Woes on the Lawyers

Luke 11:45-54

45 Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.”

46 And He said, Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ 50 that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

52 “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”

53 And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, 54 lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.


The Bible Knowledge Commentary – Luke 11:45-54

11:45–52. Jesus then pronounced three woes on the Law … experts (vv. 46–47, 52). They placed burdens on others which effectively kept them away from the way of knowledge. And they built tombs for the prophets, thus identifying with their forefathers who killed … the prophets. Outwardly they seemed to honor the prophets, but God knew that inwardly they were rejecting the prophets. So they would be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets. The blood of Abel and the blood of Zechariah refers to the killing of innocent men involved in serving God. Abel was the first innocent victim (Gen. 4:8), and Zechariah the priest (not the writing prophet, though see Matt. 23:35) was the last martyr in the Old Testament (2 Chron. 24:20–21; Chron. was last in the OT Heb. order). Jesus’ indictment became even more severe when He noted that not only were they themselves staying away from knowledge (i.e., Jesus’ teaching) but were also taking away the key, that is, they were keeping the knowledge from others (cf. Luke 13:14).

11:53–54. The Pharisees and lawyers began to oppose Jesus fiercely. They were constantly questioning Him, plotting against Him, and hoping to catch Him saying something wrong.


Love God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul. Also, Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time. And always remember to ask the Father for His help and guidance in all things.


Prayer:   Father, blessed is your Holy name. We praise you for your Son and the Holy Spirit. Human words cannot describe how grateful we are for Your Son, our risen Christ. We praise You for the opportunity to be able to choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior and to be elect children of Yours. We praise you for the laws You have set down to teach us, keep our lives in harmony , how to treat others and how to live within your boundaries. Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding. I pray these brothers and sisters have or will come to realize that Your existence is a treasure of grace and love that You have for all Your elect children.

May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights for eternity. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of The Holy Spirit,


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