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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
Luke 18



Verse 1

To faint; to be discouraged.

Verse 5

Avenge her; hear and judge her cause.

Verse 7

His own elect; his own chosen friends.--Bear long with them; delay long to answer their prayers.

Verse 11

The Pharisees were a very proud and self-complacent class of men, who had a high reputation for sanctity. The publicans or tax-gatherers, on the other hand, were despised.

Verse 14

Justified; in the sight of God.

Verse 16

For of such, &c. Childhood is docile, lowly-minded, contented, and happy, and thus is an emblem of the Christian character.

Luke 18:18-23. This incident is related, in language slightly varied, in Matthew 19:16-22, and in Mark 10:17-22. Two serious difficulties arise in regard to the case: 1. What was the ground of objection to the expression, "Good Master," which would seem to have been a proper mode of addressing a divinely-commissioned prophet of singular benevolence of character; and 2. What was the reason for the direction that the young man should sell all his goods and give to the poor. Commentators endeavor to explain the case, but the explanations do not give entire satisfaction.

Verse 32

The Gentiles. The Romans were the Gentiles to whose power Jesus was delivered. (Luke 23:1,2.)

Verse 34

Was hid from them; its meaning was not understood.

Verse 39

Rebuked him; on account of his so publicly proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah, by giving him the title Son of David.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Luke 18:4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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