New Defender's Study Bible Notes
12:42 two mites. When Jesus sat to watch those who gave to the treasury, it was the last act of His public ministry. The record of the widow’s mites, with His commendation, has indeed borne great fruit through the centuries, so that she really did give more than all the rest (Mark 12:43). Jesus here enunciates the great truth that God measures a gift not by its amount but by its motive and the amount left ungiven.
12:42 farthing. See note on Matthew 5:26.