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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 8:27-38

We have read a great deal of the doctrine Christ preached, and the miracles he wrought, which were many, and strange, and well-attested, of various kinds, and wrought in several places, to the astonishment of the multitudes that were eye-witnesses of them. It is now time for us to pause a little, and to consider what these things mean; the wondrous works which Christ then forbade the publishing of, being recorded in these sacred writings, are thereby published to all the world, to us, to all... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 8:27-30

8:27-30 Jesus and his disciples went away to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the road he asked his disciples a question. "Who," he said to them, "do men say that I am?" They said to him, "Some say, John the Baptizer; others say, Elijah; others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "You--who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are God's Anointed One." And he insisted that they should tell no man about him. Caesarea Philippi was outside Galilee altogether. It was not in the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 8:28

And they answered ,.... That some said he was John the Baptist ; which was the opinion of Herod, and others: but some say Elias ; that is the "Tishbite", whom the Jews in general expected in person before the coming of the Messiah and imagined that Jesus was he: and others one of the prophets ; as Jeremiah or Isaiah or some other. The Vulgate Latin reads, "as one of the prophets"; and so Beza's ancient copy as in Mark 6:15 . All spake highly and honourably of him: the people in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-28

And Jesus went forth, and his disciples, into the villages of Caesarea Philippi . This verse seems to corroborate the view that the Bethsaida just referred to was Bethsaida Julias. Caesarea Philippi lies at the roots of Libanus. Cornelius a Lapide says that it was originally celled Dan, the place where two little streams united, namely, Jeor and Daniel These two streamlets so united make the Jordan, whence the name Jeer-Dan, or Jordan. But since Pan, the God of shepherds, was better known to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-30

Peter's good confession. The scene of this is worth notice. It lay to the northward of Bethsaida, amongst the villages in the neighbourhood of Caesarea Philippi. This town, on the site of the ancient Paneas (now Bahias), was built by the tetrarch Philip in honor of Tiberius Caesar, and is to be distinguished from the Caesarea of the southern Mediterranean seaboard of Palestine. The country was magnificent; wild, wooded, and mountainous, and dominated by the royal castle of Subeibeh. Here,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-30

The confession of Peter. The brief record of St. Mark leads us to turn to the fuller statements of St. Matthew. Jesus tests the faith of his disciples "as they were able" to bear it. First, "in the way he asked, Who do men say that I am?" What is the general opinion? Then, more closely," But who say ye that I am?" It was a day of testing. There had been a general blindness. Immediately before he had occasion to say, "O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have no... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-30

Jesus the Messiah. I. SOME MISTAKEN IDENTIFICATIONS OF JESUS . John Baptist; Elijah; a prophet; Jeremiah, according to Matthew. There was some truth here. They recognized the prophetic inspiration and power of Jesus. Truth in feeling, error in thought; Jesus was the greatest of the prophets, not reproducing his predecessors, but going beyond them. God hath spoken by his Son ( Hebrews 1:1-14 .). II. A TRUE IDENTIFICATION . Peter's, "Thou art the Messiah," i.e. the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-34

Parallel passages: Matthew 16:13-24 ; Luke 9:18-23 .— Christ's prediction of his death and rebuke of Peter. This section will be considered in connection with a like prediction in the following (ninth) chapter of this Gospel.—J.J.G. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Mark 8:27-38

See this passage illustrated in the notes at Matthew 16:13-28.Mark 8:32He spake that saying openly - With boldness or confidence, or without parables or figures, so that there could be no possibility of misunderstanding him.Mark 8:38Ashamed of me - Ashamed to own attachment to me on account of my lowly appearance and my poverty.And of my words - My doctrines, my instructions.This adulterous and sinful generation - This age given to wickedness, particularly to adultery.In the glory of his Father... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Mark 8:27-30

Mark 8:27-30. And Jesus went into the towns of Cesarea Philippi These verses are explained at large in the notes on Matthew 16:13-20. He charged them that they should tell no man of him He enjoined on them silence for the present, 1st, That he might not encourage the people to set him up for a temporal king; 2d, That he might not provoke the scribes and Pharisees to destroy him before the time, and, 3d, That he might not forestall the brighter evidence which was to be given of his divine... read more

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