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Matthew 5:22 Commentary - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Verse 22

Brother; any fellow-being.--The judgment; and inferior court of the Jews.--Raca; a term of opprobrious reproach, meaning worthless, senseless.--The council; the superior court of the Jews, called the Sanhedrim, which had jurisdiction over graver offences. This body is often alluded to in the New Testament. (Acts 5:27-41,6:12,22:30)--Thou fool. The connection which this verse sustains to Matthew 5:21, shows that, in respect to all these expressions, the Savior speaks of them only as used under the influence of angry, malicious, or revengeful feeling. He himself sometimes employed this last term in just rebuke of folly and sin. (Matthew 23:19.) The meaning of the whole passage is, that the displeasure of God, and the terrible penalties of his law, are incurred by feelings of malice and anger, however slight may be the outward expression of them.

Matthew 5:23,24. The meaning is, that we cannot offer acceptable worship to God, while cherishing unkind or hostile feelings towards a fellow-man, or neglecting to make reparation for any injury which we may have done him.

Consult other comments:

Matthew 5:22 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Matthew 5:22 - The Greek Testament

Matthew 5:22 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Matthew 5:22 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Matthew 5:22 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Matthew 5:22 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Matthew 5:22 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Matthew 5:22 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Matthew 5:22 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 5:22 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 5:22 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Matthew 5:22 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Matthew 5:22 - Geneva Bible Notes

Matthew 5:22 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Matthew 5:22 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Matthew 5:22 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Matthew 5:22 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Matthew 5:22 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Matthew 5:22 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Matthew 5:22 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Matthew 5:22 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Matthew 5:22 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Matthew 5:22 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Matthew 5:22 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Matthew 5:22 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 5:22 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 5:22 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Matthew 5:22 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Matthew 5:22 - Combined Bible Commentary

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament