Luke 11:41
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New International Version
But now as for what is inside you--be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.

New Living Translation
So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over.

English Standard Version
But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.

Berean Study Bible
But give as alms the things that are within you, and you will see that everything is clean for you.

Berean Literal Bible
But give as alms the things being within, and behold, all things are clean to you.

New American Standard Bible
"But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.

King James Bible
But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But give from what is within to the poor, and then everything is clean for you.

International Standard Version
So give what is inside to the poor, and then everything will be clean for you.

NET Bible
But give from your heart to those in need, and then everything will be clean for you.

New Heart English Bible
But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and see, all things will be clean to you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“However, give whatever you have in charity and behold, everything is pure to you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give what is inside as a gift to the poor, and then everything will be clean for you.

New American Standard 1977
“But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But rather give alms {lit. do acts of mercy} of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

American King James Version
But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all things are clean to you.

American Standard Version
But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But yet that which remaineth, give alms; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

Darby Bible Translation
But rather give alms of what ye have, and behold, all things are clean to you.

English Revised Version
Howbeit give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and behold, all things are clean to you.

Weymouth New Testament
But as to what is within, give alms, and instantly all is clean in you.

World English Bible
But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you.

Young's Literal Translation
But what ye have give ye as alms, and, lo, all things are clean to you.
Study Bible
Woes to Religious Leaders
40You fools! Did not the One who made the outside make the inside as well? 41But give as alms the things that are within you, and you will see that everything is clean for you. 42Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and rue and every herb, but you disregard justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:6
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.

Mark 7:19
because it does not enter his heart, but it goes into his stomach and then is eliminated." (Thus all foods are clean.)

Luke 12:33
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.

Luke 16:9
I tell you, use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, they will welcome you into eternal dwellings.

Titus 1:15
To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds and their consciences are defiled.
Treasury of Scripture

But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all things are clean to you.

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Luke 12:33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which …

Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When you make a dinner or …

Luke 16:9 And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; …

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half …

Deuteronomy 15:8-10 But you shall open your hand wide to him, and shall surely lend him …

Job 13:16-20 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him…

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

Proverbs 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days…

Isaiah 58:7-11 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you …

Matthew 6:1-4 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: …

Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Matthew 26:11 For you have the poor always with you; but me you have not always.

Acts 9:36-39 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Acts 10:31,32 And said, Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your alms are had …

Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined …

Acts 24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.

2 Corinthians 8:7-9,12 Therefore, as you abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, …

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; …

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To …

James 2:14-16 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

1 John 3:16,17 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

of such things as ye have. or, as you are able. all.

Acts 10:15 And the voice spoke to him again the second time, What God has cleansed, …

Romans 14:14-18 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing …

1 Timothy 4:4,5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if …

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

(41) But rather give alms of such things as ye have.--This, too, is peculiar to St. Luke. In the underlying principle of its teaching it sweeps away the whole fabric of the law of ceremonial purity, as the words of St. Matthew 15:10-20 had, on different grounds, done before. The distinction between the two phases of the truth is that here greater stress is laid on the active purifying power of the love of which alms, if not given for the sake of man's praise, is the natural expression. That which defiles is selfishness; that which purifies is the unselfishness of love.

Verse 41. - But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. The translation here should run, but rather give the things that are in them as alms, etc. The thought of the contents of these cups and dishes - a thought which came out, as we have seen, so prominently in St. Matthew - here is evidently in the Lord's mind. "Ah!" he seems to say, "what you Pharisees and your schools of formalism indeed want is the knowledge of that great law of love" (the law Jesus was ever teaching in such parables, for instance, as that of the good Samaritan). "I will tell you how really to purify, in the eyes of God, these cups and dishes of yours. Share their contents with your poorer neighbors." "Let them do one single loving, unselfish act, not for the sake of the action itself, not for any merit inherent in it; but out of pure good will towards others, and their whole inward condition would be different" (Bishop Basil Jones, in the 'Speaker's Commentary'). But rather give alms of such things as ye have,.... The phrase , is variously rendered, and so furnishes out various senses: the Syriac version renders it, "give that which is", which is yours; or "which is given to you", as the Persic version, and agrees with ours, "such things as ye have"; and which carries in it but a very odd sense; for none can give of that which they have not. The Vulgate Latin version reads, "that which is over and above"; superfluous substance, and which may be easily spared without hurting a man, or his family: others, "as much as you can": according to a man's ability, and as God has prospered him in the world. The Ethiopic version renders it, "that which is necessary"; which the necessities of the poor call for, and is right and proper to give them: and the Arabic version, very foreign from the sense of the phrase, reads, "before every thing"; above all things give alms. But the true sense of it is contained in the literal version of it, "things that are within"; that is, that are within the cup and the platter; give meat and drink to the poor, your platters and cups are full of, gotten by injustice and oppression. Some read it not imperatively, "give", but indicatively, "ye do give": you oppress and defraud men, devour widows' houses, and fill your own with the spoils of others; and then give out of your cups and platters drink to the thirsty, and meat to the hungry, to make atonement for your avarice and extortion:

and behold all things are clean unto you; that is, according to their own opinion, who fancied that alms deeds justified them in the sight of God, cleansed them from their sins, delivered them from hell, and gave them a title to eternal life; See Gill on Matthew 6:1 for it can never be thought to be our Lord's meaning in earnest, that either their persons, or what they had, should be pure and clean unto them, by giving a part of their ill-gotten goods to the poor; but he speaks their sense, in an ironic way. From this opinion of theirs it is, that the Hebrew word, which signifies "to be clean", is used by them for giving alms: so it is said (y), that

"R. Jonathan and Resh Lekish went down to bathe themselves in the baths of Tiberias; and a certain poor man met them, and said unto them, , "give me alms"; they said unto him, when we come back we will , "give thee alms":''

and so the Mahometans call alms by the same name, because they imagine that they cleanse their other substance from pollution, and their souls from avarice.

(y) Vajikra Rabba, Sect. 34. fol. 174. 2. Vid. fol. 173. 3, 4. & 174. 4. 41. give alms … and … all … clean—a principle of immense value. As the greed of these hypocrites was one of the most prominent features of their character (Lu 16:14; Mt 23:14), our Lord bids them exemplify the opposite character, and then their outside, ruled by this, would be beautiful in the eye of God, and their meals would be eaten with clean hands, though never so fouled with the business of this worky world. (See Ec 9:7).11:37-54 We should all look to our hearts, that they may be cleansed and new-created; and while we attend to the great things of the law and of the gospel, we must not neglect the smallest matter God has appointed. When any wait to catch something out of our mouths, that they may insnare us, O Lord, give us thy prudence and thy patience, and disappoint their evil purposes. Furnish us with such meekness and patience that we may glory in reproaches, for Christ's sake, and that thy Holy Spirit may rest upon us.
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