Lu 16:1
16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, {1} There was a
     certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was
     accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.

 (1) Seeing that men often purchase friendship for themselves at
     the expense of others, we are to be ashamed if we do not
     please the Lord or procure the good will of our neighbours
     with the goods which the Lord has bestowed on us freely and
     liberally, making sure that by this means riches, which are
     often occasions of sin, are used for another end and

Lu 16:8
16:8 And the lord commended {a} the unjust steward, because he
     had done wisely: for the {b} children of this world are in
     their generation wiser than the children of light.

     (a) This parable does not approve the steward's evil
         dealing, for it was definitely theft: but parables are
         set forth to show a thing in a secret way, and as it
         were, to present the truth by means of an allegory,
         even though it may not be exact: so that by this
         parable Christ means to teach us that worldly men are
         more clever in the affairs of this world than the
         children of God are diligent for everlasting life.
     (b) Men that are given to this present life, contrary to
         whom are the children of light: Paul calls the
         former carnal and the latter spiritual.

Lu 16:9
16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the
     mammon {c} of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may
     receive you into everlasting {d} habitations.

     (c) This is not spoken of goods that are gotten wrongly,
         for God will have our bountifulness to the poor proceed
         and come from a good fountain: but he calls those
         things riches of iniquity which men use wickedly.
     (d) That is, the poor Christians: for they are the
         inheritors of these habitations; Theophylact.

Lu 16:10
16:10 {2} He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful
      also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust
      also in much.

 (2) We ought to take heed that we do not abuse our earthly
     work and duty and so be deprived of heavenly gifts: for
     how can they properly use spiritual gifts who abuse worldly

Lu 16:11
16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous
      mammon, who will commit to your trust the {c} true

      (c) That is, heavenly and true riches, which are contrary
          to material wealth which is worldly and quickly

Lu 16:12
16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is {f}
      another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

      (f) In worldly goods, which are called other men's because
          they are not ours, but rather entrusted to our care.

Lu 16:13
16:13 {3} No servant can serve two masters: for either he will
      hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to
      the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and

 (3) No man can love God and riches simultaneously.

Lu 16:15
16:15 {4} And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify
      yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for
      that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in
      the sight of God.

 (4) Our sins are not hidden to God, although they may be hidden
     to men, yea although they may be hidden to those who
     committed them.

Lu 16:16
16:16 {5} The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that
      time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man
      presseth into it.

 (5) The Pharisees despised the excellency of the new covenant
     with respect to the old, being ignorant of the perfect
     righteousness of the law; and Christ declares by the
     seventh commandment how they were false expounders of
     the law.

Lu 16:18
16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another,
      committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her {g} that
      is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.

      (g) They that gather by this passage that a man cannot be
          married again after he has divorced his wife for
          adultery, while she lives, reason incorrectly: for
          Christ speaks of those divorces which the Jews had
          which were not because of adultery, for adulterers
          were put to death by the law.

Lu 16:19
16:19 {6} There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in {h}
      purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

 (6) The end of the poverty and misery of the godly will be
     everlasting joy, as the end of riotous living and the cruel
     pride of the rich will be everlasting misery, without any hope
     of mercy.
     (h) Very gorgeously and sumptuously, for purple garments
         were costly, and this fine linen, which was a kind of
         linen that came out of Achaia, was as precious as gold.

Lu 16:23
16:23 And in hell {i} he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
      and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

      (i) Heavenly and spiritual things are expressed and set
          forth using language fit for our senses.

Lu 16:27
16:27 {7} Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou
      wouldest send him to my father's house:

 (7) Seeing that we have a most sure rule to live by, laid forth
     for us in the word of God, men seek rashly and vainly for
     other revelations.