Naked, and ye clothed me
For in such a condition sometimes are the dear children of God, and members of Christ; see ( 1 Corinthians 4:11 ) , when others, who, Dorcas like, have made coats and garments for them, and clothed them with them; and which will be shown another day, or taken notice of as the fruits, and so evidences of the grace of God in them.
I was sick, and ye visited me,
or "looked after me", or "over me": or, as the Persic version renders it, ye had the care of me; and which is the true sense and import of the word: for it not only intends visits paid to sick persons in a Christian manner, relieving them with their substance, giving good advice, or speaking comfortable words to them; but attending them, and waiting on them, and doing such things for them which, in their weak state, they are not capable of doing for themselves. Visiting of the sick was reckoned, by the Jews, a very worthy action: they speak great things of it, and as what will be highly rewarded hereafter.
``Six things, (they say F8,) a man eats the fruit of them in this world, and there is a stable portion for him in the world to come:''and the two first of them are, (Nyxrwa tonkh) "the taking in of travellers", or "strangers", which is mentioned in the preceding verse, and (Mylwx rwqyb) , "visiting the sick". One of their Rabbins
``he that does not visit the sick, is as if he shed blood: says another, he that visits the sick is the cause of his living; and he that does not visit the sick, is the cause of his death: and, says a third, whoever visits the sick shall be preserved from the damnation of hell.''I was in prison, and ye came unto me:
F8 T. Bab. Sabbat, fol, 127.
F9 T. Bab. Nedarim, fol. 40. 1. Vid. Maimon. Hilch. Ebel, c. 14. sect. 4, 5, 6.