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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 8:10-21

Still Christ is upon motion; now he visits the parts of Dalmanutha, that no corner of the land of Israel might say that they had not had his presence with them. He came thither by ship (Mark 8:10); but, meeting with occasions of dispute there, and not with opportunities of doing good, he entered into the ship again (Mark 8:13), and came back. In these verses, we are told, I. How he refused to gratify the Pharisees, who challenged him to give them a sign from heaven. They came forth on purpose... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 8:14-21

8:14-21 They had forgotten to bring loaves, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, "Look to it! Beware of the evil influence of the Pharisees and of the evil influence of Herod!" They kept discussing the situation among themselves, and saying, "We have no loaves." Jesus knew what they were saying. "Why," he said, "do you keep talking about the fact that you have no loaves? Do you not yet see and understand? Is your mind completely obtuse? Do you not see... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 8:18

Having eyes, see ye not ?.... Meaning perhaps both the eyes of their bodies, and of their understandings: they had bodily eyes, and with them saw the miracles he wrought, and yet took little notice of them; and the eyes of their understandings were enlightened by Christ, and yet saw things but very darkly: and having ears, hear ye not ? They had their natural hearing, and yet made but little use of it; and did not so diligently attend to the sound of Christ's words: and though they had... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:1-21

A sign from heaven. "There was again a great multitude, and they had nothing to eat." Again Jesus had "compassion." Again are the disciples perplexed. "Whence shall one be able to fill these men with bread here in a desert place?" Speedily, of "seven loaves" and "a few small fishes" "about four thousand men, beside women and children, did eat and were filled," and "broken pieces remained over" to the extent of "seven baskets." Jesus left the miracle to give its own teachings—the great... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:1-21

Parallel passage: Mt 15:30-16:12. The Feeding of the for thousand 1 . The feeding of the four thousand. 2 . The sign sought by the Pharisees. 3 . The leaven of the Pharisees. I. OMISSION . Having pretty fully considered the feeding of the five thousand recorded in the sixth chapter, and its relation to the feeding of the four thousand narrated in the above section of this eighth chapter, we waive further notice of this subject, as the two miracles are in fact twin miracles,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:11-21

Craving for signs. I. WHENCE THE CRAVING SPRINGS . "The Jews seek after a sign." It is the spirit we nowadays term "sensationalism." It is a natural desire for a certain pleasure of the mind. Fixed ideas, a sameness of mental representations, wearies and saddens the mind. Hence the craving for amusement, which gives change to the perpetual march past of the same old thoughts. The feeling is natural enough. The Jews, who had no science in our sense, and did not live in an... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:14-21

Misunderstanding. The evangelists have left untold much which we would fain know, and they have recorded some things which our unwisdom would have dispensed with. The incident here recorded seems trivial, and the conversation arising upon it commonplace. Yet it was not without a purpose that two evangelists were directed to preserve this passage in our Lord's ordinary life. I. THE WARNING WHICH THE DISCIPLES MISUNDERSTOOD . Christ's ministry of teaching seems to have been... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:14-21

The leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod. The parabolic habit of mind of Christ was essential to the setting forth of Divine truth to the comprehension of men; but as yet the persons who might have been expected to understand his teaching most thoroughly, were continually mistaking it. Whilst their Master discoursed of heavenly things, the thoughts of the disciples were upon the earth. There is nothing so reveals the moral and spiritual distance of persons from one another as the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:14-21

Leaven. After the great miracle of the feeding of the four thousand, Jesus "entered into a boat with his disciples, and came."—for rest, probably—"into the parts of Dalmanutha. And they forgot to take bread." Had not emphasis been laid on their forgetfulness, we might have supposed they had been led to think "one loaf" enough; for if the Master could feed four thousand with seven loaves, surely he could feed twelve men with one! These men were yet but children in understanding, and... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Mark 8:11-21

See this passage explained in Matthew 16:1-12.Mark 8:12Sighed deeply in his spirit - His heart was deeply affected at their wickedness and hypocrisy. The word “spirit” here is taken as the seat of the emotions, passions, affections. He drew groans deeply from his breast.No sign be given - That is, no such sign as they asked, to wit, a sign “from heaven.” He said a sign should be given, the same as was furnished by Jonas, Matthew 16:4. But this was not what they “asked,” nor would it be given... read more

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