MT13:45 “Again the Realm of Heaven may be compared to a traveling merchant seeking excellent pearls. MT13:46 Upon discovering a very valuable pearl he leaves to sell everything he possesses and bought the pearl.
 May be compared to: As if two witnesses were necessary to teach the Nazarene’s point of self-sacrifice to obtain royal promises and privileges. There is something about the Christian Church which is worth leaving all behind to obtain.
 Traveling merchant: The Greek is EMPORO from which the English gets “emporium.”
 Seeking excellent pearls: The literal Greek is fine or good pearls. The English “pearl” is from the Greek MARGARITAS from which comes the name Margaret. Or, KJV: seeking goodly pearls; RHM: beautiful pearls; TCNT: choice pearls; KNX: rare pearls.
 A very valuable pearl: Or, KJV: pearl of great price; BER: exceptional value. The word “pearl” occurs 11 times in the Bible but note particularly Revelation 21:21.
 Sell everything he possesses: See the notes on Matthew 13:44. Or, BAS: gave all that he had in exchange for it.
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