The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMark 12:21
The second took her…
To wife, married her, as the next
eldest brother, by the above law was obliged to: and so the Jewish
F12 canon upon it runs thus;
``the command is, (lwdgb) , "for the eldest" to marry his
brother's wife: if he will not, they go to all the
brethren; if they will not, they return to the eldest, and
say, the command is upon thee, either pluck off the shoe,
Maimonides F13 relates it in this manner;
``if a man dies, and leaves many brethren, the command is
upon the eldest to marry, or pull off the shoe; as it is
said, (Deuteronomy 25:6) , "and it shall be the firstborn which she
beareth". From tradition, it is learned that it does not
speak but of the firstborn among the brethren; and it is
all one as if it was said, the eldest of the brethren
shall succeed in the name of his brother that is dead; and
this is what is said, "which she beareth": the sense is,
which the mother has borne, and not which the brother's
wife beareth; if the eldest will not marry her, they go
round to all the brethren; and if they will not, they
return to the eldest, and say, upon thee is the command,
either pluck off the shoe, or marry; and they do not
compel him to marry, but they compel him to pluck off the
i.e. in case he will not marry.
And died, neither left he any, seed, and the third likewise;
her, and died without issue, as the second did. The Persic version
adds, "and the fourth, and fifth"; for so they all did to the
F12 Misn. Yebamot, c. 4. sect. 5. & T. Bab. Yebamot, fol. 39. 1.
F13 Hilch. Yebum Uchalitza, c. 2, sect. 6, 7. Vid. Jarchium in Deut.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Mark 12:21". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mr&chapter=012&verse=021>. 1999.