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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 12:22-40

Our Lord Jesus is here inculcating some needful useful lessons upon his disciples, which he had before taught them, and had occasion afterwards to press upon them; for they need to have precept upon precept, and line upon line: ?Therefore, because there are so many that are ruined by covetousness, and an inordinate affection to the wealth of this world, I say unto you, my disciples, take heed of it.? Thou, O man of God, flee these things, as well as thou, O man of the world, 1 Tim. 6:11. I. He... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 12:35-48

12:35-48 "Let your loins be girt and your lamps burning. Be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that, when he comes and knocks, they will open to him immediately. Happy are those servants whom the master will come and find awake. This is the truth that I tell you--he will gird himself; he will make them recline at table; and he will come and serve them. Happy are they if he finds them so, even if he comes in the second or third watch. Know... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 12:40

Be ye therefore ready also ,.... Not habitually, but actually, in the exercise of grace, and the discharge of duty, with loins girt, and lights burning. This may be understood either of a readiness to meet the Lord in the way of his judgments, and particularly the destruction of Jerusalem, which was to be in a few years; or of a preparation for death, and the last judgment, which lies in the righteousness of Christ imputed, and his grace imparted: and to have a comfortable view of the one,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 12:40

Be ye therefore ready also - It is pretty evident that what is related here, from Luke 12:35 ; to Luke 12:49 , was spoken by our Lord at another time. See Matthew 24:42 ; (note), etc., and the notes there. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 12:1-59

The Lord , after leaving the Pharisee ' s house , speaks at great length to a numerous crowd waiting for him , addressing his words principally to his own disciples. The foregoing scene ( Luke 11:1-54 .), when the Master addressed his bitter reproaches to the learned and cultivated of the great Pharisee party, took place in a private house belonging to an apparently wealthy member of this, the dominant class. The name of the large village or provincial town where all this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 12:22-40

Lessons from the fowls and lilies Our Lord, having related the parable against covetousness, or the selfish use of money, proceeds in the present section to show how foolish the anxious thought is about these temporal things. And here we have to— I. CONSIDER HOW POOR THE LIFE IS . WHICH LAKES EATING AND DRESSING THE CHIEF THOUGHT . ( Luke 12:22 , Luke 12:23 .) A man's life is intended to be much more assuredly than this; and yet are there not some who... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 12:35-40

Death a Divine visitation. To us the coming of the Son of mart means the hour of death; that is the practical view and therefore the wise view of the subject· And we may well regard our departure from this world as a coming of God to us. I. DEATH AS A DIVINE VISITATION . 1 . At death God comes to us all in judgment. Death is the appointed penalty of sin. It is true that the burden of that penalty is spiritual rather than material, and that God grants us a kind reprieve... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 12:39-40

And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not . The Lord abruptly changes the scene of his parable imagery, and with another striking and vivid example enforces his teaching on the subject of the urgent necessity of his servants keeping a sleepless and diligent watch and ward against his... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 12:38-46

See the notes at Matthew 24:42-51.Second watch - See the notes at Matthew 14:25. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Luke 12:38-40

Luke 12:38-40. And if he shall come in the second or third watch, &c. This included all the time from nine in the evening to three in the morning; and was as if he had said, whether he come early or late. Here our Lord enforces “this constant watchfulness and habitual preparation for his coming, from the consideration of the uncertainty of the time of it; telling them, that as there is no master of a family but would make some preparation against a thief, if he knew of his coming, so it... read more

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