in songs and hymns divine, the praises of God, on account of his unspeakable mercy and love to men; and saying, Glory to God in the highest, &c. — The shouts of a multitude are generally broken into short sentences, and are commonly elliptic; which … Luke 2 is the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament. What an exquisite sound must have greeted their ears, when that immense celestial chorus joined that angelic messenger, as the entire host of angels lit up the night sky, and broke forth into their thrilling song of rejoicing, "glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men - with whom God is pleased.". This rejoicing acclamation strongly represents the piety and benevolence of these heavenly spirits: as if they had said, Glory be to God in the highest heavens: let all the angelic legions resound his praises. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Understand the meaning of Luke 2:14 using all available Bible versions and commentary. The words stand in the Greek, as in the English, without a verb, and may therefore be understood either as a proclamation or a prayer. Let us join with that angelic chorus, and tell souls that are dead in their sins the truth. Luke 2:13-14. But Jesus came to make peace; and this he did. Heavenly Father, thank You that I have peace with God, and as Your born-again child, that I have received Your goodwill and grace, not only in this age but in the ages to come. What a glorious sight those shepherds must have encountered that night when the angel of the Lord suddenly appeared before them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them - as they tended their little flocks of sheep, on those dark hills encircling the little town of Bethlehem. Both Tischendorf and Westcott and Hort read εὐδοκίας which the Rev. By diffusing the principles of universal peace among nations. Details recorded by Luke. Luke 2:1-20 Luke 2:14 "The Angels' Song" Introduction We've been looking at the songs of Christmas that we find in the Bible: the first three Sundays of Advent we looked at the song of Hannah, the song of Zechariah, and the song of Mary; today, we look at the song of the angels; and, this coming Sunday we are looking at the song of Simeon. Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. The heavenly chorus sings, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men” (2:14). The world is at war with God; sinners are at enmity against their Maker and against each other. 2 (This was the first census that took place while [] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) Moreover, according to Luke 2:13 ( αἰνούντων τ. θεόν) it is more in harmony with the text to understand εὐδοκία on the part of God, in which case the quite usual meaning of the word ( ἐπανάπαυσις τοῦ θεοῦ, Theophylact) is retained; “quod sc. The Arabic version renders it, "cheerfulness in men"; as there is a great deal of reason for it, on account of the birth of the Saviour and peace maker, the salvation that comes by him to men, and the glory brought thereby to God. The title "Christ the Lord" would probably have been said as "Messiah Adonai" in the Aramaic that these shepherds spoke. They could have decided that their own sacrificial sheep were more important than the Lamb of God. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Whether we have recorded in Luke’s Gospel all that this heavenly force expressed on that occasion is a matter of speculation. We may see a reference to the thought, possibly even to the words of the angelic song, in St. Paul’s way of speaking of Christ as being Himself “our peace (Ephesians 2:14). Luke 2:14. In the highest - This is capable of several meanings: 1. 3. O that not only "angels," but "men," would join universally in this song of praise! In Luke 2:14, we treasure the sweetness Luke so carefully penned and preserved. The peace OF God within and peace ON earth, during Christ's millennial reign, is only given to - men of goodwill. By bringing the sinner to a state of peace with his Maker; inducing him to lay down the weapons of rebellion and to submit his soul to God, thus giving him the peace which passeth all understanding. Peace with God and the favour of God comes by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. Luke 2:11 Or Messiah. 1 Now in those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. They are praising God because this baby will become a man who fulfills the plan for our salvation. On earth peace, good will toward men.—The better MSS. Surely, if God so loved us "first," we ought also to love him, 1 John 4:19. and on earth peace: by which is meant, not external peace, though, at this time there was peace on earth all the world over; nor internal peace, as distinguished from that eternal peace which the saints enjoy in heaven; nor even peace made by Christ; for this, as yet, was not done on earth, but was to be made by the blood of his cross: rather Christ himself is here intended, who is called "the man, the peace" Micah 5:5 and "our peace", Ephesians 2:14 and was now on earth, being just born, in order to make peace with God, and reconciliation for the sins of the people: and he is so called, because he is the author of peace between Jew and Gentile, which were at enmity with each other; by abrogating the ceremonial law, the cause of that enmity; by sending the Gospel to them, and converting some of each; and by granting the like privileges to them both; see Ephesians 2:14 and because he is the author of peace between God and elect sinners, who, through the fall, are at enmity against, God, and enemies in their minds by wicked works unto him; nor can they make their peace with God; they know not the way of it; nor are they disposed to it; nor can they approach to God to treat with him about terms of peace; nor can they do those things that will make their peace with God, as satisfying his justice, and fulfilling his law: Christ only is their peace maker; he only is fit for it, being God and man in one person, and so a daysman that can lay his hands on both, and has a concern in each, in things pertaining to God, and to make reconciliation for the sins of the people: he only is able to do it, and he has done it by the blood of his cross; and a very excellent peace it is he has made: it is made upon the most honourable terms, to the satisfaction of justice, and the magnifying of the law of God; and is therefore a lasting one, and attended with many blessings, such as freedom of access to God, and a right to all the privileges of his house; and the news of it are glad tidings of good things: and those angels that first brought the tidings of it, may be truly called, as some of the angels are by the Jews (t), "angels of peace". Good will toward men - The gift of the Saviour is an expression of good-will or love to people, and therefore God is to be praised. Luke 2:14 Context. Although the gospel message that these angels shared continues to be available to ALL men, only those that enjoy goodwill before the Lord, by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, and trusting in the name of the only begotten Son of God for the forgiveness of sins, will enjoy the peace on earth that this heavenly choir proclaimed. [13] Λεγόντων , saying ) This whole hymn consists of two members, and has a doxology, or thanksgiving which in its turn consists of two members, and an Ætiology [or an assigning of the reason (See Append.)] Thank You that because I am positioned in Christ and clothed in His righteousness, I am identified with Him, have found favour in Your sight, and the peace of God in my heart. 3. There is no peace to the wicked. Only those that have been saved by grace, will be among the joyful congregation that witnesses the Prince of Peace, when He comes to set up His everlasting Kingdom - when peace on earth will be governed in righteousness, and Jesus is crowned King of kings and Lord of lords. NASB, RSV, ESV, NET - "on earth peace AMONG THOSE WITH WHOM HE IS PLEASED." Included illustrations and embedded links. No words can express the greatness of that love. NIV, Catholic St. Joseph New American Bible 1970 - "peace on earth TO THOSE ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS." But what a great consolation to hear the angel's comforting words, and receive his uplifting reassurance - that he had come to bring good tidings of great joy, for all the people! The Vulgate Latin version, and some copies, as the Alexandrian, and Beza's most ancient one, read, "peace on earth to men of good will"; and which must be understood, not of men that have a good will of themselves, for there are no such men: no man has a will to that which is good, till God works in him both to will, and to do of his, good pleasure; wherefore peace, reconciliation, and salvation, are not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy: but of such who are the objects of God's good will, and pleasure, whom he loves, because he will love, and has mercy and compassion on them, and is gracious to them, because he will be so; and therefore chooses, redeems, and regenerates them of his own will, and because it seems good in his sight. "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.". What Luke does record for us is a couplet (2:14). The other construction, “Peace to men of peace,” which the Christian Year has made familiar, is hardly consistent with the general usage of the New Testament as to the word rendered “good will.” The construction is the same as in “His dear Son,” literally, the Son of His Love, in Colossians 1:13. 4. According to this the rendering is, unto men of good pleasure, or as Rev., among men in whom he is well pleased. God has promised peace to men with whom the Lord is well-pleased - those that are saved by grace through faith in Christ. Origen quoted Luke 2:14 with e u d o k i a in Against Celsus 1:60, and in Book One of his Commentary on John (according to the 1989 edition by Ronald E. Heine, page 49) but he is thought to have used a different form of the text when he wrote Homily #13 on Luke in the 230’s. If the gospel of Jesus should universally prevail, there would be an end of war. Luke 2:1-14 KJV. Which of these meanings is the true one it is difficult to determine; but in this they all agree, that high praise is to be given to God for his love in redeeming people. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of God’s good pleasure, or, ‘in whom He is well pleased,’ The best authorities, by the insertion of a single letter in the Greek, read: ‘men of good pleasure.’ The word is elsewhere translated ‘good-will,’ but it must mean God’s good-will or good-pleasure, not man’s. will towards men; that is, to the free favour, good will, and pleasure of God towards chosen men in Christ Jesus: that Christ was on earth as the peacemaker, or giver, was owing to God's good will; not to angels, for good angels needed him not as such; and the angels that sinned were not spared, nor was a Saviour provided for them; but to men, and not to all men; for though all men share in the providential goodness of God, yet not in his special good will, free grace, and favour: but to elect men, to whom a child was born, and a Son given, even the Prince of Peace: it was from God's good will to these persons, whom he loved with an everlasting love in Christ, laid up goodness for them in him, blessed them with all spiritual blessings in him, and made a covenant with him for them; that he provided and appointed his son to be the Saviour and peace maker; that he sent him into this world to be the propitiation for sin; and that he spared him not, but delivered him up into the hands of men, justice, and death, in order to make peace for them. The shepherds could have sat back and thought, “Cool, we just saw angels.” They could have debated over the meaning of the words, or felt pride in being the ones who got to see the heavens opened up. "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One"; also in verse 26. Verse Thoughts. Cancel. Explanation and Commentary of Luke 2:14 It is difficult to fathom what it would be like to experience what these shepherds experienced. I intend to analyze these words, especially the last phrase, en … The phrase "goodwill toward men" in the traditional reading is a translation of two words: ἀνθρώποις (anthropois) and εὐδοκία (eudokia). And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. Yet how little does man feel it! In the highest heavens - indicating that the praise of redemption should not be confined to the "earth," but should spread throughout the universe. Map of the events in the Nativity of Jesus narrative found in the Gospel according to Luke. You see, the angels singing the praise of God, here in Luke 2:14, know that this precious baby will grow up to be King of both Heaven and Earth! Luke 2:11-14. 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. What Does Luke 14:12-14 Mean? and how many turn away from the highest love of God, and treat the expression of that love with contempt! 1. The work of redemption is uniformly represented as the fruit of the love of God, John 3:16; Ephesians 5:2; 1 John 4:10; Revelation 1:5. The Saviour was predicted as the Prince of peace, Isaiah 9:6. 2. And now Christ being the peace on earth, is owing to. Praise Your holy name that both peace with God and the peace of God, is available to who place their faith in the only begotten Son of God, in Whose name I pray, AMEN. Bible Language English. At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. Luke 2:14 KJB, NKJV - "on earth peace, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN." This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. You will be able to enjoy peace in its richness when you live a life that is pleasing to God, living in His way and walking in His path. Peace on earth to people who enjoy God's favour." The words "God in the highest" may be equivalent to "the Most High God," and be the same as saying, "Let the most high God be praised for his love and mercy to people.". Luke 2:2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. Let us tell all who are at enmity with God, the good news of the gospel of grace - that Christ died for their sins, and rose again.. so that ALL who believe on Him would not perish, but receive peace with God and be granted the peace of God in their heart. That’s the meaning of these words in Luke 2:14, Peace on earth to those in whom God is pleased. The Syriac and Persic versions read, "good hope to men"; as there is a foundation laid in Christ the peace, of a good hope of reconciliation, righteousness, pardon, life, and salvation for sinful men. The good news this angelic choir delivered was for ALL humanity, for God loved the whole world so much that His gave His only begotten Son into the world, to be the sacrifice for the sin of the world - so that everyone in the world who would believe on Him would not remain at enmity with God, but would be forgiven of their sin, regain fellowship with the Father and receive life everlasting. The good tidings of great joy and lasting peace about which the angels sang, were for MEN OF GOODWILL. In both the gospel of Luke and in Acts, Luke records many historical details which verify the accuracy of his account. In the days of the millennium there will be universal peace; all the causes of war will have ceased; people will love each other and do justly; all nations will be brought under the influence of the gospel. Wesley's Luke 2:14 Bible Commentary 2:14 Glory be to God in the highest; on earth peace; good will toward men - The shouts of the multitude are generally broken into short sentences. By reconciling the world to God by His atonement. It contains an account of Jesus's birth and an incident from his childhood. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Luke 2:14. In the highest "strains," or in the highest possible manner. 2 This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. For a similar construction, see Acts 9:15; Colossians 1:13. Version. Luke 2:14 KJV. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men - the MEN, with whom God is pleased. O how should each one toil and pray that the great object of the gospel should be universally accomplished, and the world be filled with peace! (Luke 14:12-14) "Then He also said to him who invited Him, 'When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. It can only be measured by the "misery, helplessness," and "danger" of man; by the extent of his sufferings here and in the world of woe if he had not been saved; by the condescension, sufferings, and death of Jesus; and by the eternal honor and happiness to which he will raise his people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 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