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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Mark 1



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Verse 1

The beginning of the gospel. A Hebraism. No Article. Compare Hosea 1:2, "[The] beginning of the word of Jehovah by Hosea". It is the beginning, not of the book, but of the facts of the good news. See note on Mark 8:11.

gospel = glad tidings. See note on Matthew (Title).

Jesus Christ. See App-98.

the Son of God. See App-98.

Verse 2

As. T Tr. WH R read "According as".

it is written = it has been written; i.e. it standeth written,

in. Greek. en. App-104.

prophets. Plural because it is a composite quotation Malachi 3:1. Isaiah 40:3. See App-107.

messenger = angelos. before Thy face. A pure Hebraism (compare Amos 9:4, &c.) Unknown to pure Greek.

before. Greek. pro. App-104.

which = who.

before Thee. Omitted by L T Tr. WH R

Verse 3

the LORD. App-98. A. a.

Verse 4

John. Compare Matthew 3:1-6. Luke 3:1-4,

did baptize = it came to pass John [was] baptizing.

baptize. See App-115.

preach = was proclaiming, or heralding. App-121.

of. Genitive of Relation and Object. App-17.

repentance. See App-111.

for = resulting in. Greek. eis. App-104.

Sins. See App-128.

Verse 5

went out = kept going out. Imperf. Tense. unto. Greek. pros. App-104.

all. Put by Figure of speech Synecdoche (of the Whole), App-6, for all parts.

the land = country, or territory. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject), App-6, for the inhabitants.

of = by. Greek. hupo. App-104.

the river of Jordan. Occ, only in Mark.

confessing. See Matthew 3:6.

their = their own.

Verse 6

camel"s hair. Not a skin, but a garment woven with camel"s hair. Compare 2 Kings 1:8.

about. Greek. peri. App-104.

locusts. See note on Matthew 3:4.

wild honey. Plentiful then, and now.

Verse 7

There cometh One = He Who eometh [is].

after = behind; as to time. Not the same as in Mark 1:14.

latchet = thong.

shoes = sandals, To unloose the sandals of another was a proverbial expression. Figure of speech Paranoia (App-6). Supplemental to "bear" in Matthew 3:11.

not. Greek. ou. App-105.

worthy = fit.

stoop down. A Divine supplement. Occurs only here.

Verse 8

with. Greek. en, as in Mark 1:2.

the Holy Ghost. Greek. pneuma

hagion (without Articles) = "power from on high". See App-101.

Verse 9

it Came to pass. A pure Hebraism.

Jesus. App-98.

from. Greek apo. App-104. Not the same as in Mark 1:11.

Nazareth. See App-94., and App-169.

in = into. Greek. eis. App-104. Not the same as in verses: Mark 1:2, Mark 1:3, Mark 1:4, Mark 2:0, Mark 2:11, Mark 2:13, Mark 2:19, Mark 2:20, Mark 2:23, Mark 2:39, Mark 2:45

Verse 10

straightway = immediately. See note on Mark 1:12.

out of = away from. Greek. apo, App-104. But all the texts read ek = out of (App-104.)

heavens. Plural. See note on Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:10

opened = parting or rending asunder.

the Spirit. Greek pneuma. With Art. See App-101.

like = as.

upon. Greek. epi, App-104.

Verse 11

from = out of. Greek. ek. App-104.

My beloved Son = My Son, the beloved. As in Matthew and Luke.

I am well pleased = I have [ever] found delight.

Verse 12

immediately. A word characteristic of this Gos pel, setting forth no it does the activities of "Jehovah"s Servant". The Greek words which it represents (in this and other renderings of eutheus and euthus) are used (in Mark) twenty-six times directly of the Lord and His acts; while in Matthew they occur only five times, in Luke once, and in John twice.

driveth Him = driveth Him out. Divine supplemental information as to the character of the leading of Matthew and Luke.

into. Greek eis. App-104. Not the same word as in Mark 1:16.

Verse 13

tempted = being tempted. with the wild beasts. A Divine supplementary particular. Occurs only here.

with. Greek. meta. App-104.

the angels, &c. See note on Matthew 4:11, and App-116.

ministered = were ministering.

Verse 14

after. Greek. meta. App-104. This commences the first subject of the Lord"s ministry, which occupies in Mark only six verses. See App-119.

put in prison = was dellivered up.

Galilee. App-169.

the kingdom of God. See App-114.

Verse 15

time = season.

is at hand = has drawn near (for the setting up of the kingdom). Compare Galatians 1:4, Galatians 1:4,

repent. See App-111.

and believe the gospel. A Divine supplement to Matthew 4:17.

believe. See App-150. Here followed by the Greek Preposition en. App-104.

the = in the.

Verse 16

walked = was walking.

by = beside Greek. para. App-104.

Simon and Andrew. See App-141.

casting a net. The word "net "is included and implied in the Verb. All the texts omit the Noun.

into = in. Greek. en, as in Mark 1:2.

Verse 17

Come. This call explains Acts 1:21, Acts 1:22. The official mission comes liter, in Mark 3:17, &c.

to become fishers of men. The likeness is not conveyed by the Figure of speech Simile, or stated by Metaphor, but is implied by the Figure of speech Hypocatastasis. See App-6.

Verse 19

a little farther. A Divine supplement, here.

thence. Omitted by [L] T Tr. A WH R.

James . . . John. See App-141.

Zebedee. Aramaic. App-94.

mending. See note on Matthew 4:21.

Verse 20

He called. See note on "Come" (Mark 1:17).

ship = boat.

with the hired servants. A Divine supplement in Mark.

Verse 21

Capernaum. See App-169.

taught = began teaching.

Verse 22

at. Gr. epi. App-104.

He taught. Referring to the character of His teaching as setting Him forth as Divine. See note on Matthew 7:29.

Verse 23

synagogue. See App-120.

man. Greek. anthropos App-123.

spirit. Greek pneuma, See App-101.

cried = shouted.

Verse 24

what have we to do with Thee? See note on 2 Samuel 16:10.

of Nazareth = [the] Nazarene. App-94, and App-169. I know. Greek. oida. App-182. The man said this, the evil spirit moving him.

the Holy One of God. Thus again the Person of the Lord is declared. Compare Psalms 16:10. Luke 1:35.

Verse 25

Hold thy peace. Be silent. Compare Matthew 22:12. out of. Greek. ek. App-104.

Verse 26

torn him = thrown him into convulsions.

cried . . . voice. A Divine supplement, here.

Verse 27

among. Greek. pros. App-104.

new. New in character, not in time. Greek. kainos. See notes on Matthew 9:17; Matthew 26:29; Matthew 27:60.

doctrine = teaching.

with. Greel kainos. App-104. Not the same word as in verses Mark 8:13, Mark 8:20, Mark 8:23, Mark 8:29, Mark 8:36.

Verse 28

fame = hearing, or report. Put by. Figure of speech Metonymy (of the Effect), App-6, for what was heard.

throughout = into. Greek. eis. App-104.

Verse 29

forthwith = immediately, as in verses: Mark 1:12, Mark 1:28, Mark 1:31, Mark 12:42, See note on Mark 1:12.

Verse 30

lay = was lying.

of, &c. = in a fever.

anon = immediately, as "forthwith" (Mark 1:29), above.

of = about. Greek. peri. App-104.

Verse 31

He came. On the same Sabbath.

took her by the hand. A Divine supplement, here.

ministered = began ministering.

Verse 32

when the sun did set. A Divine supplement, here.

brought = kept bringing.

that were diseased. Compare Matthew 4:23, Matthew 4:24.

possessed with devils = possessed with demons. Greek. daimonizomai. Derivation uncertain. See note on Matthew 8:16, Matthew 8:28.

Verse 33

all. Put byFigure of speech Synecdoche(of Genus), App-6, for the greater part.

was gathered, &c. A Divine supplement, here.

at = to. Greek. pros. App-104.

Verse 34

devils = demons. See note on Mark 1:32.

Verse 35

a great . . . day = while yet night. Greek. ennuchon. A Divine supplement, here.

a solitary plane = a desert place.

prayed = was praying.

Verse 36

followed after. Greek. katadiko. A Divine supplement, here.

Verse 37

All, &c. A Divine supplement, here.

seek = are seeking.

Verse 38

next = neighbouring.

towns = country towns, or villages.

therefore = for (Greek. eis. App-104.) this.

came I forth = am I come forth.

Verse 39

in. Greek. en. App-104.

throughout = in. Greek. eis. App-104.

Verse 40

a leper. See note on Exodus 4:6.

to. Greek. pros. App-104.

If Thou wilt. A condition of uncertainty with probability. App-118.

wilt. Greek. thelo. App-102.

Verse 41

moved with compassion. A Divine supplement, here.

clean = cleansed.

Verse 43

straitly = strictly.

Verse 44

See. App-188.

shew. priest. Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 14:1-32). App-117.

for = concerning. Greek. peri. App-104.

Moses. Occurs eight times in Mark: I. Mark 44:7, Mark 44:10; Mark 9:4, Mark 9:5; Mark 10:3, Mark 10:4; Mark 12:19, Mark 12:26. See note on Matthew 8:4.

Verse 45

publish = proclaim. Same word as "preach" in verses: Mark 1:4, Mark 1:7, Mark 1:14, Mark 4:38, Mark 4:39. See App-121.

could no more = was no longer able to.

the city = any city.

in. Greek. en, as in Mark 1:2. But T Tr. WH read epi. App-104.

came = kept coming.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Mark 1:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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