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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Matthew 9



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Verse 1

a ship the boat. The one already mentioned in Mat 8.

His own. See note on "private" (2 Peter 1:20).

city. Capernaum. See note on Matthew 4:13, and App-169.

Verse 2

behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. App-6.

a man sick of the palsy = a paralytic.

bed = couch.

seeing = on seeing. See App-133.

their faith. Including of course that of the paralytic.

Son = Child. Greek. teknon.

be forgiven = stand remitted. L T Tr. and WH read the Indicatives "have been and are forgiven", marking the Lord"s authority. Not the ambiguous "be forgiven".

Verse 4

knowing = perceiving. Greek. oida. App-132. Same word as "seeing" in Matthew 9:2. Not the same as "know", Matthew 9:6, or as in Matthew 9:30.

evil = mischief. Greek. poneros.

in, &c. = among [you] in your hearts.

Verse 6

the Son of man. See App-98. XVT.

power = authority. See App-172.

earth = the earth. Greek. ge. App-129.

unto. Greek. eis. Same as "into", Matthew 9:1.

Verse 7

to. Greek. eis. Same as "unto", Matthew 9:6.

Verse 8

multitudes = crowds. So verses: Matthew 9:33, Matthew 9:36; "people" in verses: Matthew 9:23, Matthew 9:25.

Verse 9

forth = along.

Matthew. An Aramaic word. See App-94.

at = over. Greek. epi.

the receipt of custom = the custom-house.

Verse 10

And it came to pass. A Hebraism: frequent in O. T See note on Genesis 1:2.

sat at meat = was reclining

the house = his house:

he. Matthew"s house. Compare Luke 5:29; so in Matthew 9:28.

publicans = tax-gatherers.

sinners. Especially in a religious sense. This usage is common in the Inscriptions in Asia Minor (Deiss-mann).

Verse 11

Pharisees. See App-120.

Master = Teacher.

Verse 12

They that be, &c. Figure of speech Paroemia (App-6).

whole = strong. Eng. "whole" is from Anglo-Saxon hael = our "hale", healthy or strong.

Verse 13

But, &c. This is the application. Hosea 6:6 is quoted with evident reference to Hosea 6:1; Hosea 5:13 with Hosea 7:1. See App-117.

go ye. To your teachers.

meaneth = is.

will have = require.

mercy = compassion. Greek. eleos.

I am not come = I came not.

the righteous = just ones.

to repentance. All the texts omit: also wanting in Syriac and Vulgate both here and in Mark 2:17.

Verse 14

came = come.

fast oft. Compare Luke 18:12.

Verse 15

Can, &c. Figure of speech Paroemia.

the children, &c. A Hebraism. Used in various connections. Compare Matthew 23:15. Deuteronomy 13:13. 1 Samuel 2:12 (margin); Matthew 20:31. 2 Samuel 12:5 (margin) John 17:12. Acts 3:25.

children = sons. Greek plural of huios.

shall = will.

Verse 16

No man = No one.

new cloth = new flannel: i.e. undressed or unfulled. In this condition it is less supple and will tear away.

unto = on or upon. Greek. epi.

that which is put in, &c. = the insertion: i.e. the patch put on.

taketh = teareth away.

the rent is made worse = a worse rent takes place.

Verse 17

new = freshly made: i.e. young. Greek. neos = new as to time.

old bottles = old or dried skins.

bottles = wine skins.

else = otherwise.

break = burst.

perish = are ruined.

new bottles = fresh wineskins of newer quality or character. Greek. kainos.

preserved = preserved together.

Verse 18

a certain = one. A Hebraism.

ruler = a civil ruler. Not the same miracle as that in Mark 5:22, and Luke 8:41. See App-138.

worshipped = began doing homage. App-137.

is even now dead = hath just now died.

live = come to life again. Especially to live again in resurrection. See Mark 16:11. Luke 24:5, Luke 24:23. John 11:25, John 11:26. Acts 1:3; Acts 9:41; Acts 25:19. Romans 6:10. 2 Corinthians 13:4. Revelation 1:18; Revelation 2:8; Revelation 13:14; Revelation 20:4, Revelation 20:5.

Verse 20

a woman, &c. Not the same miracle as in Mark 5:25 and Luke 8:43. See App-138.

an issue of blood = a hemorrhage. Greek. haimorroeo. Occ only here.

hem: the tassel at one of the four corners, to touch which was a mark of profound respect. But see App-188, and compare Numbers 15:37-41.

Verse 21

said = kept saying.

within herself. The second woman seems to have spoken to others.

If I may, &c. See App-118. The condition being quite hypothetical.

whole = saved: i.e. healed. A Hebraism. Compare Psalms 42:11; Psalms 43:5; Psalms 67:2 = saving health. Not the same word as in Matthew 9:12.

Verse 22

comfort = courage.

made thee whole = saved. As in Matthew 9:21.

Verse 23

minstrels = flute-players, or pipers.

people = crowd. See Matthew 9:8.

making a noise = loudly wailing.

Verse 24

Give place = Go out [of the room].

maid. Greek. korasion. The same as "damsel" in Mark 6:22, Mark 6:28 : not the same as "damsel" in Mark 5:39 (App-108. IX), which is paidion (App-108. V).

sleepeth. Greek. katheudo. App-171.

Verse 26

fame hereof = this report.

Verse 27

Son of David. The second of nine occurrences in Matthew. See notes on Matthew 1:1; Matthew 21:9; Matthew 22:42. See App-98.

Verse 28

the house, or his house. See note on e. 10.

said = say.

Verse 29

According to. Greek. kata. App-104.

Verse 31

when they were departed. . . (32) As they went out = when they had gone out . . . but as they were leaving.

spread . . . fame = made Him known.

Verse 32

As they went = As they were going.

possessed with a devil = a demoniac.

Verse 33

devil = demon.

Verse 34

through = by. Greek. en. App-104. See note on "with", Matthew 3:11.

Verse 35

synagogues. See App-120.

preaching = heralding. Greek. kerusso. See App-121.

the gospel of the kingdom = the glad tidings of the kingdom. See App-140.

gospel = glad tidings, good news.

of = concerning. Genitive of Relation. App-17.

every. Figure of speech Synecdoche (of Genus), App-6. Put for every kind.

sickness. Greek. malakia. Occurs only in Matthew (here; Matthew 4:23; Matthew 10:1).

among the People. All the texts omit these words.

Verse 36

on = concerning. Greek. peri. fainted = were wearied. All the texts (App-94.) read "were harassed".

as. Figure of speech Simile. App-6.

no. Greek. me. App-105. Read this with having = feeling as if they had, &c.

Verse 37

truly = indeed.

plenteous = great.

Verse 38

Pray. Greek. deornai. App-134.

power = authority. See App-172.

against = over. Greek Genitive of Relation. App-17.

spirits. Plural of Greek. pneuma. See App-101.

to = so as to.

all manner of = every. Put by Figure of speech Synecdoche (of Genus), App-6, for all kinds of, as in Matthew 9:35.

sickness. See note on Matthew 9:35.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Matthew 9:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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