And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)The thorns sprang up with it.—Here again there is a distinctive feature. What made the thorns so fatal to the good seed was that they “grew with its growth, and strengthened with its strength,” and finally overpowered it.Matthew 13:1-23.
(See on Mr 4:3-9, Mr 4:14-20.)See Poole on "Luke 8:4"
and the thorns sprang up with it; and grew faster than that:
and choked it; as the above things do the word, and make it useless and unprofitable; so that though it took place for a while, and was professed, yet process of time was neglected and dropped; and, as Mark says, "it yielded no fruit"; at least that came to perfection.And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 8:7. ἐν μέσῳ τ. ἀ.: Mt. has ἐπὶ, Mk. εἰς. Lk.’s expression suggests that the thorns are already above ground.7. thorns] In rich soils and hot valleys like Gennesareth the growth of weeds and thorns is as rapid and luxuriant as that of good seed. In summer and autumn there are parts of the plain which are quite impervious from the forest of gigantic thistles which covers them—“so tall and so dense that no horse can break through” (Porter, Palestine, II. 403). It was natural that this circumstance should suggest several of Christ’s illustrations.Verse 7. - And some fell among thorns. "Every one who has been in Palestine must have been struck with the number of thorny shrubs and plants that abound there. The traveller finds them in his path, go where he may. Many of them are small, but some grow as high as a man's head. The rabbinical writers say that there are no less than twenty-two words in the Hebrew Bible denoting thorny and prickly plants" (Professor Hacker).
In the midst. Stronger than the simple ἐν, in, as giving more prominence to the danger.
Sprung up with it (συμφυεῖσαι)
Only here in New Testament. See on Luke 8:6, and Matthew 13:7. The technical word among physicians for closing of wounds or ulcers, and the uniting of nerves or bones. Dioscorides uses it, as here, of plants growing in the same place: "The hellebore grows together with the vines."
Lit., choked off. Matthew has the simple ἔπνιξαν, choked; and Mark συνέπνιξαν; the σύν, together, emphasizing the idea of compression. Luke is very fond of compounds and sonorous words. See on Luke 23:51.
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