BibliographySchaff, Philip. Tregelles, on insufficient authority, as we think, substitutes what appears, to be a mere interpretation - oligopistian (G3639a), 'because of your little faith.' 2. Who is to pray? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting — that is, as nearly all good interpreters are agreed, “this kind of evil spirits cannot be expelled,” or “so desperate a case of demoniacal possession cannot be cured, but by prayer and fasting.” But since the Lord Himself says that His disciples could not fast while He was with them, perhaps this was designed, as Alford hints, for their after-guidance - unless we take it as but a definite way of expressing the general truth, that great and difficult duties require special preparation and self-denial. And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". BibliographyScofield, C. I. (29) But by prayer and fasting.—The better MSS. or the possessed person himself? note. Church Pulpit Commentary. this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting; which they had not observed; See Gill on Matthew 17:21. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/mark-9.html. See, 1 Kings 18:42-45; Acts 13:2 The two best MSS. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/mark-9.html. Τοῦτο τὸ γένος κ.τ.λ. "Commentary on Mark 9:29". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/mark-9.html. All rights reserved. BibliographyTrapp, John. The Bible Christianity Origins The New Testament The Old Testament Practical Tools for Christians 1914. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. But by prayer and fasting] The cause why they could not cure the child, was unbelief; the cure of unbelief is sought and wrought by fasting and prayer. 1897. "Commentary on Mark 9:29". This demon may be considered as an emblem of deeply rooted vices, and inveterate habits, over which the conquest is not generally obtained, but through extraordinary humiliations. Jesus Heals a Boy With an Unclean Spirit, Epilepsy (Mark 9:14-29) Analysis and Commentary. “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21), that is, though nothing is impossible to faith, yet such a height of faith as is requisite for such triumphs is not to be reached either in a moment or without effort - either with God in prayer or with ourselves in self-denying exercises. And he said unto them,.... Matthew, besides the following reason, assigns another, as given by our Lord, why they could not cast out the foul spirit, which was their unbelief; of which they were guilty in some sort, as well as the Jews, and the father of the child; but Mark omits it, and only relates this as the reason; this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting; which they had not observed; See Gill on Matthew 17:21. The traditional idea has been that Jesus here prescribes a certain discipline by which the exorcist could gain power to cope successfully with the most obstinate cases of possession, a course of prayer and fasting. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. omit the whole verse. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/mark-9.html. Do we ask despairingly how it is that we have not been able to cast it out? Now the three disciples and Jesus return from the mountain and find the remaining disciples arguing with Jewish scribes. Second Explicit Announcement of His Approaching Death and Resurrection (Mr 9:30-32). What Jesus said doubtless was: “This kind can go out in (on the ground of) nothing except prayer,” and His meaning that there was no hope of success except through a believing (of course faith is implied) appeal to the almighty power of God. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 1863-1878. This miracle teaches that it takes the power of faith to overcome the enemy (Matthew 17:20; Mark 9:19, 23-24).Why had the nine disciples failed? "Commentary on Mark 9:29". (Read Mark 9:14-29) The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith. Christ’s example.—Christ’s own practice corresponds with His warnings and injunctions. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/mark-9.html. They lacked faith, because they had been slack in those spiritual exercises which keep faith bright and strong.… We may note that “prayer and fasting” are as blessed in gaining the Holy Spirit as they are in expelling the evil one (Acts 13:3; Acts 14:23).’. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). His first words are, “Because of your unbelief.” In this, the latter part of His answer, He takes the Apostles yet farther back, namely to the cause of their want of faith. By The Rev. Synopsis. sometimes gives his interpretation of Christ’s words as having been actually spoken; see on Mark 9:1, Mark 8:29. ἐν προσευχῇ. But since the Lord Himself says that His disciples could not fast while He was with them, perhaps this was designed, as Alford hints, for their later guidance-unless we take it as but a definite way of expressing the general truth, that great and difficult duties require special preparation and self-denial. Very much is … Mark 9:29. But the answer to their question, as given by Matthew (Matthew 17:1-27), is more full: "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief" [ apistian (Greek #570). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/mark-9.html. But it is needless and also untrue. The voice of humanity, and the experience of centuries, the practice of holy men, and the example and the words of Christ Himself, have all testified to the need there is for the spiritual observance of such times, if men are to keep their soul alive in them—and who are we that we should venture to set ourselves against such overpowering testimony?