1 ThereWe must not rejoice at the just punishment of others, but rather we should be instructed by it to repent.were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose bloodPontius Pilate was governor of Judea almost ten years, and about the fourth year of his government, which might be about the fifteenth year of Tiberius' reign, Christ finished the work of our redemption by his death.Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Iesus answered, and saide vnto them, Suppose ye, that these Galileans were greater sinners then al the other Galileans, because they haue suffered such things?
3 I tell you, nay: but except ye amend your liues, ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower inThat is, in the place, or river: for Siloam was a small river from which the conduits of the city came; see (Joh_9:7; Isa_8:6); and therefore it was a tower or a castle, built upon the conduit side, which fell down suddenly and killed some.Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, nay: but except ye amend your liues, ye shall all likewise perish.
6 Great and long suffering is the patience of God, but yet he eventually executes judgment.He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; whyMake the ground barren in that part which is otherwise good for vines.cumbereth it the ground?
8 And he answered, and said vnto him, Lord, let it alone this yeere also, till I digge round about it, and doung it.
9 And if it beare fruite, well: if not, then after thou shalt cut it downe.
10 Christ came to deliver us from the hand of Satan.And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had aTroubled with a disease which Satan caused.spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up [herself].
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called [her to him], and said unto her, Woman, thou artFor Satan had the woman bound, as if she had been in chains, to the extent that for eighteen years time she could not hold up her head.loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laide his handes on her, and immediately she was made straight againe, and glorified God.
14 A graphic image of hypocrisy, and the reward of it.And theOne of the rulers of the synagogue, for it appears that there were many rulers of the synagogue, see (Mar_5:22) (Act_13:15).ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 Then answered him the Lord, and said, Hypocrite, doth not eche one of you on the Sabbath day loose his oxe or his asse from the stall, & leade him away to the water?
16 And ought not this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound, loe, eighteene yeeres, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?
17 And when he said these things, all his aduersaries were ashamed: but all the people reioyced at all the excellent things, that were done by him.
18 Then said he, What is the kingdome of God like? Or whereto shall I compare it?
19 God begins his kingdom with small beginnings so that its growth, which is not looked for, may better set forth his power.It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
20 And againe he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdome of God?
21 It is like leauen, which a woman tooke, and hid in three peckes of floure, till all was leauened.
22 Against those who had rather err with many than go right with a few, and because of this through their own indifference they are shut out of the kingdom of God.And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 Then saide one vnto him, Lorde, are there fewe that shalbe saued? And he said vnto them,
24 Striue to enter in at the straite gate: for many, I say vnto you, will seeke to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When the good man of the house is risen vp, and hath shut to the doore, and ye begin to stand without, and to knocke at the doore, saying, Lord, Lord, open to vs, and he shall answere and say vnto you, I know you not whence ye are,
26 It is vain to be in the Church if one is not of the Church; and whether or not one is in the Church is shown by the purity of life.Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I knowe you not whence ye are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquitie.
28 The casting off of the Jews and the calling of the Gentiles is foretold.There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out.
29 And they shall come from theFrom all the corners of the world, and the places mentioned here are four of the main ones.east, and [from] the west, and from the north, and [from] the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And beholde, there are last, which shalbe first, and there are first, which shalbe last.
31 We must go forward in regards to our calling, through the midst of terrors, whether they be real or imagined.The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell thatThat deceitful and treacherous man.fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do curesThat is, a small time, and Theophylact says it is a proverb: or else by «to day» we may understand the present time, and by tomorrow the time to come, meaning by this the entire time of his ministry and office.to day and to morrow, and the third [day] I shall beThat is, when the sacrifice for sin is finished.perfected.
33 Nowhere else are there more cruel enemies of the godly than within the sanctuary and Church itself: but God sees it and will in his time have an account for it from them.Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the [day] following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen [doth gather] herLiterally, «the nest»: now the brood of chickens is the nest.brood under [her] wings, and ye would not!
35 Beholde, your house is left vnto you desolate: and verely I tell you, ye shall not see me vntill the time come that ye shall say, Blessed is he that commeth in the Name of the Lord.