21 And he said unto her, What wouldest thou? She said to him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one at thy right hand, and the other at thy left hand in thy kingdom.

22 And Jesus answered, and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to [a]drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the [b]baptism that I shall be baptized with? they said to him, We are able.

23 And he said unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and shall be baptized with the baptism, that I am baptized with, but to sit at my right hand, and at my left hand, is [c]not mine to give: but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

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  1. Matthew 20:22 This is spoken by a figure, taking the cup, for that which is contained in the cup. And again the Hebrews understand by this word, Cup, sometime the manner of punishment which is rendered to sin, as Ps. 11:6, or the joy that is given to the faithful, as Ps. 23:5, and sometime a lot or condition, as Ps. 16:5.
  2. Matthew 20:22 This is applied to afflictions, as David commonly useth.
  3. Matthew 20:23 The almightiness of Christ his divinity is not shut out by this, but it showeth the debasing of himself by taking man’s nature upon him.

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