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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 13:5-13

Our Lord Jesus, in reply to their question, sets himself, not so much to satisfy their curiosity as to direct their consciences; leaves them still in the dark concerning the times and seasons, which the father has kept in his own power, and which it was not for them to know; but gives them the cautions which were needful, with reference to the events that should now shortly come to pass. I. They must take heed that they be not deceived by the seducers and imposters that should now shortly... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 13:1-37

Mark 13:1-37 is one of the most difficult chapters in the New Testament for a modern reader to understand. That is because it is one of the most Jewish chapters in the Bible. From beginning to end it is thinking in terms of Jewish history and Jewish ideas. All through it Jesus is using categories and pictures which were very familiar to the Jews of his day, but which are very strange, and indeed, unknown, to many modern readers. Even so, it is not possible to disregard this chapter because... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 13:5

And Jesus answering them ,.... His four disciples, Peter, John, James, and Andrew: "began to say"; or "said", a way of speaking frequent with this evangelist: take heed lest any man deceive you ; See Gill on Matthew 24:4 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 13:1-13

Prophetic adumbrations. I. " MATERIAL TEMPLES , POLLUTED BY MEN 'S SINS , MUST PERISH ." II. " THE TEMPLE OF HUMAN MINDS , PURIFIED BY THE DIVINE SPIRIT , WILL ABIDE FOR EVER " (Godwin). III. THE EDUCATION OF ILLUSIONS . (See F. W. Robertson's sermon on 'The Illusiveness of Life!') God in history is God in disguise. To detect his presence is not always easy. Surface and show are constantly taken for truth and reality. IV. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 13:1-13

Parallel passages: Matthew 24:1-14 ; Luke 21:5-19 .— Unexpected events, I. PROPHECIES . 1 . Distribution of prophetic intimations. Great diversity of opinion prevails in regard to the predictions contained in this chapter. About one part of it, however, there is unanimity; the early portion contains, as all admit, a prophecy about the destruction of the temple which was literally and actually fulfilled within forty years after it had been uttered. The remainder of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 13:1-37

Watching. This chapter relates almost exclusively to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Yet in its testimony to the Divine power of foretelling future events, it has its evidential value to all students of the person of our Lord; while its central and simple lesson, " Watch! the day of your Lord's coming ye know not," may be profitably reiterated with frequency in the ears of all. One of the disciples, on passing out of the temple, drew the attention of the Master to the massiveness and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 13:3-5

(and the rest of the chapter generally) The signs of the coming of the Son of man. I. THERE IS A CURIOSITY CONCERNING THE FUTURE WHICH Is NATURAL AND LEGITIMATE . The disciples were not rebuked when they came with their inquiry. It was not so when Peter asked, "Lord, and what shall this man do?" ( John 21:21 ). Some inquiries concerning the future are therefore lawful, others not. How are we to distinguish between them? We may ask concerning things the knowledge of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 13:3-13

The witness of the persecuted. It was natural enough that the disciples, when the Lord foretold the destruction of the temple, should wish to know when an event so stupendous and awful should occur. On their way to Bethany at eventide, the little party, composed of Jesus and his four most intimate friends, paused upon the crown of Olivet, and looked back upon the glorious but guilty city, and upon that edifice which was its proudest ornament and beast. The anxious, awed disciples took... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 13:5-6

Take heed that no man lead you astray . The Greek word is πλανήση . Their first temptation would be of this kind—that many would come in Christ's name, saying, "I am he;" claiming, that is, the title which belonged to him alone. Such were Theudas ( Acts 5:36 ) and Simon Magus ( Acts 8:10 ), who, according to Jerome, said, "Ego sum Sermo Dei, ego speciosus, ego Paracletus, ego omnipotens, ego omnia." Such were Menander and the Gnostics. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Mark 13:3-8

Mark 13:3-8. As he sat upon the mount of Olives, over against the temple As this mountain stood eastward from the city, it must have been the eastern wall of the temple, fronting that mountain, which the disciples desired their Master to look at, and which, being built from the bottom of the valley to a prodigious height with stones of incredible bulk, firmly compacted together, made a very grand appearance at a distance. (Josephus Antiq., Mark 15:14; Bell., Mark 6:6.) And in Mr. Mede’s... read more

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