Luke 16:12
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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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Clarke'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


Luke 19:13-26 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them, Occupy till I come...

1 Chronicles 29:14-16 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of you...

Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away...

Ezekiel 16:16-21 And of your garments you did take, and decked your high places with divers colors, and played the harlot thereupon...

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.

Matthew 25:14-29 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods...

that which is your.

Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God...

1 Peter 1:4,5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you...

The 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).
"Faithful in that which is least" (Luke xvi. 10). The man that missed his opportunity and met the doom of the faithless servant was not the man with five talents, or the man with two, but the man who had only one. The people who are in danger of missing life's great meaning are the people of ordinary capacity and opportunity, and who say to themselves, "There is so little I can do that I will not try to do anything." One of the finest windows in Europe was made from the remnants an apprentice boy
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Good Steward
"Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward." Luke 16:2. 1. The relation which man bears to God, the creature to his Creator, is exhibited to us in the oracles of God under various representations. Considered as a sinner, a fallen creature, he is there represented as a debtor to his Creator. He is also frequently represented as a servant, which indeed is essential to him as a creature; insomuch that this appellation is given to the Son of God when, in His state of humiliation,
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

The Rich Man and Lazarus
"If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:31. 1. How strange a paradox is this! How contrary to the common apprehension of men! Who is so confirmed in unbelief as not to think, "If one came to me from the dead, I should be effectually persuaded to repent?" But this passage affords us a more strange saying: (Luke 16:13:) "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." "No! Why not? Why cannot we serve both?" will a true servant of mammon say.
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

Cross References
Luke 16:11
So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Luke 16:13
"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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