The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 13:26
Then shall ye begin to say…
Or ye shall say; in
favour of themselves, and in order to be admitted within, the
following pleas will be made by them:
we have eaten and drank in thy presence:
which may be understood
both literally of many, who were miraculously led by Christ, or at
whose tables he had ate and drank, and they with him; as did not
only publicans and sinners, but some of the Pharisees, who invited
him to their houses; and in a religious sense, of many who eat of
the legal sacrifices; and of others, who eat the bread, and drink
the wine at the Lord's table; all which will be insufficient to
introduce men into the kingdom and glory of Christ: natural relation
to Christ, which the Jews may claim, being born of them, and
personal acquaintance with him, and a bare profession of him, will
be of no avail another day:
and thou hast taught in our streets;
in the streets of many
cities in Galilee and Judea: it was customary with the Jewish doctors
to teach in the streets:
``says Rabba, behold I am as Ben Azzai, in the streets of
the gloss upon it is,
``who was (yqwvb vrwd) , "expounding in the streets of
And it is said F2 of Rabban Jochanan ben Zaccai,
``that he was sitting in the shade of the temple, and
expounding all the whole day;''
the gloss on the place is,
``the temple being an hundred cubits high, its shade went
very far "in the street", which is before the mountain of
the house; and because "the street" was large, and held
abundance of men, he was expounding there by reason of the
heat, for no school could hold them:''
and it is also said of R. Chija F3, that
``he went out and taught his brother's two sons, (qwvb) ,
"in the street".''
So that what our Lord did, was no other than what was usual with
their doctors; nor is this contrary to what is said in
(See Gill on 12:19): this is also a fruitless plea and which will
be of no service; it will signify nothing, to have heard Christ
preached, or Christ himself preach, unless there is faith in him,
which works by love; for not hearers of the word only, but doers of
it are regarded.
F1 T. Bab. Erubin, fol. 29. 1.
F2 T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 26. 1.
F3 T. Bab. Moed Katon, fol. 16. 2.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 13:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=lu&chapter=013&verse=026>. 1999.