For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Many prophets and kings. . . .—There is a slight verbal difference here as compared with St. Matthew’s report, which gives “prophets and righteous men.”Matthew 13:16-17. See Poole on "Luke 10:23"
have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them, meaning himself, doctrines, and miracles; See Gill on Matthew 13:17.For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)24. prophets and kings] e.g. Abraham, Genesis 20:7; Genesis 23:6; Jacob, Genesis 49:18; Balaam, Numbers 24:17; David, 2 Samuel 23:1-5.
and have not seen them] John 8:56; Ephesians 3:5-6; Hebrews 11:13.
“Save that each little voice in turn
Some glorious truth proclaims;
What sages would have died to learn,
Now taught by cottage dames.”
Keble.Luke 10:24. Προφῆται καὶ βασιλεῖς, prophets and kings) who were otherwise highly blessed. An example of both is furnished in Abraham, who was at once a prophet and prince: Genesis 23:6; Genesis 20:7 : so also David, who was both a prophet and a king, and the father of so many kings.
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