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Barnes' Notes on the New Testament

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Verses 1-10. See this passage illustrated in Matthew 21:1-16

{p} "And when they came nigh" Matthew 21:1; Luke 19:29; John 12:14

Verse 2. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 3. No Barnes text on this verse.

{q} "need of him" Acts 17:25

Verse 4. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 5. What do ye, loosing the colt?. Or, why do ye do this? What authority have you for doing it?

Verse 6. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 7. No Barnes text on this verse.

{r} "and he sat" Zechariah 9:9

Verse 8. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 9. No Barnes text on this verse.

{s} "Blessed is" Psalms 118.26

Verse 10. No Barnes text on this verse.

{u} "kingdom" Psalms 148:1

Verse 11-26. See Barnes "Matthew 21:18" and Matthew 21:19-22

Verse 11. Into the temple. Not into the edifice properly called the temple, but into the courts which surrounded the principal edifice. Our Saviour, not being of the tribe of Levi, was not permitted to enter into the holy or most holy place; and when, therefore, it is said that he went into the temple, it is always to be understood of the courts surrounding the temple. See Matthew 21:12.

And when he had looked round about upon all. Having seen or examined everything. He saw the abominations and abuses which he afterwards corrected. It may be wondered at, that he did not at once correct them, instead of waiting to another day. But it may be observed that God is slow to anger, that he does not at once smite the guilty, but waits patiently before he rebukes and chastises.

The eventide. The evening; the time after three o'clock, P.M. It is very probable that this was before sunset. The religious services of the temple closed, without the offering of the evening sacrifice, at three o'clock, P. M., and Jesus probably soon left the city.

{v} "and when" Zephaniah 1:12; Ezekiel 8:9

Verse 12. No Barnes text on this verse.

{w} "And on the morrow" Matthew 21:18

Verses 13,14. Afar off. See Barnes "Matthew 21:19"

{x} "nothing but leaves" Isaiah 5:7

Verse 14. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 15. See Barnes "Matthew 21:12", also Matthew 21:13-15

{y} "And they came" Matthew 21:12; Luke 19:45; John 2:14
{z} "moneychangers" Deuteronomy 14:25,26

Verse 16. Any vessel. Any vessel used in cooking, or connected with the sale of their articles or merchandise.

Verse 17. No Barnes text on this verse.

{a} "Is it not written" Isaiah 61:7
{1} "called" or, "an house of prayer for all nations"
{b} "den of thieves" Jeremiah 7:11

Verse 18. All the people was astonished. He became popular among them. The Pharisees saw that their authority was lessened, or destroyed. They were therefore envious of him, and sought his life.

His doctrine. His teaching. He taught with power and authority so great that the multitudes were awed, and were constrained to obey.

{c} "astonished" Matthew 7:28; Mark 1:22; Luke 4:32

Verse 19. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 20. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 21. Thou cursedst. To curse means to devote to destruction. This is the meaning here. It does not, in this place, imply blame; but simply that it should be destroyed.

Verse 22. Have faith in God. Literally, "Have the faith of God." This may mean, Have strong faith. or have confidence in God; a strong belief that he is able to accomplish things that appear most difficult with infinite ease, as the fig-tree was made to wither away by a word.

{2} "Have faith in God" or, "Have the faith of God"

Verse 23. No Barnes text on this verse.

{d} "whosoever" Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6

Verse 24. No Barnes text on this verse.

{e} "What things soever" Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9; 17:1; John 14:13; 15:7; 16:24
James 1:5,6

Verse 25. And when ye stand praying. When ye pray. It seems that the posture in prayer was sometimes standing and sometimes kneeling. God looks upon the heart rather than upon our position in worship; and if the heart be right, any posture may be proper. It cannot be doubted, however, that in private, in the family, and wherever it can be conveniently done, the kneeling posture is more proper, as expressing more humility and reverence, and more in accordance with Scripture examples, Compare Psalms 95:6; 2 Chronicles 6:13; Daniel 6:10; Luke 22:41; Acts 7:60; 9:40. Yet a subject like this may be regarded as of too much consequence, and we should be careful that anxiety about a mere form should not exclude anxiety about a far more important matter--the state of the soul.

Forgive, etc. See Barnes "Matthew 6:12,15".

{f} "forgive" Matthew 6:14; Colossians 3:13

Verse 26. No Barnes text on this verse.

{g} "But if ye do" Matthew 18:35

Verse 27. No Barnes text on this verse.

{h} "and as he was walking" Matthew 21:23; Luke 20:1

Verse 28. No Barnes text on this verse.

{i} "say unto him" Numbers 16:3

Verse 29. No Barnes text on this verse.

{1} "one question" or "one thing"

Verse 30. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 31. No Barnes text on this verse.

Verse 32. No Barnes text on this verse.

{k} "for all men counted John" Matthew 3:5,6; 14:5; Mark 6:20

Verse 33. No Barnes text on this verse.

{l} "We cannot tell" Isaiah 1:3; 29:14; Jeremiah 8:7; Hosea 4:6
{m} "Neither do I tell" Luke 10:21,22

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Mark 11". "Barnes' Notes on the New Testament". <>.  


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