As for these things which you behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone on another, that shall not be thrown down.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Matthew 24:2.
5-7. (See on Mt 24:1-3.)See Poole on "Luke 21:5"
the days will come; and they are hastening on; a little while, a few years more:
in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down; See Gill on Matthew 24:2.As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 21:6. ταῦτα ἁ θ. Some (Grotius, Pricaeus) take ταῦτα = τούτων: of these things which ye see a stone shall not be left. Most, however, take it as a nominative absolute = as for these things which ye see (vide Winer, § lxiii. 2 d). This suits better the emotional mood.—ἐλεύσονται ἡμέραι: cf. Luke 5:35, where a similar ominous allusion to coming evil days occurs.6. As for these things which ye behold] Rather, these things which ye are gazing on (it is what is called the ‘pendent nominative’).
there shall not be left one stone upon another] See on Luke 19:44 and the remarkable passage in 2Es 10:54, “in the place where the Highest beginneth to shew His city, there can no man’s building be able to stand.” This was fulfilled in spite of the strong wish of Titus to spare the Temple, Jos. B. J. vi. 4, § 5; but see on Luke 19:44. He was himself so amazed at the massive substructures that he could only see in his conquest the hand of God (id. vi. 9, § 1). This prophecy was in reality that “Let us depart hence” which Josephus (B. J. vi. 5, § 3) and Tacitus (Hist. v. 13) tell us was uttered by a mysterious Voice before the destruction of Jerusalem.Luke 21:6. Ταῦτα, these things) The Subject. The Predicate follows, which is subdivided into Subject and Predicate. These things are of such a kind, that the days are coming when, etc. So the LXX., 2 Kings 1:4 : ἡ κλίνη ἐφʼ ἧς ἀνέβης ἐκεῖ, οὐ καταβήσῃ ἀπʼ αὐτῆς, the bed upon which thou hast ascended there (the Nominative pendent forming the subject), thou shalt not go down from it [the predicate; subdivided into subject and predicate].Verse 6. - There shall not be left one stone upon another. There is a remarkable passage in 2 Esdr. 10:54, "In the place wherein the Highest beginneth to show his city, there can no man's building be able to stand." The Lord's words were fulfilled, in spite of the strong wish of Titus to spare the temple. Josephus, writing upon the utter demolition of the city and temple, says that, with the exception of Herod's three great towers and part of the western wall, the whole circuit of the city was so thoroughly levelled and dug up that no one visiting it would believe that it had ever been inhabited ('Bell. Jud.' 7:01.1).
See on Luke 10:18.
See on Mark 13:2.
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