M A T T H E W.
The gospels are, in short, a record of what Jesus
began both to do and to teach. In the foregoing chapter, we had an
account of his doings, in this, of his teachings; probably, not all
at the same time, in a continued discourse, but at several times,
upon divers occasions, here put together, as near akin. We have
here, I. Instructions concerning humility, ver. 1-6. II. Concerning offences in general
(ver. 7), particularly
offences given, 1. By us to ourselves, ver. 8, 9. 2. By us to others, ver. 10-14. 3. By others to us;
which are of two sorts, (1.) Scandalous sins, which are to be
reproved, ver. 15-20.
(2.) Personal wrongs, which are to be forgiven, ver. 21-35. See how practical Christ's
preaching was; he could have revealed mysteries, but he pressed
plain duties, especially those that are most displeasing to flesh