Bible Question:

In Luke 17:34 Jesus says, “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. ” What does the verse mean?

Bible Answer:

The Greek word for “two men” in Luke 17:34 is DUO. This word simply means “two.” Some have concluded this refers to two adults, two children, or a father and a son. But the word DUO can refer to males, females and objects. The word can also refer to a husband and a wife. The New International Version (NIV) has concluded that males is too limiting and so translates the passage as,

I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. (NIV) Luke 17:34

Jesus’ second illustration is about two people who will be grinding at a mill (it is assumed from the context they are women) and again one will be taken and not the other. These are events that will take place when He returns.

Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (NASB) Luke 17:30

His point is that His coming is not for everyone. One will be taken and another one will not be taken. Yes, God loves each of us and desires that we escape eternal punishment but He is not a soft teddy bear who will just accept everyone, allowing us to do whatever we want. Jesus’ return is not for everyone. It is a time of judgment of some and joy for others.


Jesus return is for those who are depending on Him for the forgiveness of their sins and for judgment against those who do not. Come quickly Lord Jesus . . .