* they saw.
Matthew informs us that this tree grew by the way-side, and
was therefore not private, but public property; so that the
destruction of it really injured no one. Our Lord was pleased
to make use of this miracle to prefigure the speedy ruin of
the Jewish nation, on account of its unfruitfulness under
greater advantages than any other people enjoyed at that day;
and, like all the rest of his miracles, it was done with a
gracious intention, to alarm his countrymen, and induce them
* See on ver.
14 Job 18:16,17 20:5-7 Isa 5:4 40:24 Mt 13:6 15:13 21:19,20
Joh 15:6 Heb 6:8 Jude 1:12