New International Version
Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"
King James Bible
And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
Darby Bible Translation
But he said to him, Man, who established me [as] a judge or a divider over you?
World English Bible
But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?"
Young's Literal Translation
And he said to him, 'Man, who set me a judge or a divider over you?'
Luke 12:14 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A judge - Without some judgment given in the case, no division could be made; therefore Jesus added the word judge. Pearce. A minister of Christ ought not to concern himself with secular affairs, any farther than charity and the order of discipline require it. Our Lord could have decided this difference in a moment; but the example of a perfect disengagement from worldly things was more necessary for the ministers of his Church than that of a charity applying itself to temporal concerns. He who preaches salvation to all should never make himself a party man; otherwise he loses the confidence, and consequently the opportunity of doing good to the party against whom he decides. Better to leave all these things to the civil magistrate, unless where a lawsuit may be prevented, and the matter decided to the satisfaction or acquiescence of both parties.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryOctober 23 Morning
A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.--LUKE 12:15. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.--Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.--Godliness with contentment is great gain. Having food and raiment let us be therewith content. Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
May 14. "But God" (Luke xii. 20).
October the Nineteenth Ready!
True Harvest Joy.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment?
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
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