Luke 12:4
New International Version
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

New Living Translation
“Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that.

English Standard Version
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

Berean Study Bible
I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

Berean Literal Bible
And I say to you, My friends, you should not fear because of those killing the body and after these things not being able to do anything more abundantly.

King James Bible
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

New King James Version
“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

New American Standard Bible
“Now I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

NASB 1995
“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.

NASB 1977
“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Amplified Bible
“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do.

Christian Standard Bible
“I say to you, my friends, don’t fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
“And I say to you, My friends, don’t fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more.

American Standard Version
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And I say to you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after this there is nothing more for them to do.”

Contemporary English Version
My friends, don't be afraid of people. They can kill you, but after that, there is nothing else they can do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

English Revised Version
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them which kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Good News Translation
"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot afterward do anything worse.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"My friends, I can guarantee that you don't need to be afraid of those who kill the body. After that they can't do anything more.

International Standard Version
"But I tell you, my friends, never be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can't do anything more.

Literal Standard Version
And I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those killing the body, and after these things are not having anything more to do;

NET Bible
"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more they can do.

New Heart English Bible
"I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Weymouth New Testament
"But to you who are my friends I say, "'Be not afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do nothing further.

World English Bible
"I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Young's Literal Translation
'And I say to you, my friends, be not afraid of those killing the body, and after these things are not having anything over to do;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Fear God Alone
3What you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops. 4 I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear the One who, after you have been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him!…

Cross References
Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man is a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is set securely on high.

Jeremiah 41:18
to escape the Chaldeans. For they were afraid of the Chaldeans because Ishmael son of Nethaniah had struck down Gedaliah son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had appointed over the land.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:14
You are My friends if you do what I command you.


Treasury of Scripture

And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

my.

Song of Solomon 5:1,16
I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved…

Isaiah 41:8
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

John 15:14
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Be.

Isaiah 51:7-13
Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings…

Jeremiah 1:8,17
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD…

Jeremiah 26:14,15
As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you…









(4-9) I say unto you my friends.--See Notes on Matthew 10:28-32. The opening words, however, in their tender sympathy, anticipating the language of John 15:14-15, may be noted as peculiar to St. Luke.

Verse 4. - And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. All this the Master knew was true and would shortly happen, His words were verified before fifty years had passed. The triumphant success of the great Christian preachers and the discredited condition of the old rabbinic schools is testified to by snell words as we find in St. Paul's letters. "Where is the wise? where is the scribe?" (1 Corinthians 1:20). But this success the Master well knew would be accompanied with many a suffering on the part of the heralds of his message. Persecution in its many dreary forms would dog their footsteps; a death of agony and shame not unfrequently would be their guerdon. It was, for instance, we know, the earthly recognition of that devoted servant of the Lord (Paul) who, we believe, guided the pen of Luke here. This painful way, which his disciples must surely tread, had already been indicated in no obscure language by the Master ("some of them" - my apostles - "they shall slay and persecute," Luke 11:49). A triumph, greater than any which had ever been given to the sons of men, would surely be theirs, but the Master would not conceal the earthly price which his chosen servants must pay for this splendid success. There was a point, however, beyond which human malice and enmity were utterly powerless; he would have his servants turn their thoughts on that serene region where men as men would have no power.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
I tell
Λέγω (Legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

you,
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

My
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

friends,
φίλοις (philois)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5384: Friendly; subst: a friend, an associate. Properly, dear, i.e. A friend; actively, fond, i.e. Friendly.

do not be afraid
φοβηθῆτε (phobēthēte)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.

of
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

those who
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kill
ἀποκτεινόντων (apokteinontōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 615: To put to death, kill; fig: I abolish. From apo and kteino; to kill outright; figuratively, to destroy.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

body
σῶμα (sōma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4983: Body, flesh; the body of the Church. From sozo; the body, used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

after
μετὰ (meta)
Preposition
Strong's 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

that
ταῦτα (tauta)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

can
ἐχόντων (echontōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

do
ποιῆσαι (poiēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

no
τι (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

more.
περισσότερόν (perissoteron)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular - Comparative
Strong's 4053: From peri; superabundant or superior; by implication, excessive; adverbially violently; neuter preeminence.


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