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Luke 16:9 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here our Saviour makes application of the forgoing parable to his disciples.

Where note,

1. The title given by our Saviour to wealth and riches, he calls it Mammon and Mammon of unrighteousness: Mammon was the name given by the heathens to the god of riches; the mammon of unrighteousness, is riches unrighteously gotten.

2. The advice given by our Saviour to the men of wealth: Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that is, make God your friend by a charitable distribution, that he may bless you; make the poor your friends, that they may unitedly engage their prayers for you; make your own consciences your friends, that they may not reproach and shame you, sting and torment you.

Observe, 3. The argument used to excite the rich to this improvement of their wealth: That when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. When ye fail, that is, when you died, and your riches fail you, and can stand you in no farther stead, They may receive you; What they? Some understand it of the Holy Trinity, others of the blessed angels, whose office it is to convey the charitable and good man's soul to heaven, it's eternal habitation. Some understand it of riches themselves. They may receive you; that is, your estates, laid out for God in works of piety and charity, may ever before you into heaven, and open the gates of eternal life for you, not in a way of merit, but in a way of means.

Lastly, They may receive you: Some understand it of the poor themselves, whose bowels our charity has refreshed, that they will welcome us to heaven, and receive us with joyful acclamations into the eternal mansions, which are prepared for the merciful.

Others say the words, They may receive you, are impersonally put for, that you may be received into heaven when you die. This is to imitate the wise merchant in sending over our money into another country by bills of exchange.

Consult other comments:

Luke 16:9 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 16:9 - The Greek Testament

Luke 16:9 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 16:9 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 16:9 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 16:9 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 16:9 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 16:9 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 16:9 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 16:9 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:9 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:9 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 16:9 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 16:9 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 16:9 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 16:9 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 16:9 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 16:9 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 16:9 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 16:9 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 16:9 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 16:9 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 16:9 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 16:9 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 16:9 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 16:9 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 16:9 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 16:9 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 16:9 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 16:9 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 16:9 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament