Luke 16:19
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New International Version
"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.

New Living Translation
Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury.

English Standard Version
“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.

New American Standard Bible
"Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.

King James Bible
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day.

International Standard Version
"Once there was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and live in great luxury every day.

NET Bible
"There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“There was a certain rich man, and he wore fine white linen and purple and everyday he celebrated luxuriously.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"There was a rich man who wore expensive clothes. Every day was like a party to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day;

King James 2000 Bible
There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted sumptuously every day:

American King James Version
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

American Standard Version
Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day:

Douay-Rheims Bible
There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen; and feasted sumptuously every day.

Darby Bible Translation
Now there was a rich man and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, making good cheer in splendour every day.

English Revised Version
Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day:

Webster's Bible Translation
There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

Weymouth New Testament
"There was once a rich man who habitually arrayed himself in purple and fine linen, and enjoyed a splendid banquet every day,

World English Bible
"Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day.

Young's Literal Translation
'And -- a certain man was rich, and was clothed in purple and fine linen, making merry sumptuously every day,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:19-31 Here the spiritual things are represented, in a description of the different state of good and bad, in this world and in the other. We are not told that the rich man got his estate by fraud, or oppression; but Christ shows, that a man may have a great deal of the wealth, pomp, and pleasure of this world, yet perish for ever under God's wrath and curse. The sin of this rich man was his providing for himself only. Here is a godly man, and one that will hereafter be happy for ever, in the depth of adversity and distress. It is often the lot of some of the dearest of God's saints and servants to be greatly afflicted in this world. We are not told that the rich man did him any harm, but we do not find that he had any care for him. Here is the different condition of this godly poor man, and this wicked rich man, at and after death. The rich man in hell lifted up his eyes, being in torment. It is not probable that there are discourses between glorified saints and damned sinners, but this dialogue shows the hopeless misery and fruitless desires, to which condemned spirits are brought. There is a day coming, when those who now hate and despise the people of God, would gladly receive kindness from them. But the damned in hell shall not have the least abatement of their torment. Sinners are now called upon to remember; but they do not, they will not, they find ways to avoid it. As wicked people have good things only in this life, and at death are for ever separated from all good, so godly people have evil things only in this life, and at death they are for ever put from them. In this world, blessed be God, there is no gulf between a state of nature and grace, we may pass from sin to God; but if we die in our sins, there is no coming out. The rich man had five brethren, and would have them stopped in their sinful course; their coming to that place of torment, would make his misery the worse, who had helped to show them the way thither. How many would now desire to recall or to undo what they have written or done! Those who would make the rich man's praying to Abraham justify praying to saints departed, go far to seek for proofs, when the mistake of a damned sinner is all they can find for an example. And surely there is no encouragement to follow the example, when all his prayers were made in vain. A messenger from the dead could say no more than what is said in the Scriptures. The same strength of corruption that breaks through the convictions of the written word, would triumph over a witness from the dead. Let us seek to the law and to the testimony, Isa 8:19,20, for that is the sure word of prophecy, upon which we may rest, 2Pe 1:19. Circumstances in every age show that no terrors, or arguments, can give true repentance without the special grace of God renewing the sinner's heart.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - There was a certain rich man. He is thus introduced by the Lord without any details respecting his age or place of residence - nameless, too! Seems he not to have been reading from that book where he found the name of the poor man written, but found not the name of the rich; for that book is the book of life?" (Sermon 178. 3 of St. Augustine). Tradition says his name was Nimeusis, but it is simply a baseless tradition. Which was clothed in purple and fine linen. The words which describe the life of Dives were chosen with rare skill; they are few, but enough to show us that the worldly hero of the story lived a life of royal magnificence and boundless luxury. His ordinary apparel seems to have been purple and fine linen. This purple, the true sea purple, was a most precious and rare dye, and the purple garment so dyed was a royal gift, and was scarcely used save by princes and nobles of very high degree. In it the idol-images were sometimes arrayed. The fine linen (byssus) was worth twice its weight in gold. It was in hue dazzlingly white. And fared sumptuously every day. With this princely rich man banquets were a matter of daily occurrence. Luther renders the Greek here, "lebte herrlich und in Freuden." Thus with all the accompaniments of grandeur this nameless mighty one lived, his halls ever filled with noble guests, his antechambers with servants. Everything with him that could make life splendid and joyous was in profusion. Some have suspected that our Lord took, as the model for his picture here, the life of the tetrarch Herod Antipas. The court of that magnificent and luxurious prince would certainly have well served as the original of the picture; but Herod was still living, and it is more likely that Jesus was describing the earth-life of one who had already been" dismissed" from his earthly stewardship, and who, when he spoke the parable, was in the world to come.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There was a certain rich man,.... In Beza's most ancient copy, and in another manuscript of his it is read by way of preface, "he said also another parable": which shows, that this is not a history of matter of fact, or an historical account of two such persons, as the "rich" man and the beggar, who had lately lived at Jerusalem; though the Papists pretend, to this day, to point out the very spot of ground in Jerusalem, where this rich man's house stood: nor is it to be understood parabolically of any particular rich man, or prince; as Saul the first king of Israel; or Herod, who now was reigning, and was clothed in purple, and lived in a sumptuous manner: nor of rich men in general, though it greatly describes the characters of such, at least of many of them; who only take care of their bodies, and neglect their souls; adorn and pamper them, live in pleasure, and grow wanton, and have no regard to the poor saints; and when they die go to hell; for their riches will not profit them in a day of wrath, nor deliver from it, or be regarded by the Judge, any more than hills and mountains will hide them from his face: but by the rich man are meant, the Jews in general; for that this man is represented, and to be considered as a Jew, is evident from Abraham being his father, and his calling him so, and Abraham again calling him his son, Luke 16:24 of which relation the Jews much boasted and gloried in; and from his brethren having Moses and the prophets, Luke 16:29 which were peculiar to the Jewish people; and from that invincible and incurable infidelity in them, that they would not believe, though one rose from the dead, Luke 16:31 as the Jews would not believe in Christ though he himself rose from the dead, which was the sign he gave them of his being the Messiah: and the general design of the parable, is to expose the wickedness and unbelief of the Jews, and to show their danger and misery, for their contempt and rejection of the Messiah; and particularly the Pharisees are designed, who being covetous, had derided Christ for what he had before said; and, who though high in the esteem of men, were an abomination to God, Luke 16:14. These more especially boasted of Abraham being their father; and of their being the disciples of Moses, and trusted in him, and in his law; and thought they should have eternal life through having and reading the books of Moses and the prophets: these may be called "a man", because this was the name by which the Jews style themselves, in distinction from the Gentiles, whom they compare to beasts; See Gill on Matthew 15:26 and this they ground on a passage in Ezekiel 34:31 "and ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men": upon which their note is (e),

"ye are called, "men", but the nations of the earth are not called men.''

And they may be called a "certain" man, a famous man, a man of note, as the Jews, and especially the Pharisees, thought themselves to be; and therefore coveted the chief places in the synagogues, and at feasts, and loved salutations and greetings in market places, and to be called of men Rabbi, and master: as also a "rich man"; for the Jews in general were a wealthy people, lived in a very fruitful country, and were greatly indulged with the riches of providential goodness; and particularly the Pharisees, many of whom were of the great sanhedrim, and rulers of synagogues, and elders of the people; and who by various methods, amassed to themselves great riches, and even devoured widows' houses; see Luke 6:24 and they were also rich in outward means and ordinances, having the oracles of God, his word, worship, and service; and as to their spiritual and eternal estate, in their own esteem; though they were not truly rich in grace, not in faith, nor in spiritual knowledge, nor even in good works, of which they so much boasted; but in appearance, and in their own conceit, they were rich in the knowledge of the law, and in righteousness, which they imagined was perfect, and so stood in need of nothing; no, not of repentance, and especially of Christ, or of any thing from him:

which was clothed in purple and fine linen; or "byssus", which is said to (f) grow on a tree, in height equal to a poplar, and in leaves like a willow, and was brought out of India into Egypt, and much used there, as it also was among the Jews: hence we often read (g) of or "garments of byssus", or fine linen: the Jews in general dressed well; their common apparel were fine linen and silk; see Ezekiel 16:10 and so the Arabic version here renders it, "silk and purple"; and the Persic version, "silks and bombycines": and the priests particularly, were arrayed in such a habit; the robe of the ephod, and also its curious girdle, were of blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen, and at the hem of it were pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, Exodus 28:6. And as for the Pharisees, they loved to go in long robes, and to make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, which were fringes of blue, joined unto them; and which may figuratively express the fine outside show of holiness and righteousness, they made;

and fared sumptuously every day. The Jews in common lived well, being in a land that flowed with milk and honey; see Ezekiel 16:13 and especially the priests, who offered up lambs every day, besides other offerings, of which they had their part; as also the Pharisees, who were often at feasts, where they loved the chief places: and this may signify the easy and jocund life they lived; knowing no sorrow upon spiritual accounts, having no sense of sin, nor sight of the spirituality of the law, nor view of danger; but at perfect ease, and not emptied from vessel to vessel.

(e) T. Bab. Bava Metzia, fol. 114. 2. & Kimchi in loc. (f) Philostrat. Vit. Appollon. l. 2. c. 9. (g) Targum in Genesis 41.42. in 2 Chron. 12. & in Ezekiel 44.17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. purple and fine linen, &c.—(Compare Es 8:15; Re 18:12); wanting nothing which taste and appetite craved and money could procure.

Luke 16:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
19"Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20"And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:22
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

Ezekiel 16:49
"'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

Luke 16:18
"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Luke 16:20
At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores

James 5:5
You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
Treasury of Scripture

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

river.

Luke 12:16-21 And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich …

Luke 18:24,25 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly …

James 5:1-5 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

clothed.

Luke 16:1 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, …

Luke 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and …

Job 21:11-15 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance…

Psalm 73:3-7 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom, pride, fullness …

Amos 6:4-6 That lie on beds of ivory, and stretch themselves on their couches, …

Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked …

Revelation 18:7,16 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much …

purple.

Judges 8:26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand …

Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel …

Ezekiel 16:13 Thus were you decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of …

Ezekiel 27:7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which you spread …

Mark 15:17,20 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, …

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