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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Mark 5



Verse 1

unto. Greek. eis. App-104.

into = unto. Greek. eis, as above.

Gadarenes. In the earlier miracle it was Gergesenes (Matthew 8:28).

Verse 2

out of. Greek. ek. App-104.

ship = boat.

immediately. See note on Mark 1:12.

met = confronted.

man. Greek. anthropos. App-123. In the earlier miracle there were "two men "(Matthew 8:28).

with = in [the power of]. Greek. en, App-104.

spirit. Greek. pneuma. See App-101.

Verse 3

dwelling. Greek. katoikesis. A Divine supplement, here.

among. Greek. en. App-104.

no man . . . no, not = no one . . . not even. Greek. oudeis . . oude. Compounds of ou. App-105.

Verse 4

Because. Greek. dia to. App-104. Mark 5:2.

by. Greek hupo. App-104.

neither could any man tame him = and no (App-105) man was strong enough to master him.

Verse 5

in. Greek. en. App-104.

crying = crying out.

Verse 6

saw. Greek. eidon. App-133. Not the some word as in verses: Mark 5:15, Mark 5:31, Mark 5:38.

Jesus. App-98.

afar off = from (Greek. apo. App-101.) afar.

ran. The 1611 edition of the Authorized Version reads "came".

worshipped = did homage [by prostration]. App-137.

Verse 7

What, &c. A Hebraism. See note on 2 Samuel 16:16

of the Most High God. A Divine supplement, here. Demons knew Him, if the people were blinded.

God. App-98.

not. Greek. me. App-105.

Verse 9

Legion. A Roman legion was about 6,000 men.

Verse 10

besought. Note the three prayers in this chap ter: (1) the unclean spirits: Answer "Yes" (verses: Mark 5:10, Mark 5:12, Mark 5:13); (2) the Gadarenes: Answer "Yes" (Mark 5:17); (3) the healed man: Answer "No" (verses: Mark 5:18, Mark 5:19. "No" is often the most gracious answer to our prayers.

Verse 11

nigh unto = just at. Greek. pros. App-104.

Verse 12

devils = demons.

into. Greek. eis. App-104.

Verse 13

forthwith = immediately, as in Mark 5:2.

ran violently = rushed.

down. Greek kata. App-104.

Verse 14

in = to. Greek eis. App-104.

and = as well as.

done = come to pass.

Verse 15

to. Greek pros. App-104.

see = gaze upon. Greek. thearea. App-133.:11.

possessed with the devil. Greek. daimonizomi

clothed = provided with clothes. Compare Luke 8:27, where he had for a long time worn none. Greek. himatizomai. Occurs only here and Luke 8:35 in the N.T.; but is found in the Papyri, where an apprentice is to be provided with clothes.

afraid = alarmed.

Verse 16

told = detailed.

concerning. Greek peri. App-104.

Verse 17

pray. See note on "besought", Mark 5:10, and compare Mark 5:18.

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

coasts = borders.

Verse 18

when He was come = while He was in [the act of] embarking.

with. Greek meta. App-104.

Verse 19

not. Greek ou. App-105.

home = to (App-104.) thy house.

the Lord. App-98.

Verse 21

by ship. = in (Greek. en. App-104.) the ship.

much people = a vast crowd.

unto. Greek. epi. App-104.

nigh unto = beside. Greek. para. App-104.

Verse 22

behold. Fig, Asterismos. App-6.

synagogue. App-120.

Jairus. The Jair of the O.T. See Numbers 32:41. Deuteronomy 3:14. Judges 10:3. Esther 2:5. 1 Chronicles 20:5.

at. Greek pros. App-104.

Verse 23

My little daughter. The Dim. only in Mark.

lay Thy hands, &c. For this action, Compare Mark 6:2; Mark 7:32; Mark 8:23, Mark 8:25; Mark 16:18. Acts 9:17; Acts 28:8. Hebrews 6:2.

that = so that.

Verse 24

followed = was following.

thronged = were thronging.

Verse 25

which had = being in (Greek. en. App-104.)

Verse 26

things = treatments.

of = under (Greek. hupo. App-104.) many physicians.

Verse 27

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

press = crowd.

Verse 28

If, &c. Expressing a contingency. App-118.

Verse 29

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

felt = knew [by Divine power]. Greek. ginosko. App-132.

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

Verse 30

knowing = perceiving thereupon. Greek. epiginosko. App-132.

that virtue = that [inherent] power (App-172.) from Him had gone forth.

Verse 31

said = kept saying.

seest. Greek. blepo. App-133.,

multitude = crowd.

Verse 32

looked = was looking.

Verse 33

knowing = knowing [intuitively]. Greek. oida. App-132.

Verse 34

made . . . whole = saved. Greek. sozo.

Verse 35

yet spake = was yet speaking.

came = come.

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

Master = Teacher. App-98. Mark 5:3.

Verse 36

As soon as = Immediately. See note on Mark 1:12.

heard. T Tr. A WH R (not Syriac) read parakousas (instead of akousas), which A translates "overheard".

believe = go on believing.

Verse 37

suffered no man = suffered not (Greek. ou. App-105) any one.

Verse 38

to. Greek. eis, as in Mark 5:1.

wailed. Crying alalai, alalai, from the Greek verb Melanin Jewish mourning cries. Occurs elsewhere only in 1 Corinthians 13:1.

Verse 39

damsel = child. App-108,

is not dead = has not died.

sleepeth. Greek. katheudo. See notes on 1 Thessalonians 4:13 with 1 Thessalonians 5:6. App-171.

Verse 40

laughed Him to scorn = began laughing at Him. put them all out. He acted, as well as spoke, with "authority".

Verse 41

Talitha cumi. Aramaic (App-94.) Talitha = Aramaic talitha (= maid Latin puella) kumi (Imperat. of kum) = arise. Occurs only here. Not "got from Peter", but from the Holy Spirit. App-94.

Damsel, Greek. korasion. Found only here, and Mark 5:42; Mark 6:22, Mark 6:28, and Matthew 9:24, Matthew 9:25; Matthew 14:11. Not the same word as in verses: Mark 5:39, Mark 5:40, Mark 5:40 -. See App-108.

Verse 42

walked = began walking.

astonished. astonishment. Figure of speech Polyptoton (App-6), for emphasis. See Genesis 26:28. Greek. existemi = to be put out [of one"s mind], Noun, ekstasis; hence, Eng. ecstasy = entrancement, implying bewilderment. See Mark 16:8. Luke 5:26, Acts 3:10. Used of a trance, Acts 10:10; Acts 11:5; Acts 22:17. Hence, Eng. entrancement.

Verse 43

straitly = much.

no. Greek. me. App-105.

know = get to know. See App-132.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Mark 5:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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