Geneva Study Bible
(1) Christ by his humility, triumphing over the pride of this world, ascends to true glory by the shame of the cross.
(a) He that will say anything to you will let them go, that is, the ass and the colt.
(b) The city of Sion. This is a Hebrew idiom, common in the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
(c) Their uppermost garment.
(d) Upon their garments, not upon the ass and the colt.
(e) This was an ancient kind of cry, which they voiced in the feast of Tabernacles, when they carried boughs according as God commanded; (Leviticus 23:40). And the word is corruptly made of two, for we should say, "Hoshiang-na", which is as much as to say, "Save I pray thee".
(f) Well is it to him that comes in the Name of the Lord, that is to say, whom the Lord has given us for our King.
(g) That is, all the men of Jerusalem were moved.
(2) Those that should be masters of godliness are the ones that envy most the glory of Christ: but in vain.
(h) You have made most perfect. We read in David, "Thou hast established" or "grounded", and if the matter is considered well, the evangelist says here the same thing, for that which is most perfect is stable and sure.
(3) Christ does in this way forsake the wicked, for he has a consideration and regard for his Church.
(4) Hypocrites will at length have their masks discovered, and any false faces taken away.
(5) How great the force of faith is.
(i) The Greek word signifies a fixing or wavering of mind, so that we cannot tell which way to take.
(6) Against those who neglect the doctrine and bind the calling and vocation to an ordinary succession, going about by that false pretext, to stop Christ's mouth.
(k) Or by what power.
(l) One thing, that is to say, I will ask you one thing first before I answer your questions.
(m) The preaching of John is called by the figure "baptism" because he preached the baptism of repentance, etc.; (Mark 1:4) ; (Acts 19:3).
(n) From God, and so it is plainly seen how these are set one against another.
(o) Beat their heads about it, and mused, or laid their heads together.
(p) They hurry to the kingdom of God and you go slowly, so that you should at least have followed their example. Mark then that this word, "go into", is improperly taken in this place because none of them followed Christ.
(q) Living uprightly, being of good and honest behaviour; For the Hebrews use this word "way" for life and manners.
(8) Those men are often the cruellest enemies of the Church, to whose faithfulness it is committed: But the vocation of God is neither tied to time, place, nor person.
(r) Made the place strong: for a tower is the strongest place of a wall.
(s) Literally, "let us hold it fast".
(t) A kind of proverb, showing what punishment the wicked are worthy of.
(u) Master builders, who are chief builders of the house, that is of the Church.
(x) Began to be.
(y) The chiefest stone in the corner is called the head of the corner: which bears up the couplings or joints of the whole building.
(z) That matter (in that the stone which was cast away is made the head) is the Lord's doing which we behold and greatly marvel at.
(a) They bring forth the fruits of the kingdom of God, who bring forth the fruit of the Spirit, and not of the flesh, (Galatians 5:16-26).
(b) As chaff used to be scattered with the wind, for he uses a word which properly signifies separating the chaff from the corn with winnowing, and to scatter it abroad.
(9) The wicked can do nothing but what God wills.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Matthew 21". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25