6And blessed is he, who soever shall not be offended in me.
6 Verse 6. Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me.]
Or, Happy is he who will not be stumbled at me; for the word
σκανδαλιζεσθαι, in its root, signifies to hit against or stumble
over a thing, which one may meet with in the way. The Jews, as
was before remarked, expected a temporal deliverer. Many might he
tempted to reject Christ, because of his mean appearance, &c., and
so lose the benefit of salvation through him. To instruct and
caution such, our blessed Lord spoke these words. By his poverty
and meanness he condemns the pride and pomp of this world. He
who will not humble himself, and become base, and poor, and
vile in his own eyes, cannot enter into the kingdom of God. It is
the poor, in general, who hear the Gospel; the rich and the great
are either too busy, or too much gratified with temporal things,
to pay any attention to the voice of God.