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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Matthew 5:15

Under the bushel (upo ton modion).
Not a bushel. "The figure is taken from lowly cottage life. There was a projecting stone in the wall on which the lamp was set. The house consisted of a single room, so that the tiny light sufficed for all" (Bruce). It was not put under the bushel (the only one in the room) save to put it out or to hide it. The bushel was an earthenware grain measure. "{The stand}" (thn luxnian), not "candlestick." It is "lamp-stand" in each of the twelve examples in the Bible. There was the one lamp-stand for the single room.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 5:15". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=005&verse=015>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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