and he said this, not because he was caring for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and what things were put in he was carrying.
John 12:6 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Not that He cared for the poor - There should be a particular emphasis laid on the word he, as the evangelist studies to show the most determined detestation to his conduct.
And bare what was put therein - Or rather, as some eminent critics contend, And stole what was put in it. This seems the proper meaning of εβαϚαζεν; and in this sense it is used, John 20:15 : If thou hast Stolen him away - ει συ εβαϚασας αυτον. In the same sense the word is used by Josephus, Ant. b. xii. c. 5, s 4; where speaking of the pillage of the temple by Antiochus, he says, Τα σκευη του Θεου βαϚασαι, He carried off, or Stole, also the vessels of the Lord. See also Ant. b. viii. c. 2, s. 2, where the harlot says before Solomon, concerning her child, βαϚασασα δε τουμον εκ των γονατων προς αὑτην μεταφερει - She Stole away my child out of my bosom, and removed it to herself. And Ibid. b. ix. c. 4, s. 5, speaking of the ten lepers that went into the Syrian camp, he says, finding the Syrians fled, They entered into the camp, and ate, and drank; and, having Stolen away (εβαϚασαν) garments, and much gold, they hid them without the camp. See the objections to this translation answered by Kypke, and the translation itself vindicated. See also Pearce in loc., Wakefield, Toup. Em. ad Suid. p. iii. p. 203. If stealing were not intended by the evangelist, the word itself must be considered as superfluous; for, when we are told that he had the bag, we need not be informed that he had what was in it. But the apostle says he was a thief; and because he was a thief, and had the common purse in his power, therefore he stole as much as he conveniently could, without subjecting himself to detection. And, as he saw that the death of Christ was at hand, he wished to secure a provision for himself, before he left the company of the apostles. I see that several copies of the old Itala version understood the word in this sense, and therefore have translated the word by auferebat, exportabat - took away, carried away. Jerome, who professed to mend this version, has in this place (as well as in many others) marred is, by rendering εβαϚαζεν, by portabat.
The γλωσσοκομον, which we translate bag, meant originally the little box, or sheath, in which the tongues or reeds used for pipes were carried; and thus it is interpreted by Pollux in his Onomasticon; and this is agreeable to the etymology of the word. The Greek word is used in Hebrew letters by the Talmudists to signify a purse, scrip, chest, coffer, etc. As our Lord and his disciples lived on charity, a bag or scrip was provided to carry those pious donations by which they were supported. And Judas was steward and treasurer to this holy company.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
John 10:13 The hireling flees, because he is an hireling, and cares not for the sheep.
Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good.
Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor: but the wicked regards not to know it.
Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...
Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
James 2:2,6 For if there come to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment...
John 10:8-10 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them...
2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian...
Psalm 50:16-20 But to the wicked God said, What have you to do to declare my statutes, or that you should take my covenant in your mouth...
Matthew 21:13 And said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.
1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
John 13:29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said to him...
2 Kings 12:14,15 But they gave that to the workmen, and repaired therewith the house of the LORD...
Ezra 8:24-34 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brothers with them...
2 Corinthians 8:19-21 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace...
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
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