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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Mark 11:26

["But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."]

Adam Clarke Commentary

At the end of this verse, the 7th and 8th verses of Matthew 7. Ask and ye shall receive, etc., are added by M, and sixteen other MSS. The 26th verse is wanting in BLS, seven others, some editions, the Coptic, one Itala, and Theophylact.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/mark-11.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But if ye do not forgive,.... Freely and fully, such as have trespassed against you, remit the debts they owe, and pass by the offences and injuries done you, and put up with every affront and indignity:

neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses; that is, such persons do not appear to have any true, or right notions of forgiveness; nor is there any evidence that their hearts are duly affected, or truly impressed with a sense of it; nor can they, upon their own principles and conduct, expect it: not but that to whomsoever God stands in the relation of a Father, and they are his children by adopting grace; these he pities and pardons, Christ's sake; the same covenant which contains the blessing of adoption, provides for pardoning mercy, and a non-remembrance of sin; the same persons that are predestinated to the adoption of children by Christ, and whom he has redeemed, that they might receive it, have the forgiveness of their sins, according to the riches of God's grace; for redemption and forgiveness of sins go together; and as many as are the children of God by faith in Christ, by the same faith receive the remission of sins; and without a view of pardon through the blood of Christ, a child of God cannot draw nigh to its heavenly Father, with that boldness, and cheerfulness, and filial fear it should; but there is forgiveness with him, that he may be feared; to whomsoever God stands in the relation of a Covenant God and Father, to them he manifests himself as a God pardoning iniquity, transgression, and sin: unless the word "father" here not to be taken for such a special relation of grace, but only as expressive of him as the God of nature and providence, who has made; and takes care of all his creatures; in which sense he is the Father of all: as it is said, "have we not all one Father? hath not one God created us?" Malachi 2:10; and so "our heavenly Father", or "our Father" which is in heaven, may be so called only from the place where he dwells; and not from the grace he bestows on men, making them partakers of his heavenly gifts and calling, and blessing them in heavenly places, or things in Christ Jesus: in the former view of him it will not necessarily follow, that he does forgive sin, whereas under the latter consideration of him it will; for forgiveness is one of the heavenly gifts and things which he blesses his children with; See Gill on Matthew 6:15.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/mark-11.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

This verse is omitted by Westcott and Hort. The Revised Version puts it in a footnote.


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/mark-11.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

The Fourfold Gospel

And whensoever ye stand praying1, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

  1. Whensoever ye stand praying. A customary attitude.

  2. Praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one. Forgiveness has already been enjoined. See . Here our Lord emphasizes the need of forgiveness because he had just performed a miracle of judgment, and he wished his disciples to understand that they must not exercise their miraculous gifts with a vengeful, unforgiving spirit. They must suffer evil and not retaliate with miracles of judgment.


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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "The Fourfold Gospel". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/mark-11.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Scofield's Reference Notes

if ye

(See Scofield "Matthew 6:12"). Mark 12:26 is omitted from the best MSS.


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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Mark 11:26". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/mark-11.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Ver. 26. See Matthew 6:14. {See Trapp on "Matthew 6:14"}


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/mark-11.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

26.] In εἰ οὐκ, the negative must be closely joined to the verb; the verb, not the conditional particle, carrying the negative: q. d. “if ye refuse to forgive.”


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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/mark-11.html. 1863-1878.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Mark 11:24"


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Mark 11:26". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/mark-11.html. 1685.

Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

26. See crit. note.


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"Commentary on Mark 11:26". "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/mark-11.html. 1896.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

This verse does not appear in the most important ancient manuscripts of Mark"s Gospel. Evidently scribes inserted it later because they associated the preceding verse with Matthew 6:14.


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/mark-11.html. 2012.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

alone will not suffice for the remission of sins; we must moreover pardon every neighbour, and from our heart.


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/mark-11.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

But if, &c. Verse 26 is omitted by T Tr. WH R but not by the Syriac.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/mark-11.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. This is repeated from the Sermon on the Mount (see the notes at Matthew 6:14-15); to remind them that if this was necessary to the acceptableness of all prayer, much more when great things were to be asked and confidently expected. [Tischendorf excludes Mark 11:26 from his text, on what appears to us very insufficient evidence. He thinks it borrowed from Matthew 6:15. Tregelles also excludes it; but Lachmann retains it. Of critical commentators, though Fritzsche brackets it and inclines against it, Meyer and Alford defend it, and DeWette is in favour of it.]

Remarks:

(1) Needless difficulties have been raised, and indifferent solutions of them offered, on the subject of our Lord's expecting fruit from the fig tree when He must have known there was none. But the same difficulty may be raised about the structure of the parable of the Barren Fig Tree, in which it is said that the great Husbandman "came and sought fruit thereon, and found none" (Luke 13:6). The same difficulty may be raised about almost every human thought, feeling, and action of our Lord-that if He possessed divine knowledge and infinite power, such thoughts, feelings, and actions could not have been real. Nay, such difficulties may be raised about the reality of human freedom and responsibility, if it be true that everything is under the supreme direction of the Lord of all. Let us have done with such vain speculations, which every well-regulated mind sees to involve no difficulty at all, though the principle which lies at the bottom of them is beyond the reach of the human mind at present-possibly beyond all finite comprehension.

(2) Was there not another fig tree to which Christ came-not once only, but "lo, those three years-seeking fruit and finding none"? (See the notes at Luke 13:6-9.) How really, how continuously, how keenly, He hungered for that fruit, is best understood by His lamentation over it - "How often would I have gathered thee, and ye would not!" (Matthew 23:37). And is not this repeated from age to age? Well, just as the fig tree which Christ cursed was dried up from the roots long before it was pulled up by the roots, so was it with Israel, of whom Jesus said, while He was yet alive, "but now the things that belong to thy peace are hid from thine eyes;" and yet it was long after that before "the wrath came upon them to the uttermost." And so it is to be feared that many are blighted before they are cut down and cast into the fire, and that there may be a definite time when the curse is pronounced, when the transition takes place, and when the withering process begins, never to be arrested. (See Ezekiel 17:24.) O that men were wise, that they understood these things, that they would consider their latter end!

(3) What glorious encouragement to evangelistic and missionary effort is here held forth! And has not the promise of Mark 11:23 been so abundantly fulfilled in past history as to put to flight all our fears about the future? Certainly when one thinks of the "mountains" that have already been "removed and cast into the sea" by the victorious faith of Christ's disciples-the towering paganisms of the old world which have fallen before the Church of Christ-we may well exclaim of the gigantic Indian superstitions, with the hoar of entire millenniums upon them, and of all other obstacles whatever to the triumphs of the Cross, "Who art thou, O great mountain! Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain" (Zechariah 4:7).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Mark 11:26". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/mark-11.html. 1871-8.

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