Matthew 5:2 NASB
He opened His mouth
and began to teach them
This is a Hebrew way of speaking, when one begins to say premeditatedly with earnestness and boldness to teach others. (See Job 33:2; Acts 8:35)
And he opened his mouth.
Frequent in the Old Testament; e.g. Job 3:1. A Hebraism, indicating that the words spoken are not the utterance of chance, but of set will and purpose.
In the Gospels (in this sense) only Matthew 13:35 (from Psalm 78:2, LXX.); also in Acts 8:35 (Philip); 10:34 (Peter); 18:14 (Paul); Revelation 13:6 (the beast); and Ephesians 6:19, perhaps of courage in the utterance of the Divine message.
And taught them.
That which follows is represented, not as a proclamation, but as teaching, given to those who in some measure desired to follow and serve him.
The discourse was therefore spoken, not simply to the multitudes, a chance audience, but with primary and special reference to those who had already made some advance in relation to him.
The multitudes, however, were standing by, and were amazed at the unique character of his teaching (cf. Matthew 7:28, 29; cf. also Luke 6:20 with Luke 7:1).
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