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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 13:1-23

We have here Christ preaching, and may observe, 1. When Christ preached this sermon; it was the same day that he preached the sermon in the foregoing chapter: so unwearied was he in doing good, and working the works of him that sent him. Note, Christ was for preaching both ends of the day, and has by his example recommended that practice to his church; we must in the morning sow our seed, and in the evening not withhold our hand, Eccl. 11:6. An afternoon sermon well heard, will be so far from... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 13:24-43

In these verses, we have, I. Another reason given why Christ preached by parables, Matt. 13:34, 35. All these things he spoke in parables, because the time was not yet come for the more clear and plain discoveries of the mysteries of the kingdom. Christ, to keep the people attending and expecting, preached in parables, and without a parable spake he not unto them; namely, at this time and in this sermon. Note, Christ tries all ways and methods to do good to the souls of men, and to make... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 13:44-52

We have four short parables in these verses. I. That of the treasure hid in the field. Hitherto he had compared the kingdom of heaven to small things, because its beginning was small; but, lest any should thence take occasion to think meanly of it, in this parable and the next he represents it as of great value in itself, and of great advantage to those who embrace it, and are willing to come up to its terms; it is here likened to a treasure hid in the field, which, if we will, we may make our... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 13:53-58

We have here Christ in his own country. He went about doing good, yet left not any place till he had finished his testimony there at that time. His own countrymen had rejected him once, yet he came to them again. Note, Christ does not take refusers at their first word, but repeats his offers to those who have often repulsed them. In this, as in other things, Christ was like his brethren; he had a natural affection to his own country; Patriam quisque amat, non quia pulchram, sed quia suam?Every... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 13:1-58

Matthew 13:1-58 is a very important chapter in the pattern of the gospel. (i) It shows a definite turning-point in the ministry of Jesus. At the beginning of his ministry we find him teaching in the synagogues; but now we find him teaching on the seashore. The change is very significant. It was not that the door of the synagogue was as yet finally shut to him, but it was closing. Even yet in the synagogue he would find a welcome from the common people; but the official leaders of Jewish... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:1

The same day Jesus went out of the house ,.... Where he had been preaching, and working miracles: where this house was, is not certain; it seems to have been in one of the cities of Galilee, probably Capernaum, since that was by the sea coast: the reason of his going out of the house was, either to converse with his mother and brethren, as they desired; or to withdraw himself from company, and take some refreshment by the sea side; or because it would not hold the people, and therefore he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:2

And great multitudes were gathered unto him ,.... Some on one account, and some on another; some to see his person, others his miracles; some healing for their bodies, and others for their souls; some for the loaves, and others to hear him preach; and of these there were several sorts, as the following parable shows. So that he went into a ship : both for his own advantage, that he might not be crowded, and pressed by the people, and have more room, and a freer air to speak in, and for... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:3

And he spake many things unto them in parables ,.... For the parables of the sower, and the different sorts of ground the seed fell in, of the wheat and tares, of the grain of mustard seed, of the leaven in three measures of meal, of the treasure hid in a field, of the pearl of great price, of the net cast into the sea, and of the householder, were all delivered at this time. This way of speaking by parables was much in use among the eastern nations, and particularly the Jews. R. Meir was... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:4

And when he sowed ,.... Or, "as he sowed", as the other evangelists; that is, "whilst he was sowing", some seeds fell ; either out of his hand, or out of the cart drawn by oxen; hence the F3 T. Bab. Bava Metzia, fol. 105. 2. Talmudists distinguish between מפולת יד , "the falling of the hand", or what falls out of the hand; and שוורים מפולת , "the falling of the oxen", or what falls from them; where the gloss is, "in some places they sow the grain with the hand; and in... read more

John Gill

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

Some fell upon stony places ,.... Such a place as the Jews call חולסית , a barren, stony place, a place from whence, they say, they take stones, and בית סלע , and which אינו ראוי לזריעה , "is not fit for sowing" F4 T. Bab. Erachin, fol. 32. 1. & Gloss. in ib. & Bava Bathra, fol. 156. 2. & Gloss. in ib. ; and such were those places and spots of ground, that some of these seeds fell upon; and design such hearers, in whom the natural hardness of their hearts... read more

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