Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 5:42 - 5:42

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 5:42 - 5:42

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In these words our Saviour presseth another piece of charity, viz. liberality to those who are poor; who are of two sorts: some such as are never able to repay us; to those he commandeth Christians to give.

To him that asketh, who hath need to ask, and in that order too which God hath directed, who hath commanded us to provide for our own household, and to do good to all, but especially to the household of faith. The other sort are such as may have only a temporary want: to these he commandeth us to lend, and not to turn away from them, when they desire to borrow of us, and we can spare it. This was an ancient precept of God, Deu_15:7-9, confirmed by Christ, as a piece of his will under the gospel.