The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 20:17
And Jesus going up to Jerusalem…
Which was situated
F6 in the highest part of the land of Israel: the land of Israel, is
said to be higher than any other land whatever; and the temple at
Jerusalem, higher than any part of the land of Israel; wherefore
Christ's going to Jerusalem, is expressed by going up to it. Whither
he came either from the coasts of Judea, from beyond Jordan, (Matthew 19:1)
where he had been some time healing diseases, disputing with the
Pharisees, discoursing with the young ruler, and instructing his
disciples; or from a country near to the wilderness, from a city
called Ephraim, (John 11:54) where he continued some time with his
disciples, after the sanhedrim had took counsel to put him to
death; for this was his last journey to Jerusalem.
Took the twelve disciples apart in the way:
into some private place,
which lay near the road; for it seems that there were others that
followed him, besides the twelve; when he was not willing they should
hear what he had to say to them, concerning the issue of this,
journey; lest either they should be discouraged and desert him, or it
should be made public, and methods be used to prevent it: and said
unto them; the disciples, whom he thought fit once more to remind of
his sufferings and death, and to prepare them for the same; and though
they would not so thoroughly understand all that he should say, yet
when it was come to pass, they would remember it, and which would be
of service to confirm their faith in him, as the true Messiah.
(See Gill on 10:32).
F6 T. Bab. Sanhedrim, fol. 87. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 20:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=020&verse=017>. 1999.