Lu 6:1
6:1 And {1} it came to pass on the second sabbath after the
    first, that he went through the corn fields; and his
    disciples {a} plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing
    [them] in [their] hands.

 (1) Christ shows against the superstitious, who dwell on every
     trifling matter, that the law of the very sabbath was not
     given to be kept without exception: much less that the
     salvation of man should consist in the outward keeping of
     (a) Epiphanius notes well in his treatise, where he
         refutes Ebion, that the time when the disciples
         plucked the ears of the corn was in the feast of
         unleavened bread.  Now, in those feasts which
         were kept over a period of many days, as the feast of
         tabernacles and passover, their first day and the last
         were very solemn; see Le 23:1-44.  Luke then fitly
         calls the last day the second sabbath, though
         Theophylact understands it to be any of the sabbaths
         that followed the first.

Lu 6:6
6:6 {2} And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he
    entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man
    whose right hand was withered.

 (2) Charity is the rule of all ceremonies.

Lu 6:9
6:9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it
    lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to
    save life, or to {b} destroy [it]?

    (b) Whoever does not help his neighbour when he can, he
        kills him.

Lu 6:12
6:12 {3} And it came to pass in those days, that he went out
     into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer
     to God.

 (3) In using earnest and long prayer in choosing twelve of his
     own company to the office of the apostleship, Christ shows
     how religiously we ought to behave ourselves in the choice
     of ecclesiastical persons.

Lu 6:17
6:17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the
     company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people
     out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the {c} sea coast
     of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed
     of their diseases;

     (c) From all the sea coast, which is called Syrophoenecia.

Lu 6:20
6:20 {4} And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said,
     Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

 (4) Christ teaches against all philosophers, and especially the
     Epicureans, that the greatest happiness of man is laid up
     in no place here on earth, but in heaven, and that
     persecution for righteousness' sake is the right way to
     achieve it.

Lu 6:22
6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they
     shall {d} separate you [from their company], and shall
     reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son
     of man's sake.

     (d) Cast you out of their synagogues, as John expounds in
         Joh 16:2, which is the severest punishment the
         Church has, if the elders judge rightfully, and by the
         word of God.

Lu 6:23
6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and {e} leap for joy: for, behold,
     your reward [is] great in heaven: for in the like manner
     did their fathers unto the prophets.

     (e) Leap for exceeding joy, as cattle do who are spurred on
         by food.

Lu 6:24
6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have {f} received
     your consolation.

     (f) That is, you reap now of your riches all the
         convenience and blessing you are ever likely to have,
         and therefore you have no other reward to look for;
         Mt 6:2.

Lu 6:27
6:27 {5} But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do
     good to them which hate you,

 (5) Christian charity, which is very different from worldly
     charity, not only does not revenge injuries, but is even
     extended to our most grievous enemies, and that for our
     Father's sake who is in heaven: in well doing it is not at
     all seeking its own.

Lu 6:32
6:32 For if ye love them which love you, {g} what thank have ye?
     for sinners also love those that love them.

     (g) What is there in this your work that is to be accounted
         of?  For if you look to have reward by loving, seek
         those rewards which are indeed rewards: love your
         enemies, and so will you show to the world that you
         look for those rewards which come from God.

Lu 6:35
6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, {h} hoping
     for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye
     shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto
     the unthankful and [to] the evil.

     (h) When you will lend, do it only to benefit and please
         with it, and not with the hope of receiving the
         principal again.

Lu 6:37
6:37 {6} Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and
     ye shall not be condemned: {i} forgive, and ye shall be

 (6) Brotherly judgments must not proceed from curiosity nor
     rudeness nor malice, but they must be just, moderate and
     (i) He does not speak here of civil judgments, and
         therefore by the word "forgive" is meant that good
         nature which the Christians use in patiently suffering
         and pardoning wrongs.

Lu 6:38
6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, {k}
     pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall
     men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that
     ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

     (k) These are borrowed types of sayings, taken from those
         who used to measure dry things, as corn and such
         things, who do it in a rather forceful manner, and
         thrust it down and shake it together, and press it and
         put it into a pile.

Lu 6:39
6:39 {7} And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead
     the blind?  shall they not both fall into the ditch?

 (7) Unskillful reprehenders hurt both themselves and others:
     for as the teacher is, so is the student.

Lu 6:41
6:41 {8} And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy
     brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine
     own eye?

 (8) Hypocrites who are very severe reprehenders of others are
     very quick to spitefully spot other men's faults, but very
     blind to see their own.

Lu 6:43
6:43 {9} For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit;
     neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

 (9) Skill in reprehending others does not make a good man, but
     rather he that proves his uprightness both in word and

Lu 6:47
6:47 {10} Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and
     doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

 (10) Affliction at length discerns true godliness from false
      and feigned godliness.