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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

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 13:44

Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure ,.... By which is meant, not eternal life, the incorruptible inheritance, riches of glory, treasure in heaven; nor Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and all the riches of grace and glory; but the Gospel, which is a treasure consisting of rich truths, comparable to gold, silver, and precious stones; of the most valuable blessings, and of exceeding great, and precious promises; and reveals the riches of God, of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:45-46

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man ,.... This parable may be understood of Christ's seeking, finding, and purchasing his elect: for, certain it is, that he has sought after them; which implies, that they were lost and going astray; expresses his great love to them, value for them, and desire after them; in doing which, he took much pains, and used much diligence: and certain it also is, that he finds them in redemption, and in effectual calling; and that they are to him... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:47

Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net ,.... By which also is meant, the Gospel, and the ministry of it. This may be compared to a net, for its meanness in the esteem of men; being despicable, and of no account in the eyes of the world: and yet like a net, a piece of curious artifice and workmanship, being the produce of the grace of God; in which his manifold wisdom is displayed, and is what angels desire to look into: it is designed, and purposely contrived, for the gathering in of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:48

Which when, it was full ,.... As the Gospel, and the Gospel church state may be said to be, when all the ends of the preaching of the word are answered; when all are called by the one, and into the other, that were designed to be called; when the fulness of the Gentiles shall be brought in, and all Israel shall be saved, They drew to the shore ; which will be done, when the end of the world comes; then will an end be put to the Gospel ministry, the net will be drawn to shore; the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:49

So shall it be at the end of the world ,.... As the fisherman, when he has drawn his net to shore, picks out the good fish, and puts them into proper vessels, and casts the dead, putrid, and useless fish away; so, at the close of time, in the last day, the angels shall come forth out of heaven, from the presence of God and Christ, and by his orders, as the judge of all the earth, and sever the wicked from the just ; with whom they have had not only civil conversation, but have been... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 13:50

And shall cast them into the furnace of fire ,.... See Gill on Matthew 13:42 read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 13:44

The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field - Θησαυρω κεκρυμμενω , to a hidden treasure. We are not to imagine that the treasure here mentioned, and to which the Gospel salvation is likened, means a pot or chest of money hidden in the field, but rather a gold or silver mine, which he who found out could not get at, or work, without turning up the field, and for this purpose he bought it. Mr. Wakefield's observation is very just: "There is no sense in the purchase of a field... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 13:45

A merchant man, seeking goodly pearls - A story very like this is found in the Talmudical tract Shabbath: "Joseph, who sanctified the Sabbath, had a very rich neighbor; the Chaldeans said, All the riches of this man shall come to Joseph, who sanctifies the Sabbath. To prevent this, the rich man went and sold all that he had, and bought a pearl, and went aboard of a ship; but the wind carried the pearl away, it fell into the sea, and was swallowed by a fish. This fish was caught, and the day... read more

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