Matthew 21:35

35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.

Read Matthew 21:35 Using Other Translations

And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.
But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.

What does Matthew 21:35 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 21:35

And the husbandmen took his servants
They seized and laid hold of them in a rude and violent manner: so far were they from treating these servants with respect, as they ought to have done; considering whose they were, from whom they came, and upon what account; and also so far from delivering to them the fruit due to their master, or excusing their inability to make a suitable return, as might be expected, they use them very roughly:

and beat one;
either with the fist, as Jeremiah was struck by Pashur, the son of Immer, the priest, one of these husbandmen, ( Jeremiah 20:1 Jeremiah 20:2 ) and as Micaiah was smitten on the cheek by Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, the false prophet, ( 2 Chronicles 18:23 ) or with a scourge, and may refer to the punishment of beating with forty stripes, save one, by which the skin was flayed off; as the word here signifies; for some of these servants had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, ( Hebrews 11:36 ) . And killed another; that is, with the sword. There were four kinds of death in the power of the sanhedrim, of which this is one, and what follows is another; and were these, stoning, burning, killing (i.e. beheading with the sword), and strangling: the manner of executing this punishment here expressed, was this:

``They cut off the person's head (Pyyob) , "with a sword", in the manner the government orders it. R. Judah says, this is indecent (i.e. to cut off his head standing, they do not do so), but they put his head upon a block, and cut it off with an axe; they reply to him, there is no death more abominable than this F24.''

So the prophets, in the time of Elijah, were killed with the sword, ( 1 Kings 19:14 ) see also ( Daniel 11:33 ) .

And stoned another;
as they did Zechariah, ( 2 Chronicles 24:21 ) and doubtless many others; since Jerusalem had the character of killing the prophets, and stoning them that were sent unto her, ( Matthew 23:37 ) these seemed such that were stoned, but not killed; but as Mark says, were wounded in the head with the stones thrown at them, and shamefully handled, and sadly abused.


FOOTNOTES:

F24 Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 7. sect. 1, 3.
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