Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 9:9 - 9:9

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 9:9 - 9:9


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Mark hath the same story, Mar_2:14, only he calleth him Levi, and tells us he was the son of Alphaeus. Luke also mentions it, Luk_5:27,28, and calls him Levi, adding that he was a publican, and saith that he left all, rose up, and followed him. This Matthew might have also the name of Levi; all interpreters agree he was the same man. All three evangelists say, that when Christ called him, he was sitting in the custom house



at the receipt of custom. This Matthew was one of the twelve apostles, Mat_10:3, and the penman of this Gospel. His father Alphaeus was honoured to have four of his sons apostles, James the less, and Thaddaeus, (called Lebbeus), Simon the Canaanite, and Matthew. He was a publican, an officer under the Romans to gather the public revenue; it was an odious name amongst the Jews, but Matthew, to magnify the grace of Christ in calling him, is not ashamed thus to describe himself, both here and Mat_10:3.



He saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. His word carried a secret power with it, which Matthew obeyed by leaving his employment and going after Christ.