The Scribes Denounced (Mr 12:38-40)
38. And he said unto them in his doctrine—rather, "in His teaching"; implying that this was but a specimen of an extended discourse, which Matthew gives in full (Mt 23:1-39). Luke says (Lu 20:45) this was "in the audience of all the people said unto His disciples."
Beware of the scribes, which love—or like.
to go in long clothing—(see on Mt 23:5).
and love salutations in the market-places,
39. And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms—or positions.
at feasts—On this love of distinction, see on Lu 14:7; Mt 6:5.
40. Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation—They took advantage of their helpless condition and confiding character to obtain possession of their property, while by their "long prayers" they made them believe they were raised far above "filthy lucre." So much the "greater damnation" awaited them. (Compare Mt 23:33). A lifelike description this of the Romish clergy, the true successors of "the scribes."
Mr 12:41-44. The Widow's Two Mites. ( = Lu 21:1-4).
See on Lu 21:1-4.
See Also: Sermons, Analysis and Bible Commentaries on Mark 12:38-44
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