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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Mark 16



Verse 1

when the sabbath was past: i.e. the weekly sabbath. This was three nights and three days from the preparation day, when He was buried. See App-156.

had bought. Before the weekly sabbath (Luke 23:56; Luke 24:1).

sweet spices = aromatics.

Verse 2

first (day) of the week. Greek. the first of the Sabbath.

came = come.

unto = up to. Greek. epi. App-104.,

sepulchre. See Mark 15:46.

at the rising, &a = the sun having risen.

Verse 3

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

Who shall roll, &c. ? That was their only difficulty; therefore they could not have heard about the sealing and the watch. This is a Divine supplement, peculiar to Mark.

shall = will.

roll us away. The ground being on an incline (sideways), therefore the door was more easily closed than opened.

from = cut of (Gk. ek. App-104.): out of the bottom of the incline. Not the same word as in Mark 16:8. L and TR read apo (App-104.), away from, as in Mark 16:8.

Verse 4

looked = looked up. Greek. anablepo. App-133.

saw = see (implying attention, surprise, andpleasure). Greek. theoreo. App-133.

was = had been.

Verse 5

into = Greek. eis App-104.

saw. App-133.

on = in. Greek. en. App-104. Not the same word as in Mark 16:18.

long . . . garment. Greek. stole a longouter robe of distinction.

affrighted = amazed.

Verse 6

not. Greek. me. App-105. Not the same as in the next clause and verses: Mark 16:14, Mark 16:18.

Jesus. App-98.

Which was crucified = Who has been crucified. Note the Figure of speech Asyndeton (App-6), leading up breathlessly to the climax = "there shall ye see Him". Thus the passage is emphasized; and the "sudden reduction of ands" "is not "an internal argument against genuineness"!

not. Greek. ou. App-105.

behold = look Greek. ide, App-133.:3.

Verse 7

and Peter. A Divine supplement, here.

see. Greek. opsomai. App-133. a

as = even as.

Verse 8

from = away from. Greek. apo. App-104.

Verse 9

Now when Jesus was risen, &c. For the sequence of events after the Resurrection, see App-166. For the genuineness of these last twelve verses (9-20) of Mark, see App-168.

early : i.e. any time after sunset on our Saturday, 6pm. See App-165.

appeared. Greek. phaino. App-106. Not the same word as in Mark 16:12.

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

devils = demons.

Verse 10

with = in company with. Greek -meta. App-104. Not the same word as in Mark 16:20.

Verse 11

was alive = is alive [again from the dead]. See note on zao. Matthew 9:18.

seen. Greek. theaomai. App-133.

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

believed not = disbelieved [it].

Verse 12

After. Greek. meta. App-104.

that = these things.

appeared = was manifested. Greek. phaneroo. App-106. Not the same word as in Mark 16:9.

in. Greek en. App-104.

another = different. Greek. heteros. App-124.

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

as they walked, &c. See Luke 24:13-35.

Verse 14

Afterward, &c. = Later. Greek. husteron. A Divine supplement, here.

upbraided = reproached.

Verse 15

He said. Probably some time after Mark 16:14, on the eve of the Ascension.

world = kosmos. App-129.

preach = proclaim. Greek. kerusso. App-121.

the gospel = the glad tidings.

every creature = all the creation. Put by Figure of speech Snec doche (of Genus), App-6, for all mankind.

Fulfilled during "that generation". See Colossians 1:6, Colossians 1:23.

Verse 16

believeth. Seo App-150., i.

baptized. See App-115.

believeth not = disbelieveth.

damned = condemned. Greek. katakrino. App-122.

Verse 17

these signs shall follow = these signs shall attend, or follow close upon. See App-167and Hebrews 2:3, Hebrews 2:4, and the fulfilment in Acts 3:7, Acts 3:8; Acts 5:16; Acts 6:8; Acts 9:34, Acts 9:40, &c. They were limited to the dispensation covered by the Acts of the Apostles. See Hebrews 2:3, Hebrews 2:4; Hebrews 6:1-6; and compare 1 Corinthians 13:8-10.

them that believe. Not merely the Apostles, therefore. See App-168.

In = Through. Greek. en. App-104.

In My name. Note the Figure of speech Asyndeton, App-6.

shall they cast out devils. See Acts 8:7; Acts 16:18; Acts 19:11-16.

speak with new tongues. See Acts 2:4-11 (as foretold by Joel 2:28, Joel 2:29); Mark 10:46; Mark 19:6. 1 Corinthians 12:28; and Mar 14.

new = different in character. Greek. kainos, not neos. See notes on Matthew 9:17; Matthew 26:28, Matthew 26:29,

Verse 18

They shall take up serpents. See Acts 28:5. Compare Luke 10:19.

if they drink, &c. The condition to be seen by the result. App-118.

drink, &c. Eusebius (iii. 39) records this of John and of Barsabas, surnamed Justus.

not = by no means. Greek. ou me. App-105.

lay hands on (Greek. epi. App-104.)

the sick. See Acts 3:7; Acts 19:11, Acts 19:12; Acts 2:8, Acts 2:9, Acts 2:10. c. 1 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Corinthians 12:28. James 5:14.

Verse 19

the Lord. App-98. C. The contrast is between the Lord of Mark 16:19, and the disciples of Mark 16:20.

heaven = the heaven. Singular. See notes on Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:10.

on = at. Greek. ek. App-104.

God. See App-98.

Verse 20

every where. See Colossians 1:6, Colossians 1:23.

the LORD = Jehovah (App-89. A. b). The witness of "God" is distinguished (in Hebrews 2:4) from the testimony of His Son (Hebrews 2:3), and from the gifts of the Spirit (pneuma hagion, App-101.) (Hebrews 2:4).

confirming, &c. See Hebrews 2:4.

the word. Greek. Logos. See note on Mark 9:32.

with = by means of. Greek. dia. App-104. Mark 16:1. d


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Mark 16:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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