John Bengel Commentary - Mark 8:15 - 8:15

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John Bengel Commentary - Mark 8:15 - 8:15

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Mar 8:15. Τῶν Φαρισαίων καὶ Ἡρώδου, of the Pharisees and Herod) Two opposite extremes of religious sects. In Mat 16:6, where see note, the words are, “the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Therefore, instead of what Matthew has, viz. the Sadducees, Mark has, Herod. The leaven common to them all, at least in demanding signs on various pretexts at different occasions, was hypocrisy (Herod is called “the fox,” Luk 13:31, where see note). As to Herod, Luke does not mention that indeed (viz. his demanding a sign), at ch. Luk 12:1, but he does at Luk 23:8, as it were in the way of supplement. For although Herod approached nearer to the Pharisees in the article of the resurrection, ch. Mar 6:16, yet the licentiousness admitted by the doctrine of the Sadducees, was in other respects more suited to his palace and court, which bent religion into a mere species of political expediency.