The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 23:33
Ye servants, ye generation of vipers…
The latter of
these names, John the Baptist calls the Sadducees and Pharisees by,
in (Matthew 3:7) and Christ, in (Matthew 12:34) both express their craft and
subtlety, their inward poison, and venomous nature; their fair
outside, and specious pretences; their hypocrisy, malice, and
wickedness; in which they were like to the old serpent, their father
the devil, and to their ancestors, that murdered the prophets; nor
could any good thing be expected, from such a viperous generation:
how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
signifying, that it was
impossible that they should; nor could they surely expect it
themselves, who must be conscious to themselves of their wickedness,
malice, and deceit. The Persic version reads it, "where can ye
escape?" &c. and so Beza says it was read, in one ancient copy of
his; and the sense is, whither can ye flee? to whom, or what can you
have recourse to, to screen you from the wrath to come? Rocks and
mountains, caves and dens, will be of no service. The phrase,
(Mnhyg lv hnyd) , "the judgment, or damnation of hell", is a phrase
often used in the Talmud F16, and Midrashes F17 of the Jews; and
intends future torment, and the everlasting vengeance and wrath of
God, the unquenchable fire prepared for the devil and his angels,
and which impenitent unbelieving sinners cannot escape.
F16 T. Bab. Berncot, fol. 61. 1. Erubin, fol. 18. 2. Yebamot, fol. 102.
2. Sota, fol. 4. 2. & 5. 1. & Bava Bathra, fol. 10. 1.
F17 Bemidbar Rabba, fol. 203. 1. Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 14. 2. &
Midrash Kohelet, fol. 76. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 23:33". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=023&verse=033>. 1999.