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Bible Commentaries

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". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/mark-5.html. 1909-1922.