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1: To Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives - The
limits of Bethany reached to the mount of Olives, and joined
to those of Bethphage. Bethphage was part of the suburbs of
Jerusalem, and reached from the mount of Olives to the walls
of the city. Our Lord was now come to the place where the
boundaries of Bethany and Bethphage met.(Mt 21:1,Lu 19:29,Joh 12:12).
11: (Mt 21:10,17).
12: (Mt 21:18).
13: For it was not a season of figs - It was net (as we say) a
good year for figs; at least not for that early sort, which
alone was ripe so soon in the spring.
If we render the words, It was not the season of figs, that is,
the time of gathering them in, it may mean, The season was not
yet: and so (inclosing the words in a parenthesis, And coming to
it, he found nothing but leaves) it may refer to the former part
of the sentence, and may be considered as the reason of Christ's
going to see whether there were any figs on this tree. Some who
also read that clause in a parenthesis, translate the hollowing
words, for where he was, it was the season of figs. And it is
certain, this meaning of the words suits best with the great
design of the parable, which was to reprove the Jewish Church
for its unfruitfulness at that very season, when fruit might
best be expected from them.
15: (Mt 21:12,Lu 19:45).
16: He suffered not that any should carry a vessel through the
temple - So strong notions had our Lord, of even relative holiness!
And of the regard due to those places (as well as times) that are
peculiarly dedicated to God.
17: (Isa 56:7,Jer 7:11).
18: They feared him - That is, they were afraid to take him by
violence, lest it should raise a tumult; because all the people
was astonished at his teaching - Both at the excellence of his
discourse, and at the majesty and authority with which he taught.
20: (Mt 21:20).
22: Have faith in God - And who could find fault, if the Creator
and Proprietor of all things were to destroy, by a single word
of his mouth, a thousand of his inanimate creatures, were
it only to imprint this important lesson more deeply on one
25: When ye stand praying - Standing was their usual posture when
they prayed. Forgive - And on this condition, ye shall have
whatever you ask, with. out wrath or doubting.(Mt 6:14).
27: (Mt 21:23,Lu 20:1).