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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

Matthew 23:37

How often would I have gathered (posakiv htelhsa episunagein).
More exactly, how often did I long to gather to myself (double compound infinitive). The same verb (episunagei) is used of the hen with the compound preposition upokatw. Everyone has seen the hen quickly get together the chicks under her wings in the time of danger. These words naturally suggest previous visits to Jerusalem made plain by John's Gospel.


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Bibliography Information
Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 23:37". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=023&verse=037>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.