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Geneva Notes / Commentary on Luke 16:9-18

From the Geneva Notes (1599).

Luke 16

Lu 16:9
16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the
mammon {c} of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may
receive you into everlasting {d} habitations.

(c) This is not spoken of goods that are gotten wrongly,
for God will have our bountifulness to the poor proceed
and come from a good fountain: but he calls those
things riches of iniquity which men use wickedly.
(d) That is, the poor Christians: for they are the
inheritors of these habitations; Theophylact.

Lu 16:10
16:10 {2} He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful
also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust
also in much.

(2) We ought to take heed that we do not abuse our earthly
work and duty and so be deprived of heavenly gifts: for
how can they properly use spiritual gifts who abuse worldly

Lu 16:11
16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous
mammon, who will commit to your trust the {c} true

(c) That is, heavenly and true riches, which are contrary
to material wealth which is worldly and quickly

Lu 16:12
16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is {f}
another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

(f) In worldly goods, which are called other men's because
they are not ours, but rather entrusted to our care.

Lu 16:13
16:13 {3} No servant can serve two masters: for either he will
hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to
the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and

(3) No man can love God and riches simultaneously.

Lu 16:15
16:15 {4} And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify
yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for
that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in
the sight of God.

(4) Our sins are not hidden to God, although they may be hidden
to men, yea although they may be hidden to those who
committed them.

Lu 16:16
16:16 {5} The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that
time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man
presseth into it.

(5) The Pharisees despised the excellency of the new covenant
with respect to the old, being ignorant of the perfect
righteousness of the law; and Christ declares by the
seventh commandment how they were false expounders of
the law.

Lu 16:18
16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another,
committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her {g} that
is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.

(g) They that gather by this passage that a man cannot be
married again after he has divorced his wife for
adultery, while she lives, reason incorrectly: for
Christ speaks of those divorces which the Jews had
which were not because of adultery, for adulterers
were put to death by the law.

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