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Luke 13:24 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Strive with earnestness to enter in through the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in and will not be able.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Be striving to enter through the narrow door; for, many, I say unto you, will seek to enter, and will not be able,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Be striving to go in through the straight gate, because many, I say to you, will seek to go in, and shall not be able;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter and shall not be able.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Striue to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say vnto you, will seeke to enter in, and shall not be able.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But Jeshu said to them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for I say to you that many will seek to enter in, but shall not be able.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And Jesus said to them: Strive to enter the narrow gate: for I say to you, many will seek to enter, and will not be able.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Strive 75
{0075} Prime
ἀγωνίζομαι
agonizomai
{ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee}
From G0073; to struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or generally (to endeavor to accomplish something).
z5737
<5737> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 152
to enter in 1525
{1525} Prime
εἰσέρχομαι
eiserchomai
{ice-er'-khom-ahee}
From G1519 and G2064; to enter (literally or figuratively).
z5629
<5629> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 454
at 1223
{1223} Prime
διά
dia
{dee-ah'}
A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional). In composition it retains the same general import.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
strait 4728
{4728} Prime
στενός
stenos
{sten-os'}
Probably from the base of G2476; narrow (from obstacles standing close about).
gate: 4439
{4439} Prime
πύλη
pule
{poo'-lay}
Apparently a primary word; a gate, that is, the leaf or wing of a folding entrance (literally or figuratively).
for 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
many, 4183
{4183} Prime
πολύς
polus
{pol-oos'}
Including the forms from the alternate 'pollos'; (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverb largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely.
I say 3004
{3004} Prime
λέγω
lego
{leg'-o}
A primary verb; properly to 'lay' forth, that is, (figuratively) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue]); by implication to mean.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
unto you, 5213
{5213} Prime
ὑμῖν
humin
{hoo-min'}
Irregular dative case of G5210; to (with or by) you.
will seek 2212
{2212} Prime
ζητέω
zeteo
{dzay-teh'-o}
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
z5692
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
to enter in, 1525
{1525} Prime
εἰσέρχομαι
eiserchomai
{ice-er'-khom-ahee}
From G1519 and G2064; to enter (literally or figuratively).
z5629
<5629> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 454
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
shall y2480
[2480] Standard
ἰσχύω
ischuo
{is-khoo'-o}
From G2479; to have (or exercise) force (literally or figuratively).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
be able. 2480
{2480} Prime
ἰσχύω
ischuo
{is-khoo'-o}
From G2479; to have (or exercise) force (literally or figuratively).
z5692
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Luke 13:24

_ _ Strive — The word signifies to “contend” as for the mastery, to “struggle,” expressive of the difficulty of being saved, as if one would have to force his way in.

_ _ strait gate — another figure of the same. (See on Matthew 7:13, Matthew 7:14).

_ _ for many ... will seek — “desire,” that is, with a mere wish or slothful endeavor.

_ _ and shall not be able — because it must be made a life-and-death struggle.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Luke 13:23-30.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Luke 13:24

Strive to enter in — Agonize. Strive as in an agony. So the word signifies Otherwise none shall enter in. Barely seeking will not avail. Matthew 7:13.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Strive:

Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Genesis 32:25-26 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. ... And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. ... But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Philippians 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. ... For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.
Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

the strait:

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: ... Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

for:

Proverbs 1:24-28 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; ... Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.
Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.
Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Isaiah 58:2-4 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. ... Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as [ye do this] day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness.
Mark 6:18-20 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. ... For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
John 7:34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find [me]: and where I am, [thither] ye cannot come.
John 8:21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
Romans 9:31-33 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. ... As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
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Gn 32:25. Pv 1:24; 14:6; 21:25. Ec 10:15. Is 1:15; 58:2. Ezk 33:31. Mt 7:13; 11:12. Mk 6:18. Lk 21:36. Jn 6:27; 7:34; 8:21; 13:33. Ro 9:31; 10:3. 1Co 9:24. Php 2:12. Col 1:29. He 4:11. 2P 1:10.

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