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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Matthew 9:23

The flute-players (touv aulhtav).
The girl was just dead, but already a crowd "making a tumult" (toruboumenon) with wild wailing and screaming had gathered in the outer court, "brought together by various motives, sympathy, money, desire to share in the meat and drink going at such a time" (Bruce). Besides the several flute-players (voluntary or hired) there were probably "some hired mourning women (Jeremiah 9:17) praeficae, whose duty it was to sing naenia in praise of the dead" (Bruce). These when put out by Jesus, "laughed him to scorn" (kategelwn), in a sort of loud and repeated (imperfect) guffaw of scorn. Jesus overcame all this repellent environment.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 9:23". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=009&verse=023>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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