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Jamieson, Fausset & Brown :: Commentary on Matthew 14

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The Gospel According to Matthew

Commentary by DAVID BROWN

CHAPTER 14

Mat 14:1-12. HEROD THINKS JESUS A RESURRECTION OF THE MURDERED BAPTIST--ACCOUNT OF HIS IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH. ( = Mar 6:14-29 Luk 9:7-9 ).

      The time of this alarm of Herod Antipas appears to have been during the mission of the Twelve, and shortly after the Baptist--who had been in prison for probably more than a year--had been cruelly put to death.

      Herod's Theory of the Works of Christ ( Mat 14:1, 2 ).

      1. At that time Herod the tetrarch--Herod Antipas, one of the three sons of Herod the Great, and own brother of Archelaus ( Mat 2:22 ), who ruled as ethnarch over Galilee and Perea.
      heard of the fame of Jesus--"for His name was spread abroad" ( Mar 6:14 ).

      2. And said unto his servants--his counsellors or court-ministers.
      This is John the Baptist: he is risen from the dead, &c.--The murdered prophet haunted his guilty breast like a specter and seemed to him alive again and clothed with unearthly powers in the person of Jesus.

      Account of the Baptist's Imprisonment and Death ( Mat 14:3-12 ). For the exposition of this portion, see on JF & B for Mr 6:17-29.

      Mat 14:12-21. HEARING OF THE BAPTIST DEATH JESUS CROSSES THE LAKE WITH TWELVE AND MIRACULOUSLY FEEDS FIVE THOUSAND. ( = Mar 6:30-44 Luk 9:10-17 Jhn 6:1-14 ).

      For the exposition of this section--one of the very few where all the four Evangelists run parallel--see on JF & B for Mr 6:30-44.

      Mat 14:22-26. JESUS CROSSES TO THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE LAKE WALKING ON THE SEA--INCIDENTS ON LANDING. ( = Mar 6:45 Jhn 6:15-24 ).

      For the exposition, see on JF & B for Joh 6:15-24.

      28. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is thou, bid me come to thee on the water--(Also see on JF & B for Mr 6:50.)

      29. And he said, Come. And when Peter had come down out of the boat. he walked on the water, to go to Jesus--(Also see on JF & B for Mr 6:50.)

      30. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me--(Also see on JF & B for Mr 6:50.)

      31. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?--(Also see on JF & B for Mr 6:50.)

      32. And when they had come into the boat, the wind ceased--(Also see on JF & B for Mr 6:50.)

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