(1) The same gospel is sown everywhere, but does not everywhere yield the same fruit, and this is only due to the fault of men themselves.
(a) Those things are called secret which may not be uttered: for the word used here is equivalent to our saying, "to hold a man's peace".
(b) That is, as soon as they have heard the word, they go about their business.
(c) They do not bring forth perfect and full fruit to the ripening: or, they begin, but they do not bring to an end.
(d) Who seek not only to seem to be such, but are indeed so: so that this word "honest" refers to the outward life, and the word "good" refers to the good gifts of the mind.
(e) With much difficulty, for the devil and the flesh fight against the Spirit of God, who is a new guest.
(2) That which every man has received in private he ought to bestow to the use and profit of all men.
(3) Heavenly gifts are lost when one is sparing with them, and increase when one is liberal with them.
(f) That is, with what minds you come to hear the word, and how you behave yourselves when you have heard it.
(g) Either to himself, or to others, or to both: for there are none so proud as these fellows, if it were possible to see those things which they disguise: neither are there those that deceive the simple more than they do.
(4) There is no relationship of flesh and blood among men so intimate and upright as the band which is between Christ and those who embrace him with a true faith.
(5) It is expedient for us sometimes to come into extreme danger, as though Christ was not with us, that we may have a better test, both of his power, and also of our weakness.
(h) Jesus fell asleep, and it appears that he was very fast asleep, because they called him twice before he awoke.
(i) Not the disciples, but the ship.
(6) Christ shows by casting out a legion of demons by his word alone that his heavenly power was appointed to deliver men from the slavery of the devil: but foolish men for the most part will not redeem this so excellent grace freely offered unto them if it means the loss of even the least of their wealth.
(k) By force and violence, as a horse when he is spurred.
(l) That is, the city of the Gadarenes: and though Mark says that he preached it in Decapolis, these accounts do not differ, for Pliny records in lib. 5, chap. 18, that Gadara is a town of Decapolis: so that Decapolis was partly on this side of Jordan, and partly on the other side.
(m) The multitude was glad he had come again, and greatly rejoiced.
(7) Christ shows by a double miracle that he is Lord both of life and death.
(n) All that she had to live upon.
(o) The word signifies to beat and strike, and is used in the mournings and lamentations that are at burials, at which times men used this type of behaviour.
(p) The corpse was lying there, and then the young girl received life, and rose out of the bed, that all the world might see that she was not only restored to life, but also void of all sickness.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Luke 8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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