(1) The faithless world by no means diminishes the virtue of Christ, but knowingly and willingly it deprives itself of the efficacy of it being offered unto them.
(a) The word signifies powers or virtues, by which are meant those wonderful works that Christ did which showed and set forth the virtue and power of his Godhead to all the world; (Matthew 7:22).
(b) This word is used after the manner of the Hebrews, who by brethren and sisters understand all relatives.
(c) Not only has that honour taken from him which is rightly due to him, but also has evil spoken of him and his words are misrepresented.
(d) That is, he would not: for we need to have faith if we are going to receive the works of God.
(2) The disciples are prepared for that general apostleship by a special sending forth.
(3) Faithful pastors should not have their minds set even on things that are necessary for this life, if they might be a hindrance unto them, even if it is just a small hindrance.
(e) The word properly signifies women's shoes.
(f) That is they should take no change of garments with them, so that they might be lighter for this journey and travel more quickly.
(g) That is, do not change your inns in this short journey.
(4) The Lord severely avenges evil done to his servants.
(h) This oil was a token and a sign of his marvellous virtue: and seeing that the gift of healing has stopped a good while since, the ceremony of anointing which is yet carried on by some is of no purpose.
(5) The gospel confirms the godly and vexes the wicked.
(i) The word signifies powers, by which is meant the power of working miracles.
(k) Of the old prophets.
(l) Commanded to be beheaded.
(m) Sought all means to hurt him.
(n) The tyrant was very well content to hear sentence pronounced against himself, but the seed fell upon stony places.
(o) This same Herodias had the daughter by Philip, not by Herod Antipas, and Josephus called the daughter Salome.
(p) For women did not used to eat with men.
(q) The word signifies one that bears a short lance, and the king's guard was so called because they bore short lances.
(6) Such as follow Christ will lack nothing, not even in the wilderness, but they will have an abundance. And how wicked a thing it is not to look during this temporal life to the hands of the one who gives everlasting life!
(r) This is a kind of demand and wondering, with a subtle mockery, which men commonly use when they begin to get angry and refuse to do something.
(s) Which is about twenty crowns, which is five pounds.
(t) Literally, "by banquets", after the manner of the Hebrews who have no distributive words; see (Mark 6:7). Now he calls the rows of the sitters, "banquets".
(u) The word signifies the beds in a garden, and it is literally, "by beds and beds", meaning by this that they sat down in rows one by another, as beds in a garden.
(7) The faithful servants of God after their little labour are subject to a great tempest which Christ, being present in power although absent in body, moderates in such a way that he brings them to a happy haven, at such time and by such means as they did not expect: A graphic image of the Church tossed to and fro in this world.
(x) His disciples.
(y) They were still so amazed when they knew that it was no spirit, that they were much more astonished than they ever were before, when they saw the wind and the sea obey his commandment.
(z) Either they did not perceive, or had not well considered that miracle of the five loaves, to the point that the virtue of Christ was just as strange to them as if they had not been present at that miracle which was done just a little before.
(8) Christ being rejected in his own country, and suddenly arriving to those who had not looked for him, is received to their great profit.
(a) Or the hem of his garment.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Mark 6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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