The Pharisees regroup (Mt 22:34-22:34)

“When the Pharisees

Heard

That Jesus had silenced

The Sadducees,

They gathered together.”

 

Οἱ δὲ Φαρισαῖοι ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ἐφίμωσεν τοὺς Σαδδουκαίους, συνήχθησαν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό,

 

This comment is unique to Matthew, who did not like the Pharisees.  Thus, when the Pharisees heard (Οἱ δὲ Φαρισαῖοι ἀκούσαντες) that Jesus had silenced or muzzled the Sadducees (ὅτι ἐφίμωσεν τοὺς Σαδδουκαίους), they gathered together to plan their next step against Jesus (συνήχθησαν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό).

Praise Yahweh (Ps 115:16-115:18)

“The heavens are Yahweh’s heavens.

The earth he has given to human beings.

The dead do not praise Yahweh.

Those that go down into silence

Do not praise Yahweh.

We will bless Yahweh

From this time on and forevermore.

Praise Yahweh!”

This psalm ends with a rousing praise to Yahweh or an Alleluia, the Hebrew “Hallelujah.” In a sharp distinction this psalmist says that the heavens belong to Yahweh, but he has given earth to the humans. The dead and those who are silenced in Sheol cannot praise Yahweh. The living on earth will bless and praise Yahweh from this time on and forever.