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Luke 12:13 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

While our Saviour was thus instructing his disciples and the rest of his auditors, in things appertaining to the kingdom of heaven; one of the company being more intent, as it seems, upon his temporal that his eternal concerns, desired him to speak to his brother to divide the inheritance with him. Christ tells him, he would neither be judge nor arbitrator in any civil affairs, or secular concerns. This work, as if Christ had said, belongs to the civil magistrate, to divide inheritance, and decide controversies between man and man; but my work is of another nature, namely, to preach the gospel to a lost world, and to direct men how to secure an inheritance in heaven, not to divide inheritances here on earth.

Teaching us, that matters of civil justice do not belong to those whom Christ sends forth to preach the gospel; that work alone is sufficient for them: the proper work of a minister is work enough; one branch of which is to manage a persuading task between neighbor and neighbor, to prevent differences, and to compose them: but as Christ's commissioners and ministers of the gospel, they have no authority to intermeddle in civil judgments: Who made me a judge over you? asked our great Master; that is, a judge in civil affairs.

Consult other comments:

Luke 12:13 - The Greek Testament

Luke 12:13 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:13 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:13 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 12:13 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 12:13 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 12:13 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 12:13 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 12:13 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 12:13 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 12:13 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:13 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:13 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Luke 12:13 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 12:13 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 12:13 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 12:13 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 12:13 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 12:13 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 12:13 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 12:13 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 12:13 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 12:13 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:13 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Luke 12:13 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:13 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 12:13 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 12:13 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 12:13 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 12:13 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 12:13 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 12:13 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 12:13 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 12:13 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 12:13 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 12:13 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Luke 12:13 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 12:13 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 12:13 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 12:13 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Luke 12:13 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 12:13 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 12:13 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 12:13 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 12:13 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament