Matthew 7:29
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New International Version
because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

New Living Translation
for he taught with real authority--quite unlike their teachers of religious law.

English Standard Version
for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Berean Study Bible
because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

Berean Literal Bible
for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

New American Standard Bible
for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

King James Bible
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because He was teaching them like one who had authority, and not like their scribes.

International Standard Version
because he was teaching them like a person who had authority, and not like their scribes.

NET Bible
because he taught them like one who had authority, not like their experts in the law.

New Heart English Bible
for he taught them with authority, and not like their scribes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he was teaching them as one having authority and not as their Scribes and the Pharisees.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Unlike their scribes, he taught them with authority.

New American Standard 1977
for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.

King James 2000 Bible
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

American King James Version
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

American Standard Version
for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the scribes and Pharisees.

Darby Bible Translation
for he taught them as having authority, and not as their scribes.

English Revised Version
for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Weymouth New Testament
for He had been teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their Scribes taught.

World English Bible
for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes.

Young's Literal Translation
for he was teaching them as having authority, and not as the scribes.
Study Bible
The Authority of Jesus
28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, 29because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Cross References
Matthew 7:28
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching,

Matthew 8:1
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.
Treasury of Scripture

For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

having.

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Matthew 21:23-27 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Deuteronomy 18:18,19 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like to …

Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say to him, …

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should …

Jeremiah 23:28,29 The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has …

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, …

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

Acts 3:22,23 For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your …

Acts 6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

and not.

Matthew 15:1-9 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying…

Matthew 23:2-6,15-24 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat…

Mark 7:5-13 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not your disciples …

Luke 20:8,46,47 And Jesus said to them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do …

(29) He taught them.--The Greek implies continuity, He was teaching.

As one having authority, and not as the scribes.--Some instances have been already pointed out: the "I say unto you," which is contrasted with what had been said "to them of old time"; the assumption that He, the speaker, was the Head of the divine kingdom and the Judge of quick and dead. More striking still is the entire absence of any reference by name to the teaching of other interpreters of the Law. As a rule, the scribe hardly ever gave his exposition without at least beginning by what had been said by Hillel or by Shammai, by Rabbi Joseph or Rabbi Meir, depending almost or altogether upon what had thus been ruled before, as much as an English lawyer depends on his precedents. In contrast with all this, our Lord fills the people with amazement by speaking to them as One who has a direct message from God. It is the prophet, or rather, perhaps, the king, who speaks, and not the scribe.

Verse 29. - For he taught them. Such was his constant habit (η΅ν... διδάσκων). As one having authority, and not as the scribes. Who, indeed, never claimed personal authority. Jewish teachers lean on the fact of their having received that which they expound. They professed]y sink their own personality in that of those of old time, to whom the teaching was first given (Matthew 5:21). To this our Lord's personal claims stand in sharp contrast. The scribes; Revised Version, their scribes, with the manuscripts; i.e. the scribes to which they were accustomed to listen. Whether the reference is primarily to scribes of the nation generally or only to those of the neighbouring district, is hardly material, for these were representatives of the one class. A few authorities add, "and the Pharisees," which may either be derived from Luke 5:30 or be an independent gloss due to the fact that the Pharisees were looked upon as the typical Jewish teachers.



For he taught them, as one having authority,.... This does not so much respect the subject matter of his ministry, the gravity, weight, and solidity of his doctrine; which, to be sure, was greatly different from that of the Scribes, which chiefly lay in proposing and handling things trivial, and of no moment; such as the rituals of the law, the traditions of the elders, or washing of the hands and cups, &c. nor merely the manner of his delivery, which was with great affection, ardour, and fervency of spirit, with much liberty and utterance of speech, and with wonderful perspicuity and majesty; in which also he differed from the Scribes, who taught in a cold and lifeless manner, without any spirit and power; but this chiefly regards the method he used in preaching, which was by delivering truths of himself in his own name, and by his own authority; often using those words, "but I say unto you": he spoke as a lawgiver, as one that had authority from heaven, and not from men;

and not as the Scribes, who used to say, when they delivered any thing to the people, "our Rabbins", or "our wise men say" so and so: such as were on the side of Hillell made use of his name; and those who were on the side of Shammai made use of his name; scarce ever would they venture to say anything of themselves, but said, the ancient doctors say thus and thus: almost innumerable instances might be given, out of the Talmud, in which one Rabbi speaks in the name of another; but our Lord spoke boldly, of himself, in his own name, and did not go about to support his doctrine by the testimony of the elders; but spake, as having received power and authority, as man, from his Father, "and not as the Scribes". Some copies add, and Pharisees; these generally going together; and so read the Vulgate Latin, the Syriac, the Persic versions, and the Hebrew edition of Matthew by Munster. 29. For he taught them as one having authority—The word "one," which our translators have here inserted, only weakens the statement.

and not as the scribes—The consciousness of divine authority, as Lawgiver, Expounder and Judge, so beamed through His teaching, that the scribes' teaching could not but appear drivelling in such a light. 7:21-29 Christ here shows that it will not be enough to own him for our Master, only in word and tongue. It is necessary to our happiness that we believe in Christ, that we repent of sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another. This is his will, even our sanctification. Let us take heed of resting in outward privileges and doings, lest we deceive ourselves, and perish eternally, as multitudes do, with a lie in our right hand. Let every one that names the name of Christ, depart from all sin. There are others, whose religion rests in bare hearing, and it goes no further; their heads are filled with empty notions. These two sorts of hearers are represented as two builders. This parable teaches us to hear and do the sayings of the Lord Jesus: some may seem hard to flesh and blood, but they must be done. Christ is laid for a foundation, and every thing besides Christ is sand. Some build their hopes upon worldly prosperity; others upon an outward profession of religion. Upon these they venture; but they are all sand, too weak to bear such a fabric as our hopes of heaven. There is a storm coming that will try every man's work. When God takes away the soul, where is the hope of the hypocrite? The house fell in the storm, when the builder had most need of it, and expected it would be a shelter to him. It fell when it was too late to build another. May the Lord make us wise builders for eternity. Then nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ Jesus. The multitudes were astonished at the wisdom and power of Christ's doctrine. And this sermon, ever so often read over, is always new. Every word proves its Author to be Divine. Let us be more and more decided and earnest, making some one or other of these blessednesses and Christian graces the main subject of our thoughts, even for weeks together. Let us not rest in general and confused desires after them, whereby we grasp at all, but catch nothing.
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