31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
31 Verse 31. The publicans and the harlots] In all their former
conduct they had said NO. Now they yield to the voice of truth
when they hear it, and enter into the kingdom, embracing the
salvation brought to them in the Gospel. The others, who had been
always professing the most ready and willing obedience, and who
pretended to be waiting for the kingdom of God, did not receive it
when it came, but rather chose, while making the best professions,
to continue members of the synagogue of Satan.