Many good works have I showed you - I have healed your sick, delivered those of you who were possessed from the power of demons; I have fed multitudes of your poor, and I have taught you in all places, at all times, without expense, with patience; and is this my reward?
To show good works or good things is a Hebraism, which signifies to do them really, to give good things liberally. The phrase is similar to the following: Who will Show us any good? Psalm 4:6; i.e. who shall give us good things. Show us thy mercy, Psalm 85:7; i.e. give us to feel the effects of thy mercy. Thou hast Showed thy people hard things, Psalm 60:3; i.e. thou hast treated them with rigor. Thou hast Showed me great and sore troubles, Psalm 71:20; i.e. thou hast exposed me to terrible hardships.
Many good works - Many miracles of benevolence healing the sick, etc. His miracles were good works, as they tended to promote the happiness of men, and were proofs of his benevolence. He had performed no other works than those of benevolence; he knew that they could charge him with no other, and he confidently appealed to them as witnesses of that. Happy would it be if all, when they are opposed and persecuted, could appeal even to their persecutors in proof of their own innocence.