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Luke 16:19 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our Saviour in his parabolical history of Dives and Lazarus, instructs us concerning the right use of riches, which is to capacitate us to do good to others; declaring that in the life to come, the pious poor man shall be eternally happy, while the unmerciful rich man shall be intolerably miserable.

Here observe, 1. The different state and condition of good and bad men in the other world, from what they are in this; here the wicked prosper, grow rich and great, and the good and virtuous are in calamity, suffer poverty and, distress, which has staggered many men, yea, the best of men, in the belief of a divine providence.

Observe, 2. That our Saviour did not consure the rich man for being rich, but for being sensual; not for wearing costly apparel, and keeping a plentiful table, (which if managed according to men's qualities and estates, is a commendable virtue,) but his sensuality and luxury, and forgetting to feed the hungry with the superfluities of his table; these are the things for which he is censured.

From whence we may learn, that pride and luxury, intemperance and sensuality, are such abuses of worldly riches, as worldly men are very prone and incident to. Rich men too often make their back and their belly their god; sacrificing and devoting all they have to the service of those idols.

Observe, 3. That a poor and mean condition is the lot of many good men, nay, perhaps of the most in this world. That a man may be poor and miserable in this world, and yet be very dear to God: the grace of sanctification is sometimes bestowed most eminently, where the gifts of providence have been dispensed most sparingly; consequently from the present state of men in this world, we can make no judgment of their future condition in the world to come.

Consult other comments:

Luke 16:19 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 16:19 - The Greek Testament

Luke 16:19 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 16:19 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 16:19 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 16:19 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 16:19 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 16:19 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 16:19 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 16:19 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Luke 16:19 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 16:19 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:19 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:19 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 16:19 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 16:19 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 16:19 - McGarvey and Pendleton Commentaries (New Testament)

Luke 16:19 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 16:19 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 16:19 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 16:19 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 16:19 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 16:19 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 16:19 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:19 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 16:19 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

Luke 16:19 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 16:19 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 16:19 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 16:19 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 16:19 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 16:19 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 16:19 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Luke 16:19 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 16:19 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 16:19 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

Luke 16:19 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 16:19 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 16:19 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 16:19 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Luke 16:19 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:19 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 16:19 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 16:19 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 16:19 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 16:19 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament