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1: (Mt 26:1,Lu 22:1).
3: (Mt 26:6).
4: Some had indignation - Being incited thereto by Judas:
and said - Probably to the women.
10: Judas went to the chief priests - Immediately after this
reproof, having anger now added to his covetousness.(Mt 26:14,Lu 22:3).
12: (Mt 26:17,Lu 22:7).
13: Go into the city, and there shall meet you a man - It was
highly seasonable for our Lord to give them this additional
proof both of his knowing all things, and of his influence
over the minds of men.
15: Furnished - The word properly means, spread with carpets.
17: (Mt 26:20,Lu 22:14).
24: This is my blood of the New Testament - That is, this I
appoint to be a perpetual sign and memorial of my blood, as
shed for establishing the new covenant, that all who shall
believe in me may receive all its gracious promises.
25: I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, till I drink
it new in the kingdom of God - That is, I shall drink no more
before I die: the next wine I drink will not be earthly, but
26: (Mt 26:30,Lu 22:39,Joh 18:1).
27: This night - The Jews in reckoning their days began with the
evening, according to the Mosaic computation, which called the
evening and the morning the first day, (Ge 1:5). And so that
which after sunset is here called this night is, (Mr 14:30),
called to - day. The expression there is peculiarly significant.
Verily I say to thee, that thou thyself, confident as thou art,
to - day, even within four and twenty hours; yea, this night, or
ever the sun be risen, nay, before the cock crow twice, before
three in the morning, wilt deny me thrice. Our Lord doubtless
spoke so determinately, as knowing a cock would crow once before
the usual time of cock crowing. By (Mk 13:35), it appears,
that the third watch of the night, ending at three in the morning,
was commonly styled the cock crowing.(Zec 13:7).
32: (Mt 26:36).
33: Sore amazed - The original word imports the most shocking
amazement, mingled with grief: and that word in the next verse
which we render sorrowful intimates, that he was surrounded with
sorrow on every side, breaking in upon him with such violence,
as was ready to separate his soul from his body.
36: Abba, Father - St. Mark seems to add the word Father, by way
37: Saith to Peter - The zealous, the confident Peter.
43: (Mt 26:47,Lu 22:47,Joh 18:2).
44: Whomsoever I shall kiss - Probably our Lord, in great
condescension, had used (according to the Jewish custom)
to permit his disciples to do this, after they had been
some time absent.
47: (Mt 26:51,Lu 22:49,Joh 18:10).
51: A young man - It does not appear, that he was one of Christ's
disciples. Probably hearing an unusual noise, he started up out
of his bed, not far from the garden, and ran out with only the
sheet about him, to see what was the matter. And the young men
laid hold on him - Who was only suspected to be Christ's disciple:
but could not touch them who really were so.
53: (Mt 26:57,Lu 22:54,Joh 18:12).
55: All the council sought for witness and found none - What an
amazing proof of the overruling providence of God, considering
both their authority, and the rewards they could offer, that no
two consistent witnesses could be procured, to charge him with
any gross crime. (Mt 26:59).
56: Their evidences were not sufficient - The Greek words
literally rendered are, Were not equal: not equal to the charge
of a capital crime: it is the same word in the 59th verse.
58: We heard him say - It is observable, that the words which they
thus misrepresented, were spoken by Christ at least three years
before, (Joh 2:19). Their going back so far to find matter for
the charge, was a glorious, though silent attestation of the
unexceptionable manner wherein he had behaved, through the whole
course of his public ministry.
61: (Mt 26:63,Lu 22:67).
66: (Mt 26:69,Lu 22:56,Joh 18:25).
72: And he covered his head - Which was a usual custom with
mourners, and was fitly expressive both of grief and shame.