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ned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth Luke xv. 22.
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it ; Luke xv. 23. and let us eat, and be merry :
For this my son was dead, and is alive again ; Luke xv. 44. he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field : and as he Luke xv. 25. came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked Luke xv. 26. what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come ; Luke xv. 27. and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in; there- Luke xv. 28. fore came his father out, and intreated him.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these Luke xv, 29. many years do I serve thee, neither trsnsgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends :
But as soon as this thy son was come, which Luke xv. 30. hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with Luke xv. 31. me, and all that I have is thine.
It was meet that we should make merry, and Luke xv. 22. be glad : for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again ; and was lost, and is found.
LUKE xvi. 1-14.
And he called him, and said unto him, How Luke xvi. 2. is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of
Luke xvi. 3.
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taineth nine gallons three
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Luke xvi. 8.
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Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am
ashamed. Luke xvi. 4. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put
out of the stewardship, they may receive me into
their houses. Luke xvi. 5. So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto
him, and said unto the first, How much owest
thou unto my lord ? Luke xvi. 6. And he said, An hundred * measures of oil. * The word
And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit original con
down quickly, and write fifty. Luke xvi. 7. Then said he to another, And how much owest Warts: See
thou? And he said, An hundred + measures of 1.14. wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, here inter and write fourscore.
And the lord commended the unjust steward, caineth about because he had done wisely : for the children of here this world are in their generation wiser than the pottle. children of light.
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the I mammon of unrighteousness; that, when : Or, riches. ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting ha
bitations. Luke xvi. 10. He that is faithful in that which is least is
faithful also in much : and he that is unjust in the
least is unjust also in much. Luke xvi. 11. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the
unrighteous g mammon, who will commit to your Or, riches.
trust the true riches? Luke xvi. 12. And if ye have not been faithful in that which
is another man's, who shall give you that which
is your own ? Luke xvi. 13. ^ No servant can serve two masters : for either a Matt. vi. 24.
he will hate the one, and love the other; or else
preted a measure in the original con, taineth about
Luke xvi. 9.
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Christ reproves the Pharisees.
LUKE xvi. 14–18. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, Luke xvi. 14. heard all these things : and they derided him.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which Luke xvi. 15. justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed .
among men is abomination in the sight of God. e Matt. xi. 12: The Law and the Prophets were until John : Luke xvi. 16.
since that time the kingdom of God is preached,
and every man presseth into it. f Matt. v. 18. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, Luke xvi. 17.
than one tittle of the law to fail.
Christ answers the Question concerning Divorce and Marriage
The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting Matt. xix. 3.
23 The arguments which induced Pilkington to place this section in its present position appear to me sufficiently weighty to induce me to reject the authority of the other four, who would insert it elsewhere. Lightfoot places the conversation respecting divorce after Luke xviii. 30. as he will not break in upon the supplementary chapters of St. Luke. Newcome, upon very insufficient grounds, has placed this conversation after the account of the resurrection of Lazarus : separating the passages Matt. xix. 3–12. and Mark xa 2-12. from Luke xvi. 18. Newcome's note. His argument from Matthew xix. 1. and Mark x. 1. proves nothing, as these passages are the connecting links between the former and the latter parts of Christ's life. Doddridge and Michaelis also consider the passages as distinct. · I have adopted Pilkington's arrangement, because the order of the other Evangelists is not thereby disturbed ; and a reason is given for the conversation itself; which would otherwise, if confined to the account in Luke xvi. 18. appear to be strangely abrupt. “In the present order,” says Pilkington, “the reason is evident why the Pharisees came and tempted Christ with this question. He had just before declared that it was easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. Upon which they put the case of divorces to him; concluding that he would resolve it contrary to the then existing law; or more properly, as Doddridge observes, (note to sect. 135, Family Expositor,)
Mark x. 3.
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did Moses command you ? Mark_x. 4. And they say, Moses suffered to write a bill of
divorcement, and to put her away. Mark x. 5. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For
the hardness of your heart he wrote you this pre
cept: Matt. xix. 4. Have ye not read, 8 that he which made them at 8 Gen. 1. 27.
the beginning Mark x. 6. of the creation, Matt. xix. 4. made them male and female. Matt. xix. 5. And said, " For this cause shall a man leave h Gen. ii. 24.
father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife : Eph. v. 31. and i they twain shall be one flesh?
1 Cor. vi. 16. Matt. xix. 6. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one
flesh. What therefore God hath joined together,
They say unto him, “Why did Moses then Ķ Deut. xxiv command to give a writing of divorcement, and
to put away?
hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away
away his wife, except it be for fornication, and Mark to:
And in the house his disciples asked him again
of the same matter.
away his wife, and marry another, committeth
And if a woman shall put away her husband,
tery. Matt. xix. 10. His disciples say unto him, If the case of the
man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. Matt. xix. 11. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive
this saying, save they to whom it is given. Matt. xix. 12. For there are some eunuchs, which were so
born from their mother's womb; and there are
Luke xvi. 18.
Mark x. 10.
Mark x, 12,
contrary to the received interpretation of the law by the school of Hillel, who had taught the people that divorces might be permitted for comparatively trivial causes."
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some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men:
MARK X. ver. 2. part of ver. 3. 6, 7. and ver. 8, 9.
3 --And he answered and said unto them-
8 And they twain shall be one flesh : so then they are no more twain, but
LUKE xvi. ver. 18. n Matt. v. 32. 18 n Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth
adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
SECTION XXXI 24
Christ receives and blesses little Children.
Then were there brought unto him little chil- Matt. xix. 13.
Mark x. 13. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeas- Mark x. 14. ed, and called them unto him, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come Mark x. 14. unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not re- Mark X. 15. ceive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein ;
24 Pilkington is anxious, on all occasions, to preserve the order of St. Luke, and he has not therefore followed a rule of harmonizing, which in the great majority of instances is a safe guide. The concurrent order of two Evangelists is preferable to the arrangement adopted by one only. Both St. Matthew and St. Mark place this section after their account of the decision of our Lord respecting divorces. I follow their authority, therefore, in observing the present order, Lightfoot, Newcome, Doddridge, and Michaelis, have arranged the sections on the same plan.