18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.
18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry.
18 Early the next morning Jesus was returning to the city. He was hungry.
18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry.
18 In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 21:18
Commentary on Matthew 21:18-22
(Read Matthew 21:18-22)
This cursing of the barren fig-tree represents the state of hypocrites in general, and so teaches us that Christ looks for the power of religion in those who profess it, and the savour of it from those that have the show of it. His just expectations from flourishing professors are often disappointed; he comes to many, seeking fruit, and finds leaves only. A false profession commonly withers in this world, and it is the effect of Christ's curse. The fig-tree that had no fruit, soon lost its leaves. This represents the state of the nation and people of the Jews in particular. Our Lord Jesus found among them nothing but leaves. And after they rejected Christ, blindness and hardness grew upon them, till they were undone, and their place and nation rooted up. The Lord was righteous in it. Let us greatly fear the doom denounced on the barren fig-tree.