9:1 Then 1 he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
(1) The twelve apostles are sent forth only at
the commandment of Christ and equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit: both
that none of the Israelites might pretend ignorance, and also that they might
be better prepared for their general mission.
whatsoever house ye enter into, there a
abide, and thence depart.
(a) When you depart out of any city, depart from
that place where you first took up your lodging: so that in these few words
the Lord forbids them to change their lodgings: for this publishing of the
gospel was as it were a publishing throughout the whole land, that no one in
Judea might pretend ignorance, as though he had not heard that Christ had
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he b
was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the
(2) As soon as the world hears tidings of the
gospel it is divided into differing opinions, and the tyrants especially are
(b) He stuck as it were fast in the mire.
And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And
he took them, and went aside privately into a c
desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
(3) They that follow Christ will lack nothing,
not even in the wilderness.
(c) The word signifies a desert: note, this was
not in the town Bethsaida, but part of the fields belonging to the town.
he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five
loaves and two fishes; d except we
should go and buy meat for all this people.
(d) This is said imperfectly, and therefore we
must understand it to mean something like this: "We cannot give them to
eat unless we go and buy, etc.".
he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, e
he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the
(e) He gave God thanks for these loaves and
fishes, and prayed at the same time that God would feed this multitude which
was so great with such a small quantity, and to put it briefly, that this
whole banquet might be to the glory of God.
And it came to pass, as he was f alone
praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the
people that I am?
(4) Although the world be tossed up and down
between different errors, yet we ought not to condemn the truth but be all the
more desirous to know it, and be more steadfast to confess it.
(f) Alone from the people.
5 Saying, The Son of man must suffer
many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be
slain, and be raised the third day.
(5) Christ himself attained to the heavenly
glory, by the cross and invincible perseverance.
9:23 And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will
come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross g
daily, and follow me.
(g) Even as one day follows another, so does one
cross follow another, and the cross is by the figure of speech metonymy taken
for the miseries of this life: for to be hanged on the cross was the most
grievous and cruel punishment that there was amongst the Jews.
6 And it came to pass about an eight
days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a
mountain to pray.
(6) So that his disciples do not stumble at his
debasing himself in his flesh, he teaches them that it is voluntary, showing
in addition for a moment the brightness of his glory.
appeared in glory, and spake of his h
decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
(h) What death he would die in Jerusalem.
And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept [it] close,
and told no man in i those days any of
those things which they had seen.
(i) Until Christ was risen again from the dead.
9:37 7 And
it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill,
much people met him.
(7) Nothing offends Christ as much as
incredulity, although he bears with it for a time.
9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh
him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and k
bruising him hardly departeth from him.
(k) As it happens in the falling sickness.
8 And they were all amazed at the mighty
power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did,
he said unto his disciples,
(8) We have no reason to promise ourselves rest
and quietness in this world, seeing that they themselves who seemed to fawn
upon Christ crucify him shortly after.
9:44 l Let
these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered
into the hands of men.
(l) Give diligent ear to them, and once you have
heard them see that you keep them.
Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
(9) Ambition results in dishonour, but the result
of modest obedience is glory.
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name;
and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.
(10) Extraordinary things are neither rashly to
be allowed nor condemned.
And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he
stedfastly m set his face to go to
(11) Christ goes willingly to death.
(m) Literally, "he hardened his face":
that is, he resolved with himself to die, and therefore ventured upon his
journey and cast away all fear of death, and went on.
And when his disciples James and John saw [this], they said, Lord, wilt thou
that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias
(12) We must take heed of zeal and fond imitation
which is not moderated, even in good causes, that whatever we do, we do it to
God's glory, and the profit of our neighbour.
9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye
know not what manner of n spirit ye are
(n) So the Hebrews say, that is, you do not know
what will, mind, and counsel you are of: so the gifts of God are called the
spirit because they are given by God's Spirit, and so are the things that
are contrary to them also called the spirit, which proceed from the wicked
spirit, such as the spirit of covetousness, of pride, and madness.
And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said unto
him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
(13) Those who follow Christ must prepare
themselves to endure all discomforts.
And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go
and bury my father.
(14) The calling of God ought to be preferred
without any question, before all duties that we owe to men.
9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury o
their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
(o) Who, even though they live in this frail life
of man, yet are strangers from the true life, which is everlasting and
9:61 15 And
another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them
farewell, which are at home at my house.
(15) Those who follow Christ must at once
renounce all worldly cares.