The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his
people, and the princes thereof
Both civil and ecclesiastical; the princes, chief priests, and elders of the people, who set themselves and took counsel together against the Lord and his Christ; would not suffer the people to be gathered to him; sought his life, and at last took it away. For ye have eaten up the vineyard,
or burnt it F16; the house of Israel, and of Judah compared to a vineyard, in a following chapter; and so the Targum, ``ye have oppressed my people;'' these are the husbandmen our Lord speaks of, that beat the servants that were sent for the fruits of the vineyard, and at last killed the heir, ( Matthew 21:34-41 ) . The spoil of the poor [is] in your houses;
the Pharisees devoured widows' houses, and filled their own, with the spoil of them, ( Matthew 23:14 ) .