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23那时,如果有人对你们说:‘看哪,基督在这里!’或说:‘他在那里!’你们不要信,
23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
23 Verse 23. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo here is

Christ] Our Lord had cautioned his disciples against false

Christs and prophets before, Mt 24:11; but he seems here to

intimate that there would be especial need to attend to this

caution about the time of the siege. And in fact many such

impostors did arise about that time, promising deliverance from

God; and the lower the Jews were reduced, the more disposed they

were to listen to such deceivers. Like a man drowning, they were

willing to catch even at a straw, while there was any prospect of

being saved. But as it was to little purpose for a man to take

upon him the character of the Christ, without miracles to avouch

his Divine mission, so it was the common artifice of these

impostors to show signs and wonders, σημειακαιτερατα; the very

words used by Christ in this prophecy, and by Josephus in his

history: ANT. b. xx. c. 7. Among these Simon Magus, and

Dositheus, mentioned before; and Barcocab, who, St. Jerome says,

pretended to vomit flames. And it is certain these and some

others were so dexterous in imitating miraculous works that they

deceived many; and such were their works, that if the elect, the

chosen persons, the Christians, had not had the fullest evidence

of the truth of Christ's mission and miracles, they must have been

deceived too: but, having had these proofs, they could not

possibly be deceived by these impostors. This is simply the

meaning of this place; and it is truly astonishing that it should

be brought as a proof for the doctrine (whether true or false is

at present out of the question) of the necessary and eternal

perseverance of the saints! How abundant the Jews were in magic,

divination, sorcery, incantation, &c., see proved by Dr. Lightfoot

on this place.