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Mark 3


 1 And (*) (1) he entered again into the Synagogue, and there was a man which had a (a) withered hand.


(*) Matthew 12:9; Luke 6:6 .

(1) Thirdly, for that they preferred the ceremonial Law (which was but an appendant to the moral Law) before the moral Law, whereas contrariwise, they should have learned out of this, the true use of the ceremonial Law.
(a) That is, unprofitable and dead.


 2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him.


 3 Then he said unto the man which had the withered hand, Arise; stand forth in the midst.


 4 And he said to them, Is it lawful to do a good deed on the Sabbath day, or to do evil? To save the (b) life, or to kill? But they (*) held their peace.


(b) A figurative of speech, by the figure Synecdoche. For this kind of saying, To save the life, is as much, as to save the man.

(*) They held their tongues of malice; for they would neither confess nor deny.


 5 Then he looked round about on them (c) (*) angrily, mourning also for the (d) hardness of their hearts, and said to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored, as whole as the other.


(c) Men, when they have wrong done unto them, are angry, but not without vice, but Christ is angry without vice, neither is he sorry so much for the injury that is done to his own person, as for their wickedness; and therefore he had pity upon them, and for that cause is said to have mourned.

(*) Christ is in such sort angry with man, that he pitieth him and seeketh to win him.
(d) As though their heart had been so closed up, and grown together, that wholesome doctrine could prevail no more with them.


 6  ¶ (2) And the Pharisees departed, and straightway gathered a council with the (e) (*) Herodians against him, that they might destroy him.


(2) The more the truth is kept under, the more it cometh out.
(e) Matthew 22:16 .

(*) Although they hated one another deadly, yet this hindered them, not to join their malice to resist Christ.


 7 But Jesus avoided with his disciples to the sea; and a great multitude followed him from Galilee, and from Judea,


 8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and (f) beyond Jordan, and they that dwelled about Tyre and Sidon, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him in great number.


(f) Which Josephus calleth stony or rocky.


 9 And he commanded his disciples, that a little ship should (g) wait for him, because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.


(g) Should always be ready for him.


 10 For he had healed many, in so much that they pressed upon him to touch him, as many as had (h) (*) plagues.


(h) Diseases wherewith God scourgeth men as it were with whips.

(*) Or, scourges, meaning diseases.


 11 And when the (i) unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.


(i) In them whom they had entered into; or by the figure called Metonymy, for them which were vexed with unclean spirits.


 12 And he sharply rebuked them, to the end they should not utter him.


 13  ¶ (*) Then he went up into a mountain, and called unto him whom he would, and they came unto him.


(*) Mark 6:7; Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1 .


 14  (3) And he (k) appointed twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them to preach,


(3) The twelve Apostles are set apart to be trained up to the office of the Apostleship.
(k) Chose and appointed out twelve to be familiar and conversant with him.


 15 And that they might have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.


 16 And the first was Simon, and he named Simon, Peter;


 17 Then James the son of Zebedee, and John James’ brother (and surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder.)


 18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and (l) (*) Thaddaeus, and Simon the (♣) Canaanite,


(l) Whom Luke also calleth Judas; and for difference sake, the other Judas is called Iscariot.

(*) Or, Lebbaeus, or Judas.

(♣) Or, zealous.


 19 And Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him, and they came (m) (*) home.


(m) The disciples who Christ had taken to be of his train and to live with him, come home to his house, to be with him always after.

(*) The disciples were now conversant with Christ both at home and abroad.


 20 And the multitude assembled again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.


 21  (4) And when (*) his (n) kinsfolk’s heard of it, they went out to lay (♣) hold on him; for they said that he was beside himself.


(4) None are worse enemies of the Gospel, than they that least ought.

(*) Or, they that were about him.
(n) Word for word, they that were of him, that is, his kinsfolks; for they that were mad, were brought to their kinsmen.

(♣) His kinsfolks would have shut him within doors, lest any harm should have come unto them, if any tumult had been made; for some would have made him a King, and the Pharisees with others sought his life, so that hereby they might have procured the hatred of Herod, and of the Pharisees and of the Romans.


 22  ¶ (*) And the Scribes which came down from Jerusalem, said, He hath Beelzebub, and through the prince of the devils he casteth out devils.


(*) Matthew 9:34; Matthew 12:24; Luke 11:15 .


 23 But he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan drive out Satan?


 24 For if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.


 25 Or if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot continue.


 26 So if (o) Satan make insurrection against himself, and be divided, he cannot endure, but is at an end.


(o) Satan's imps or bid.


 27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and take away his goods, except he first bind that strong man, and then spoil his house.


 28  ¶ (*) (5) Verily I say unto you, all sins shall be forgiven unto the children of men, and blasphemies, wherewith they blaspheme;


(*) Matthew 12:31; Luke 12:10; 1 John 5:16 .

(5) They only are without hope of salvation, which do maliciously oppugn Christ, whom they know.


 29 But he that (*) blasphemeth against the holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but is culpable of eternal damnation.


(*) Which is, when a man fighteth against his own conscience, and striveth against the truth which is revealed unto him; for such one is in a reprobate sense and cannot come to repentance.


 30  (p) Because they said, He had an unclean spirit.


(p) These are the words of the Evangelist.


 31  ¶ (*) Then came his (q) (♣) brethren and mother and stood without, and sent unto him, and called him.


(*) Matthew 12:46; Luke 8:19 .

(q) Under this name Brother, the Hebrews understand all that are of the same stock and kindred.  

(♣) Or, cousins.


 32 And the people sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother, and thy brethren seek for thee without.


 33 But he answered them, saying, Who is my mother and my brethren?


 34  (6) And he looked round about on them, which sat in compass about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren.


(6) The spiritual kindred is far otherwise to be accounted of, than the carnal or fleshly.


 35 For whosoever doeth the will of God, he is my brother, my sister, and my mother.



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