The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 14:23
And when he had sent the multitudes away…
them at least to go away; for, it seems, according to (John 6:22) that
they did not in general disperse: there was a large body of them
that continued upon the spot all night, expecting his return; in
which being disappointed, they took shipping, and came to Capernaum.
He went up into a mountain apart to pray;
perhaps the same he went
up to before, and from whence he came down, (John 6:3) . This he chose
as a proper place for prayer, where he could be retired, and alone,
have his thoughts free, and, as man, pour out his soul to his
Father, on his own account, and on the behalf of others; and
particularly, he might be concerned about this notion of a temporal
kingdom, that his disciples and others were so fond of; and pray
that his disciples might be convinced of their mistake, and that the
people might be hindered from prosecuting their designs. His going
up into a mountain and praying there, were quite contrary to the
canons of the Jews; which forbid praying in places ever so little
``Let not a man stand (say they F13) (hwbg Mwqmb) , "in
an high place", and pray, but in a low place and pray;
as it is said, "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee,
O Lord", (Psalms 130:1) . It is a tradition, that a man may
not stand, neither upon a throne, nor upon a footstool,
nor in any high place and pray, because there are no high
places before God.''
This rule is delivered by Maimonides F14, in this form:
``A man may not stand in a place that is three hands high,
or more, and pray, neither upon a bed, nor upon a seat,
nor upon a throne.''
But Christ did not look upon himself obliged, by these traditions of
the elders; but chose such places, whether high or low, which were
most private and retired.
And when evening was come;
when it was now dark, (John 6:17) when the
second evening was come and ended; see (Matthew 14:15) and it was properly
he was there alone;
in the mountain, where he continued the greatest
part of the night, even until the fourth watch.
F13 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 10. 2. Piske Tosaph. in ib. art. 52, T.
Hieros. Beracot, fol. 4. 4. Kotsensis Mitzvot Tora precept. Affirm.
19. Midrash Kohelet, fol. 70. 3.
F14 Hilch. Tephillah. c. 5. sect. 7.
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