But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Galatians 6:10.
For with such sacrifices God is well pleased - He is pleased with the sacrifices of prayer and of praise; with the offerings of a broken and a contrite heart: but he is especially pleased with the religion which leads us to do good to others. This was eminently the religion of his Son, the Lord Jesus; and to this all true religion prompts. The word "sacrifices" here is not taken in a strict sense, as denoting what is offered as an expiation for sin, or in the sense that we are by doing good to attempt to make atonement for our transgressions, but in the general sense of an offering made to God. God is pleased with this:
(1) because it shows in us a right state of heart;
with such—and not mere ritualistic sacrifices.But to do good and to communicate forget not: the last duty which Christ sufferings without the gate for his subjects obligeth them to, is liberality and beneficence to others. In which is explicitly denied any carelessness of mind, aversation of affection, or omission of the duty; in which is implicitly enjoined, inclination to, retention in memory of, and constant practice of beneficence and liberality, both as to spiritual and temporal good, vigorously and cheerfully edifying the souls and cherishing the bodies of all necessitous ones, but especially of their poor brethren of the household of faith, Galatians 6:10 1Jo 3:17; glorifying God by obeying his law and rule about it, Matthew 6:1-4 Ephesians 6:5-9.
For with such sacrifices God is well pleased; such doing of good, and communicating to the necessities of poor saints, are part of our evangelical sacrifices, which God requireth of us, instead of the numerous legal ones; and are attending on, concomitant with, and sanctified by, the one true sacrifice of Christ; and being duly terminated on him according to his law, they are highly pleasing and acceptable to God, yea, sometimes above other sacrifices and holy things given to him; and which, as he commands, he will at present greatly reward with temporal and spiritual blessings, and with everlasting riches and glory in heaven, Proverbs 19:17 Micah 6:6-8 Matthew 9:13 Matthew 25:34-40 2 Corinthians 9:12.
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased; not that they are meritorious of the favour of God and of eternal life; for what a man gives in a way of charity is but what God has given him, and cannot be profitable to God, though it is to a fellow creature; nor is there any proportion between what is given, and grace and glory which the saints receive; yet doing good in this way, when it is done in faith, springs from love, and is directed to the glory of God, is well pleasing to him; yea, these sacrifices are preferred by him to legal ones, Hosea 6:6 and the Jews also say, that
"greater is he who does alms than (if he offered) all sacrifices (c).''But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Hebrews 13:16. Exhortation to beneficence. By means of δέ this verse attaches itself to the preceding, inasmuch as over against the Christianly devout mind which expresses itself in words, is placed the Christianly devout mind which manifests itself in deeds.
Τῆς δὲ εὐποιΐας καὶ κοινωνίας μὴ ἐπιλανθάνεσθε] Of well-doing, moreover (the substantive εὐποιΐα only here in the N. T.; εὖ ποιεῖν, Mark 14:7), and fellowship (i.e. communication of earthly possession, comp. Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 9:13), be not forgetful (Hebrews 13:2).
τοιαύταις γὰρ θυσίαις εὐαρεστεῖται ὁ Θεός] for in such sacrifices God has pleasure.
τοιαύταις] refers back only to εὐποιΐας καὶ κοινωνίας, not likewise to Hebrews 13:15 (Theophylact, Schlichting, Bengel, Böhme, Kuinoel, Hofmann, Woerner).
The formula εὐαρεστοῦμαί τινι is elsewhere foreign to the N. T. as to the LXX.; with later Greek writers, however, not unusual.16. to communicate] To share your goods with others (Romans 15:26). The substantive from this verb is rendered “distribution” in 2 Corinthians 9:13.
with such sacrifices] The verse is meant to remind them that sacrifices of well-doing and the free sharing of their goods are even more necessary than verbal gratitude unaccompanied by sincerity of action (Isaiah 29:13; Ezekiel 33:31).Hebrews 13:16. Εὐποιΐας, doing good) to the needy.—κοινωνίας, communicating) with the deserving: Galatians 6:6; comp. presently after, Hebrews 13:17.—τοιαύταις, with such) There is a reference also to the preceding verse: with these, such as these, not with the blood of quadrupeds.—εὐαρεστεῖται) The verbs εὐαρεστοῦμαι, δυσαρεστοῦμαι, with the ablative, signify, I am pleased, displeased with this.—δυσαρεστούμενος, ill at ease, as men generally are, when they are threatened with some distemper. Diogenes Laertius in Arcesilaus, καί τινος μὴ εὐαρεστουμένου τῇ διατριβῇ αὐτοῦ, when a certain man was not willingly stopping with him.Verse 16. - But to do good and to communicate forget not (τῆς δὲ εὐποιι'ας καὶ κοινωνίας μὴ ἐπιλανθάνεσθε: where εὐποιι'ας means "doing good to others" (cf. Mark 14:7); while κοινωνίας expresses the sense of Christian fellowship evinced by communicating to others a share of what we have; cf. Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 9:13): for With such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Lit. but be not forgetful of doing good and communicating. Ἑυποιΐ̀α beneficence, N.T.o, olxx, oClass. For κοινωνία communication, of alms, etc., see on Luke 5:10; see on Acts 2:42. See also Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 8:4; 2 Corinthians 9:13. Comp. the verb κοινωνεῖν to impart, Romans 12:13; Romans 15:27; Philippians 4:15.
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