The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 23:31
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves…
yourselves", as the Syriac reads; for what they said was a plain
acknowledgment, and a full confession, what their fathers had done,
and whose offspring they were; and from whom better things were not
to be expected; since they were their fathers' own children, and of
the same temper and disposition with them:
that ye are the children of them that killed the prophets.
plainly owned, that their fathers killed the prophets, and that they
descended from them; though they meant not so much to reproach,
their ancestors, as to give themselves a greater character; yet it
did not with those, that knew them; not with our Lord: for as their
own words testified against them, that they were a seed of
evildoers; their practices showed them to be of the same spirit and
principles with their progenitors.