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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 6:37-49

All these sayings of Christ we had before in Matthew; some of them in Matt. 7:1-29, others in other places. They were sayings that Christ often used; they needed only to be mentioned, it was easy to apply them. Grotius thinks that we need not be critical here in seeking for the coherence: they are golden sentences, like Solomon's proverbs or parables. Let us observe here, I. We ought to be very candid in our censures of others, because we need grains of allowance ourselves: ?Therefore judge... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 6:39-46

6:39-46 Jesus spoke a parable to them: "Surely a blind man cannot lead a blind man? If he tries to do so will not both fall into the ditch? The disciple cannot advance beyond his teacher, but every disciple will be equipped as his teacher is. Why do you look at the speck of dust that is in your brother's eye and never notice the plank that is in your own eye? Or, how can you say to your brother,' Brother, let me take out the speck of dust that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not notice... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 6:44

For every tree is known by its own fruit ,.... Good and bad preachers are known by their doctrines, the one being agreeable, the other disagreeable to the word of God; and good and bad men are known by their lives and conversations: the grace of God revealed to good men, and wrought in them, teaches them to live soberly, righteously, and godly; a holy life is the fruit of grace, and an evidence of it; and the wickedness that is in the heart of unregenerate men, and even the hypocrisy of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 6:12-49

The foundation of the kingdom. The work set before us in this portion is great and solemn. It is the beginning of a new epoch of the earthly ministry. Hitherto Christ had been the Rabbi, the Prophet, the Healer. Now he is to "gird his sword on his thigh," to take to himself the power of the King. And for this work observe the preparation mentioned by the evangelist ( Luke 6:12 , Luke 6:13 ), "All night in prayer to God." The hush breathed over nature; the silence unbroken except by the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 6:20-49

St. Luke ' s report of the discourse of our Lord commonly termed the sermon on the mount. We consider that the discourse contained in the following thirty verses (20-49) is identical with that longer "sermon on the mount" reported by St. Matthew (5.). Certain differences are alleged to exist in the framework of the two discourses. In St. Matthew the Lord is stated to have spoken it on the mountain; in St. Luke, in the plain. This apparent discrepancy has been already discussed (see... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 6:20-49

The Legislator on the mount. We have seen how, after a whole night spent in prayer, our Lord proceeded to the important work of selecting his apostles. In this way he organized his kingdom. And now, having healed all who needed healing, and had been brought or had come to him, he has the ground cleared for legislative work. From this mountain-top in Galilee he publishes the laws of the kingdom, and thus gives to the world such a high-toned morality as has not been surpassed or superseded... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 6:43-44

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit . For a religious teacher ever to work any real work of good, the first requirement is that he should be known as a faithful doer of the thing he advocates. He must be intensely in earnest, and to be in earnest he must be real. This is emphatically what the religious scribes of Israel were not. This portion of the report of the great sermon, at one... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 6:43-45

Being and doing. The great Teacher here puts into figurative language the truth which was afterwards so tersely and forcibly expressed by his most appreciative disciple, "He that doeth righteousness is righteous." We have here— I. THE FOUNDATION - TRUTH on which our Lord's word is built, viz. that life is the outcome of character; that as men are so they will live. "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good," etc. Granted that a... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 6:20-49

See this passage fully illustrated in the sermon on the mount, in Matt. 5–7.Luke 6:21That hunger now - Matthew has it, “that hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Matthew has expressed more fully what Luke has briefly, but there is no contradiction.Luke 6:24-26These verses have been omitted by Matthew. They seem to have been spoken to the Pharisees.Who are rich - In this world’s goods. They loved them; they had sought for them; they found their consolation in them. It implies, farther, that... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Luke 6:43-45

Luke 6:43-45. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit, &c. See notes on Matthew 7:16-20; Matthew 12:33-35. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh The meaning of this whole passage is, as a tree is known to be either good or bad by its fruit, so a man is known to be either good or bad by his words; especially when he speaks of the characters and actions of others, or pretends to rebuke them. On such occasions he will, either by the charitable and mild... read more

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