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Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 13:27

So the servants - said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow - A faithful and vigilant minister of Christ fails not to discover the evil, to lament it, and to address himself to God by prayer, in order to find out the cause of it, and to receive from him proper information how to behave on the occasion. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 13:28

An enemy hath done this - It is the interest of Satan to introduce hypocrites and wicked persons into religious societies, in order to discredit the work of God, and to favor his own designs. Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? - A zeal which is rash and precipitate is as much to be feared as the total lack of strict discipline. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 13:29

But he said, Nay - God judges quite otherwise than men of this mixture of good and evil in the world; he knows the good which he intends to produce from it, and how far his patience towards the wicked should extend, in order to their conversion, or the farther sanctification of the righteous. Men often persecute a true Christian, while they intend only to prosecute an impious person. "A zeal for the extirpation of heretics and wicked men," said a pious Papist, "not regulated by these words... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 13:30

Let both grow together - Though every minister of God should separate from the Church of Christ every incorrigible sinner, yet he should proceed no farther: the man is not to be persecuted in his body or goods, because he is not sound in the faith - God tolerates him; so should men. False doctrines are against God - he alone is the judge and punisher of them - man has no right to interfere in this matter. They who burnt Vanini for atheism usurped the seat of judgment, and thus proved... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 13:1-58

(a) , Matthew 13:1-23 , also in Mark and Luke, except some characteristic enlargements in verses 10-17. The section contains the parable of the sower and its interpretation, together with a statement of our Lord's reasons for teaching by parables. This is so nearly akin to the fundamental lesson of the first parable, that we cannot be surprised that the two should be recorded together. They seem, indeed, to have formed the nucleus of the whole collection. (b) Verses 24-35, of which... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 13:24-30

The parable of the tares. Matthew only. The parable of the sower dealt with the first reception of the gospel; this deals with the after-development. The aim of this parable is to prevent over-sanguine expectations as to the purity of the society of believers, and to hinder rash attempts to purify it by merely external processes. Archbishop Benson ('Dict. of Christian Biogr.,' 1:745) calls attention to the fact that the first extant exposition of this parable is in Cyprian's successful... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 13:24-30

The tares. The parable of the soils showed the various results of sowing the same good seed according to the various conditions of soil on which the seed tell; now this parable of the tares disregards differences of soil, but treats of different kinds of seed sown by different hands. Thus it introduces us to something worse than the failure of good work, to the existence of evil influences in the world. I. CHRISTIAN PEOPLE ARE THE GROWTH OF SEED SOWN BY CHRIST IN ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 13:24-30

Parable of the tares. In the parable of the tares we see what appearance the kingdom of heaven presents in this world, and are warned against expecting to see now that perfect condition which wilt in the end be brought about. It has perplexed God's servants in all times that all in this earth should not be unmingled good. This world is God's; men are his property. And all that is needful for the production of the fruit dear to God has been done by him; and yet look at the result. Has he... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 13:24-30

The tares in the field. The kingdom of heaven is the Church of God at once in heaven and on earth. This parable, like that of the sower, was afterwards explained to the disciples. As the exposition explains the parable, and the parable illustrates the exposition, it is fitting they should be considered together. From this parable we learn— I. THAT THIS LIFE IS A SCENE OF TRIAL . 1 . The field is the world. 2 . The soil will nourish any seed. 3 . There are... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 13:24-43

The tares; the mustard seed; the leaven. I. THE STORY OF THE TARES . 1 . Resemblance to the first parable. Again we have the field, the sower, and the seed. Again the seed is good. "God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." Again the Sower sowed the good seed all over the field. No part was neglected. 2 . The differences. II. THE GRAIN OF MUSTARD SEED . 1 . The parable. The mustard seed is small. It is sown in the field; it... read more

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