Habakkuk 2:8

Judgment on Babylon is shown in terms of justice (equity).


Zephaniah 1:4

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me tell you who I’m mad at and why …. hometown folks and their religious phonies.

Hebrew: a word study

The word Hebrew is likely derived from the name Eber,  great-great-great-great-grandfather of the patriarch Abraham. However, its usage in scripture seems to carry a more specific meaning. Below are all the instances of its use in the Old Testament.

Genesis 14:13   Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram.

Beginning with this text, we see that Abram is identified as “the Hebrew.”  Then we are told the location of his then-current camp, as a guest of a man who lived in the land.  It has been suggested that the usage of the word indicates “wanderer,” “vagabond,” “nomad” or maybe just “homeless” or “foreigner.”

Genesis 39:14  she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.

The reference here is to Joseph, a captive slave in Egypt.  He is being accused of rape, or at least attempted rape.  It’s easy to imagine a connotation of distrust of a foreigner of suspicious origins and even more suspicious morals.

Genesis 39:17  and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to laugh at me.

The same rape accusation along with a description of bad character and motives.

Genesis 40:15  For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”

Now Joseph is in prison, and this reference has a new element: self-identification.  “The land of the Hebrews” is, at least, a foreign place.  But Joseph’s reference is unlike that of the Egyptians; here he claims innocence.

Genesis 41:12  A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream.

The chief butler describes Joseph as a young Hebrew.  In this case his character is not brought into question.

Genesis 43:32  They served him by himself, and them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because the Egyptians could not eat with the Hebrews, for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.

Joseph’s brothers visiting Egypt.  Notice that table fellowship with these foreigners of questionable character is “an abomination” to the Egyptians.

Exodus 1:15  Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,

Exodus 1:16   “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.”

In Exodus 1 the Egyptians see the Hebrews as a threat, because they are increasing in number.

Exodus 1:19  The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.”

How often are people of a different ethnicity ascribed with unusual attributes? In this case the midwives are lying (and the Bible says it is because they feared God) in order to preserve the lives of these infants. But the Egyptians fall for the lie.

Exodus 2:6  When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Even the babies looked different, or maybe there was an identifiable difference in how baby Moses was dressed or wrapped.

Exodus 2:7  Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?”

Again it would be beneath the dignity of an Egyptian princess, however compassionate, to actually see to the daily needs of a Hebrew child.

Exodus 2:11  One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.

Moses, now a grown man, sees his people being mistreated by the Egyptians.

Exodus 2:13  When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?”

Then sees two slaves, who look and sound like him, fighting.  Already oppressed, they are now mistreating each other as well, and he is distressed.

Wait forty more years….

Next we see Moses in his interactions with Pharaoh.   For the first time, God is identified as the God of the Hebrews.  If this means he is the God of the homeless, outcast, wanderers, with no place of their own, it would be surprising that such a people have a God at all, since gods were usually associated with nations; but as it is, it seems more than appropriate that their worship would have to take place in “the wilderness,” somewhere that is not claimed as territory by any nation.

Exodus 3:18 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel yshall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has zmet with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’

Exodus 5:3  Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”

Exodus 7:16 And you shall say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” But so far, you have not obeyed.

Exodus 9:1  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews: Let my people go, so that they may serve me.’

Exodus 9:13  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Exodus 10:3  So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me.

The next two references are a bit different.  They are God’s instructions about how to treat their fellow outcasts.  If we are right, the designation Hebrew still means someone who has no special standing or status. This is God’s instruction about how to treat people with no privileged status to rely on.

Exodus 21:2 When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing.

Deuteronomy 15:12 “If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.

The idea here is that servitude is never to become a permanent status (though the statute makes an exception in the case of a voluntary agreement).  If this way of reading it is right, these instructions are in keeping with other things God tells his people about how to treat foreigners:

When an alien resides with you in the land, you shall not oppress the alien.  The alien who resides with you shall be as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:33)

After entering the promised land, we find the people of Israel are confronted by their near neighbors, the Philistines, who had not much use for these newcomers to a land they considered their own:

1 Samuel 4:6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shouting, they said, “What does this great shouting in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” And when they learned that the ark of the Lord had come to the camp,

1 Samuel 4:9 Take courage, and be men, O Philistines, lest you become slaves to the Hebrews cas they have been to you; be men and fight.”

But under king Saul, they began to take on this as a self-identifier:

1 Samuel 13:3 Jonathan defeated the garrison of the Philistines that was at Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.”

1 Samuel 13:7 and some Hebrews crossed the fords of the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

1 Samuel 13:19 and some Hebrews crossed the fords of the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

But to the Philistines, the name remained anything but a compliment:

1 Samuel 14:11 So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.”

1 Samuel 14:21 Now the Hebrews who had been with the Philistines before that time and who had gone up with them into the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.

1 Samuel 29:3 the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul, king of Israel, who has been with me now for days and years, and since he deserted to me I have found no fault in him to this day.”

That’s about it.  Many years later, Jeremiah remembers the instruction of God recorded in Exodus and Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 34:9 that everyone should set free his Hebrew slaves, male and female, sso that no one should enslave a Jew, his brother.

Jeremiah 34:14 ‘At the end of seven years each of you must set free the fellow Hebrew who has been sold to you and has served you six years; you must set him free from your service.’ But your fathers did not listen to me or incline their ears to me.

And finally, after Israel loses its homeland and driven into exile, another prophet identifies himself as a wanderer, whose God is not tied to one land or people:

Jonah 1:9 And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”

The 3:16s (OT)

Just for interest’s sake: a look at how the sixteenth verse of the third chapter of every book of the Bible (where such a reference is applicable) provides a surprisingly useful snapshot, a different way of looking at the “Bible in a nutshell.” I’ve already done this for the New Testament, so here we go, from Genesis to Malachi. Some of the results will seem a bit bizarre, but it’s quite remarkable the extent to which the overall thrust of each particular writing is encapsulated in this seemingly semi-random fashion. (All scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version [NRSV]):

Genesis 3:16
To the woman he said,
”I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children,
yet your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.“

Exodus 3:16
”Go and assemble the elders of Israel, and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying: I have given heed to you and to what has been done to you in Egypt.“

Leviticus 3:16
Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire for a pleasing odor.
All the fat is the LORD’s.

Numbers 3:16
So Moses enrolled them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.

Deuteronomy 3:16
And to the Reu´ben‧ītes and the Gad´ītes I gave the territory from Gil´e‧ad as far as the Wadi Ar´non, with the middle of the wadi as a boundary, and up to the Jab´bok, the wadi being boundary of the Am´mon‧ītes;

Joshua 3:16
…the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Za´re‧than, while those flowing toward the sea of the Ar´a‧bah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. then the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

Judges 3:16
Ē´hud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length; and he fastened it on his right thigh under his clothes.

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The 3:16s (NT)

I’ve been wanting to do this exercise for some time. It’s hard to find anyone, at least among churchgoers, who cannot quote, or at least recognize, John 3:16, which in my memory runs as follows: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. It’s a bit interesting, though, to go through other books of the Bible and pick out the sixteenth verse of the third chapter. I’ll save the Old Testament results for later, but here’s what the list looks like in the New Testament. All verses here are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). It gives a surprisingly well-rounded mini-overview of New Testament teaching.

Matthew 3:16
And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending on him like a dove and alighting upon him.

Mark 3:16
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy.

Luke 3:16
John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Acts 3:16
And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked —4 (John)

As above, Questions Jesus asked from the Gospel of John.

John 1:38a        When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

John 1:50        Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.

John 2:4        And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.

John 3:10        Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

John 3:12        If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?

John 4:35        Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.

John 5:6        When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?

John 5:44        How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God?

John 5:46-47        If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?

John 6:5-6        When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.

John 6:61-62        But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?

John 6:67        So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?

John 6:70        Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.

John 7:19        Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?

John 7:23        If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man’s whole body on the sabbath?

John 8:10        Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?

John 8:25        Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all?

John 8:43        Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word.

John 8:46        Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

John 9:45        Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?

John 10:32        Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?

John 10:34-36        Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If those to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’—and the scripture cannot be annulled—can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?

John 11:9        Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.

John 11:25-26        Jesus said to her, ”I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?

John 11:34        He said, ”Where have you laid him?“ They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”

John 11:40        Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?

John 12:27-28      Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—’Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.

John 13:38        Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

John 14:2        In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

John 14:9        Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

John 14:10        Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

John 16:19        Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and ou will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?

John 16:31        Jesus answered them, ”Do you now believe?

John 18:4        Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, ”Whom are you looking for?

John 18:7        Again he asked them, ”Whom are you looking for?

John 18:11        Jesus said to Peter, ”Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?

John 18:21        Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.

John 18:34        Jesus answered, ”Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?

John 20:15        Jesus said to her, ”Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?“ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ”Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.“

John 20:29        Jesus said to him, ”Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.

John 21:5        Jesus said to them, ”Children, you have no fish, have you?“ They answered him, ”No.“

John 21:15        When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ”Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?“ He said to him, ”Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.“ Jesus said to him, ”Feed my lambs.“
John 21:16        A second time he said to him, ”Simon son of John, do you love me?“ He said to him, ”Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.“ Jesus said to him, ”Tend my sheep.
John 21:17        He said to him the third time, ”Simon son of John, do you love me?“ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ”Do you love me?“ And he said to him, ”Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.“ Jesus said to him, ”Feed my sheep.

John 21:22        Jesus said to him, ”If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!


Acts 9:4        He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ”Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?

Questions Jesus Asked — 3 (Luke)

As above, from the Gospel According to Luke…

Luke 2:49:        He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must *be in my Father’s house? *Or, be about my Father’s interests?

Luke 5:33-34:        When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’?

Luke 5:34:        Jesus said to them, ”You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?

Luke 6:3-4:        Jesus answered, ”Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?

Luke 6:9:        Then Jesus said to them, ”I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?

Luke 6:32:        If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
Luke 6:33:        If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
Luke 6:34:       If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

Luke 6:39:        He also told them a parable: ”Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?
Luke 6:41:      Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?
Luke 6:42:        Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

Luke 6:46:       Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?

Luke 7:24:        When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
Luke 7:25:        What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces.
Luke 7:26:        What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

Luke 7:31:        To what shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?

Luke 7:44:        Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, ”Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.

Luke 8:25:        He said to them, ”Where is your faith?“ They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, ”Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?“

Luke 8:30:        Jesus asked him, ”What is your name?“ He said, ”Legion“; for many demons had entered him.

Luke 8:45:        Then Jesus asked, ”Who touched me?“ When all denied it, Peter said, ”Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.“

Luke 9:18:        Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ”Who do the crowds say that I am?
Luke 9:20:        He said to them, But who do you say that I am?“ Peter answered, ”The Messiah of God.“

Luke 9:25:        What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?

Luke 9:41:        Jesus answered, ”You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.

Luke 10:15:        And you, Ca·per´na·um, will you be exalted to heaven? No you will be brought down to Hades.

Luke 10:26:        He said to him, ”What is written in the law? What do you read there?

Luke 10:36:        Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?

Luke 11:11:        Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish?
Luke 11:12:        Or if the child asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
Luke 11:13:        If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

Luke 11:18:        If Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? —for you say that I cast out the demons by Bē·el´ze·bul.
Luke 11:19:        Now if I cast out the demons by Bē·el´ze·bul, by whom do your exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.

Luke 11:40:        You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?

Luke 12:6:        Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.

Luke 12:14:        But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?

Luke 12:25:       And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
Luke 12:26:        If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?

Luke 12:42:        And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time?

Luke 12:56:        You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Luke 12:27:        And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?

Luke 13:2:        He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
Luke 13:4:        Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Si·lō´am fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?

Luke 13:15:        but the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water?
Luke 13:16:        And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?

Luke 13:18:        He said therefore, ”What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it?
Luke 13:20:        And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God?

Luke 14:3:        And Jesus asked the layers and Pha´ri·sees, ”Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?
Luke 14:5:        Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?

Luke 14:28:        For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it?
Luke 14:31:         Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand?
Luke 14:34:        Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?

Luke 16:11:        If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
Luke 16:12:        And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?

Luke 17:7:        Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’?
Luke 17:8:        Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you amy eat and drink’?
Luke 17:9:       Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?

Luke 17:17:        Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?
Luke 17:18:        Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?

Luke 18:7:        And will not God grand justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?
Luke 18:8:        I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

Luke 18:41:        ”What do you want me to do for you?“ He said, ”Lord, let me see again.“

Luke 20:4:        Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?

Luke 20:17:        But he looked at them and said, ”What then does this text mean: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?

Luke 20:24:        “Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?” They said, “The emperor’s.”

Luke 20:41:        Then he said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is David’s son?
Luke 20:44:        David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?

Luke 22:27:        For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

Luke 22:35:        He said to them, “When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “No, not a thing.”

Luke 22:48:        But Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?
Luke 22:52:        Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a bandit?

Luke 24:17-19a:        And he said to them, ”What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?“ They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Clē´o·pas, answered him, ”Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?“ He asked them, ”What things?
Luke 24:26:       Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?

Luke 24:38:        He said to them, ”Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Luke 24:41:        While in their joy they were disbelieving and wondering, he said to them, ”Have you anything here to eat?