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28 [a]When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 [b](A)for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

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  1. 7:28–29 When Jesus finished these words: this or a similar formula is used by Matthew to conclude each of the five great discourses of Jesus (cf. Mt 11:1; 13:53; 19:1; 26:1).
  2. 7:29 Not as their scribes: scribal instruction was a faithful handing down of the traditions of earlier teachers; Jesus’ teaching is based on his own authority. Their scribes: for the implications of their, see note on Mt 4:23.

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things,(A) the crowds were amazed at his teaching,(B) 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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