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And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?   Luke 3:10









779 A.U.C;  A.M. 4030;  A.D. 26 or 27





Quotes & Notes on:    Luke 3:10

  • John Wesley's Notes:
    He answereth-It is not properly John, but the Holy Ghost, who teaches us in the following answers, how to come ourselves, and how to instruct other penitent sinners to come to Christ, that he may give them rest. The sum of all this is, Cease to do evil, learn to do well. These are the fruits worthy of repentance.

  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge:

    * What. Lu 3:8; Ac 2:37; 9:6; 16:30

  • Adam Clarke's Commentary:

    What shall we do then?] The preaching of the Baptist had been accompanied with an uncommon effusion of that Spirit which convinces of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The people who heard him now earnestly begin to inquire what they must do to be saved? They are conscious that they are exposed to the judgments of the Lord, and they wish to escape from the coming wrath.

  • Family Bible Notes:

     What shall we do? that is, in order to bring forth fruits worthy of repentance. Verse Lu 3:8. He enjoins upon each class of his hearers repentance, and the fruits of repentance appropriate to their condition in life. That repentance which is unto life, leads men to desire a knowledge of their duty for the purpose of performing it, to break off their sins, and to engage in doing good, as they have opportunity, to the bodies and souls of men.

  • 1599 Geneva Bible Notes:
    (No comments on this verse).

  • People's New Testament Commentary:

      What shall we do? Note, (1) Those that are baptized must be taught; and those who have baptized them are concerned, as they have opportunity, to teach them (Mt 28:19,20). (2) In John's answer we have his moral system. His morality differs from that of the Lord, inasmuch as the former lays more stress upon the regulation of the external conduct, while Jesus lays more upon that of the inner life.

  • Robertson's Word Pictures:
    Asked (eprtn). Imperfect tense, repeatedly asked. What then must we do? (ti oun poismen;). Deliberative aorist subjunctive. More exactly, What then are we to do, What then shall we do? Same construction in verses Lu 3:12,14. The oun refers to the severe things already said by John (Lu 3:7-9).

  • Albert Barnes' Commentary:

    What shall we do, then? John had told them to bring forth fruits appropriate to repentance, or to lead a life which showed that their repentance was genuine. They very properly, therefore, asked how it should be done, or what would be such a life.


  • Jamieson-Faussett Brown:

      What shall we do then?--to show the sincerity of our repentance. (Also see on JFB for Mt 3:10.)

  • Spurgeon Commentary:

    (No comments on this verse).

  • William Burkitt's Notes:

    The Baptist having pressed his hearers to bring forth fruits meet for repentance, here they enquire of him what fruits they should bring forth? He tells first the fruits of charity and mercy: He that hath two coats, let him give to him that hath none. This is not to be understood strictly, as if the command required us to give the clothes off our back to every one that wanted them. But it directs those that have the things of this life in abundance, to distribute and communicate to those that are in want.

    Learn hence, that an extensive liberality, and a diffusive charity in distributing such things as we can well spare towards the relief of others' necessities, is an excellent fruit of repentance, and a good proof and evidence of the truth and sincerity of it. Let him that hath two coats impart to him that hath none.

    Note, that the Baptist here doth not make it unlawful for a man to have two coats, but means only, that he that has one coat which his brother wants, and he at present doth not, should rather give it him, than suffer him to be in want of it.

    Teaching us, that it is not lawful to abound in those things which our brother wants, when we have sufficient both to relieve his and our necessities.

  • Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary:

    (No comment on this verse)

  • The Fourfold Gospel:

     What then must we do? This is the cry of the awakened conscience (Ac 2:37; 16:30; 22:10). John answered it by recommending them to do the very reverse of what they were doing, which, in their case, was true fruit of repentance.





Updated:   Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 03:52 AM



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