New International Version
And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?
King James Bible
And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
Darby Bible Translation
and if ye have not been faithful in that which is another's, who shall give to you your own?
World English Bible
If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?
Young's Literal Translation
and if in the other's ye became not faithful -- your own, who shall give to you?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That which is another man's - Or rather another's, τῳ αλλοτριω. That is, worldly riches, called another's:
1. Because they belong to God, and he has not designed that they should be any man's portion.
2. Because they are continually changing their possessors, being in the way of commerce, and in providence going from one to another.
This property of worldly goods is often referred to by both sacred and profane writers. See a fine passage in Horace, Sat. l. ii. s. 2. v. 129.
Nam propriae telluris herum natura neque illum,
Nec me, nec quemquam statuit
Nature will no perpetual heir assign,
Nor make the farm his property, or mine.
And the following in one of our own poets: -
"Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands."
That which is your own? - Grace and glory, which God has particularly designed for you; which are the only proper satisfying portion for the soul, and which no man can enjoy in their plenitude, unless he be faithful to the first small motions and influences of the Divine Spirit.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
that which is your.
LibraryThe Unjust Steward
Eversley, 1866. NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. Luke xvi. 8. "And the Lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely." None of our Lord's parables has been as difficult to explain as this one. Learned and pious men have confessed freely, in all ages, that there is much in the parable which they cannot understand; and I am bound to confess the same. The puzzle is, plainly, why our Lord should SEEM to bid us to copy the conduct of a bad man and a cheat. For this is the usual interpretation. …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
February 7. "Faithful in that which is Least" (Luke xvi. 10).
The Good Steward
The Rich Man and Lazarus
So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
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