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13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
13 Verse 13. Enter ye in at the strait gate] Our Saviour seems to

allude here to the distinction between the public and private ways

mentioned by the Jewish lawyers. The public roads were allowed to

be sixteen cubits broad, the private ways only four. The words in

the original are very emphatic: Enter in (to the kingdom of

heaven) through THIS strait gate, διατηςστενηςπυλης, i.e. of

doing to every one as you would he should do unto you; for this

alone seems to be the strait gate which our Lord alludes to.



For wide is the gate] And very broad, ευρυχωρος, from

ευρυς, broad, and χωρος, a place, a spacious roomy place,

that leadeth forward, απαγουσα, into THAT destruction, ειςτην

απωλειαν, meaning eternal misery; intimating, that it is much more

congenial, to the revengeful, covetous heart of fallen man, to

take every advantage of another, and to enrich himself at his

expense, rather than to walk according to the rule laid down

before, by our blessed Lord, and that acting contrary to it is the

way to everlasting misery. With those who say it means

repentance, and forsaking sin, I can have no controversy. That is

certainly a gate, and a strait one too, through which every sinner

must turn to God, in order to find salvation. But the doing to

every one as we would they should do unto us, is a gate extremely

strait, and very difficult, to every unregenerate mind.

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