Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 6:5 - 6:5

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 6:5 - 6:5


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Our Saviour here cautions them against the same thing in prayer, as he had done before in giving alms, viz. hypocrisy and ostentation, doing this duty upon that design, merely to be taken notice of and applauded by men; it was lawful to pray



standing in the synagogues, but not to do it merely to be taken notice of by men for devout persons, nor yet to confine themselves to praying in the synagogues. If they chose to pray standing, that they might be more conspicuous, and in the synagogues, because those places were more holy, (as they might dream), or, which seems rather to be here meant, because there most people would see them, for which purpose only they chose corners of streets, as was the old popish custom upon which account they set up crosses at three way leets?, &c., these things were sinful: but to pray standing was usual, Mar_11:25; and to pray in the synagogues and in the temple standing was usual, Luk_18:13. But those who do it merely for vain glory



have their reward, and must expect none from God.