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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 1:23-28

As soon as Christ began to preach, he began to work miracles for the confirmation of his doctrine; and they were such as intimated the design and tendency of his doctrine, which were to conquer Satan, and cure sick souls. In these verses, we have, I. Christ's casting the devil out of a man that was possessed, in the synagogue at Capernaum. This passage was not related in Matthew, but is afterward in Luke 4:33. There was in the synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, en pneumati akatharto?in an... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 1:23-28

1:23-28 There was in the synagogue a man in the grip of an unclean spirit. Immediately he broke into a shout. "What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth?" he said. "Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are you are The Holy One of God." Jesus spoke sternly to him. "Be silent," he said, "and come out of him." When the unclean spirit had convulsed the man and had cried with a great cry it came out of him. They were all so astonished that they kept asking each other, "What is this?... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 1:26

And when the unclean spirit had torn him ,.... Not that he had torn any limb from him, or had made any wound in any part of his body; for Luke says, Luke 4:35 , that he "hurt him not", but he shook him; and as Luke there says, "threw him in the midst", of the people, or synagogue; and so the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read here, "he cast him", or "threw him to the ground": he threw him into convulsions, and laid him prostrate on the floor: and cried with a loud voice, he came... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 1:26

And when the unclean spirit had torn him - And had thrown him down in the midst, Luke 4:35 , και σπαραξαν , and convulsed him. Never was there a person possessed by an unclean spirit who did not suffer a convulsion, perhaps a total ruin of nature by it. Sins of uncleanness, as the apostle intimates, are against the body; they sap the foundation of life, so that there are very few of this class, whether male or female, that live out half their days: they generally die martyrs to their... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 1:26

Verse 26 Mark 1:26When the unclean spirit had torn him Luke uses a milder phrase, when the devil had thrown him down: but they agree perfectly as to the meaning; for the design of both was to show, that the devil went out of the man in a violent manner. He threw down the unhappy man, as if he had intended to tear him: but Luke says that the attempt was unsuccessful; for he hurt him nothing Not that the attack was, in no degree whatever, attended by injury, or at least by some feeling of pain;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 1:21-28

The authority of Jesus. A note of Christ's work as a whole, which occasioned remark amongst his contemporaries. Not so much what he did, as how. A grandeur of nature and manner. Nothing is so difficult to define as authority, especially when it is a personal attribute. I. How IT SHOWED ITSELF . 1 . From the outset of his career. The Capernaum synagogue, where his boyhood had been passed, did not daunt him. The ordinary circumstances, which tend to dwarf even great men, did... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 1:21-28

Soul-emancipation. I. BONDAGE OF BODY AND SOUL OUR NATURAL CONDITION . We are fettered and distressed in our fetters. Disease is a bond; habitual ideas of one kind or another are bonds to every man. The mystery of evil possession we cannot fathom; what we know is that our imagination is a tyrant. "Fixed ideas" harshly govern us, irritate our passions. We long for freedom, yet cannot shake them off. II. THIS RESTRAINT MUST BE PUT AN END TO BY DIVINE ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 1:21-28

Parallel passage: Luke 4:31-37 .— The healing of a demoniac the synagogue of Capernaum. I. SYNAGOGUE SERVICE . It was the sabbath, and our Lord was teaching in the synagogue of Capernaum. The service of the synagogue was simple. In addition to the prayers, there was the reading of the Divine Word. First came the Parashah , or lesson of the Law; then followed the Haphtarah , or prophetical section. Hence we read, in the account of our Lord standing up to read in the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 1:21-39

The illustrative example of Christ's work. No sooner is the great work begun than a strikingly illustrative example of its true character and beneficent power is presented. It was in Capernaum, which, so far from being "exalted unto heaven," would hear the curse, "Thou shalt go down unto Hades." And it was "the sabbath day;" therefore of a surety "he straightway … entered into the synagogue." Now, in his "Father's house," he is doing the great work he came to do, "to bear witness of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 1:23-28

Christ's authority over spirits. After a condensed narrative of the events introductory to our Lord's ministry, Mark proceeds to relate, in circumstantial detail, miracles performed in Capernaum and the neighborhood, forming a cycle of the greatest importance; for by these miracles the interest of the population of Galilee was excited, whilst the hostility of the scribes and Pharisees was gradually aroused. Mark's is the Gospel of Power—his emblem is the lion. He tells the story of... read more

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