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Luke 11:41

    Luke 11:41 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all things are clean to you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But if you give to the poor such things as you are able, then all things are clean to you.

    Webster's Revision

    But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

    World English Bible

    But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Howbeit give for alms those things which are within; and behold, all things are clean unto you.

    Definitions for Luke 11:41

    Alms - Acts and deeds of mercy.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 11:41

    Give alms of such things as ye have - Meaning either what was within the dishes spoken of before; or what was within their houses or power: or what they had at hand, for so τα ενοντα is used by the purest Greek writers. Cease from rapine: far from spoiling the poor by wicked exactions, rather give them alms of every thing you possess; and when a part of every thing you have is sincerely consecrated to God for the use of the poor, then all that remains will be clean unto you; you will have the blessing of God in your basket and store, and every thing will be sanctified to you. These verses are very difficult, and are variously translated and interpreted by critics and divines. I have given what I believe to be our Lord's meaning, in the preceding paraphrase. For a description of the rapine, etc., of the Pharisees, see on Matthew 23:25 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 11:41

    Alms - Charity. Benefactions to the poor.

    Such things as ye have - Your property; though it has been gained unjustly: though you have lived by rapine, and have amassed wealth in an improper manner, yet, since "you have it," it is your duty to make the best of it and do good. By giving to the poor, you may show your repentance for your crimes in amassing money in this manner. You may show that you disapprove of your former course of life, and are disposed henceforward to live honestly. If this be the meaning of this passage, then it shows what is the duty of those who have by unjust gains become wealthy, and who are "then" converted to God. It may not be possible for them in every case to make exact restitution to those whom they have injured; thousands of instances of wrong they may have forgotten; many persons whom they have injured may have died; but still they may show, by giving to others, that they do not think their gains acquired honestly, and that they truly repent. They may devote their property to God; distribute it to the poor; or give it to send the gospel to the heathen world. Thus may they show that they disapprove of their former conduct; and thus may be seen one great principle of God's government - "that good finally comes out of evil."

    And behold ... - Doing this will show that you are a true penitent, and the remainder of your property you will enjoy with a feeling that you have done your duty, and no longer be smitten with the consciousness of hoarding unjust gains. The object of the Saviour here seems to have been to bring the Pharisee to repentance. Repentance consists in sorrow for sin, and in forsaking it. This he endeavored to produce by showing him:

    1. The "evil" and hypocrisy of his conduct; and,

    2. By "exhorting" him to ""forsake" his sins, and to "show" this by doing good.

    Thus doing, he would evince that the "mind" was clean as well the "body;" the "inside" as well as the "outside."

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 11:41

    11:41 Give what is in them - The vessels which ye clean, in alms, and all things are clean to you. As if he had said, By acts directly contrary to rapine and wickedness, show that your hearts are cleansed, and these outward washings are needless.