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Mark 9

 

 

Introduction
1Jesus is transfigured.
11He instructs his disciples concerning the coming of Elias;
14casts forth a deaf and dumb spirit;
30foretells his death and resurrection;
33exhorts his disciples to humility;
38bidding them not to prohibit such as are not against them, nor to give offence to any of the faithful.

Verse 1
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
That
Matthew 16:28; Luke 9:27
taste
Luke 2:26; John 8:51,52; Hebrews 2:9
the kingdom
Matthew 24:30; 25:31; Luke 22:18,30; John 21:23; Acts 1:6,7

Verse 2
And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
after
Matthew 17:11-13; Luke 9:28-36
Peter
5:37; 14:33; 2 Corinthians 13:1
an high
Exodus 24:13; 1 Kings 18:42,33; Matthew 14:13; Luke 6:12
transfigured
16:12; Exodus 34:29-35; Isaiah 33:17; 53:2; Matthew 17:2; Luke 9:29; John 1:14; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:7-10; Philippians 2:6-8; 3:21; 2 Peter 1:16-18; Revelation 1:13-17; 20:11

Verses 2-13
And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
after
Matthew 17:11-13; Luke 9:28-36
Peter
5:37; 14:33; 2 Corinthians 13:1
an high
Exodus 24:13; 1 Kings 18:42,33; Matthew 14:13; Luke 6:12
transfigured
16:12; Exodus 34:29-35; Isaiah 33:17; 53:2; Matthew 17:2; Luke 9:29; John 1:14; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:7-10; Philippians 2:6-8; 3:21; 2 Peter 1:16-18; Revelation 1:13-17; 20:11

Verse 3
And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
his raiment
Psalms 104:1,2; Daniel 7:9; Matthew 28:3; Acts 10:30
exceeding
Psalms 51:7; 68:14; Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 7:9,14; 19:18
no
Malachi 3:2,3

Verse 4
And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
appeared
Matthew 11:13; 17:3,4; Luke 9:19,30,31; 24:27,44; John 5:39,45-47; Acts 3:21-24; 1 Peter 1:10-12; Revelation 19:10
Elias
Moses was the founder of the Jewish polity, and Elias the most zealous reformer and prophet of the Jewish church; and their presence implied that the ministry of Christ was attested by the law and the prophets.
2 Kings 2:11,12
Elijah
Moses.
Deuteronomy 34:5,6

Verse 5
And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
it is
Exodus 33:17-23; Psalms 62:2,3; 84:10; John 14:8,9,21-23; Philippians 1:23; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:3,4

Verse 6
For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
16:5-8; Daniel 10:15-19; Revelation 1:17

Verse 7
And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
a cloud
Exodus 40:34; 1 Kings 8:10-12; Psalms 97:2; Daniel 7:13; Matthew 17:5-7; 26:64; Luke 9:34-36; Acts 1:9; Revelation 1:7
This
1:11; Psalms 2:7; Matthew 3:17; 26:63; 27:43,54; John 1:34,49; 3:16-18; John 5:18,22-25,37; 6:69; 9:35; 19:7; 20:31; Acts 8:37; Romans 1:4; 2 Peter 1:17; 1 John 4:9,10; 5:11,12,20
hear
Exodus 23:21,22; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Acts 3:22,23; 7:37; Hebrews 2:1; 12:25,26

Verse 8
And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.
Luke 9:36; 24:31; Acts 8:39,40; 10:16

Verse 9
And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.
he charged
5:43; 8:29,30; Matthew 12:19; 17:9
till
30,31; 8:31; 10:32-34; Matthew 12:40; 16:21; 27:63; Luke 24:46

Verse 10
And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.
they
Genesis 37:11; Luke 2:50,51; 24:7,8; John 16:17-19
what
32; Matthew 16:22; Luke 18:33,34; 24:25-27; John 2:19-22; 12:16,33,34; John 16:29,30; Acts 17:18

Verse 11
And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?
4; Malachi 3:1; 4:5; Matthew 11:14; 17:10,11

Verse 12
And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
restoreth
1:2-8; Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 4:6; Matthew 3:1-12; 11:2-18; Luke 1:16,17,76; 3:2-6; John 1:6-36; 3:27-30
he must
Psalms 22:1-31; 69:1-36; Isaiah 53:1-12; Daniel 9:24-26; Zechariah 13:7
set
Psalms 22:6,7; 69:12; 74:22; Isaiah 49:7; 50:6; 52:14; 53:1-3; Zechariah 11:13; Luke 23:11,39; Philippians 2:7,8

Verse 13
But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.
Elias
Matthew 11:14; 17:12,13; Luke 1:17
and they
6:14-28; Matthew 14:3-11; Luke 3:19,20; Acts 7:52

Verse 14
And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
when
Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37
the scribes
2:6; 11:28; 12:14; Luke 11:53,54; Hebrews 12:3

Verses 14-29
And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
when
Matthew 17:14-21; Luke 9:37
the scribes
2:6; 11:28; 12:14; Luke 11:53,54; Hebrews 12:3

Verse 15
And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
were
2,3; Exodus 34:30

Verse 16
And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
What
8:11; Luke 5:30-32
with them
or, among yourselves.

Verse 17
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
I
5:23; 7:26; 10:13; Matthew 17:15; Luke 9:38; John 4:47
a dumb
25; Matthew 12:22; Luke 11:14

Verse 18
And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
teareth him
or, dasheth him.
26; Matthew 15:22; Luke 9:39
he foameth
As these symptoms accord very much with those of epileptic persons, some have ventured to assert that it was no real possession; but the evangelist expressly affirms that he had a "dumb spirit" which tare him, that our Lord charged him to "come out of him," etc.
20; Jude 1:13
gnasheth
Job 16:9; Psalms 112:10; Matthew 8:12; Acts 7:54
and they
28,29; 11:23; 2 Kings 4:29-31; Matthew 17:16,19-21; Luke 9:40

Verse 19
He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
O faithless
16:14; Numbers 14:11,22,27; 32:13,14; Deuteronomy 32:20; Psalms 78:6-8,22; 106:21-25; Matthew 17:17; Luke 9:41; 24:25; John 12:27; 20:27; Hebrews 3:10-12

Verse 20
And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
the spirit
18,26; 1:26; 5:3-5; Job 1:10-12; 2:6-8; Luke 4:35; 8:29; 9:42; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8

Verse 21
And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
How
5:25; Job 5:7; 14:1; Psalms 51:5; Luke 8:43; 13:16; John 5:5,6; 9:1,20,21; Acts 3:2; 4:22; 9:33; 14:8

Verse 22
And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
if
1:40-42; Matthew 8:2,8,9; 9:28; 14:31
have
5:19; Matthew 15:22-28; 20:34; Luke 7:13

Verse 23
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
If
11:23; 2 Chronicles 20:20; Matthew 17:20; 21:21,22; Luke 17:6; John 4:48-50; 11:40; Acts 14:9; Hebrews 11:6

Verse 24
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
with
2 Samuel 16:12; *marg:; 2 Kings 20:5; Psalms 39:12; 126:5; Jeremiah 14:17; Luke 7:38,44; Acts 10:19,31; 2 Corinthians 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:4; Hebrews 5:7; 12:17
help
Luke 17:5; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 1:29; 2 Thessalonians 1:3,11; Hebrews 12:2

Verse 25
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
he rebuked
1:25-27; 5:7,8; Zechariah 3:2; Matthew 17:18; Luke 4:35,41; 9:42; Jude 1:9
thou
If this had been only a natural disease, as some have contended, could our Lord with any propriety have thus addressed it? If the demoniacal possession had been false, or merely a vulgar error, would our Lord, the Revealer of truth, have thus established falsehood, sanctioned error, or encouraged deception, by teaching men to ascribe effects to the malice and power of evil spirits, which they had no agency in producing? Impossible! Such conduct is utterly unworthy the sacred character of the Redeemer.
Isaiah 35:5,6; Matthew 9:32,33; 12:22; Luke 11:14
I charge
Luke 8:29; Acts 16:18

Verse 26
And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
cried
18,20; 1:26; Exodus 5:23; Revelation 12:12

Verse 27
But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
1:31,41; 5:41; 8:23; Isaiah 41:13; Acts 3:7; 9:41

Verse 28
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
asked
4:10,34; Matthew 13:10,36; 15:15
Why
Matthew 17:19,20

Verse 29
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
This
Matthew 12:45; Luke 11:26
by prayer
1 Kings 17:20-22; 2 Kings 4:33,34; Matthew 17:21; Acts 9:40,41; 2 Corinthians 12:8; Ephesians 6:18; James 5:15
fasting
Daniel 9:3; Acts 14:23; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:27

Verse 30
And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
through
Matthew 27:22,23
he
6:31,32

Verses 30-32
And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
through
Matthew 27:22,23
he
6:31,32

Verse 31
For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
The Son
12; 8:31; Matthew 16:21; 20:18,19,28; 21:38,39; 26:2; Luke 9:44; 18:31-33; Luke 24:26,44-46; John 2:19; 3:14; 10:18; Acts 2:23,24; 4:27,28; 2 Timothy 2:12

Verse 32
But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
they
10; Luke 2:50; 9:45; 18:34; 24:45
were
7:18; 8:17,18,33; 16:14; John 4:27; 16:19

Verse 33
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
he came
Matthew 17:24
What
2:8; Psalms 139:1-4; John 2:25; 21:17; Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:23

Verses 33-41
And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
he came
Matthew 17:24
What
2:8; Psalms 139:1-4; John 2:25; 21:17; Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:23

Verse 34
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
they had
Matthew 18:1-5; 20:21-24; Luke 9:46-48; 22:24-30; Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3-7; 1 Peter 5:3; 3 John 1:9

Verse 35
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
If
10:42-45; Proverbs 13:10; Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 20:25-28; Luke 14:10,11; 18:14; James 4:6

Verse 36
And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
10:16; Matthew 18:2; 19:14,15

Verse 37
Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
receive one
Matthew 10:40-42; 18:3-5,10; 25:40; Luke 9:48
receive me
Luke 10:16; John 5:23; 10:30; 12:44,45; 14:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:8

Verse 38
And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
Master
Numbers 11:26-29; Luke 9:49,50; 11:19

Verse 39
But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
Forbid
10:13,14; Matthew 13:28,29; Philippians 1:18
there
Matthew 7:22,23; Acts 19:13-16; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 13:1,2
lightly
1 Corinthians 12:3

Verse 40
For he that is not against us is on our part.
Matthew 12:30; Luke 11:23

Verse 41
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
whosoever
Matthew 10:42; 25:40
because
John 19:25-27; Romans 8:9; 14:15; 1 Corinthians 3:23; 15:23; 2 Corinthians 10:7; Galatians 3:29; 5:24

Verse 42
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
offend
Matthew 18:6,10; Luke 17:1,2; Romans 14:13; 15:21; 16:17; 1 Corinthians 8:10-13; 1 Corinthians 10:32,33; 2 Corinthians 6:3; Philippians 1:10; 1 Timothy 5:14; 2 Peter 2:2
it
Matthew 25:45,46; Acts 9:4; 26:11-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 6:9,10; 16:6,7

Verse 43
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
if
Deuteronomy 13:6-8; Matthew 5:29,30; 18:8,9; Romans 8:13; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Galatians 5:24; Colossians 3:5; Titus 2:12; Hebrews 12:1; 1 Peter 2:1
offend thee
or, cause thee to offend: and so.
45,47
maimed
Matthew 15:30,31; Luke 14:13,21

Verses 43-50
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
if
Deuteronomy 13:6-8; Matthew 5:29,30; 18:8,9; Romans 8:13; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Galatians 5:24; Colossians 3:5; Titus 2:12; Hebrews 12:1; 1 Peter 2:1
offend thee
or, cause thee to offend: and so.
45,47
maimed
Matthew 15:30,31; Luke 14:13,21

Verse 44
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
their
46,48; Isaiah 66:24
the fire
Isaiah 33:14; Matthew 3:12; 25:41,46; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 14:10,11; 20:10,15; 21:8

Verse 45
And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
43,44

Verse 46
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Luke 16:24-26

Verse 47
And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
thine
Genesis 3:6; Job 31:1; Psalms 119:37; Matthew 5:28,29; 10:37-39; Luke 14:26; Galatians 4:15; Philippians 3:7,8
offend thee
or, cause thee to offend.
43; *marg:

Verse 48
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
44,46

Verse 49
For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
and every
Leviticus 2:13; Ezekiel 43:24

Verse 50
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
is good
Job 6:6; Matthew 5:13; Luke 14:34,35
Have salt
Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 4:6
have peace
Psalms 34:14; 133:1; John 13:34,35; 15:17,18; Romans 12:18; 14:17-19; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Galatians 5:14,15,22; Ephesians 4:2-6,31,32; Philippians 1:27; 2:1-3; Colossians 3:12; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 12:14; James 1:20; 3:14-18; 1 Peter 3:8

 


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