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Matthew 26:40 Commentary - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Verse 40

It is shown, in a very striking manner, how entirely human was the nature with which the Divine Word was clothed, in becoming flesh, (John 1:14,) by the strong desire of the sufferer to relieve the sense of loneliness and terror that oppressed him, on this dreadful night, by the feeling that friends were near, watching against the impending danger, though he well knew that it was a danger which there was no hope or possibility of averting. To find, in the mere presence and sympathy of friends, an illusion of safety, which beguiles and soothes the heart, while the reason sees too clearly that this presence and sympathy can be of no real avail, is peculiarly and distinctively human. And when we consider thus the nature of the support which the vigilant interest of his friends would have afforded the solitary sufferer, a deep and melancholy meaning is imparted to the gentle reproach, "Could ye not watch with me one hour?"

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Matthew 26:40 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Matthew 26:40 - The Greek Testament

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Matthew 26:40 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

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Matthew 26:40 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Matthew 26:40 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

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Matthew 26:40 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 26:40 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 26:40 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Matthew 26:40 - Geneva Bible Notes

Matthew 26:40 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Matthew 26:40 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Matthew 26:40 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Matthew 26:40 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Matthew 26:40 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Matthew 26:40 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Matthew 26:40 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Matthew 26:40 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Matthew 26:40 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Matthew 26:40 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 26:40 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 26:40 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Matthew 26:40 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Matthew 26:40 - Combined Bible Commentary

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