9:51 Now when 1 the days drew near 2 for him to be taken up, 3 Jesus 4 set out resolutely 5 to go to Jerusalem. 6 9:52 He 7 sent messengers on ahead of him. 8 As they went along, 9 they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 10 for him, 9:53 but the villagers 11 refused to welcome 12 him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 13 9:54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 14 them?” 15 9:55 But Jesus 16 turned and rebuked them, 17 9:56 and they went on to another village.
1 tn Grk “And it happened that when.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated.
2 tn Grk “the days were being fulfilled.” There is literary design here. This starts what has been called in the Gospel of Luke the “Jerusalem Journey.” It is not a straight-line trip, but a journey to meet his fate (Luke 13:31-35).
4 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
7 tn Grk “And he.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
8 tn Grk “sent messengers before his face,” an idiom.
9 tn Grk “And going along, they entered.” The aorist passive participle πορευθέντες (poreuqente") has been taken temporally. Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
10 tn Or “to prepare (things) for him.”
11 tn Grk “they”; the referent (the villagers) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
12 tn Or “did not receive”; this verb, δέχομαι (decomai), is a term of hospitality or welcome (L&N 34.53).
13 tn Grk “because his face was set toward Jerusalem.”
sn Jerusalem is to be the place of rejection, as Luke 9:44 suggested. Jesus had resolved to meet his fate in Jerusalem, so the rejection was no surprise.
14 tn Or “destroy.”
15 tc Most
sn An allusion to 2 Kgs 1:10, 12, 14.
16 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
17 tc Many
sn The point of the rebuke is that now was not the time for judgment but patience; see 2 Pet 3:9.