19The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
19 Verse 19. The Son of man came eating and drinking] That is,
went wheresoever he was invited to eat a morsel of bread, and
observed no rigid fasts: how could he, who had no corrupt
appetites to mortify or subdue?
They say, Behold a man gluttonous, &c.] Whatever measures the
followers of God may take, they will not escape the censure of the
world: the best way is not to be concerned at them. Iniquity,
being always ready to oppose and contradict the Divine conduct,
often contradicts and exposes itself.
But wisdom is justified of her children.] Those who follow the
dictates of true wisdom ever justify, point out as excellent, the
holy maxims by which they are guided, for they find the way
pleasantness, and the path, peace. Of, here, and in many places
of our translation, ought to be written by in modern English.
Some suppose that our blessed Lord applies the epithet of η
σοφια, that Wisdom to himself; as he does that of Son of man, in
the first clause of the verse: and that this refers to the sublime
description given of wisdom in Prov. 8. Others have supposed that
by the children or sons (τεκνων) of wisdom our Lord means
John Baptist and himself, who came to preach the doctrines of true
wisdom to the people, and who were known to be teachers come from
God by all those who seriously attended to their ministry: they
recommending themselves, by the purity of their doctrines, and the
holiness of their lives, to every man's conscience in the sight of
God. It is likely, however, that by children our Lord simply
means the fruits or effects of wisdom, according to the Hebrew
idiom, which denominates the fruits or effects of a thing, its
children. So in Job 5:7,
sparks emitted by coals are termed beney resheph, the
children of the coal. It was probably this well known meaning of
the word, which led the Codex Vaticanus, one of the most ancient
MSS. in the world, together with the Syriac, Persic, Coptic, and
Ethiopic, to read εργων, works, instead of τεκνων, sons
or children. Wisdom is vindicated by her works, i.e. the good
effects prove that the cause is excellent.
The children of true wisdom can justify all God's ways in their
salvation; as they know that all the dispensations of Providence
work together for the good of those who love and fear God. See on