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Mark 9


 1 And (*) he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death till they have seen the (a) (♣) kingdom of God come with power.


(*) Matthew 16:28; Luke 9:27 .

(a) When he shall begin his kingdom through the preaching of the Gospel; that is to say, after the resurrection.

(♣) The preaching of the Gospel received and increased; he spake this to comfort them, and that they should not think they travailed in vain.


 2  (*) (1) And six days after, Jesus took Peter, and James, and John, and brought them up into a high mountain out of the way alone, and he was transfigured before them.


(*) Matthew 17:1; Luke 9:28 .

(1) The heavenly glory of Christ, which should within a short space be abased upon the cross, is avouched by visible signs, by the presence and talk of Elijah and Moses, and by the voice of the Father himself, before three of his disciples, which are witnesses against whom lieth no exception.


 3 And his raiment did (b) (*) shine, and was very white as snow, so white as no fuller can make upon the earth.


(b) Did sparkle as it were.

(*) Christ sheweth his majesty so far as their infirmity was able to comprehend it.


 4 And there appeared unto them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.


 5 Then Peter answered, and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make also three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.


 6  (*) Yet he knew not what he said; for they were (c) afraid.


(*) Peter measured this vision according to his own capacity, not considering the end thereof.

(c) They were beside themselves for fear.


 7 And there was a cloud that shadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, (*) This is my beloved Son, (♣) hear him.


(*) Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5; Luke 3:22; Mark 1:11 .

(♣) Christ only must be the chief teacher and instructor of all them, which profess themselves to be his members, seeing that God the Father giveth him this authority and commandeth us this obedience.


 8 And suddenly they looked round about, and saw no more any man save Jesus only with them.


 9  (2) (*) And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them, that they should tell no man what they had seen, save when the Son of man were risen from the dead again.


(2) The Lord hath appointed his time for the publishing of the Gospel.

(*) Matthew 17:9 .


 10 So they (d) kept that matter to themselves, and (e) demanded one of another, what the rising from the dead again should mean?


(d) Even very hardly as it were.
(e) They questioned not together touching the general resurrection which shall be in the latter day, but they understood not what he meant by that which he spake of his own peculiar resurrection.


 11  (3) Also they asked him, saying, Why say the Scribes, that (*) Elijah (♣) must first come?


(3) The foolish opinion of the Rabbi’s is here reselled touching Elijah’s coming, which was that either Elijah should rise again from the dead, or that his soul should enter into some other body.

(*) Malachi 4:5 .

(♣) Their false opinion was that either Elijah should rise again from the dead, or that his soul should enter into some other body.


 12 And he answered, and said unto them, Elijah verily shall first come, and restore all things; and (*) as it is written of the Son of man, he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.


(*) Isaiah 53:4 .


 13 But I say unto you, that (*) Elijah is come, (and they have done unto him whatsoever they would) as it is written of him.


(*) That is, John Baptist.


 14  ¶ (*) (4) And when he came to his (♣) disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the Scribes disputing with them.


(*) Matthew 17:14; Luke 9:38 .

(4) Christ sheweth by a miracle even to the unworthy, that he is come to bridle the rage of Satan.

(♣) To the nine, which he left the day before.


 15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were amazed, and ran to him, and saluted him.


 16 Then he asked the Scribes, What dispute you (*) among yourselves?


(*) Or, against them.


 17 And one of the company answered, and said, Master, I have brought my son unto thee, which hath a dumb spirit;


 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he (f) (*) teareth him, and he foameth, and gnasheth his teeth, and pineth away; and I spake to thy disciples, that they should cast him out, and they could not.


(f) Vexed him inwardly, as the colic useth to do.

(*) When the spirit cometh upon him, he teacheth him with inward sorrow and pangs as in a colic, a man feeleth such grief, as if his bowels were rent asunder.


 19 Then he answered him, and said, (*) O faithless generation, how long now shall I be with you? How long now shall I suffer you? Bring him unto me.


(*) It seemeth that this man deserved not so sharp an answer; but Christ speaketh in his person to the Pharisees, which were stubborn and desperate.


 20 So they brought him unto him, and as soon as the spirit (g) saw him, he tare him, and he fell down on the ground wallowing and foaming.


(g) So soon as Jesus had looked upon the boy that was brought unto him, the devil began to rage after his manner.


 21 Then he asked his father, How long time is it since he hath been thus? And he said, Of a child.


 22 And oft times he casteth him into the fire, and into the water to destroy him; but if thou canst do anything, help us, and have compassion upon us.


 23 And Jesus said unto him, If (*) thou canst believe it, (h) all things are (♣) possible to him that believeth.


(*) The Lord is ever ready to help us, for that we put him not back through our incredulity.

(h) There is nothing but Christ can and will do it, for them that believe in him.

(♣) All things that are agreeable to the will of God, shall be granted to him that believeth; for faith seeketh nothing, that is contrary to his will, or that is not revealed in his word.


 24 And straightway the father of the child crying with tears, said, Lord, I believe; help my (*) unbelief.


(*) That is, the feebleness and imperfection of my faith.


 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee come out of him, and enter no more into him.


 26  (5) Then the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out, and (*) he was as one dead, in so much that many said, He is dead.


(5) The nearer that the virtue of Christ is, the more outrageously doth Satan rage.

(*) Meaning, the child.


 27 But Jesus took his hand, and lifted him up, and he arose.


 28  (6) And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him secretly, Why could not we cast him out?


(6) We have need of faith, and therefore of prayer and fasting, to cast Satan out of his old possession.


 29 And he said unto them, This kind can by no other means come forth, but by (*) prayer and fasting.


(*) Meaning, that prayer which is surely grounded upon faith and hath fasting joined unto it as a profitable aid.


 30  ¶ (*) And they departed thence, and (i) went together through Galilee, and he would not that any should have known it.


(*) Matthew 17:22; Luke 9:22 .

(i) He and his disciples together.


 31  (7) For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him, but after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day.


(7) Christ forewarneth us with great diligence to the end we should not be oppressed with sudden calamities, but the slothfulness of man is wonderful.


 32 But (*) they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.


(*) Because they imagined that Christ should reign temporally, this matter of his death was so strange, that they could perceive nothing.


 33  (*) (8) After, he came to Capernaum; and when he was in the (k) house, he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among you by the way?


(*) Matthew 18:1; Luke 9:46 .

(8) Only humility doth exalt.
(k) Where he was wont to make his abed.


 34 And they held their peace, for by the way they reasoned among themselves, who should be the chiefest.


 35 And he sat down and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant unto all.


 36 And he took a little child, and set him in the midst of them, and took him in his arms, and said unto them,


 37 Whosoever shall receive one of such little children in my Name, receiveth me; and whosoever receiveth me, receiveth not (l) (*) me, but him that sent me.


(l) He doth not only receive me, but also him that sent me.

(*) To wit, only as man, but as him in whom is all perfection and fullness of all graces and benefits.


 38  ¶ (*) (9) Then John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils by thy Name, which followeth not us, and we forbade him, because he followeth us not.


(*) Luke 9:49; 1 Corinthians 12:3 .

(9) God who is the author of an ordinary vocation, worketh also extraordinarily so oft as it pleaseth him. But an extraordinary vocation is tried  by the doctrine and the effects.


 39  ¶ But Jesus said, Forbid him not, for there is no man that can do a (*) miracle by my Name, that can lightly speak evil of me.


(*) Or, any great work.


 40 For whosoever is not (*) against us, is on our part.


(*) Although he shew not himself to be mine, yet in that he beareth reverence to my Name, it is enough for us.


 41  (*) And whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink for my Name’s sake, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.


(*) Matthew 10:42 .


 42  (*) (10) And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones, that believe in me, it were better for him rather, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were cast into the sea.


(*) Matthew 18:6; Luke 17:2 .

(10) God is so severe a revenger of offences, that it is better to suffer any loss, than to be an occasion of offence unto any.


 43  (*) Wherefore if thy (♣) hand cause thee to offend, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter into life, maimed, than having two hands, to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched,


(*) Matthew 5:29; Matthew 18:8 .

(♣) It is a manner of speech, which signifieth that we should cut off all things, which hinder us to serve Christ.


 44  (*) Where their (m) (♣) worm dieth not, and the fire never goeth out.


(*) Isaiah 66:24 .

(m) Their worm which shall be cast into that flame.

(♣) These similitudes declare the pains, and eternal torments of the damned.


 45 Likewise, if thy foot cause thee to offend, cut it off; it is better for thee to go halt into life, than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched,


 46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire never goeth out.


 47 And if thine eye cause thee to offend, pluck it out; it is better for thee to go into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire,


 48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire never goeth out.


 49  (11) For every man shall be (n) (♣) salted with fire, and (*) every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.


(11) We must be seasoned and powdered by God, both that we may be acceptable sacrifices unto him, and also that we being knit together, may season one another.
(n) That is, shall be consecrated to God, being seasoned with the incorruptible word.

(♣) He teacheth that it is better to be sacrificed to God by salt and fire, that is, to be purged, and sanctified, than to be sent into hell fire.

(*) Leviticus 2:13 .


 50  (*) Salt is good; but if the (♣) salt be unsavory, wherewith shall it be seasoned? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.


(*) Matthew 5:13; Luke 14:34 .

(♣) They which destroy the grace that they have received of God, are as a salt, which hath lost its savor and are worse than infidels.





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