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Donald Barhhouse says, “One of the first words learned by the traveler in India is “baksheesh.” Multitudes of begars hold out their hands and say this one word. Preaching through an interpreter, I had occasion to speak of salvation as the gift of God. I emphasized the word. It is a gift. I paused while my translator spoke his line. “Baksheesh, baksheesh,” I heard him say. The reason more people do not have salvation is because they are not willing to take their place among those who are poor in spirit; spiritual bankrupt, possessing nothing, wholly dependent upon the baksheesh of God, which he is so willing to give to those who come and accept.”

Donald Grey Barnhouse, Bible Truth Illustrated, Keats Publishing, 1979, p. 26

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