The terms may be rendered the false riches, in opposition to the true riches mentioned in verse eleventh. They are false, for they promise much, and in the hour of man's greatest extremity can give no relief. What are they in sickness or death, but comparative unrighteous mammon ? Still we are to make friends of these riches; but where, on earth, or in heaven? Touching this point the learned differ. Some say, make friends of the angels in heaven ; others say, make friends of the poor and needy, by reliev- ing them in this life, that by their prayers, etc., they may be means of our reception into heaven. This Scott and Le Bas suppose ; but it is better, with Dr. A. Clarke, to apply it to the Lord himself, at least in the main sense, as the poor may live longer than the donors, and the lat- ter enter into heaven before the former; and some of those poor thus relieved, may die wicked and never enter heaven ; hence, they could not receive us. The expression seems to be a mere Hebraism — "They may receive you, MAMMO QF URIGHTEOUSESS. 97 for ye shall be received," The Jehovah bestows all gifts, "every good and perfect gift," and to him are ye amena- ble for those gifts. Hence, none but those who make a proper use of every dollar they possess have reason to ex- pect eternal life. (See Matthew xxv, 33.) So that "he that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much." When ye fail; that is, when ye die. The Greek term is used in this sense in the Septuagint and by Josephus. otice, I. Some reasons wherefore we should make friends OF OUR EARTHLY RICHES, AD THE WAY TO EFFECT IT.