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Luke 16:21

    Luke 16:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the dogs come and licked his sores.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Desiring the broken bits of food which came from the table of the man of wealth; and even the dogs came and put their tongues on his wounds.

    Webster's Revision

    and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the dogs come and 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 16:21

    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.