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Luke 15:12

    Luke 15:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. And he divided to them his living.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy'substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me that part of your property which will be mine. And he made division of his goods between them.

    Webster's Revision

    and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy'substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

    World English Bible

    The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 15:12

    Give me the portion of goods - It may seem strange that such a demand should be made, and that the parent should have acceded to it, when he knew that it was to minister to his debauches that his profligate son made the demand here specified. But the matter will appear plain, when it is considered, that it has been an immemorial custom in the east for sons to demand and receive their portion of the inheritance during their father's lifetime; and the parent, however aware of the dissipated inclinations of the child, could not legally refuse to comply with the application. It appears indeed that the spirit of this law was to provide for the child in case of ill treatment by the father: yet the demand must first be acceded to, before the matter could be legally inquired into; and then, "if it was found that the father was irreproachable in his character, and had given no just cause for the son to separate from him, in that case, the civil magistrate fined the son in two hundred puns of cowries." See Code of Gentoo laws, pr. disc. p. 56; see also do. chap. 2: sec. 9, p. 81, 82; xxi. sec. 10, p. 301.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 15:12

    And the younger of them said - By this younger son we are to understand the publicans and sinners to be represented. By the older, the Pharisees and scribes.

    Give me the portion - The part.

    Of goods - Of property.

    That falleth to me - That is properly my share. There is no impropriety in supposing that he was of age; and, as he chose to leave his father's house, it was proper that his father should, if he chose, give him the part of the estate which would be his.

    He divided unto them his living - His property, or "means" of living. The division of property among the Jews gave the older son twice as much as the younger. In this case it seems the younger son received only money or movable property, and the older chose to remain with his father and dwell on the paternal estate. The lands and fixed property remained in their possession. Among the ancient Romans and Syrophoenicians, it was customary, when a son came to the years of maturity, if he demanded his part of the inheritance, for the father to give it to him. This the son might claim by law. It is possible that such a custom may have prevailed among the Jews, and that our Saviour refers to some such demand made by the young man.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 15:12

    15:12 Give me the part of goods that falleth to me - See the root of all sin! A desire of disposing of ourselves; of independency on God!