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Luke 24:48-50 New English Translation (NET Bible)

48 You are witnesses[a] of these things. 49 And look, I am sending you[b] what my Father promised.[c] But stay in the city[d] until you have been clothed with power[e] from on high.”

Jesus’ Departure

50 Then[f] Jesus[g] led them out as far as Bethany,[h] and lifting up his hands, he blessed them.


  1. Luke 24:48 sn You are witnesses. This becomes a key concept of testimony in Acts. See Acts 1:8.
  2. Luke 24:49 tn Grk “sending on you.”
  3. Luke 24:49 tn Grk “the promise of my Father,” with τοῦ πατρός (tou patros) translated as a subjective genitive. This is a reference to the Holy Spirit and looks back to how one could see Messiah had come with the promise of old (Luke 3:15-18). The promise is rooted in Jer 31:31 and Ezek 36:26.
  4. Luke 24:49 sn The city refers to Jerusalem.
  5. Luke 24:49 sn Until you have been clothed with power refers to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. What the Spirit supplies is enablement. See Luke 12:11-12; 21:12-15. The difference the Spirit makes can be seen in Peter (compare Luke 22:54-62 with Acts 2:14-41).
  6. Luke 24:50 tn Here δέ (de) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
  7. Luke 24:50 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  8. Luke 24:50 sn Bethany was village on the Mount of Olives about 2 mi (3 km) from Jerusalem; see John 11:1, 18.
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