M A T T H E W.
In the foregoing chapter, we had our Saviour's
discourses with the scribes and Pharisees; here we have his
discourse concerning them, or rather against them. I. He allows
their office, ver. 2, 3.
II. He warns his disciples not to imitate their hypocrisy and
pride, ver. 4-12. III. He
exhibits a charge against them for divers high crimes and
misdemeanors, corrupting the law, opposing the gospel, and
treacherous dealing both with God and man; and to each article he
prefixes a woe, ver.
13-33. IV. He passes sentence upon Jerusalem, and
foretels the ruin of the city and temple, especially for the sin of