Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Mark 6

Verse 1

into. Greek eis. App-104. Not the same as Mark 6:53.

His own country = His native country: i.e. Galilee, App-169. This was His second visit (Matthew 13:54),

country. Greek. patris.

Verse 2

in. Greek. en. App-104. Not the same word a in verses: Mark 6:8, Mark 6:25, Mark 6:55.

mighty works = miracles. One of the renderings of dunamis (plural) App-172.

wrought = come to pass.

by = by means of. Greek. dia. App-104. Mark 6:1.

Verse 3

not. Greek. ou. App-105. Not the same word as in verses: Mark 6:9, Mark 6:11, Mark 6:34.

the carpenter = the workman. Such terms used only by His rejecters. Occurs only here and Matthew 13:35.

with. Greek. pros. App-104.

were offended = stumbled. Greek. scandalizo.

at = in. Greek en. App-104.

Verse 4

Jesus. App-98.

A prophet, &c. Fig, Paraemia. App-6.

but = except.

among. Greek. en. App-104.

Verse 5

could there do no = was not (as in Mark 6:3) able to do any there. Nazareth saw most of the Lord, but profited least. App-169.

save = except.

sick = infirm.

Verse 6

marvelled because of, &c. Occurs only in Mark. because of = on account of. Greek. dia. App-104. Mark 6:2.

Verse 7

called. The 1611 edition of the Authorized Version reads "calleth".

two and two. Greek. duo duo, Modern critics object that it is not good Greek to repeat the cardinal number for a distributive numeral. But it is found in Aeschylus and Sophocles, and in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (Nos. 121 and 886). See Deisamann"s Light, pp 124, 125.

power = authority. App-172.

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

Verse 8

commanded = charged. See Matthew 10:5, &c.

take = take up (as luggage).

for = with a view to. Greek. eis. App-104.

staff. See note on Matthew 10:10.

no. Greek. me. App-105.

scrip. Sea note on Matthew 10:10.

money. The only coins minted in Palestine then were copper. Compare Matthew 10:9 for a Divine supplement.

in. Greek. eis. App-104. Not the same as in verses: Mark 6:2, Mark 6:4, Mark 6:11, Mark 2:25, Mark 2:27, Mark 2:29, Mark 2:47, Mark 2:48, Mark 2:55, Mark 2:56.

purse = belt or girdle. Occurs only here, and in Matthew 3:4; Matthew 10:9. Matthew 1:6; Matthew 6:8. Acts 21:1, Acts 21:1. Revelation 1:13; Revelation 15:6.

Verse 9

not. Greek. me. App-105.

Verse 10

In what place soever = Wherever.

from that place = thence.

Verse 11

whosoever = whatever people.

shake off. Figure of speech paraemia. App-6.

Verse 12

preached = proclaimed. See App-121.1.

repent. See App-111.

Verse 13

devils = demons

anointed with oil. Then a common practice. See James 1:14.

Verse 14

Herod. See App-109.

was risen = had been raised.

from = out front. Greek. ek. App-104. See Matthew 17:9

the dead. No Art. Sec App-139.

therefore = 0n account of (App-104. Mark 6:2) this.

Verse 15

said = were saying.

Elias = Elijah

Verse 17

prison = the prison.

for . . . sake = on account of. Greek. dia. App-104.

Verse 18

had said = kept saying.

Verse 19

had a quarrel = kept cherishing a grudge.

would have = was desiring to. See App-102.

Verse 20

knowing, Greek oida. App-132. Not the same as in Mark 6:33; Mark 6:38.

observed = kept him (John) safe [from her]: or, protected him; i.e. for the reason given. Occurs only here, and Matthew 9:17. Luke 2:19; Luke 5:28,

did many things. T Trm. WH and R read "was at a loss [what to do)", or hesitated, or was much perplexed, reading eporei instead of epoie. Not the Syriac.

and = and [yet].

Verse 21

when a convenient day was come = a convenient day being come, when, &c

convenient = opportune. Only in Mark, and Hebrews 4:16.

birthday. The notice of the banquet and guests is a Divine supplement.

lords = great men. Occurs only here, Revelation 6:15, and Revelation 18:23,

high captains = chiliarchs (commanders of 1,000 men).

chief estates = the first, or leading [men].

Verse 22

the said Herodias = of Herodias herself.

damsel Greek. korasion, as in Mark 5:4, Mark 5:1, Mark 5:42.

wilt. See App-102.

Verse 25

straightway = immediately. See note on Mark 1:12. with. Greek. meta. App-104.

with haste. Note how the opportunity was eagerly seized. See Mark 6:19.

unto, Greek. pros. App-104. Not the same as in Mark 6:23, but the same as in verses: Mark 6:30, Mark 6:33, Mark 6:45, Mark 30:48, Mark 30:51

I will = I wish. See App-102.

by and by = instantly.

in = upon. Greek. epi. App-104.

a charger = a large flat dish. See note on Matthew 14:8, Matthew 14:11,

Verse 27

immediately. See note on Mark 1:12,

an executioner. Greek. spekoulator. Occ only here. A Latin word (speculator) = a man who spies out; used of the Roman emperor"s bodyguard (an armed detective body) round the emperor at banquets, &c. Herod adopted Roman customs.

Verse 28

was = became.

exceeding. This Divine supplement occurs only here.

would not = was unwilling to. App-102.

Verse 29

a tomb = the tomb. See note on Matthew 27:60.

Verse 30

apostles. First occurrence in Mark.

told = reported to.

Verse 31

Come . . . apart. See note on "withdrew" (Mark 3:7.

Verse 33

people = crowds.

saw. Greek. eidon. App-133.

knew = recognised. Greek. epiginosko. App-132.

out of = from. Greek. apo. App-104. Not the same word as in Mark 6:54.

Verse 34

toward = upon. Greek. epi. App-104.

having = conscious of (not) having.

Verse 35

was = had become already.

far passed = advanced.

Verse 36

buy. This was their highest thought. Note the answer ("Give").

nothing = not (App-105) anything.

Verse 37

He = But He.

Give. This is the Lord"s higher thought.

Shall we go, &c. This question and Christ"s answer are a Divine supplement only here.

pennyworth. See App-51.

Verse 38

knew = found out. Greek. ginosko. App-132.

Verse 39

by companies = in table-parties: i.e. arranged in three sides of a square, as in a Jewish or Roman dining-room; the guests being seated on the outside and served from the inside. These were arranged in companies of 50 and of 100. Greek. sumposia sumposia. Figure of speech Epizeuxis (App-6).

upon. Greek. epi. App-104.,

green. This is a Divine supplement only here.

Verse 40

in rankest in divisions (like garden beds).

by. Greek. ana. App-104. All the texts read kata. App-104.

Verse 41

looked up. App-133.

to = unto. Greek. eis. App-104. .

heaven = the heaven. Singular. See Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:10.

brake . . . gave. The former is the Aorist tense, recording the instantaneous act; the latter is the Imperfect tense, describing the continuous giving. This shows that the miraculous power was in the hands of Christ, between the breaking and the giving.

all. This is Divine supplement, only in Mark.

Verse 42

filled = satisfied. Compare Matthew 5:6.

Verse 43

baskets. Greek kophinos = a Jewish wicker travel ling basket. The same word as in Mark 8:19; not the same word as in Mark 8:8, Mark 8:20.

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

of the fishes. Only mentioned here.

Verse 44

men. Greek. aner, See App-123. Not generic, but literally men (not women). See Matthew 14:21.

Verse 45

ship = boat.

to = unto. Greek. eis. App-104. (as in preceding clause).

Bethsaida. App-94., and App-169.

Verse 46

a = the; denoting the well-known mountain. to pray. See App-134.

Verse 47

on. Greek. epi. App-104.

Verse 48

He saw He having seen. App-133.

toiling = distressed. Greek. basanizo, translated "tor ment "(Mark 5:7. Matthew 8:6, Matthew 8:28, Luke 8:28, Revelation 9:5; Revelation 11:10; Revelation 14:1, Revelation 14:0; Revelation 20:10. Compare Matthew 4:24).

about. Greek. peri App-104. Not the same word as in Mark 6:44.

the fourth watch. See App-51.

upon. Greek. epi. App-104.

would have passed by = wished (App-102.) to pass by. Only here.

Verse 49

a spirit. Greek. phantasma = a phantom. Compare Matthew 14:26.

Verse 50

they all saw Him. A Divine supplement, here.

talked with them = spoke with them. Matthew and John = to them.

Verse 51

ceased = dropped. Compare Mark 4:39.

sore = exceedingly.

Verse 52

For &c. Verse 52 is a Divine supplement, here.

the miracle of the loaves = concerning (Greek. epi. App-104.) the loaves.

hardened. Referring to the habitual state.

Verse 53

into = upon. Greek. cpi, App-104.

drew to the shore. A Divine supplement, here.

Verse 54

out of. Greek. ek. App-104.

knew = recognised. App-132. The result of Mark 5:20.

Verse 55

beds = mats, or mattresses. See note on Mark 2:4.

Verse 56

And, &c. Verse 56 is a Divine supplement,

here. = Country places.

the streets = the market-places. Compare Matthew 11:16. besought. App-134.

border. See Matthew 9:20.

made whole = healed. Greek. sozo to save. Compare Luke 7:10.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Mark 6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.