"Two men went to pray: oh, rather say,And with what a prayer!: "God, be merciful to me the sinner" (cp. Lk.15 :18; Ps.32 :5; and contrast and compare the Pharisee Paul; 1Tim. l:15). He sees himself as the special sinner for whom the smoke of the altar offering rises up.
One went to brag: th'other to pray.
One stands up close, and treads on high,
Where th'other dares not send his eye,
One nearer to God's altar trod,
The other to the altar's God."
Trusted, This perfect participle might imply: they had
been in the habit of thinking in this way, and now (in spite of Christ's
teaching) they still thought so. In themselves. Gk: epi, depending
The other: Gk: heteros, one very different. In
v. 14 Jesus applies the same word to the Pharisee.
All that I possess. More exactly: get. The
Hebrew equivalent goes back to the name Cain. The Pharisee does not attribute
what he has gotten to the kindness of God, but to his own powers.