20:1 And 1 it came to pass, [that] on one of those days, as he
taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel,
the chief priests and the scribes came upon [him] with the
(1) The Pharisees, being overcome with the truth of Christ's
doctrine, propose a question about his outward calling, and
are overcome by the witness of their own conscience.
20:92 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A
certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to
husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.
(2) It is nothing new for those who are knowledgable of the
very sanctuary of God's holy place to be the greatest
enemies of Christ, but in due time they will be punished.
20:203 And they a watched [him], and sent forth b spies,
which should feign themselves just men, c that they
might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver
him unto the power and d authority of the governor.
(3) The last refuge the false prophets have to destroy the true
prophets is to charge them with rebellion and treason
against the state.
(a) An appropriate time to take him in.
(b) Whom they had hired deceitfully.
(c) That they might latch on to something he said, and by
this forge some false accusation against him.
(d) Put him to death.
20:21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou
sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the
e person [of any], but teachest the way of God truly:
(e) You are not moved by favour of any man: and by
"person" he means outward circumstances, for if a man
judges according to these, there will be those who are
truly alike whom he will judge to be different.
20:23 But he perceived their f craftiness, and said unto them,
Why tempt ye me?
(f) Craftiness is a certain diligence and subtle knowledge
to do evil, which is achieved by much use and great
practise in matters.
20:274 Then came to [him] certain of the Sadducees, which
deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,
(4) The resurrection of the flesh is affirmed against the
20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The g children of
this world marry, and are given in marriage:
(g) "The children of this world" refers here to those who
live in this world, and not those that are wholly given
to the world (and therefore contrary to the children
of light), as above in (Lu 16:8).
20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the
angels; and are the children of God, being the h
children of the resurrection.
(h) That is, men who partake in the resurrection: for as
we truly say that they will indeed live who will enjoy
everlasting bliss, so do those indeed rise who rise to
life; though if this word "resurrection" is taken
generally, it refers also to the wicked, who will
rise to condemnation, which is not properly life, but
20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for
all i live unto him.
(i) That is, before him: a saying to take note of, for the
godly do not die, though they die here on earth.
20:415 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is
(5) Even though Christ is the son of David according to the
flesh he is also his Lord (because he is the everlasting
Son of God) according to the spirit.
20:466 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long
robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest
seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
(6) We must avoid the example of the glory-seeking and covetous
20:47 Which devour widows' k houses, and for a shew make long
prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
(k) By the figure of speech metonymy, "houses" is
understood to mean the goods and substance.