36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
36 Verse 36. Other servants] There is not a moment in which God
does not shower down his gifts upon men, and require the fruit of
them. Various instruments are used to bring sinners to God.
There are prophets, apostles, pastors, teachers: some with his
gift after this manner, and some after that. The true disciples
of Christ have been persecuted in all ages, and the greatest share
of the persecution has fallen upon the ministers of his religion;
for there have always been good and bad husbandmen, and the latter
have persecuted the former.
More than the first] Or, more honourable, so I think πλειονας
should be translated; for, as the fulness of the time approached,
each prophet more clearly and fully pointed out the coming of
Our translation, which says, more than the first, conveys no
meaning at all. πλειος is the meaning I have given it above, in
πλειοντηςτροφης, of MORE VALUE than food; and in
πλειουςκαιεντιμοτερους, persons higher in dignity and office.