New American Standard Bible
Someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me."
King James Bible
And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
Darby Bible Translation
And a person said to him out of the crowd, Teacher, speak to my brother to divide the inheritance with me.
World English Bible
One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
Young's Literal Translation
And a certain one said to him, out of the multitude, 'Teacher, say to my brother to divide with me the inheritance.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
One of the company - One of the multitude. This man had probably had a dispute with his brother, supposing that his brother had refused to do him justice. Conceiving that Jesus had power over the people - that what he said must be performed - he endeavored to secure him on his side of the dispute and gain his point. From the parable which follows, it would appear that he had no "just" claim on the inheritance, but was influenced by covetousness. Besides, if he "had" any just claim, it might have been secured by the laws of the land,
Speak to my brother - Command my brother.
Divide the inheritance - An inheritance is the property which is left by a father to his children. Among the Jews the older brother had two shares, or twice as much as any other child, Deuteronomy 21:17. The remainder was then equally divided among all the children.
LibraryMarch 26 Morning
The kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods . . . to every man according to his several ability.--MATT. 25:14,15. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey? All these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.--As every man hath received the gift, …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
On the Words of the Gospel, Luke xii. 56, 58, "Ye Know How to Interpret the Face of the Earth and the Heaven," Etc. ; and Of
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for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."
But He said to him, "Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?"
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