New International Version
Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
King James Bible
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Darby Bible Translation
and if he ask a fish, will give him a serpent?
World English Bible
Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent?
Young's Literal Translation
and if a fish he may ask -- a serpent will he present to him?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Or what man is there - whom if his son - Men are exhorted to come unto God, with the persuasion that he is a most gracious and compassionate Parent, who possesses all heavenly and earthly good, knows what is necessary for each of his creatures, and is infinitely ready to communicate that which they need most.
Will he give him a stone? - Will he not readily give him bread if he have it? This was a proverb in other countries; a benefit grudgingly given by an avaricious man is called by Seneca, panem lapidosum, stony bread. Hence that saying in Plautus: Altera manu, fert lapidem, panem ostentat altera. - In one hand he brings a stone, and stretches out bread in the other.
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LibraryNovember 22. "Cast the Beam Out of Thine Own Eye" (Matt. vii. 5).
"Cast the beam out of thine own eye" (Matt. vii. 5). Greater than the fault you condemn and criticise is the sin of criticism and condemnation. There is no place we need such grace as in dealing with an erring one. A lady once called on us on her way to give an erring sister a piece of her mind. We advised her to wait until she could love her a little more. Only He who loved sinners well enough to die for them can deal with the erring. We never see all the heart. He does, and He can convict without …
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Doctrine of Non-Resistance to Evil by Force must Inevitably be Accepted by Men of the Present Day.
"Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
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