Luke 16:15
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New International Version
He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight.

New Living Translation
Then he said to them, "You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

New American Standard Bible
And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And He told them: "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God's sight.

International Standard Version
So he told them, "You try to justify yourselves in front of people, but God knows your hearts, because what is highly valued by people is detestable to God.

NET Bible
But Jesus said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in men's eyes, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized among men is utterly detestable in God's sight.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yeshua said to them: “You are those who justify themselves before men, but God knows your hearts, for the thing that is exalted among men is disgusting before God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Jesus said to them, "You try to justify your actions in front of people. But God knows what's in your hearts. What is important to humans is disgusting to God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, Ye are they who justify themselves before men, but God knows your hearts, for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, You are they who justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

American King James Version
And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, Ye are they that justify yourselves in the sight of men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: You are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is high to men, is an abomination before God.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, *Ye* are they who justify themselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what amongst men is highly thought of is an abomination before God.

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, Ye are they that justify yourselves in the sight of men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, Ye are they who justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God.

Weymouth New Testament
"You are they," He said to them, "who boast of their own goodness before men, but God sees your hearts; for that which holds a proud position among men is detestable in God's sight.

World English Bible
He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

Young's Literal Translation
and he said to them, 'Ye are those declaring yourselves righteous before men, but God doth know your hearts; because that which among men is high, is abomination before God;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:13-18 To this parable our Lord added a solemn warning. Ye cannot serve God and the world, so divided are the two interests. When our Lord spoke thus, the covetous Pharisees treated his instructions with contempt. But he warned them, that what they contended for as the law, was a wresting of its meaning: this our Lord showed in a case respecting divorce. There are many covetous sticklers for the forms of godliness, who are the bitterest enemies to its power, and try to set others against the truth.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts. The part the Pharisees played in public imposed upon the people. The great influence which they exercised was in great measure due to the respect generally felt for their strict and religious lives. The hypocrisy of this famous sect - it was probably in many cases unconscious hypocrisy - and the false colouring which it gave religion, contributed not a little to the state of things which led to the final disruption of the Jewish nation as a nation some forty years after these words were spoken. It is only a student of the Talmud who can form any notion of the Pharisee mind; a superficial study even of parts of this strange, mighty collection will show why our Lord was so seemingly hard in his rebukes of these often earnest and religious men; it will show, too, why the same Divine Master at times seemed to change his words of bitter wrath into accents of the tenderest sympathy and love. For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Especially alluding to that haughty pride of men in wealth and money, which, after all, is not theirs.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto them,.... That is, Jesus said unto them, as the Syriac and Persic versions express it: "ye are they which justify yourselves before men": from the sins of injustice, unfaithfulness, covetousness, and all others; and would be thought, and appear to be righteous; but it is only in the sight of men, who can only see the outside of things, and judge thereby:

but God knoweth your hearts; and what is in them, the deceitfulness, hypocrisy, covetousness, and cruelty of them, which are hid from the eyes of men:

for that which is highly esteemed among men; or what is high in the account and esteem of men, as the outward appearance of these men for morality, religion, and holiness; their zeal for the ceremonies of the law, and the traditions of the elders:

is abomination in the sight of God; who knew full well from what principles, and with what views they acted, to gain popular applause, and amass riches to themselves, without any concern for the glory of God, and the good of men: see Isaiah 65:5.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. justify yourselves—make a show of righteousness.

highly esteemed among men—generally carried away by plausible appearances. (See 1Sa 16:7; and Lu 14:11).

Luke 16:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Law and the Prophets
14Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. 15And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. 16"The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Proverbs 21:2
A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.

Luke 10:29
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

Luke 18:9
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:

Luke 18:14
"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

Acts 1:24
Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen

Romans 8:27
And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.

Revelation 2:23
I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

Ye.

Luke 10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said to Jesus, And who is my neighbor?

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside …

Luke 18:11,21 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you, …

Luke 20:20,47 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful …

Matthew 6:2,5,16 Therefore when you do your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, …

Matthew 23:5,25-27 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad …

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified …

James 2:21-25 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered …

God.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the …

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

2 Chronicles 6:30 Then hear you from heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and render …

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish …

Psalm 139:1,2 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling …

Acts 15:8 And God, which knows the hearts, bore them witness, giving them the …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

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Psalm 10:3 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Psalm 49:13,18 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their …

Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though …

Isaiah 1:10-14 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law …

Amos 5:21,22 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn …

Malachi 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

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