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The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 12:25-37

Our Lord shows the monstrous character of their accusation, and urges the need of a complete change at heart. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 12:33

Either make ( ἢ ποιήσατε ) . Not "suppose" ( fac, pone ), still less "declare," but "make." The Lord is speaking in a parable. You would not, surely, make a tree in any other way; it would be against nature; how then imagine it can be so in your own persons? Matthew 7:18 and Luke 6:43 state as a fact that the reverse case does not take place in nature. The tree good, and his fruit good ( i.e. one if the other); or else make the tree corrupt ( Matthew 7:17 , note), ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 12:33

The tree and its fruit. This illustration is applied by our Lord to the use of the tongue. Words are the fruits of the heart that prompts them. But they are the simplest and least considered forms of action, and they stand for the extreme representatives of a process that applies to all conduct. Let us consider the laws of life thus set forth in their widest range. I. CONDUCT IS THE FRUIT OF LIFE . 1 . It is not possible without life. Growth in the tree is only produced... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 12:33-35

Parallel passage: Luke 6:43-45 (cf. Matthew 7:16-18 , notes). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 12:33-37

You wonder that I make so much of words; words are not trivialities, but are really the legitimate and normal fruit of the heart, and therefore by them each man will be judged. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 12:33-37

The heart in the tongue. The subject of the Pharisees' blasphemy is continued in these verses. From them we learn— I. THAT THE LICENCE OF THE TONGUE IS A PREGNANT EVIL . 1 . It is fruitful in robbery. 2 . It is prolific in murder. 3 . It is emphatically diabolical. II. THAT THE CONQUEST OF THE TONGUE IS A WORTHY AMBITION . 1 . Words are the vehicles of thought. 2 . By words thought stirs worlds. 3 . What an engine... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Matthew 12:33

Either make ... - The fact asserted in this verse is, that a tree is known, not by its leaves, or bark, or form, but by its fruit. The application to the argument is this: “You are to judge of man’s being in league with Satan by his works. If my doctrines and works be properly the works of Satan, then I am corrupt; if not, then your charge is blasphemy. So, on the other hand, if, notwithstanding your professions, your works are the works of the devil, and your doctrines are such as he would... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Matthew 12:33-35

Matthew 12:33-35 . Either make the tree good, and his fruit good, &c. That is, you must allow they are both good, or both bad: for if the fruit be good, so is the tree; if the fruit be evil, so is the tree also. “Judge, therefore, by my works, of the power by which I work: if it be not a good work to heal the sick, and blind, and lame, and cast out devils, and preach repentance and forgiveness of sins, to convert and save souls, then God is not the author of them. If they be bad works,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Matthew 12:22-45

52. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:22-45; Mark 3:22-30; Luke 11:14-36)On one occasion when Jesus cast out demons, the Pharisees accused him of doing it by the power of Satan, the prince of demons (Matthew 12:22-24; Luke 11:14-16). Jesus replied that if the prince of demons used his own power to cast out demons, he would be creating civil war in his own kingdom. He would be destroying himself. The only way a strong man can be defeated is if a stronger man overpowers him. In casting out... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Matthew 12:33

his = its. is known = getteth known. Greek. ginosko. App-132 . by = from. Greek. ek. read more

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