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Mat, xxi.18. as he returned into the city, he hungered.
And when he saw a fig-tree in the way,
came to it,
14. Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of
thee hereafter, Mat. xxi.19. and he said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee hencefor
wards for ever. Mark xi. 14. And his disciples heard it. Mat. xxi.19. And presently the fig tree withered away.
MARK xi. part of ver. 12, 13, 14. 12 And-he was hungry:
13 And seeing a fig tree he came he found nothing but leaves
14 And-for ever-disciples heard it.
MARK xi. 15-17.
temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought
8 Dr. Hales having taken for granted that the temple was cleansed on the Tuesday, and not on the Monday, has preferred the order of St. Mark, and made some minor alterations in the position of these events. The foundation of bis reason. ing is removed by the arguments of Pilkington, which are inserted in the note to section 3. p. 389.
In Matt. xxi. 13. when our Saviour drove the buyers and sellers out of the temple, he said to them, “ It is written, my house shall be called an house (not the house) of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves; or, if it be read with an interrogation, And have yo made it a den of thieves ? 'Yueus dė αυτόν εποιήσατε ΣΠΗΛΑΙΟΝ ΛΗΣΤΩΝ, then the indignation will be increased, from the opposition between God and ye. The same is related by Mark xi. 17. with the same two words, orýdalov 1y5ūv, and so by Luke xix. 46. It may be asked, why the temple should be said by our Saviour to be made ORÝLalov 175ūv, a cave of robbers; was it because there were some who bought and sold in it? or because the moneychangers, or those who sold doves, sat there? None of these persons could be called lysal, latrones, or public robbers: nor did their business lie in orýala, speluncæ, dens or caves, so as to cause the temple, in which they were, to be called otýkalov. St. Jobo, however, in his account of this matter, mentions a circumstance, without the knowledge of which, the reason of this expression, otýkalov answv, in the other three Evangelists, and in Jer. vii. Il, whence it is taken, could not have been understood, and very probably that
Mark xi. 15. in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money
vessel through the temple.
ten, My house shall be called of all nations the house of
MARK xi. 18. LUKE xix. 47, 48.
And the Scribes and the Chief Priests,
ed at his doctrine.
LUKE xix. part of ver. 47.
is the reason why it is mentioned by bim, chap. xi. 14, 15. and
Hic spelunca fait vasto submota recessa, &c.
MARK xi. 19,
Mark xi, 19.
is now withered.
MATT. xxi. 20—22. MARK xi. 20—26, Mark xi. 20. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig-tree dried
from the roots.
How soon is the fig-tree withered away!
Master, behold, the fig-tree which thou cursedst, is
For verily I say unto you.
this, which is done to the fig.tree, but also
removed, and be thou cast into the sea ; and shall not
which he saith shall come to pass;
lieving, ye shall receive.
sire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye
was the epithet attached by the Jews to any הוא עוקר הרים
of their learned or eminent men, who excelled in explaining
Peter was told, if be bad faith he should be able to remove
(a) See Lightfoot, 8vo. edit. vol. iii. p. 135. Mr. Pitman has con ferred a great service upon the public by his accurate edition of Lightfoot. (6) Witsii Melet. Leidens. de ficu Maled. sect. xv.
Mark xi. 25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye haye ought Jerusalem.
against any; that your Father also which is in heaven,
may forgive your trespasses.
MATT. xxi. part of ver. 21.
the Authority by which he acted-Parables of the Vine
yard and Marriage Feast.
to the end, and xii. 1-12. LUKE XX. 1-19.
Gospel, the Chief Priests and the Scribes,
doest thou these things ? or who is he that gave thee this
authority ? Mark xi. 28. to do these things?
29. And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Mat. xxi.24. I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell me, I in
likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
25. The baptism of John, whence was it? Mark xi. 30. was it from heaven, or of men ? answer me.
31. And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall
say, From heaven; he will say, Mat. xxi.25. unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
26. But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people ;
John was a prophet.
was a prophet indeed.
33. And they answered, and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. Luke xx, 7. whence it was. Mark xi. 33. And Jesus answering, saith unto them, Neither do I tell
you by what authority I do these things. Mat. xxi.28. But what think you ? A certain man had two sons; and
he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in my
repented, and went.
Mat. xxi.30. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he Jerusalem.
answered, and said, I go, Sir ; and went not.
say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily
the kingdom of God before you.
believed him not; but the Publicans and the har-
had seen it, repented
Then began he to speak to the people this parable;
which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, Mark xii. 1. and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the
wine-fat, Mat. xxi.23. and digged a wine-press in it, and built a tower, and let
it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
And at the season
4. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at
him they cast stones,
and cast him out.
many others; beating some, and killing some. Lu. xx. 13. Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do?
I will send my beloved Son: it may be they will rever
ence him when they see him.
him also last
But when the husbandmen saw the son,
us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.