Commentary on Matthew 21:28-32

Notes (NET Translation) 28 "What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' The question, "What do you think?," prompts the listeners (here the religious leaders) to carefully consider the parable. Jewish parables commonly contrasted the behavior of two individuals … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 21:28-32

Commentary on Matthew 21:23-27

Notes (NET Translation) 23 Now after Jesus entered the temple courts, the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Teaching commonly occurred in the porticoes in the Court of the Gentiles. … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 21:23-27

Commentary on Matthew 21:18-22

Notes (NET Translation) 18 Now early in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. Prōi ("early [in the morning]") does not specify which morning is in view. Mark makes it clear this episode happened in two stages, over a two-day period (Mark 11:12–14, 20–24). Without contradicting Mark, Matthew improves the style … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 21:18-22

Commentary on Matthew 21:12-17

Notes (NET Translation) 12 Then Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those who were selling and buying in the temple courts, and turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. Matthew omits Mark's notice that a night intervenes between the entry into Jerusalem and this … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 21:12-17

Commentary on Matthew 21:1-11

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Now when they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, Jesus and his disciples are joined by a large crowd of pilgrims (20:29; 21:8). A seventeen-mile Roman road ran between Jericho (20:29) and Jerusalem, ascending over 3,000 feet. According to rabbinic writings, Bethpage … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 21:1-11

Commentary on Matthew 20:29-34

Notes (NET Translation) 29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed them. "They" refers to Jesus and his disciples. Jericho was on the west bank of the Jordan River and about fifteen miles northeast of Jerusalem. It was a more than 3,000 foot climb from Jericho to Jerusalem. Crowds that had followed the … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 20:29-34

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Commentary on Matthew 20:20-28

Notes (NET Translation) 20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor. James and John are the sons of Zebedee (4:21; 10:2). In Mark 10:35 the sons make the request themselves while in Matthew their mother does. Some suggest Matthew … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 20:20-28

Commentary on Matthew 20:17-19

Notes (NET Translation) 17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve aside privately and said to them on the way, Jesus and the Twelve may have been traveling with a larger group (20:29) because he must take them "aside privately." This is the third passion prediction (16:21; 17:22-23). A fourth, brief … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 20:17-19

Commentary on Matthew 20:1-16

Notes (NET Translation) 1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. The landowner should probably be identified with God (Isa 5), the other option being Jesus. Hours are reckoned from sunrise (6 am; "early in the morning" in v. 1). … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 20:1-16