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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Mark 6

Verse 1

into. Greek eis . App-104 . Not the same as Mark 6:53 .

His own country = His native country: i.e. Galilee, App-169 . This was His second visit (Matthew 13:54 ),

country . Greek. patris.

Verse 2

in. Greek. en. App-104 . Not the same word a in verses: Mark 6:8 , Mark 6:25 , Mark 6:55 .

mighty works = miracles. One of the renderings of dunamis (plural) App-172 .

wrought = come to pass.

by = by means of. Greek. dia . App-104 .Mark 6:1 .

Verse 3

not . Greek. ou . App-105 . Not the same word as in verses: Mark 6:9 , Mark 6:11 , Mark 6:34 .

the carpenter = the workman. Such terms used only by His rejecters. Occurs only here and Matthew 13:35 .

with. Greek. pros. App-104 .

were offended = stumbled. Greek. scandalizo .

at = in. Greek en. App-104 .

Verse 4

Jesus . App-98 .

A prophet , &c. Fig, Paraemia. App-6 .

but = except.

among. Greek. en. App-104 .

Verse 5

could there do no = was not (as in Mark 6:3 ) able to do any there. Nazareth saw most of the Lord, but profited least. App-169 .

save = except.

sick = infirm.

Verse 6

marvelled because of , &c. Occurs only in Mark. because of = on account of. Greek. dia . App-104 .Mark 6:2 .

Verse 7

called. The 1611 edition of the Authorized Version reads "calleth".

two and two. Greek. duo duo , Modern critics object that it is not good Greek to repeat the cardinal number for a distributive numeral. But it is found in Aeschylus and Sophocles, and in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (Nos. 121 and 886). See Deisamann's Light, pp 124, 125.

power = authority. App-172 .

spirits. Greek plural of pneuma. See App-101 .

Verse 8

commanded = charged. See Matthew 10:5 , &c.

take = take up (as luggage).

for = with a view to. Greek. eis. App-104 .

staff . See note on Matthew 10:10 .

no . Greek. me . App-105 .

scrip . Sea note on Matthew 10:10 .

money . The only coins minted in Palestine then were copper. Compare Matthew 10:9 for a Divine supplement.

in. Greek. eis . App-104 . Not the same as in verses: Mark 6:2 , Mark 6:4 , Mark 6:11 , Mark 2:25 , Mark 2:27 , Mar 2:29 , Mar 2:47 , Mar 2:48 , Mar 2:55 , Mar 2:56 .

purse = belt or girdle. Occurs only here, and in Matthew 3:4 ; Matthew 10:9 . Matthew 1:6 ; Matthew 6:8 . Acts 21:1 Acts 21:1 .Revelation 1:13 ; Revelation 15:6 .

Verse 9

not . Greek. me. App-105 .

Verse 10

In what place soever = Wherever.

from that place = thence.

Verse 11

whosoever = whatever people.

shake off . Figure of speech paraemia . App-6 .

Verse 12

preached = proclaimed. See App-121 .1.

repent . See App-111 .

Verse 13

devils = demons

anointed with oil. Then a common practice. See James 1:14 .

Verse 14

Herod. See App-109 .

was risen = had been raised.

from = out front. Greek. ek . App-104 . See Matthew 17:9

the dead. No Art. Sec App-139 .

therefore = 0n account of ( App-104 .Mark 6:2; Mark 6:2 ) this.

Verse 15

said = were saying.

Elias = Elijah

Verse 17

prison = the prison.

for . . . sake = on account of. Greek. dia. App-104 .

Verse 18

had said = kept saying.

Verse 19

had a quarrel = kept cherishing a grudge.

would have = was desiring to. See App-102 .

Verse 20

knowing, Greek oida. App-132 . Not the same as in Mark 6:33 ; Mark 6:38 .

observed = kept him (John) safe [from her]: or, protected him; i.e. for the reason given. Occurs only here, and Matthew 9:17 . Luke 2:19 ; Luke 5:28 ,

did many things. T Trm. WH and R read "was at a loss [what to do)", or hesitated, or was much perplexed, reading eporei instead of epoie. Not the Syriac.

and = and [yet].

Verse 21

when a convenient day was come = a convenient day being come, when, &c

convenient = opportune. Only in Mark, and Hebrews 4:16 .

birthday . The notice of the banquet and guests is a Divine supplement.

lords = great men. Occurs only here, Revelation 6:15 , and Revelation 18:23 ,

high captains = chiliarchs (commanders of 1,000 men).

chief estates = the first, or leading [men].

Verse 22

the said Herodias = of Herodias herself.

damsel Greek. korasion, as in Mark 5:4 Mark 5:1 , Mark 5:42 .

wilt . See App-102 .

Verse 25

straightway = immediately. See note on Mark 1:12 . with. Greek. meta . App-104 .

with haste . Note how the opportunity was eagerly seized. See Mark 6:19 .

unto , Greek. pros. App-104 . Not the same as in Mark 6:23 , but the same as in verses: Mark 6:30 , Mark 6:33 , Mark 6:45 , Mar 30:48 , Mar 30:51

I will = I wish. See App-102 .

by and by = instantly.

in = upon. Greek. epi. App-104 .

a charger = a large flat dish. See note on Matthew 14:8 , Matthew 14:11 ,

Verse 27

immediately . See note on Mark 1:12 ,

an executioner . Greek. spekoulator. Occ only here. A Latin word (speculator) = a man who spies out; used of the Roman emperor's bodyguard (an armed detective body) round the emperor at banquets, &c. Herod adopted Roman customs.

Verse 28

was = became.

exceeding . This Divine supplement occurs only here.

would not = was unwilling to. App-102 .

Verse 29

a tomb = the tomb. See note on Matthew 27:60 .

Verse 30

apostles. First occurrence in Mark.

told = reported to.

Verse 31

Come . . . apart . See note on "withdrew" (Mark 3:7 .

Verse 33

people = crowds.

saw. Greek. eidon. App-133 .

knew = recognised. Greek. epiginosko. App-132 .

out of = from. Greek. apo . App-104 . Not the same word as in Mark 6:54 .

Verse 34

toward = upon. Greek. epi. App-104 .

having = conscious of (not) having.

Verse 35

was = had become already.

far passed = advanced.

Verse 36

buy . This was their highest thought. Note the answer ("Give").

nothing = not ( App-105 ) anything.

Verse 37

He = But He.

Give . This is the Lord's higher thought.

Shall we go, &c. This question and Christ's answer are a Divine supplement only here.

pennyworth. See App-51 .

Verse 38

knew = found out. Greek. ginosko. App-132 .

Verse 39

by companies = in table-parties: i.e. arranged in three sides of a square, as in a Jewish or Roman dining-room; the guests being seated on the outside and served from the inside. These were arranged in companies of 50 and of 100. Greek. sumposia sumposia . Figure of speech Epizeuxis ( App-6 ).

upon. Greek. epi. App-104 .,

green. This is a Divine supplement only here.

Verse 40

in rankest in divisions (like garden beds).

by . Greek. ana . App-104 . All the texts read kata . App-104 .

Verse 41

looked up . App-133 .

to = unto. Greek. eis . App-104 . .

heaven = the heaven. Singular. See Matthew 6:9 , Matthew 6:10 .

brake . . . gave . The former is the Aorist tense, recording the instantaneous act; the latter is the Imperfect tense, describing the continuous giving. This shows that the miraculous power was in the hands of Christ, between the breaking and the giving.

all . This is Divine supplement, only in Mark.

Verse 42

filled = satisfied. Compare Matthew 5:6 .

Verse 43

baskets . Greek kophinos = a Jewish wicker travel ling basket. The same word as in Mark 8:19 ; not the same word as in Mark 8:8 , Mark 8:20 .

of = from. Greek. apo . App-104 .

of the fishes. Only mentioned here.

Verse 44

men . Greek. aner, See App-123 . Not generic, but literally men (not women). See Matthew 14:21 .

Verse 45

ship = boat.

to = unto. Greek. eis . App-104 . (as in preceding clause).

Bethsaida . App-94 ., and App-169 .

Verse 46

a = the; denoting the well-known mountain. to pray. See App-134 .

Verse 47

on . Greek. epi . App-104 .

Verse 48

He saw He having seen. App-133 .

toiling = distressed. Greek. basanizo, translated "tor ment "(Mark 5:7 . Matthew 8:6 , Matthew 8:28 , Luke 8:28 , Revelation 9:5 ; Revelation 11:10 ; Revelation 14:1 Revelation 14:0 ; Revelation 20:10 . Compare Matthew 4:24 ).

about . Greek. peri App-104 . Not the same word as in Mark 6:44 .

the fourth watch . See App-51 .

upon. Greek. epi. App-104 .

would have passed by = wished ( App-102 .) to pass by. Only here.

Verse 49

a spirit. Greek. phantasma = a phantom. Compare Matthew 14:26 .

Verse 50

they all saw Him . A Divine supplement, here.

talked with them = spoke with them. Matthew and John = to them.

Verse 51

ceased = dropped. Compare Mark 4:39 .

sore = exceedingly.

Verse 52

For &c. Verse 52 is a Divine supplement, here.

the miracle of the loaves = concerning (Greek. epi . App-104 .) the loaves.

hardened. Referring to the habitual state.

Verse 53

into = upon. Greek. cpi, App-104 .

drew to the shore . A Divine supplement, here.

Verse 54

out of . Greek. ek. App-104 .

knew = recognised. App-132 . The result of Mark 5:20 .

Verse 55

beds = mats, or mattresses. See note on Mark 2:4 .

Verse 56

And, &c. Verse 56 is a Divine supplement,

here. = Country places.

the streets = the market-places. Compare Matthew 11:16 . besought. App-134 .

border . See Matthew 9:20 .

made whole = healed. Greek. sozo to save. Compare Luke 7:10 .

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Mark 6". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/mark-6.html. 1909-1922.