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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
Matthew 21



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Verse 1

Bethphage; a small village.--Mount of Olives; a high but extended and cultivated eminence near Jerusalem.

Verse 2

The village over against you; Bethany, a village near Bethphage.

Verse 12

The temple. This was an edifice of great extent as well as magnificence, and one of its outer courts had gradually become a mart for buying and selling such articles as were used for sacrifices and other services of the place.

Verse 13

It is written; Isaiah 56:6.

Verse 19

This curse upon the barren fig-tree was perhaps intended as emblematic of the doom of the Jewish nation, or of all those who are unfruitful in the service of God.

Verse 25

The baptism of John; that is, the public ministry of John.

Verse 27

Neither tell I you, &c. They were thus referred to the testimony of John, whose authority they did not dare openly to reject.

Verse 31

The publicans and harlots, who without making professions of sanctity repent and forsake their sins, go in before you, who are forward and zealous in your profession, but do not really obey the will of God. They were like the first son in the parable; the chief priests and elders like the second.

Verse 32

In the way of righteousness; practising and teaching the way of righteousness.

Matthew 21:33-41. The husbandmen, in this parable, represent the Jewish people; the vineyard, with all the conveniences attached to it, denotes the privileges and blessings which they enjoyed. The servants sent were the prophets; the son, Jesus Christ, who thus seems to be distinguished, in a marked manner, from all the mere human messengers sent from heaven to man.

Verse 42

Did ye never read? (Psalms 118:22.) Christ is the stone, rejected by the Jews, but, in the councils of God, made the great foundation of the Christian temple.

Verse 44

The two clauses of this verse constitute a sort of parallelism; and we are not to look for a distinction in the meaning of them. Both clauses express the idea that whoever sets himself in opposition to the cause of Christ only insures his own utter and remediless destruction.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Matthew 21:4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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