The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 10:4
Carry neither purse…
The Syriac version reads, "purses,
"to put money, gold, silver, and brass in; and the prohibition
regards the money in the purse chiefly:
the Syriac version here also reads in the plural number,
"scrips", to put victuals in, provisions or any sort for their journey,
which they were not to carry with them, any more than money, to buy
any more than those they had upon their feet;
(See Gill on 10:9)
(See Gill on 10:10)
and salute no man by the way; that they might not be retarded, and
hindered in their journey by tedious ceremonies, and long inquiries
into the health of persons and friends, and the business they were
going about, and places where; and by discourses and confabulations,
drawn out to great length, as was often the case at meeting on the
road: and, for the same reason, a like charge is given to Gehazi,
(2 Kings 4:29) , and which, as the Jewish commentators on the place
observe F1, was, that he might not multiply words with persons he met
with, and might not be stopped by the way; and that his intention might
be in his work, and his mind might not turn to any other thing, either
by word or deed. So our Lord's intention, by this order was, not to
teach them incivility, or to be morose and uncourteous; but that they
might dispatch their business with the utmost expedition, and rather
forego some common civilities and ceremonies, than to neglect, or, in
the least, to hinder a work of so much importance they were sent about:
and this was the more necessary, since, according to the Jewish maxim
``prevent every man with a salutation;''
they saluted all that they met, which took up time, and hindered
business. Some sorts of persons indeed were excused, as those who
were mourners F3 for the dead, and such as kept fasts for rain F4:
but such were not these disciples; they neither mourned, nor fasted,
nor could they, so long as the bridegroom was with them.
F1 Jarchi, Kimchi, & R. Levi Ben Gersom in 2 Kings iv. 29.
F2 Pirke Abot. c. 4. sect. 15.
F3 T. Bab. in Misn. Moed Katon, c. 3. sect. 6.
F4 Misn. Taanith, c. 1. sect. 7.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 10:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=lu&chapter=010&verse=004>. 1999.