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Luke 12:1 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In this chapter our blessed Saviour furnishes his diciples with many instructions for the worthy discharge of their function in preaching the gospel; particularly he recommends unto them two gracious qualifications, namely, uprightness and sincerity, verses 1,2,3. Secondly, courage and magnanimity, verses 4,5.

1. He recommends unto them the grace and virtue of sincerity: Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Learn hence, that hypocrisy is a dangerous leaven, which ministers and people are chiefly to beware of, and to preserve themselves from. Hypocrisy is a vice in vizor; the face is vice, the vizor is virtue: God is pretended, self intended: hupocrisy is resembled to leaven; partly for its sourness, partly for its diffusiveness. Leaven is a piece of sour dough, that diffuses itself into the whole mass or lump of bread with which it is mixed. Thus hypocrisy spreads over all the man; all his duties, parts and performances, are leavened with it.

Again, leaven is of a swelling, as well as of a spreading nature; it puffs up the dough, and so does hypocrisy the heart. The Pharisees were a sour and proud sort of people; they were all for pre-eminence, chief places, chief seats, chief titles, to be called Rabbi, Rabbi; In a word, as leaven is hardly discerned from good dough at first sight, so is hypocrisy hardly discerned and distinguished from sincerity. The Pharisees outwardly appeared righteous unto men, but within were full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Observe next, the argument which Christ uses to dissuade men from hypocrisy: There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed. As if he had said, the day is coming, when a rotten and corrupt heart shall no longer pass under the vizor and disguise of a demure look. In the day of judgment hypocritical sinners shall walk naked; God, angels and men, shall see their shame.

Learn hence, that God will certainly, however long, wash off all the varnish and paint which the hypocrite has put upon the face of his profession, and lay him open to the terror of himself, and the astonishment of the world.

Consult other comments:

Luke 12:1 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 12:1 - The Greek Testament

Luke 12:1 - Barclay Daily Study Bible

Luke 12:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:1 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 12:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 12:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Luke 12:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 12:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 12:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 12:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 12:1 - James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

Luke 12:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:1 - John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Luke 12:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 12:1 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 12:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

Luke 12:1 - F. B. Hole's Old and New Testaments Commentary

Luke 12:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 12:1 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 12:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Luke 12:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 12:1 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 12:1 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 12:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 12:1 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 12:1 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 12:1 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 12:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 12:1 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 12:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 12:1 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:1 - International Critical Commentary New Testament

Luke 12:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:1 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 12:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 12:1 - William Kelly Major Works (New Testament)

Luke 12:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 12:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Luke 12:1 - Cornelius Lapide Commentary

Luke 12:1 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 12:1 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 12:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

Luke 12:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Luke 12:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 12:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 12:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 12:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Luke 12:1 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 12:1 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 12:1 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 12:1 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 12:1 - The Sermon Bible

Luke 12:1 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Luke 12:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 12:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 12:1 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 12:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:1 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament