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Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Mark 9

Verse 1

said = continued to say.

Verily I say unto you. See the four similar asseverations, Matthew 10:23; Matthew 16:28, Matthew 23:36, Matthew 24:34

Verily = Amen. See note on Matthew 5:18 not the some word as in Mark 9:1, Mark 9:2.

not = in no wise, or by no means. Greek. ou me. App-105. This solemn asseveration was not needed for being kept alive six days longer. It looked forward to the end of that age.

till. Greek. eos an. The Particle "an" makes the clause conditional: this condition being the repentance of the nation at the call of Peter, and Compare Mark 28:25, Mark 28:26.

have seen = may have seen. Greek. eidon. App-133.

the kingdom of God. See App-114.

come = actually come.

with = in. Greek. en. App-104. Not the same word as in verses: Mark 9:9, Mark 9:4, Mark 9:8, Mark 9:10, Mark 9:16, Mark 9:19, Mark 9:24.

Verse 2

after. Greek. meta. App-104. Exclusive reckoning. Compare Luke 9:2 (inclusive).

Jesus. See App-98.

into. Greek. cis. App-104.

transfigured = transformed. Greek. metmeoiphoa. To change the form or appearance. Occurs only here, Matthew 17:2; Romans 12:2; and 2 Corinthians 3:18. Contrast metaschematizo, to transfigure, change the figure, shape, mien, &c. (1 Corinthians 4:6. 2 Corinthians 11:13, 2 Corinthians 11:14, 2 Corinthians 11:16. Philippians 1:3, Philippians 1:21). See App-149.

Verse 3

shining = gleaming. Greek. stilbo. Occurs only here.

snow. The whiteness of nature.

so as no fuller, &c. A Divine supplement, here.

no. Greek. on. App-105.

on. Greek. epi. App-104.

earth. Greek. ge App-129.

can white them = is able to whiten them. The whiteness of art.

Verse 4

Elias = Elijah. Compare Malachi 4:4, Malachi 4:5,

with = together with. Greek. sun. App-104. Not the some word as in verses: Mark 9:8, Mark 9:10, Mark 9:19, Mark 8:24, Mark 8:50.

Moses. See note on Mark 1:44.

Verse 5

answered and said. See note on Deuteronomy 1:41.

Master = Rabbi. App-98. Not the same word as in Mark 9:17.

Verse 6

wist = knew. Greek. oida. App-132.

not. Greek. ou. App-105. Same word as in verses: Mark 9:18, Mark 9:28, Mark 9:30, Mark 18:37, Mark 18:39, Mark 18:40, Mark 18:44, Mark 18:46, Mark 18:48. Not the same as in Mark 1:39, Mark 1:41.

Verse 7

them : i.e. Moses and Elijah.

out of = out from. Greek. ek, App-104.

My beloved Son = My Son, the beloved.

hear = hear ye. Compare Deuteronomy 18:19.

Verse 8

suddenly. Greek. exapina. Occurs only here in N.T.

with = in company with. Greek. meta. App-104.

Verse 9

came = were coming.

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

tell = relate to.

no man = no one.

the Son of man See App-98.

were = should have.

from = out from. Greek. ek. App-104.

the dead. No Art. See App-139.

Verse 10

kept = laid hold of and kept.

with = to. Greek. pros. App-104.

should mean = is: i.e. "What is the rising from among [other] dead [people]? "

Verse 11

Why say the scribes. ? = Tho scribes say, &c.

first. See Malachi 4:5, Malachi 4:6.

Verse 12

verily = indeed. Greek. men. Not the same as in Mark 9:1.

it is written = it standeth written.

of = upon. Greek. epi. App-104. Not the same as in Mark 9:17.

must suffer. See note on Mark 8:31.

Verse 13

is . . . come = has. . . come.

have done = did.

listed = desired, or liked. Greek. thelo. App-102.

Verse 14

to. Gr pros. App-104.

multitude = crowd.

about = around. Greek. peri. App-104.

the scribes. This particularizing the scribes as questioners is a Divine supplement, here.

Verse 15

And, &c.: Mark 9:15 and Mark 9:16 are also a Divine supplement, here.

straightway. See notes on Mark 1:10, Mark 1:12

people = crowd. Same word as in Mark 9:14.

beheld = saw, as in Mark 9:14.

were greatly amazed. Greek. ekthambeomai = to be greatly astonished. Occurs only here; and Mark 14:33; Mark 16:5, Mark 16:6.

Verse 17

of from among. Greek. ek. App-104.

Master = = Teacher. App-98. Mark 9:1. Not the same word as in Mark 9:5.

unto. Greek. pros. App-104.

spirit. Greek pneuma. App-101.

Verse 18

he taketh = it seizeth hold of.

he teareth him = it dasheth him down.

and. Note the Figure of speech Polysyndeton, App-6, emphasizing each detail.

foameth = foameth [at the mouth].

gnasheth = grindeth. This and "pineth away" are a Divine supplement, here.

could not = had not [the] power to.

Verse 19

faithless = without faith; not treacherous, but unbelieving.

generation. See note on Matthew 11:16.

suffer = bear with.

Verse 20

when he saw Him. A Divine supplement, here.

tare = convulsed.

wallowed foaming. These details are Divine supplements, here,

wallowed = began to roll about.

Verse 21

And He asked, &c. verses: are a Divine supplement, here.

Of a child = From childhood

Verse 22

to = in order to; or, that it might.

if Thou canst. No doubt is implied. See App-118.

compassion. Relying on this rather than on the Lord"s power.

on. Greek. epi. App-104.

us. Note the tender sympathy of the father.

Verse 23

If thou canst. Note how the Lord gives back the fathers question, with the same condition implied.

believe. Omitted by T Tr. [A] WH R not by the Syriac all things. Figure of speech Synecdoche (App-6). All things included in the promise.

Verse 24

the child. Greek. paidion. App-108.

cried out. Inarticulate.

and said = began to say. Articulate.

Lord. App-98. B. a.

Verse 25

foul = unclean.

charge = command.

Verse 26

cried = cried out.

rent him = threw him into convulsions.

as one = as though.

said, He is = said that he was.

Verse 28

the = a.

him = it.

Verse 29

This kind. Showing that there are different kinds of spirits.

by. Greek. en. App-104.

and fasting. Omitted by LT [Tr. ] A WH R not by the Syriac.

Verse 30

passed through = were passing along through.

through, i.e. not through the cities, but passed along through Galilee past them. Greek. dia App-104, Mark 9:1.

would = wished. App-102.

Verse 31

He taught = He began teaching [Imperf.) The continuation of Mark 8:31

said unto them = said unto them that.

The Son of man. See App-98. This was the second announcement. See the Structure, "T", p. 1402.

is = will be, or, is to be. Figure of speech Heterosis (of Tense), App-6.

Verse 32

saying. Greek. rhema (the first time it is thus rendered). Rhema denotes a word, saying, or sentence in its outward form, as made up of words (i.e. Parts of Speech): whereas logos denotes a word or saying as the expression of thought: hence, the thing spoken or written, the account, &c. given.

Verse 33

And He came, &c. 33-35. A Divine supplement, here.

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

in. Greek. en. App-104. Same as in verses: , Mark 9:50; not the same as in verses: Mark 9:37, Mark 9:39, Mark 9:42.

disputed = were discussing.

among. Greek. pros. App-104.

Verse 34

had disputed = had been discussing.

greatest = greater.

Verse 35

sat down = took His seat (as Teacher).

called. Denoting solemnity in so doing.

If any man, &c. The condition is assumed as a fact. App-118.

desire. Greek. thelo App-102.

shall be = will be.

servant. Greek diakonos, a voluntary servant. Compare Eng. "deacon".

Verse 36

when He had taken him in His arms. This is all one verb (enankalisamenos), and Occurs only here.

Verse 37

in. Greek. epi. App-104.

Verse 38

John answered. His conscience was touched; for he remembered what he had done, and confessed it.

devils = demons.

Verse 39

not. Greek me. App-105.

Verse 40

against. Greek. kata. App-104.

on our part = for (huper = on our behalf. App-104.) us.

Verse 41

ye belong to Christ = ye are Christ"s.

Christ. App-98.

Verse 42

shall offend = shall have caused to stumble.

believe in. See App-150.

better = good.

that = if. A simple hypothesis. App-118.:2.

a millstone = a great millstone (turned by an ass). Compare Matthew 18:6; Luke 17:2. A Greek and Roman punishment: not Jewish.

Verse 43

if. A contingent hypothesis. App-118.

offend = (constantly) cause thee to stumble. Not the same word as in Mark 9:42

life. Greek. zoe(App-170.) With Art.: i.e. into resurrec tion life, or life eternal. See note on Matthew 9:18.

hell. Greek. Geenna. See App-131.

the fire that never shall be quenched = the fire, the unquenchable. Greek. to pur to asbeston. Compare Matthew 3:12.

Verse 44

worm. See Iea. Mark 66:24, and compare Exodus 16:20. Job 7:5; Job 17:44; Job 19:26; Job 21:26; Job 24:20. Isaiah 14:11. This verse and Mark 9:46 are omitted by T (Tr. ] WH R, not the Syriac.

Verse 45

halt = lame.

Verse 47

the kingdom of God. See App-114.

hell fire the Geenna of fire. See note on Mark 9:43.

Verse 48

Where, &c. This is included in all the texts; and is quoted from Isaiah 66:24.

Verse 49

every one shall be salted with fire. Occurs only here in N.T.

every sacrifice, &c. Some texts omit this clause, but not the Syriac Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 2:13). This is intro duced by "For", as a reason why the lesser (finite and temporal) evil is "good" compared with the greater (and final) evil. Every sacrifice is salted (to assist the burning), Deuteronomy 29:23. It is better therefore to endurethe removal of the stumbling-block now, than to be altogether destroyed for ever.

Verse 50

but if, &c. Figure of speech Paraoemia (App-6).

lost his saltness = become saltless.

wherewith = with (Greek. en. App-104.) what. Compare Matthew 5:13; Luke 14:34.

season it? = restore it?

in = within. (Greek. en (App-104.)

one with another = among (Greek. en. App-104.) yourselves. This refers the whole of vs. 43-50 back to verses: Mark 9:34, Mark 9:35; and shows that the stumbling-blocks mentioned in us. 43-47 are the things that destroy peace among brethren.

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