New American Standard Bible
"But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.
King James Bible
But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
Darby Bible Translation
But rather give alms of what ye have, and behold, all things are clean to you.
World English Bible
But give for gifts to the needy those things which are within, and behold, all things will be clean to you.
Young's Literal Translation
But what ye have give ye as alms, and, lo, all things are clean to you.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Alms - Charity. Benefactions to the poor.
Such things as ye have - Your property; though it has been gained unjustly: though you have lived by rapine, and have amassed wealth in an improper manner, yet, since "you have it," it is your duty to make the best of it and do good. By giving to the poor, you may show your repentance for your crimes in amassing money in this manner. You may show that you disapprove of your former course of life, and are disposed henceforward to live honestly. If this be the meaning of this passage, then it shows what is the duty of those who have by unjust gains become wealthy, and who are "then" converted to God. It may not be possible for them in every case to make exact restitution to those whom they have injured; thousands of instances of wrong they may have forgotten; many persons whom they have injured may have died; but still they may show, by giving to others, that they do not think their gains acquired honestly, and that they truly repent. They may devote their property to God; distribute it to the poor; or give it to send the gospel to the heathen world. Thus may they show that they disapprove of their former conduct; and thus may be seen one great principle of God's government - "that good finally comes out of evil."
And behold ... - Doing this will show that you are a true penitent, and the remainder of your property you will enjoy with a feeling that you have done your duty, and no longer be smitten with the consciousness of hoarding unjust gains. The object of the Saviour here seems to have been to bring the Pharisee to repentance. Repentance consists in sorrow for sin, and in forsaking it. This he endeavored to produce by showing him:
1. The "evil" and hypocrisy of his conduct; and,
2. By "exhorting" him to ""forsake" his sins, and to "show" this by doing good.
Thus doing, he would evince that the "mind" was clean as well the "body;" the "inside" as well as the "outside."
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By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.)
"Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
"And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
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