8:4 1 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
(1) The same gospel is sown everywhere, but does
not everywhere yield the same fruit, and this is only due to the fault of men
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the a
mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they
might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
(a) Those things are called secret which may not
be uttered: for the word used here is equivalent to our saying, "to hold
a man's peace".
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, b
go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and
c bring no fruit to perfection.
(b) That is, as soon as they have heard the word,
they go about their business.
(c) They do not bring forth perfect and full
fruit to the ripening: or, they begin, but they do not bring to an end.
8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in
an d honest and good heart, having heard
the word, e keep [it], and bring forth
fruit with patience.
(d) Who seek not only to seem to be such, but are
indeed so: so that this word "honest" refers to the outward life,
and the word "good" refers to the good gifts of the mind.
(e) With much difficulty, for the devil and the
flesh fight against the Spirit of God, who is a new guest.
8:16 2 No
man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth [it]
under a bed; but setteth [it] on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see
(2) That which every man has received in private
he ought to bestow to the use and profit of all men.
Take f heed therefore how ye hear: for
whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be
taken even that g which he seemeth to
(3) Heavenly gifts are lost when one is sparing
with them, and increase when one is liberal with them.
(f) That is, with what minds you come to hear the
word, and how you behave yourselves when you have heard it.
(g) Either to himself, or to others, or to both:
for there are none so proud as these fellows, if it were possible to see those
things which they disguise: neither are there those that deceive the simple
more than they do.
8:19 4 Then
came to him [his] mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the
(4) There is no relationship of flesh and blood
among men so intimate and upright as the band which is between Christ and
those who embrace him with a true faith.
Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his
disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the
lake. And they launched forth.
(5) It is expedient for us sometimes to come into
extreme danger, as though Christ was not with us, that we may have a better
test, both of his power, and also of our weakness.
8:23 But as they sailed he fell h
asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and i
they were filled [with water], and were in jeopardy.
(h) Jesus fell asleep, and it appears that he was
very fast asleep, because they called him twice before he awoke.
(i) Not the disciples, but the ship.
6 And when he went forth to land, there
met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no
clothes, neither abode in [any] house, but in the tombs.
(6) Christ shows by casting out a legion of
demons by his word alone that his heavenly power was appointed to deliver men
from the slavery of the devil: but foolish men for the most part will not
redeem this so excellent grace freely offered unto them if it means the loss
of even the least of their wealth.
8:29 (For he had commanded the
unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he
was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, k
and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
(k) By force and violence, as a horse when he is
Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee.
And he went his way, and published l
throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
(l) That is, the city of the Gadarenes: and
though Mark says that he preached it in Decapolis, these accounts do not
differ, for Pliny records in lib. 5, chap. 18, that Gadara is a town of
Decapolis: so that Decapolis was partly on this side of Jordan, and partly on
the other side.
8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was
returned, the people m [gladly] received
him: for they were all waiting for him.
(m) The multitude was glad he had come again, and
8:41 7 And,
behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and
he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his
(7) Christ shows by a double miracle that he is
Lord both of life and death.
8:43 And a woman having an
issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her n
living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
(n) All that she had to live upon.
And all wept, and o bewailed her: but he
said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
(o) The word signifies to beat and strike, and is
used in the mournings and lamentations that are at burials, at which times men
used this type of behaviour.
her spirit came again, and she p arose
straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
(p) The corpse was lying there, and then the
young girl received life, and rose out of the bed, that all the world might
see that she was not only restored to life, but also void of all sickness.