New American Standard Bible
'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?'
King James Bible
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Darby Bible Translation
is it not lawful for me to do what I will in my own affairs? Is thine eye evil because I am good?
World English Bible
Isn't it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?'
Young's Literal Translation
is it not lawful to me to do what I will in mine own? is thine eye evil because I am good?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Is thine we evil because I am good? - The Hebrews used the word evil, when applied to the eye, to denote one envious and malicious, Deuteronomy 15:9; Proverbs 23:6. The eye is called evil in such cases, because envy and malice show themselves directly in the eye. No passions are so fully expressed by the eye as these. "Does envy show itself in the eye? is thine eye so soon turned to express envy and malice because I have chosen to do good?"
LibraryThe Servant-Lord and his Servants
'Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.'--MATT. xx. 28. It seems at first sight strangely unsympathetic and irrelevant that the ambitious request of James and John and their foolish mother, that they should sit at Christ's right hand and His left in His kingdom, should have been occasioned by, and have followed immediately upon, our Lord's solemn and pathetic announcement of His sufferings. But the connection is not difficult to trace. The disciples believed that, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Delivered on the Lord's Day, on that which is Written in the Gospel, Matt. xx. 1, "The Kingdom of Heaven is Like unto a Man That
Ci. Foretelling his Passion. Rebuking Ambition.
Cii. Bartimæus and his Companion Healed.
"Beware that there is no base thought in your heart, saying, 'The seventh year, the year of remission, is near,' and your eye is hostile toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing; then he may cry to the LORD against you, and it will be a sin in you.
"Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.
"But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
'Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.
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