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Matthew 21:45

And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
They understood that he spoke of them. This parable, though immediately addressed to the Jews, contains an admirable instruction for Christians. For, what the Jews have suffered for their wickedness and ingratitude, has also been the fate of many Christian kingdoms, and the mournful lot of many once flourishing happy churches, whose candlesticks are removed, and light extinct. The same conduct God observes with regard to particular persons, in punishment of their repeatedly abusing his graces; he at last withdraws them, and leaves the culprit to himself, and to the miserable consequences of this merited privation of grace. ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
But they did not become so, but what do they after these things? When they had heard it, it is said, they perceived that He spoke of them. And when they sought to lay hands on Him, they were afraid because of the multitudes, for they took Him for a prophet. For they felt afterwards that they themselves were intimated. Sometimes indeed, when being seized, He withdraws through the midst of them, and is not seen; and sometimes while appearing to them He lays a check upon their laboring eagerness; at which indeed men marveled, and said, Is not this Jesus? Lo, He speaks boldly, and they say nothing unto Him. But in this instance, forasmuch as they were held in restraint by the fear of the multitude, He is satisfied with this, and does not work miracles, as before, withdrawing through the midst, and not appearing. For it was not His desire to do all things in a superhuman way, in order that the Dispensation might be believed. But they, neither by the multitude, nor by what had been said, ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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