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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Mark 3



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Verse 1

And. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton in verses: Mark 3:1-4. App-6.

again, i.e. on another Sabbath. Probably the next.

into. Greek. eis. App-104.

synagogue. See App-120.

man. Greek. anthropos. App-123.

a withered hand = his hand withered. Compare Matthew 12:10,

Verse 2

watched = were watching.

whether = if. Implying that they had no doubt about it. App-118.

that = in order that.

Verse 3

Stand forth = Rise up [and come] into (as in Mark 3:1) the midst.

Verse 4

lawful = more lawful. Figure of speech Heterosis (of Degree), App-6.

do evil. Greek. kakopoieo. Compare App-128.

life = soul. Greek. psuche. See App-110.

Verse 5

looked round. Noting the minutest action of Jehovah"s Servant.

with, Greek. meta. App-104.,

being grieved. Implying sadness accompanying the anger. A Divine supplement, here.

for = at. Greek. epi. App-104.

hardness = hardening. Greek porosis. Oce. only here, Romans 11:25, and Ephesians 4:18,

other. Greek. allos. App-124.

Verse 6

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

took counsel. See note on Matthew 12:14.

Herodians. Occurs only here and Mark 12:13 in Mark, and in Matthew 22:16.

against. Greek. kata, App-104.

Verse 7

Jesus. App-98.

withdrew. Note other withdrawals in Mark (Mark 3:7, Mark 6:31, Mark 6:36; Mark 7:24, Mark 7:31; Mark 9:2; Mark 10:1; Mark 14:32). Not the same verbs.

to = toward. Greek. pros. App-104. L T Tr. m. read "unto ". (Greek. eis. App-104. vi,)

great. Emph. on "great". Compare Mark 3:8.

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

Galilee. See App-169.

Verse 8

Idumaea. South of Judea and Dead Sea.

about. Greek. peri. App-104.,

did = was doing.

unto. Greek. pros. App-101.

Verse 9

disciples. See note on Mark 6:30.

because of = on account of. Greek. dia. App-104. Mark 3:2.

multitude = crowd. Not the same word an in verses: Mark 3:7, Mark 3:8.

lest they should = that they might not. Greek. hina me App-105.

Verse 10

pressed upon = were besetting.

for to touch = that they might touch.

Verse 11

spirits. Greek. Plural of pneuma. See App-101., or 12.

saw = beheld. App-133.

cried = cried out.

Thou art, &c. ADivine supplement, here, because agreeing with the second subject of the Lord"s ministry. See App-119.

the Son of God. App-98.

Verse 12

charged. Under penalty.

not. Greek. me. App-105.

known = manifest. Greek. phaneros. See App-106.

Verse 13

a = the. Some well-known resort.

He = Himself

would = willed. Greek thelo. App-102. Compare John 15:16.

came = went, leaving all.

Verse 14

ordained = made, or appointed. In the sense of Hebrew. dsah, in 1 Samuel 12:6 ("advanced").

that = in order that.

be with Him. This is the first great qualification for any thus called and sent. (1) Like Abel, to have "peace with God"; then (2) like Enoch, to walk with God", and (3) like Noah, to witness for God (Hebrews 11:4-7).

might = should.

send them forth = Greek. apostello. This is the second great qualification here. For the others, see above and Acts 1:22.

preach. App-121.

Verse 15

Power. = authority. App-172.

devils = demons.

Verse 16

surnamed = added [the] name. See App-141.

Peter. Only his naming given here; not his appointment. In Mark; Peter, James, and John are kept in a group. In Matthew and Luke, Andrew is placed between,

Verse 17

Zebedee. See note on Mark 1:19.

Boanerges. Occ, only in Mark. Aramaic. See App-94.,

sons of. Apure Hebraism, used with reference to origin, destination, or characteristic. Sparks are "sons of fire" (Job 5:7); threshed corn is "a son of the floor" (Isaiah 21:10); Judas "a son of perdition" (John 17:12); sinners" natural condition "sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 5:6).

thunder. The name is Aramaic (App-94.), allied to Hebrew In Hebrew "thunder" is kol = voice: i.e. the voice of God (Exodus 9:23, Psalms 29:3. Jeremiah 10:13).

Verse 18

Andrew. A name of Greek origin = manly. Thefirst called. See Matthew 4:18, Matthew 4:20. John 1:45-5, John 1:1).

Bartholomew. One (Aramaic. App-94.) of two names, the other being Nathanael (John 1:45-51). John connects Philip with Nathaniel; in the other Gospels, with Bartholomew. Bartholomew is not mentioned in John 21:2, Nathanael is. The other Gospels mention Bartholomew but not Nathanael.

Matthew. Aramaic. App-94.

Thomas. Aramaic. App-94. In Greek = Didymos (John 11:16).

Thaddeeus (or Lebbaeus as in Matthew 10:3). He is the Judas of John 14:22, both words having the same meaning = beloved child. Aramaic. App-94.

Canaanite = Canaan. an or Zealot = one who regarded the presence of the Romans as treason against Jehovah,

Verse 19

also betrayed Him = even delivered Him up.

Verse 20

again. Referring back to Mark 3:7.

could not = . found themselves unable.

not. Greek. me. App-105.

Verse 21

friends = kinsfolk. "His brethren, and His mother" (see Mark 3:31).

went out = set out.

they said = they were saying (Imperf. Tense): i.e. maintained (as we say).

beside Himself = out of His senses.

Verse 22

scribes. Others also came, with hostile intent.

Beelzebub. See note on Matthew 10:25.

by. Greek. en. App-104.

Verse 23

said = began saying.

in. Greek. en. App-104.

Verse 24

if a kingdom, &c. Implying what experience shows (App-118).

against. Greek. epi. App-104.

cannot = is not (Greek. ou. App-105.) able to.

Verse 26

if Satan, &c. Assuming such a case. App-118.

rise up = bath risen up.

hath an end. A Divine supplement. Occurs only in Mark.

Verse 27

No man Cau = No one is any wise able to.

No. Greek. ou. App-105.

a = the.

spoil = plunder.

goods = vessels (of gold or silver), &c.

Verse 28

Verily. See note on Matthew 5:18.

sins. See App-128., and note on Matthew 12:31.

the sons of men. See note on Mark 3:17.

Verse 29

against: i.e. ascribe the Holy Spirit"s work, or Christ"s work, to Satan. This is the unpardonable sin. Greek. eis. App-104.

the Holy Ghost. Greek. pneuma. See App-101.

never = not (Greek. ou. App-105) to the age (Greek. eis io cribs.) App-151.

eternal. Greek. aionios. App-151.

damnation = judgment.

Verse 30

Because. This is the reason given.

Verse 31

His brethren and His mother: i.e. the kinsfolk of Mark 3:21.

and. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton (App-6), in verses: Mark 3:31-35.

without. That they might more easily seize Him (Mark 3:21).

Verse 32

sat = was sitting.

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos App-6. Greek. idou. App-133.

Verse 34

looked round about = after casting His glance round. ADivine supplemental detail. Occ, only in Mark.

sat = were sitting,

Behold. Greek. ide. App-133.

Verse 35

do = have done.

the will. Greek. to thelema. See App-102.

God. App-98.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Mark 3:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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