29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
29 Verse 29. Having authority] They felt a commanding power and
authority in his word, i.e. his doctrine. His statements were
perspicuous; his exhortations persuasive; his doctrine sound and
rational; and his arguments irresistible. These they never felt
in the trifling teachings of their most celebrated doctors, who
consumed their own time, and that of their disciples and hearers,
with frivolous cases of conscience, ridiculous distinctions, and
puerile splittings of controversial hairs-questions not calculated
to minister grace to the hearers.
Several excellent MSS. and almost all the ancient versions read,
καιοιφαρισαιοι, and the Pharisees. He taught them as one having
authority, like the most eminent and distinguished teacher, and
not as the scribes and Pharisees, who had no part of that unction
which he in its plenitude possessed. Thus ends a sermon the most
strict, pure, holy, profound, and sublime, ever delivered to man;
and yet so amazingly simple is the whole that almost a child may
apprehend it! Lord! write all these thy sayings upon our hearts,
we beseech thee! Amen.