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Luke 12:13

    Luke 12:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And one of the company said to him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And one out of the multitude said unto him, Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And one of the people said to him, Master, give an order to my brother to make division of the heritage with me.

    Webster's Revision

    And one out of the multitude said unto him, Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.

    World English Bible

    One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And one out of the multitude said unto him, Master, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 12:13

    Speak to my brother, that he divide - Among the Jews, the children had the inheritance of their fathers divided among them; the eldest had a double portion, but all the rest had equal parts. It is likely the person complained of in the text was the elder brother; and he wished to keep the whole to himself - a case which is far from being uncommon. The spirit of covetousness cancels all bonds and obligations, makes wrong right, and cares nothing for father or brother.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 12:13

    One of the company - One of the multitude. This man had probably had a dispute with his brother, supposing that his brother had refused to do him justice. Conceiving that Jesus had power over the people - that what he said must be performed - he endeavored to secure him on his side of the dispute and gain his point. From the parable which follows, it would appear that he had no "just" claim on the inheritance, but was influenced by covetousness. Besides, if he "had" any just claim, it might have been secured by the laws of the land,

    Speak to my brother - Command my brother.

    Divide the inheritance - An inheritance is the property which is left by a father to his children. Among the Jews the older brother had two shares, or twice as much as any other child, Deuteronomy 21:17. The remainder was then equally divided among all the children.