He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)He that hath ears to hear.—The formula, which meets us here for the first time, is one which our Lord seems to have used habitually after any teaching, in parable or otherwise (Matthew 13:9; Mark 4:9), which required more than ordinary powers of thought to comprehend. To take in the new aspect of the coming of Elijah required an insight like that which men needed to take in, without an interpreter, the meaning of the parable of the Sower.
the works of Christ, he sent, &c.—On the whole passage, see on Lu 7:18-35.Matthew 13:9,43 Mr 4:9 7:16 Luke 8:8.
""He that hears let him hear, and he that understandeth let him understand";''
See Matthew 13:43.He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Matthew 11:15. A request to give due attention to this important statement in Matthew 11:14. Comp. Matthew 13:9; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8; Ezekiel 3:27; Hom. Il. xv. 129.Matthew 11:15. proverbial form of speech often used by Jesus after important utterances, here for the first time in Matt. The truth demanding attentive and intelligent ears (ears worth having; taking in the words and their import) is that John is Elijah. It implies much—that the kingdom is here and the king, and that the kingdom is moral not political.Matthew 11:15. Ὦτα ἀκούειν, ears to hear) Thus the LXX. in Deuteronomy 29:4; cf. Romans 11:8. “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear,” was a form of commanding attention peculiar to our Lord, and indicates, that the other things which might be said more expressly, are contained in those which have just been uttered.Verse 15. - He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. A solemn exhortation, often spoken by our Lord at the close of an utterance. See Matthew 13:9 (equivalent to Mark 4:9), 43; Mark 4:23; Luke 14:35 (comp. Mark 8:18; Luke 9:44; Revelation 2. and 3; 13:9). It means - You are all formed by nature to learn God's commands; answer, therefore, to your powers, and obey him. See Psalm 40:6 (cf. Hebrews 10:5).
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