37 Mt 7:1.
38 Into your bosom - Alluding to the mantles the Jews wore, into which
a large quantity of corn might be received. With the same measure that
ye mete with, it shall be measured to you again - Amazing goodness! So
we are permitted even to carve for ourselves! We ourselves are, as it were,
to tell God how much mercy he shall show us! And can we be content with
less than the very largest measure? Give then to man, what thou designest
to receive of God.
39 He spake a parable - Our Lord sometimes used parables when he knew
plain and open declarations would too much inflame the passions of his
hearers. It is for this reason he uses this parable, Can the blind lead
the blind? - Can the scribes teach this way, which they know not themselves?
Will not they and their scholars perish together? Can they make their disciples
any better than themselves? But as for those who will be my disciples,
they shall be all taught of God; who will enable them to come to the measure
of the stature of the fulness of their Master. Be not ye like their disciples,
censuring others, and not amending yourselves. Mt 15:14.
40 Mt 10:24; John 15:20.
41 Mt 7:3.
Gospel Parallel (Matthew 7:1-5)
Our Lord now proceeds to warn us against the chief hinderances of holiness.
And how wisely does he begin with judging? wherein all young converts are
so apt to spend that zeal which is given them for better purposes.
1 Judge not - any man without full, clear, certain knowledge,
without absolute necessity, without tender love. Luke 6:37.
2 With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you - Awful
words! So we may, as it were, choose for ourselves, whether God shall be
severe or merciful to us. God and man will favour the candid and benevolent:
but they must expect judgment without mercy, who have showed no mercy.
3 In particular, why do you open your eyes to any fault of your
brother, while you yourself are guilty of a much greater? The mote - The
word properly signifies a splinter or shiver of wood. This and a beam,
its opposite, were proverbially used by the Jews, to denote, the one, small
infirmities, the other, gross, palpable faults. Luke 6:41.
4 How sayest thou - With what face?
5 Thou hypocrite - It is mere hypocrisy to pretend zeal for the
amendment of others while we have none for our own. Then - When that which
obstructed thy sight is removed.