Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 23:7 - 23:7

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 23:7 - 23:7


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Ver. 6,7. We have the same applied to the scribes, Mar_12:38,39 Luk_11:43. Mark addeth, which love to go in long clothing. Our Saviour in these words doth not blame a distinction in habits and places, for he himself hath taught us, that those who are in kings’ palaces wear soft raiment; and, being often called Master and Lord, never reflected on them who called him so, as having done amiss: he only blames the Pharisees’ ambition, and silly affectation of these little things, seeking their own honour and glory, or an undue domination. There is therefore an emphasis to be put upon the word love; they might take salutations, and the upper rooms, if offered them as their due, for keeping civil order, but not affect them.