But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)See Poole on "Matthew 13:33".
And brought forth fruit; which intends not the conversion of sinners, nor the performance of duties, nor the perfection of grace, but the first appearances of grace under a profession, such as sorrow for sin, after a godly sort, fear and reverence of God, great humility, much self-denial, ardent love to Christ, pantings and breathings after him, and communion with him, strong affection for the people of God, some exercise of faith on Christ, zeal for his cause and interest, and a concern to honour and glorify God.
Then appeared the tares also. They were not discernible for some time when they were first sown; they looked like good seed when they first appeared among the people of God; they seemed to have the truth of grace, as others had; their blade of profession, when it sprung up, looked like that of true wheat; but were now discernible both by their unfruitfulness in their lives and conversations, and by their bad principles, which they now endeavoured to spread, to the hurt of the churches where they were: they always appeared to be what they were to God the searcher of hearts; but now, through the zeal of true converts, to which these opposed themselves, and the fruitfulness of their lives, from which they were so very different, they became manifest to ministers and churches.But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Matthew 13:26 ff. It was only when they were in the ear that it was possible to distinguish between the wheat and the tares, which when in the blade resembled it so much.
συλλέξωμεν] deliberative; shall we gather together?
ἐκριζώσητε] ye take out by the root. The roots of tares and wheat are intertwined with each other.
ἅμα αὐτοῖς] along with them. ἅμα, which is in the first instance to be regarded as an adverb (hence ἅμα σύν, 1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:10), is also used as a preposition by classical writers (which Klotz, ad Devar. p. 97 f., denies, though without reason), and that not merely in reference to time (Matthew 20:1), but on other occasions, such as the present for example. Herod. vi. 138; Soph. Phil. 971, 1015; Polyb. iv. 2. 11, x. 18. 1; comp. Wis 18:11; 2Ma 11:7.Matthew 13:26. τότε ἐφάνη: not distinguishable in the blade, not till it reached the ear, then easily so by the form, the ear branching out with grains on each twig (Koetsveld, De Gelijk., p. 25).Matthew 13:26. Τότε, then) Where the good grows, there the evil becomes at length more apparent.Verse 26. - But when the blade was sprung up (ἐβλάστησεν ὁ χόρτος: cf. Mark 4:27), and brought forth fruit. Observe that there is no thought of the tares injuring the wheat (contrast vers. 7, 22). Then appeared the tares also.
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