9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
9 Verse 9. Or what man is there-whom if his son] Men are
exhorted to come unto God, with the persuasion that he is a most
gracious and compassionate Parent, who possesses all heavenly and
earthly good, knows what is necessary for each of his creatures,
and is infinitely ready to communicate that which they need most.
Will he give him a stone?] Will he not readily give him bread
if he have it? This was a proverb in other countries; a benefit
grudgingly given by an avaricious man is called by Seneca, panem
lapidosum, stony bread. Hence that saying in Plautus: Altera
manu, fert lapidem, panem ostentat altera.-In one hand he brings a
stone, and stretches out bread in the other.