Lord, he hath ten pounds;
which they say either through envy, at his superior gifts, and
usefulness; for it is generally the lot of the most eminent and
useful servants of Christ to be envied by others; or in surprise,
as wondering at the conduct of Christ in giving more to such, who
had so much already. The Ethiopic version reads the words by way
of interrogation, "hath he not ten pounds?" is not that enough?
why should he have more? This verse is left out in Beza's most
ancient copy. However, it is rightly put into a parenthesis in
our version; for the following verse is strictly connected with (
Luke 19:24 )
and contains a reason of what is there ordered.