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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Matthew Chapter 23

Matthew 23:2

mat 23:2

sit in

Compare (Ezr 7:6); (Ezr 7:25); (Ezr 7:26).

Jesus' disciples were to honour the law, but not the hypocritical teachers of it.

Matthew 23:5

mat 23:5


Passages of Scripture enclosed in a small case, bound upon arm or forehead, (Deu 6:8).

Matthew 23:14

mat 23:14


The best manuscripts omit verse 14. (Mat 23:14).

Matthew 23:15

mat 23:15



(See Scofield) - (Mat 5:22).

Matthew 23:16

mat 23:16


Or, bound; also (Mat 23:18). "guilty:"

Matthew 23:28

mat 23:28


Literally, Lawlessness.

(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

Matthew 23:34

mat 23:34

send unto you

The Jews' treatment of the apostles is proved, (Mat 23:31-33).

Matthew 23:35

mat 23:35


Jesus' confirmation of (Gen 4:8-10).

Compare (Heb 12:24).

Matthew 23:36

mat 23:36

come upon

See (Rev 18:21-24).

It is the way also of history; judgment falls upon one generation for the sins of centuries. The pediction was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem, A.D. 70.

Matthew 23:39

mat 23:39


The three "untils" of Israel's blessing:

(1) Israel must say, "blessed is He" (Mat 23:39); (Rom 10:3); (Rom 10:4).

(2) Gentile world-power must run its course. (Luk 21:24); (Dan 2:34); (Dan 2:35).

(3) The elect number of Gentiles must be brought in. Then "the Deliverer shall come out of Zion." etc. (Rom 11:25-27).

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