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1: (Mt 21:23,Mr 11:27).
9: A long time - It was a long time from the entrance of the
Israelites into Canaan to the birth of Christ.(Mt 21:33,Mr 12:1).
16: He will destroy these husbandmen - Probably he
pointed to the scribes, chief priests, and elders: who
allowed, he will miserably destroy those wicked men,(Mt 21:41); but could not bear that this should be
applied to themselves. They might also mean, God forbid
that we should be guilty of such a crime as your parable
seems to charge us with, namely, rejecting and killing
the heir. Our Saviour answers, But yet will ye do it,
as is prophesied of you.
17: He looked on them - To sharpen their attention.(Ps 118:22).
18: (Mt 21:45).
20: Just men - Men of a tender conscience. To take hold of his
discourse - If he answered as they hoped he would.(Mt 22:16,Mr 12:12).
21: Thou speakest - In private, and teachest - In public.
24: Show me a penny - A Roman penny, which was the money that was
usually paid on that occasion.
26: They could not take hold of his words before the people - As
they did afterward before the sanhedrim, in the absence of the
people, (Lu 22:67), &c.
27: (Mt 22:23,Mr 12:18).
28: (De 25:5).
34: The children of this world - The inhabitants of earth, marry
and are given in marriage - As being all subject to the law of
mortality; so that the species is in need of being continually
35: But they who obtain that world - Which they enter into, before
the resurrection of the dead.
36: They are the children of God - In a more eminent sense when
they rise again.
37: That the dead are raised, even Moses, as well as the other
prophets showed, when he calleth - That is, when he recites the
words which God spoke of himself, I am the God of Abraham.
It cannot properly be said, that God is the God of any who are
totally perished.(Ex 3:6).
38: He is not a God of the dead, or, there is no God of the dead
- That is, tho term God implies such a relation, as cannot possibly
subsist between him and the dead; who in the Sadducees' sense are
extinguished spirits; who could neither worship him, nor receive
good from him. So that all live to him - All who have him for their
God, live to and enjoy him. This sentence is not an argument for
what went before; but the proposition which was to be proved. And
the consequence is apparently just. For as all the faithful are
the children of Abraham, and the Divine promise of being a God to
him and his seed is entailed upon them, it implies their continued
existence and happiness in a future state as much as Abraham's.
And as the body is an essential part of man, it implies both his
resurrection and theirs; and so overthrows the entire scheme of
the Sadducean doctrine.
40: They durst not ask him any question - The Sadducees durst not.
One of the scribes did, presently after.
41: (Mt 22:41,Mr 12:35).
42: (Ps 110:1).
46: (Mt 23:5).
47: (Mt 23:14).