Exegetical and Hermeneutical Commentary of Matthew 13:26 – Bible Commentary

Exegetical and Hermeneutical Commentary of Matthew 13:26

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Verse 26. When the blade was sprung up – then appeared the tares also.] Satan has a shoot of iniquity for every shoot of grace; and, when God revives his work, Satan revives his also. No marvel, therefore, if we find scandals arising suddenly to discredit a work of grace, where God has begun to pour out his Spirit.

Fuente: Adam Clarke’s Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

26. But when the blade was sprungup, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares alsothegrowth in both cases running parallel, as antagonistic principles areseen to do.

Fuente: Jamieson, Fausset and Brown’s Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

But when the blade was sprung up,…. That is, the blade of the wheat; which designs the taking up, a profession of religion on principles of grace, called a profession of faith; and when right, it springs up from, and proceeds upon a work begun in the heart: and such a profession ought to be made by all that are partakers of the grace of God; and ought to be made both verbally, by a confession of the mouth, and a declaration of the work of God upon the heart, and by deeds, by submitting to the ordinances of the Gospel; and should be sincere, and from the heart, and be visible to men, and be held fast unto the end without wavering.

And brought forth fruit; which intends not the conversion of sinners, nor the performance of duties, nor the perfection of grace, but the first appearances of grace under a profession, such as sorrow for sin, after a godly sort, fear and reverence of God, great humility, much self-denial, ardent love to Christ, pantings and breathings after him, and communion with him, strong affection for the people of God, some exercise of faith on Christ, zeal for his cause and interest, and a concern to honour and glorify God.

Then appeared the tares also. They were not discernible for some time when they were first sown; they looked like good seed when they first appeared among the people of God; they seemed to have the truth of grace, as others had; their blade of profession, when it sprung up, looked like that of true wheat; but were now discernible both by their unfruitfulness in their lives and conversations, and by their bad principles, which they now endeavoured to spread, to the hurt of the churches where they were: they always appeared to be what they were to God the searcher of hearts; but now, through the zeal of true converts, to which these opposed themselves, and the fruitfulness of their lives, from which they were so very different, they became manifest to ministers and churches.

Fuente: John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then appeared also ( ). The darnel became plain (, second aorist passive, effective aorist of to show) by harvest.

Fuente: Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament

1) “But when the blade was sprung up,” (hote de eblastesen ho chortos) “Then when the grass blade sprouted forth,” or came up, began visibly to grow.

2) “And brought forth fruit,” (kai karpon epoiesen) “And produced fruit,” of the tare seed kind, as well as of the wheat, in a mixed grain field, good and bad, Mat 7:17; Mat 7:20.

3) “Then appeared the tares also.” (tote ephane kai ta zizania) “Right then also the tares were manifest,” revealed what the enemy had sown. Until this time, only the enemy knew that bad seed also had been over sown with the wheat. Satan could not destroy the good seed “children of the kingdom,” so he designed to compromise or pollute them, with tares planted among them, Gal 5:25; Rom 12:1-2.

Fuente: Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

‘But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares (darnel) also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then has it tares (darnel)?” ’

For quite some time wheat and darnel grew together with no differentiation made between them, but when the wheat began to come into ear the difference became clear, so that the servants working in the field inevitably noticed it. This puzzled them. These were no ordinary weeds. So where had they come from? Who had sown them? They reported it back to the householder.

Note how this time little attention is paid to the period of growth. This is in direct contrast with the parable of the sower. Thus it serves to emphasise how important the period of growth was in that parable.

Fuente: Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

The result of the scheme:

v. 26. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

v. 27. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence, then, hath it tares?

v. 28. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou, then, that we go and gather them up?

v. 29. But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

v. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.

The enemy’s plan certainly proceeded from devilish ingenuity. For not until the field began to mature and form’ spikes did the spiteful trick become evident, since the false wheat branches out with ears on each twig. The surprise of the farm-laborers is due to the extent of the area infested with the weeds: surely not due to bad seed nor a case of volunteer growth. The householder knew the reason, some hostile man being the only one that could carry out such a thorough plan to work him harm. Moreover, he is opposed to the plan suggested by the workmen that they go out and pull up all the false wheat. The roots of the tares being intertwined with those of the wheat, the danger was that both would be uprooted together. His plan is rather to wait until the wheat is ripe, when the present objection no longer holds good. The reapers could easily make the proper selection, after which the tares could be tied into bundles to be burned, while the wheat could be brought into the granary. Aside from the Lord’s explanation below, there is a lesson in these words of the householder which should be carefully noted. “According to this example thou canst now also get the proper idea of the manner in which we should proceed against the tares, which are called false doctrine, or the heresies and false Christians of whom this Gospel speaks. For in the Church it happens just the same way: We cannot avoid having evil men in our midst, such as heretics and sectarians, for if one be rooted up, the evil spirit will awaken others. How then shall I proceed? I must eliminate and yet not destroy them. How so? Why, do as the grain does here, let them grow a while. Only be sure to remain lord in thy dominion. Thou preacher, pastor, and hearer, hinder and prevent them, the heretics and rebellious teachers, from ruling and reigning. Let them indeed grumble in the corner, but do not, so far as in thee lies, permit them to come into the pulpit and to the altar. In no other way can one restrain them; for if I should want to eradicate one with force, two would grow in his stead. Therefore thou must act against them in this way, by restraining them through the Word and faith; and let no one take thy pure faith, confession, and Christian life; admonish and upbraid them as much as thou canst; if that has no results, excommunicate them publicly, that every one may regard and shun them as dangerous weeds.”

Fuente: The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Mat 13:26 ff. It was only when they were in the ear that it was possible to distinguish between the wheat and the tares, which when in the blade resembled it so much.

] deliberative; shall we gather together?

] ye take out by the root . The roots of tares and wheat are intertwined with each other.

] along with them . , which is in the first instance to be regarded as an adverb (hence , 1Th 4:17 ; 1Th 5:10 ), is also used as a preposition by classical writers (which Klotz, ad Devar . p. 97 f., denies, though without reason), and that not merely in reference to time (Mat 20:1 ), but on other occasions, such as the present for example. Herod. vi. 138; Soph. Phil . 971, 1015; Polyb. iv. 2. 11, x. 18. 1; comp. Wis 18:11 ; 2Ma 11:7 .

Fuente: Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer’s New Testament Commentary

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Ver. 26. Then appeared the tares also ] Hypocrites are sure sooner or later to be detected. All will out at length. Sacco solute apparuit argentum. When God turns the bottom of the bag upwards, their secret sins will appear; “They shall find themselves in all evil, in the midst of the congregation and assembly,” Pro 5:14 . They that turn aside unto their crooked ways, shall be led forth with the workers of iniquity, Psa 125:5 .

Fuente: John Trapp’s Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mat 13:26 . : not distinguishable in the blade, not till it reached the ear, then easily so by the form, the ear branching out with grains on each twig (Koetsveld, De Gelijk. , p. 25).

Fuente: The Expositors Greek Testament by Robertson

appeared. Greek. phaino. App-106.

Fuente: Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mat 13:26. , then) Where the good grows, there the evil becomes at length more apparent.

Fuente: Gnomon of the New Testament

Mar 4:26-29

Reciprocal: Mat 13:47 – and gathered Mar 4:3 – there Mar 4:28 – blade

Fuente: The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


There was enough difference as the growing proceeded that some informed servants recognized the presence of the tares and were puzzled about it.

Fuente: Combined Bible Commentary

Mat 13:26. Then appeared the tares also. After a time, and at a time of promise in the wheat the evil result of the malicious sowing is apparent.

Fuente: A Popular Commentary on the New Testament