Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry?
&c.] Or "to break"
F6 it, divide it, and communicate it to
them; that which is "bread", food fit to eat, wholesome and
nourishing; which is thine, and not another's; which thou hast
saved by fasting, and therefore should not be laid up, but given
away; and that not to the rich, who need it not, but to the hungry
and necessitous: and this may be understood of spiritual bread, of
imparting the Gospel to such who are hungering and thirsting after
righteousness, which to do is an acceptable service to God; and not
to bind and oppress men's consciences with burdensome rites and
ceremonies of men's own devising. These are husks, and not bread.
And that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy
poor ministers, cast out of the church, cast out of their livings,
cast out of their houses, cast out of the land; and other Christian
exiles for conscience sake; poor travellers and wanderers, as the
Targum, obliged to flee from persecution into foreign countries,
and wander about from place to place, having no certain dwelling
place; these take into your house, and give them lodging: so some
have entertained angels unawares, as Abraham and Lot, as indeed the
faithful ministers of Christ are: or, the poor
rebels F7; for the word has this signification;
such who have been accused and attainted as rebels; who have been
charged with being rebels to church and state, though the quiet in
the land, and so have been forced to flee and hide themselves; do
not be afraid to receive them into your houses, though under such
an imputation: when thou seest the naked, that thou cover
the naked Christian especially; not entirely so, but one that is
thinly clothed, whose clothes are scarce anything but rags, not
sufficient to keep him warm, or preserve him from the inclemencies
of the weather; put a better garment upon him, to cover him with:
and that thou hide not thyself from thine own
meaning not only those "near akin" F8, though more especially them;
but such as are in the same neighbourhood, of the same country; and
indeed all men are of one blood, and so are the same flesh; and
from persons in distress, and especially such as are of the
household of faith, of the same religion, that support the same
Protestant cause, though differing in some lesser matters, a man
should not hide himself, or turn his eyes from, or refuse to
relieve them, or treat them with disdain and contempt; see (
6:10 ) . F6 (orp
alh) "nonne ut frangas?" Pagninus; "nonne frangere?"
Montanus. F7 (Mydwrm
Myyne) Heb. "rebellatos, expulsos tanquam rebelles",
Piscator; "qui persecutionem patiuntur", Vitringa. F8 (Krvbm) "a cognatis tuis", Vatablus. So R. Sol. Urbin.
Ohel Moed, fol. 85. 1.