New American Standard Bible
But Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!"
King James Bible
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Darby Bible Translation
And he answering said to them, I say unto you, If these shall be silent, the stones will cry out.
World English Bible
He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."
Young's Literal Translation
and he answering said to them, 'I say to you, that, if these shall be silent, the stones will cry out!'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The stones would ...cry out - It is "proper" that they should celebrate my coming. Their acclamations "ought" not to be suppressed. So joyful is the event which they celebrate - the coming of the Messiah - that it is not fit that I should attempt to impose silence on them. The expression here seems to be "proverbial," and is not to be taken literally. Proverbs are designed to express the truth "strongly," but are not to be taken to signify as much as if they were to be interpreted literally. The sense is, that his coming was an event of so much importance that it "ought" to be celebrated in some way, and "would" be celebrated. It would be impossible to restrain the people, and improper to attempt it. The language here is strong proverbial language to denote that fact. We are not to suppose, therefore, that our Saviour meant to say that the stones were "conscious" of his coming, or that God would "make" them speak, but only that there was "great joy" among the people; that it was "proper" that they should express it in this manner, and that it was not fit that he should attempt to repress it.
LibraryThe Kingdom of Christ
LUKE xix. 41. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it. Let us think awhile what was meant by our Lord's weeping over Jerusalem. We ought to learn thereby somewhat more of our Lord's character, and of our Lord's government. Why did he weep over that city whose people would, in a few days, mock him, scourge him, crucify him, and so fill up the measure of their own iniquity? Had Jesus been like too many, who since his time have fancied themselves saints and prophets, would …
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons
The Rewards of the Trading Servants
Ciii. Zacchæus. Parable of the Pounds. Journey to Jerusalem.
"Surely the stone will cry out from the wall, And the rafter will answer it from the framework.
When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it,
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