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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Matthew 6

 

 

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Verse 1

To be seen of them; to gain their applause. The character of external actions is determined by the feelings and motives.


Verse 2

They have their reward; they have it all in the applause of men, and receive no reward from God.


Verse 3

Thy left hand; let your good deeds be done without ostentation, and without seeking human praise.


Verse 6

Prayest; as an individual.

Closet; a private room or retired place. Every one is bound to pray in secret. "Thou" enter into "thy" closet, and pray to "thy" Father.


Verse 7

Vain repetitions; words without meaning, or often repeated without corresponding thoughts and feelings.

Heathen; persons not Jews, nor enlightened as to the character and will of God.

Much speaking; many words, or words often and thoughtlessly repeated. 1 Kings 18:26.


Verse 9

After this manner; this model, as to spirit, simplicity, and comprehensiveness.

Our Father; Creator, Preserver, Guardian, and Friend.

Hallowed by thy name; let all the manifestations of thyself be treated with reverence and love. Men are bound to unite with others in prayer, and when praying alone, to remember and pray for them "Pray ye," and say, "Our Father," a form suited to a number of persons. Acceptable prayer is the offering up of our desires for things agreeable to the will of God, in the name of Jesus Christ, with confession of sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.


Verse 10

Thy kingdom come; reign thou in all hearts, and lead them to do thy will on earth as it is done in heaven. Every person is bound to desire and daily to pray that God should reign in and over him and all people, as he reigns in heaven.


Verse 12

Debts; sins.

Debtors; those who have trepassed against us.


Verse 13

Lead us not into temptation; keep us from being tempted, or if tempted, deliver us from the temptation, and from all evil.

Thine is the kingdom; the reign, for the coming of which we pray, is thine; and the glory of its accomplishment will be thine for ever.

Amen; so be it.


Verse 15

An unforgiving temper, if continued, will shut a man out of heaven, and shut him up in hell.


Verse 16

Disfigure their faces; by leaving their face unwashed, and their hair and beard undressed. In religious duties, all should be especially careful to avoid ostentation, and the seeking of the praises of men.


Verse 17

Anoint thy head; that is, dress and appear as usual.


Verse 19

Treasurers; those things which men most love, and which they regard as their chief good.


Verse 22

Single; healthy and clear, to discern objects aright.


Verse 23

Evil; diseased, and so not seeing things as they are.

If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness; the Saviour now applies to the human mind the figure of the eye which he has just used. If the eye of thy soul be diseased, so that earthly treasurers appear to it better than heavenly, "how great is that darkness!"


Verse 24

Serve; yield to or regard supremely two opposite objects, as are God and this world.

Mammon; wealth, all earthly possessions. What a man regards supremely is his treasure, or his God. If it be any created thing, he has another god before Jehovah, an is, in this sense, an idolater.


Verse 25

Take no thought; no anxious thought, as the original word implies.

More; more valuable.

Meat; any kind of food for the support of the body. The argument is, that he who has given the greater gift, will not withhold the less. Anxiety about future support and comfort in this world is needless, hurtful, and wicked; for present obedience to God will insure all needed good.


Verse 26

Better; more valuable.


Verse 27

Unto his stature; better, to his age; that is, by all his anxiety prolong his life a moment beyond his appointed time. For measure, as applied to time, compare Psalms 39:4.


Verse 30

Cast into the oven; cut down for fuel, and burnt.

Little faith; little confidence in God.


Verse 32

Gentiles; those who know not God.

Knoweth; he is acquainted with your wants, and in the proper use of means, without your anxiety, he will supply them.


Verse 33

See ye first; seek first an interest in the blessings of Christ’s righteousness and reign. Chap Matthew 3:2.

All these things; all needed good he will bestow.


Verse 34

Shall take thought; the future will bring its supply.

 


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Bibliography Information
Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on Matthew 6:4". "Family Bible New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/matthew-6.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

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