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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 1:29-39

In these verses, we have, I. A particular account of one miracle that Christ wrought, in the cure of Peter's wife's mother, who was ill of a fever. This passage we had before, in Matthew. Observe, 1. When Christ had done that which spread his fame throughout all parts, he did not then sit still, as some think that they may lie in bed when their name is up. No, he continued to do good, for that was it he aimed at, and not his own honour. Nay, those who are in reputation, had need be busy and... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 1:35-39

1:35-39 Very early, when it was still night, Jesus rose and went out. He went away to a deserted place and there he was praying. Simon and his friends tracked him down and said to him, "They are all searching for you," Jesus said to them, "Let us go somewhere else, to the nearby villages, that I may proclaim the good news there too, for that is why I came forth." So he went to their synagogues, all over Galilee, proclaiming the good news as he went, and casting out demons. Simply to read... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 1:38

And he said unto them, let us go into the next towns ,.... Instead of returning with his disciples to Capernaum, as they expected he would, and especially since there was such a concourse of people got together, he proposes to go to "the next towns"; or "village cities"; towns that were neither villages, nor cities, but between both, as the word signifies: hence the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Persic versions render it, "villages and cities": and it designs such towns in which there were... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 1:38

The next towns - Κωμοπολεις properly signifies such towns as resembled cities for magnitude and number of inhabitants, but which were not walled as were cities. The Codex Bezae, most of the versions, and all the Itala, read, Let us go into the neighboring villages, And Into The Cities. For therefore came I forth - Εις τουτο , for this purpose am I come forth - to preach the Gospel to every creature, that all might hear, and fear, and return unto the Lord. The towns and the villages... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 1:38

Verse 38 Mark1:38.For on this account I came out. Luke 4:43.For on this account am I sent. These words deserve our attention: for they contain a declaration of his earnest desire to fulfill his office. But it will perhaps be asked, is it better that the ministers of the Gospel should run here and there, to give only a slight and partial taste of it in each place, or that they should remain, and instruct perfectly the hearers whom they have once obtained? I reply. The design of Christ, which is... 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 1:32-39

Parallel passages: Matthew 8:16 , Matthew 8:17 ; Matthew 4:23-25 ; Luke 4:40-44 .— A Physician for both body and soul. I. CURES OF DISEASED PERSONS AND DEMONIACS . 1 . The time specified. It was now evening, and the sun had just set; and so the sabbath—for it was the sabbath day, as we know from Luke 4:21 —was considered past. The people now felt at liberty, without encroaching on the sacred rest of that holy day, to bring their sick for healing. Another... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 1:35-39

Prayer and work. We are told concerning our Divine Lord, that "it behoved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren." This indeed is implied in his designation, "Son of man." Our nature is both contemplative and active; the life of a religious man is distinguished alike by devout meditation and communion with God, and by consecrated and energetic labour in God's service. It was the same with our great Leader. The passage before us presents the Lord Jesus in both these aspects,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 1:38-39

These two verses indicate the extent and duration of our Lord's first missionary journey. It must have been considerable. He preached in the synagogues. This would be on successive sabbaths. According to Josephus, Galilee was a densely populated district, with upwards of two hundred villages, each containing several thousand inhabitants. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Mark 1:38

And he said unto them ... - This was said in answer to their “implied” request that he would go and meet the multitudes. “Since the anxiety to hear the truth is so great, since such multitudes are waiting to hear the word, let us go into the next towns,” etc.Next towns - Towns in the neighborhood or vicinity of Capernaum. He proposed to carry the gospel to them, rather than that multitudes should leave their homes and attend him in his ministry. The word here rendered “towns” denotes places in... read more

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