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Luke 16:8 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Wisely, that is, discreetly, according to the wisdom of the men of this world, whose concern is only for the good things of this life. Christ commends him not absolutely, as a fit example to be followed in wasting his master's goods, but comparatively, as being worthy to be so far imitated by the children of light, as to take the same care to secure heaven as others do to get the world. Christ commends him no farther than we do a person, when we say, such a one is a shrewd man for the world: In a word, the steward is here commended, nor for his dishonesty, but for his policy, shrewdness, and sagacity, having done cunningly for himself, though knavishly for his master; from whence our Saviour draws this conclusion, That the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

Hence note, that the generality of men are not so wise and provident for the soul, and the concernments of another world, as worldly men are for the interests and concerns of this life. It is seldom seen, that good men are so wise for the concerns of their souls, as worldy men are for their worldy interests.

Consult other comments:

Luke 16:8 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 16:8 - The Greek Testament

Luke 16:8 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 16:8 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 16:8 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 16:8 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 16:8 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 16:8 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 16:8 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 16:8 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 16:8 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:8 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 16:8 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 16:8 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 16:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 16:8 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 16:8 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 16:8 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:8 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 16:8 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 16:8 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Luke 16:8 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 16:8 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 16:8 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 16:8 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 16:8 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 16:8 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 16:8 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 16:8 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament