Luke 19:8 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New TestamentTwo things are here observable: the greatness of his charity, and the justice of his restitution.
As to his charity, observe,
1. The freeness of it, not I lend, but I give.
2. The readiness of it: not I will, but I do give.
3. The justice and honesty of it, my goods, not my spoils; what is my own, and not rent from others by rapine and extortion;
4. The largeness and extensiveness of his charity: Half of my goods, not an inconsiderable pittance.
5. The fitness of his charity, To the poor, not to the rich; not to his rich heirs, but to his poor neighbors. Again, as his charity was large, so his restitution was just; as he gave half to the poor, so he restored four-fold to the wronged. What an evidence was here of a true penitent! Confession and satisfaction are both found with him. Whenever repentance is sincere and saving, there is not only a hatred of former sins, but a vigorous exercise of graces contrary to those sins.
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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament
William Burkitt (1650 - 1703) was a Church of England clergyman, bible expositor, and devotional writer.
Volume 1: Matthew - John, was published in 1700.
Volume 2: Acts - Revelation was published 1703.