The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 7:2
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged…
Both by God and men; to which agree those proverbial sentences used
by the Jews;
``He that judgeth his neighbour according to the balance of
righteousness, or innocence, they judge him according to
F23 And a little after,
``As ye have judged me according to the balance of
righteousness, God will judge you according to the balance
Hence that advice of Joshua ben Perachiah F24, who, by the Jewish
writers, is said to be the master of Christ;
``Judge every man according to the balance of righteousness.''
Which their commentators explain thus F25; when you see a man as it
were in "equilibrio", inclining to neither part, it is not clear
from what he does, that he is either good or evil, righteous or
unrighteous; yet when you see him do a thing which may be
interpreted either to a good or a bad sense, it ought always to be
interpreted to the best.
And with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.
This was an usual proverb among the Jews; it is sometimes delivered
out thus, (hdm dgnk hdm) , "measure against measure" F26; but oftener
thus, and nearer the form of it here, (wl Nyddwm hb ddwm Mdav hdmb) ,
"with what measure a man measures, they measure to him": one might
fill up almost a page, in referring to places, where it is used in
this form: besides those in the F1 margin, take the following, and
the rather, because it gives instances of this retaliation F2:
``"With what measure a man measures, they measure to him";
so the woman suspected of adultery, she adorned herself to
commit sin, and God dishonoured her; she exposed herself
to iniquity, God therefore stripped her naked; the same
part of her body in which her sin begun, her punishment
did. Samson walked after his eyes, and therefore the
Philistines plucked out his eyes. Absalom was lifted up in
his mind, with his hair, and therefore he was hanged by
it; and because he lay with his father's ten concubines,
they therefore pierced him with ten lances; and because he
stole away three hearts, the heart of his father, the
heart of the sanhedrim, and the heart of Israel, therefore
he was thrust with three darts: and so it is with respect
to good things; Miriam waited for Moses one hour,
therefore the Israelites waited for her seven days in the
wilderness; Joseph, who was greater than his brethren,
buried his father; and Moses, who was the greatest among
the Israelites took care of the bones of Joseph, and God
himself buried Moses.''
F23 T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 127. 2.
F24 Pirke Abot, c. 1. sect. 6.
F25 Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.
F26 Bereshit Rabba, sect. 9. fol. 7. 4.
F1 T. Bab. Megilla, fol. 12. 2. Sota, fol. 8. 2. Sanhedrim, fol. 100.
1. Zohar in Gen. fol. 87. 4. & in Lev. fol. 36. 1. & 39. 3. & in
Num. fol. 67. 3. Bemidbar Rabba, fol. 194. 1. Misn. Beracot, c. 9.
F2 Misn. Sota, c. 1. sect. 7, 8, 9. Vid. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 99. 1, 2.
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