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85. 1. "Nor scrip "-A sort of knapsack or wallet made of skin.
CHAPTER X V.
90. 1. "Like unto children "-Alluding to the imitative plays of children.
94. 2. "Went down from Jerusalem, &c." The road from Jerusalein to Jericho was mountainous and dangerous, and infested with robbers. It is also said that many Priests and Levites lived at Jericho and therefore were frequently obliged to go to Jerusalem to officiate, in their turn, in the temple.
96. 3. "And it was winter, &c." The season is mentioned as the reason why Jesus "walked in Solomon's Porch," - a covered way on the east side of the Temple.
4. "I said ye are gods." Ps. lxxxii. 6.
1. "The chief rooms" - rather, "the highest places at the table."
1. "Herodians "-" "Probably partisans of Herod Antipas, Tetrach of Galilee, who were for continuing the royal power in the descendants of Herod the Great. This was an object, which, it appears, the greater part of the nation, especially the Pharisees, did not favor." Campbell.
111. 2. "Behold my servant, &c." Is. xlii. 1—4.
113. 3. "Sign of the prophet Jonas." See book of Jonah.
120. 2. "I will open my mouth in parables."—Ps. lxxviii
1. "Prophecy of Esaias."-Is. vi. 9, 10.
123. 1. "Herod"- This was Herod Antipas, a son of Herod the Great, who ruled over Galilee and Perea.
132. 1. "It is a gift, &c." This refers to a practice by which the Pharisees and others pretended to devote property to the service of God as an excuse for refusing to support father or mother.
132. 2. "This people draweth nigh, &c." Is. xxix. 13. "To cast it to dogs"-The Jews were accustomed to apply contemptuous terms such as dogs, &c. to other nations. Jesus wished to try the woman's faith.
137. 1. "Simon Barjona "—
2. "And he asked the scribes, &c."-" And he asked them, 'what question ye with them ?' "—G.
3. "He answereth him, &c." "He answereth, and saith unto them."-G.
4. "Received tribute money For the use of the temple. Exod. xxx. 11—16.
1. "For he that is not against us, &c."
"For he that is not against you, is on your part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water, for the reason that ye belong to Christ, &c."-G.
144. 2. "And goeth into the mountains and seeketh, &c." Upon the mountains, and goeth and seeketh, &c."-G.
147. 1. "As Elias did."- 2 Kings i. 10-12.
147. 2. "Ye know not what manner of spirit, &c."-G. makes this a question,-"Know ye not, &c." and omits the next sentence,-"For the son of man, &c." 148. 3. "There are not found, &c." found, &c."--G.
"Are there not
Two women shall be grinding, &c." Grinding in the East was chiefly performed by hand. The lower mill-stone was fixed, and the upper one was turned upon it, by a handle, by two persons, sitting opposite to each other. This and other similar allusions in the context, are intended to indicate the suddenness of the dicted calamity.
150. 5. "Igive tithes "-A tenth part of the possessions of the Jews was required for the support of the Levites (Num. xviii. 21.) In addition to the tithes strictly required by law, the Pharisees had tithed, even the smallest matters- as mint, anise, cummin, &c.
6. "Why callest thou me good?" "Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, &c." -G.
155. 1. "Let your loins be girded, &c."- i. e. be ready to depart. The allusion is to the custom of confining or girding up the outer garment by a sash, so that it might not impede the progress of the traveller.
155. 2. "Your lights burning"-The bridegroom usually brought home his bride, after a feast at her father's house, at night. See Note 1. Chapter xxxi.
157. 3. "And what will I, if it he already kindled, &c." "And how I wish that it were already kindled!"-G.
157. 4. "The Galileans"-Who these were is uncertain. Some suppose them to have been the followers of one Judas of Galilee, the leader of a party who refused to pay tribute to Cæsar and raised a sedition in the fourteenth year of Christ. They probably came to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices, and were there slain.
CHAPTER X X V.
160. 1. "Jesus went before them "-like a fearless lead"And they were amazed, &c." - They wondered that he should go to Jerusalem where he had told them he should be put to death.
161. 2. "James and John, &c." According to Matthew xx. 20, 21, the request of James and John was made by their mother.
164. 3. "Blind Bartimeus." In Matt. xx. 30, two blind men are mentioned; probably Bartimeus was the best known.
CHAPTER XXV I.
167. 1. Tell ye the daughter of Zion "-A figurative name for Jerusalem. Zechariah ix. 9. 168. 2. "Out of the mouth of babes, &c." Ps. viii. 2.
CHAPTER XXVI I.
169. 1. "Certain Greeks"-These were either, 1. Jews who spoke the Greek language and dwelt in some Grecian city; 2. Proselytes or converts, from the Greeks, to Judaism ators, or Gentiles.
170. 2. "Who hath believed our report?" 170. 3. "He hath blinded their eyes. &c." 172. 4. "Is it not written, &c."-Is. !vi. 7. 175. 5. "The stone which the builders, &c." 22, 23.
Is. liii, 1.
Is. vi. 9, 10.
Jer. vii. 11.
175. 6. "And whosoever shall fall, &c."-It was one of the modes of punishment in the east, to cast the criminal down from a precipice and then throw stones upon him. To this custom Jesus alludes. Having called himself the corner stone; he says "whosoever runs against it. i. e. is offended with me, shall injure himself; but on whomsoever it shall fall, he shall he crushed i. e. those who reject me shall perish."
178. 1. "I am the God of Abraham, &c." Exod. iii. 6, 15.
CHAPTER XXI X.
1. "The Lord saith, &c.-Ps. cx. 1.
180. 2. "Their phylacteries" - Phylacteries were pieces of parchment containing select precepts of the law, worn by the Jews on their foreheads and wrists, in conformity, as they supposed, to the requisitions of the law. Exod. xiii. 9-16. Deut. vi. 8.
180. 3. "Borders of their garments."-Numb. xv. 38. This custom was to distinguish the Jews from other nations.
182. 4. "Extortion and excess."-" Extortion and unright
187. 1. Watch ye therefore, &c."-" Watch ye therefore always, and pray that ye may be accounted worthy, &c."-G.