Dr. Thomson (vol. How sad then if they cease to do His will and become foolish. Without, outside. But how, it may be asked, are Christians to do this office for their fellow-men, if their righteousness only exasperate them, and recoil, in every form of persecution, upon themselves? The parable finds its interpretation in Hebrews 6:1-6. This is what he taught them: Read verse in The Complete Jewish Bible The teaching of Jesus contains many illustrations drawn from nature and the customs of mankind. [Note: Carson, " Matthew," p138. Trodden under foot of men — The symbol of utter perdition. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? In the same way the disciples, behaving in the way described in Matthew 5:3-9, will slow down the corruption in the world, and make the world itself a better place by the effects of their example and their teaching, slowing down the spread of corruption, making the world a more tasty place by transforming many of those who are within it, and having a continuing purifying effect. Surely the Antinomian dogma that assures the Christian that God secures him from losing divine grace, cannot stand before this warning passage. 19:21 Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Matthew 5:13. Compare Mark 9:50. (375) The amount of his statement is, that it is an incurable disease, when the ministers and teachers of the word corrupt and render themselves tasteless: for they ought to season the rest of the world with their salt. In Scripture, mankind, under the unrestrained workings of their own evil nature, are represented as entirely corrupt. But this is probably becoming too sophisticated. Salt have lost its savour — If the living body to which this gracious saltness inheres doth lose that quality, whereby shall the quality be restored? 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. And this strong answer shows, too, that in the case supposed, the saltness is not almost, but completely gone. & Physically: hospitals & schools, generosity]. In, on, among. Now this solid salt is intended to salt the world with; but, alas I who shall salt the salt? The apostles, and in their degree all Christians, are the substance and body of that salt. To be trodden under foot of men.âThe Talmud shows (Schottgen in loc.) But we are inclined to think (with Schoettgen) that the allusion is to the bituminous salt from Lake Asphaltites, which was strewn over the sacrifices at the temple in order, by its fragrant odour, to neutralize the smell of the burning flesh, and which, when spoiled by exposure to sun and atmosphere, was cast out upon the walks to prevent the feet from slipping. 24:1 5:37 Or "from evil" 5:38 Exodus 21:24; Lev. Wherewith shall it be salted? If the living body to which this gracious. Is not this the … Matthew Chapter 5 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. They do not, at the same time, consider the sharp and severe reproof which is added, that, if they become tasteless, they are the worst of all. To be trodden under foot of men.--The Talmud shows (Schottgen in loc.) 5:22 Some manuscripts "brother or sister without cause" 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt 5:27 Exodus 20:14 5:31 Deut. Indeed, Matthew 5:12 seems to show that the benedictions were addressed to them. But, What is to be the issue of that Christianity which is found wanting in those elements which can alone stay the corruption and season the tastelessness of an all-pervading carnality? Note the ‘YOU are’ (the ‘you’ is emphatic). Matthew 13:6 But when the sun rose, the seedlings were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. From moros; to become insipid; figuratively, to make as a simpleton. if the disciples of Christ cease to be an influence for good--cease to practice the principles taught by their Master, they will finally be rejected and trodden upon by the Judge. And whoever says to his brother, # (James 2:20; 3:6) ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for … …, Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, …. The question is more curious than important, and does not affect the ideal case represented in our Lordâs words. Paul made oaths: Romans 1:9, 2 Corinthians 1:23, Galatians 1:20, 2 Thessalonians 2:5. ii. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Salt does lose its saltness by chemical decomposition. The actual salt, being more soluble than the impurities, could be leached out, leaving a residue so dilute it was of little worth." Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. But we are inclined to think (with Schoettgen) that the allusion is to the bituminous salt from Lake Asphaltites, which was strewn over the sacrifices at the temple in order, by its fragrant odour, to neutralize the smell of the burning flesh, and which, when spoiled by exposure to sun and atmosphere, was cast out upon the walks to prevent the feet from slipping. There it hardens the soil and so prevents leaks. Slide7 So Jesus speaks this truth forth from, Even today, Israeli companies generate around, Salt/light are commodities that we take for granted, but in bible x’s they were, In the US, during the Civil War, Northern Armies, Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 5:17 ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that # (1 John 3:15) whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. The, the definite article. Maundrell, the Eastern traveller (circ. It has. Mark 9:49,50 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt…, Luke 14:34,35 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? But if the salt have lost its savour — Or, be grown insipid, and therefore want seasoning itself, wherewith shall it be salted — By what means can its lost virtue be restored? Matthew 5:13 is the thirteenth verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. App-6. however, been pointed out that such salts were used in strengthening the flat roofs of houses, with the result that people would then trample it under foot. Then it will be useless. Alphabetical: again and anything are be become But by can earth except foot for good has how if is it its longer loses made men no of out salt saltiness salty tasteless the thrown to trampled under You. Matthew 5:13. Matthew 8:12; Matthew 22:13; John 6:37; John 9:34). It could also be used as a cleansing agent (Exodus 30:35; 2 Kings 2:19-22; Ezekiel 16:4). The character and principles of Christians, brought into close contact with it, are designed to arrest the festering corruption of humanity and season its insipidity. Meanwhile - our responsibility is to exert all the power we can to, I love salt on my steak, when I put it down, I don’t say, The world is a better place because of the presence of Christians, whether the world admits it or not. 20:13; Deut. salt. A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases. Matthew Saint Jerome, Bible Foundation and On-Line Book Initiative, Ed. Thus, before the flood (Genesis 6:11-12); after the flood (Genesis 8:21); in the days of David (Psalms 14:2-3); in the days of Isaiah (Isaiah 1:5-6); and in the days of Paul (Ephesians 2:1-3; see also Job 14:4; Job 15:15-16; John 3:6; compared with Romans 8:8; Titus 3:2-3). We are dealing with God’s ability to restore. The first it is a pronoun for the earth which cannot be salted if it (the salt) has lost strength. No man will allow it to be thrown on to his field, and the only place for it is in the street, and there it is cast, to be trodden under foot of men.”, But to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.”. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. Wherewith shall it be salted?âThe words imply a relative if not an absolute impossibility. This question the Saviour answers by pronouncing it unanswerable. it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot, it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out. b, expressing a real contingency; for, if the salt is stored on the bare earth, or is exposed to the air or sun, it does lose its savour and is fit for no place but the streets (see Thomson"s The Land and the Book, Lond., 1869, p. 381). But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? (Haydock). Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural. The first thought is the prominent one. ‘You are the salt of the earth.’ While these salts were sometimes used as fertiliser they were not very effective as such, and that idea is probably not intended here. But, at the same time, let those whose business is to salt it beware lest they encourage the world in their own folly, (376) and still more, that they do not infect it with a depraved and vicious taste. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew Rainbow Missions, Inc., Rainbow Missions, Inc.; revision of the American Standard Version of 1901, Ed. You are like salt. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Jesus implied by this metaphor that His disciples could positively affect the world (Gr. From kata and pateo; to trample down; figuratively, to reject with disdain. (Calmet) --- I send you, says Jesus Christ, not to two, ten, or twenty cities, not to one single nation, as the prophets were sent, but to the whole world, a world oppressed with numberless iniquities. shall ever, The Christian is the solid salt, and the grace of God is his. 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 9.1", "denarius") All Search Options [view abbreviations] Home Collections/Texts Perseus Catalog Research Grants Open Source About Help. But if the salt have lost his savour, &c. Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? Matthew 5:13. Some think there is here an allusion to the fact that the salt in that country was mixed with earthy substances, which remained after it had lost its saltness, and were thrown like gravel upon the walks, and trodden down. His disciples came … And to be trodden under foot of men - expressive of contempt and scorn. After having reminded them to what they are called, he pronounces against them a heavy and dreadful judgment, if they do not fulfill their duty. ye. Od. If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men. "are thenceforth fit only to be cast out and trodden by men. Christ declares what sort of men he wishes the teachers of his Church to be. The parable finds its interpretation in Hebrews 6:1-6. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. Matthew 5:14). The fact the world is Decaying should not encourage the Christian to isolate & insulate himself, nor to stand on the sidelines & wait for the great collapse. Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. seems to show that the benedictions were addressed to them. What follows is the appalling answer to this question. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. So with Christians. I am, exist. Mark 4:16 If the saltiness had been lost, it had no value. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Matthew is recording Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. This may explain the use above of the Greek verb ‘become foolish’ which probably translates the Aramaic ‘tapel’. The picture was such a useful one that He must literally have used it scores of times in different ways. But if salt loses its taste. The influence here spoken of depends not upon external organizations, but upon the power of Christ in the individual believers. âIf other men are tasteless in the sight of God, to you shall be given the salt which imparts a relish to them: but if you have lost your taste, where shall you obtain the remedy which you ought to supply to others?â. Our Lord’s allusion to salt that has lost its savour is not without a foundation in natural fact. that the salt which had become unfit for sacrificial use in the store-house was sprinkled in wet weather upon the slopes and steps of the temple to prevent the feet of the priests from slipping, and we may accordingly see in our Lord's words a possible reference to this practice. Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular, Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular. The restoration or non-restoration of grace, or true living Christianity, to those who have lost it, has, in our judgment, nothing at all to do here. The question is not, If a man lose his grace, how shall that grace be restored to him? Yet the multitudes, as listeners, were entitled to appropriate their share. Common salt, as is well known, will melt if exposed to moisture, but does not lose its saltness. Indeed. hymeis) in the emphatic position in the Greek text, Jesus was stressing the unique calling of His disciples (cf. The unfortunate impression given by some scholars, in their eagerness to discern what Jesus might actually have said, which results in their trying to find a core in a number of sayings, is that Jesus simply went around making inane comments, and all the interesting expansions came from the later interpreters, who were all moral geniuses. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. The earth, the living world of men, is like a piece of meat, which would putrify, but that the grace and Gospel of God, like salt, arrests the decay, and purifies and preserves it. When Christ calls the apostles the salt of the earth, he means, that it is their office to salt the earth: because men have nothing in them but what is tasteless, till they have been seasoned with the salt of heavenly doctrine. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Salt was also used by the Rabbis as a symbol of wisdom (see Colossians 4:6). What belongs to doctrine is applied to the persons to whom the administration of it has been committed. Those who, without any proper grounds, give themselves out to be apostles, (378) hide by this covering all the abominations which they are pleased to introduce; because Christ pronounced Peter, and his companions, to be the salt of the earth. Not a little of it is so impure that it cannot be used at all and such salt soon effloresces and turns to dust, not to fruitful soil, however. It is not the mere want of a certain character, but the want of it in those whose profession and appearance were fitted to beget expectation of finding it. 5:3 `` Blessed [ are ] the poor in spirit: for they shall be.... The manner in which it is a pronoun for the satisfying taste of by. 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