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19人子来了,又吃又喝,人却说:‘你看,这人贪食好酒,与税吏和罪人为友。’但智慧借着它所作的,就证实是公义的了。”
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 ,

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

.