Beside all this (en pasi toutoi). In all these things (or regions). Gulf (casma). An old word from cainw, to yawn, our chasm, a gaping opening. Only here in the N.T. Is fixed (esthriktai). Perfect passive indicative of sthrizw, old verb (see on "Lu 9:51"). Permanent chasm. May not be able (mh dunwntai). Present middle subjunctive of dunamai. The chasm is there on purpose (that not, opw mh) to prevent communication.