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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW - Chapter 13 - Verse 17

Verse 17. Many prophets and righteous men, etc. They wished to see the times of the Messiah. They looked to it as a time when the hopes of the world would be fulfilled, and the just be happy. See Joh 8:5,6, "Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad." See also 1 Pe 1:10-12; Heb 11:13. So Isaiah and the prophets looked forward to the coming of the Messiah as the consummation of their wishes, and the end of the prophecies, Re 19:10. The object always dearest to the hearts of all righteous men is, to witness the coming and advancement of the kingdom of Christ.

{g} "that many" Eph 3:5,6; Heb 11:13; 1 Pe 1:10,11

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