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Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Mark 3

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; Jeremiah 10:13 ).

Verse 18

Andrew. A name of Greek origin = manly. Thefirst called. See Matthew 4:18 , Matthew 4:20 . John 1:45 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". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/mark-3.html. 1909-1922.