New International Version
and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
King James Bible
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Darby Bible Translation
and desiring to be filled with the crumbs which fell from the table of the rich man; but the dogs also coming licked his sores.
World English Bible
and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
Young's Literal Translation
and desiring to be filled from the crumbs that are falling from the table of the rich man; yea, also the dogs, coming, were licking his sores.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs - And it is likely this desire was complied with, for it is not intimated that he spurned away the poor man from the gate, or that his suit was rejected. And as we find, Luke 16:24, that the rich man desired that Lazarus should be sent with a little water to him, it is a strong intimation that he considered him under some kind of obligation to him; for, had he refused him a few crumbs in his lifetime, it is not reasonable to suppose that he would now have requested such a favor from him; nor does Abraham glance at any such uncharitable conduct on the part of the rich man.
We may now observe,
II. In what the punishment of this man consisted.
1. Lazarus dies and is carried into Abraham's bosom. By the phrase, Abraham's bosom, an allusion is made to the custom at Jewish feasts, when three persons reclining on their left elbows on a couch, the person whose head came near the breast of the other, was said to lie in his bosom. So it is said of the beloved disciple, John 13:25. Abraham's bosom was a phrase used among the Jews to signify the paradise of God. See Josephus's account of the Maccabees, chap. xiii.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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
"Yes it is, Lord," she said. "Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table."
At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.
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