Mark 1:21-34

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit

21 1And they went into Capernaum, and immediately 2on the Sabbath 3he entered the synagogue and was teaching.
22 And 4they were astonished at his teaching, 5for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,
24 6"What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? 7I know who you are--8the Holy One of God."
25 But Jesus 9rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!"
26 And the unclean spirit, 10convulsing him and 11crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.
27 And they were all 12amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? 13A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many

29 14And immediately he[a]15left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 Now 16Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.
31 And he came and 17took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or 18oppressed by demons.
33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
34 19And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And 20he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Mark 1:21-34 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO MARK

This is the title of the book, the subject of which is the Gospel; a joyful account of the ministry, miracles, actions, and sufferings of Christ: the writer of it was not one of the twelve apostles, but an evangelist; the same with John Mark, or John, whose surname was Mark: John was his Hebrew name, and Mark his Gentile name, Ac 12:12,25, and was Barnabas's sister's son, Col 4:10, his mother's name was Mary, Ac 12:12. The Apostle Peter calls him his son, 1Pe 5:13, if he is the same; and he is thought to have wrote his Gospel from him {a}, and by his order, and which was afterwards examined and approved by him {b} it is said to have been wrote originally in Latin, or in the Roman tongue: so say the Arabic and Persic versions at the beginning of it, and the Syriac version says the same at the end: but of this there is no evidence, any more, nor so much, as of Matthew's writing his Gospel in Hebrew. The old Latin copy of this, is a version from the Greek; it is most likely that it was originally written in Greek, as the rest of the New Testament.

{a} Papias apud Euseb. Hist. l. 3. c. 39. Tertull. adv. Marcion. l. 4. c. 5. {b} Hieron. Catalog. Script. Eccles. p. 91. sect. 18.

Mark 1:21-34 In-Context

19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.
20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.
22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,
24 "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God."
25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!"
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
29 And immediately heleft the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.
31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons.
33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,

Cross References 20

  • 1. Matthew 4:13; For ver. 21-28, see Luke 4:31-37
  • 2. See Mark 6:2
  • 3. ver. 39; See Matthew 4:23
  • 4. See Matthew 7:28, 29
  • 5. See Matthew 7:28, 29
  • 6. See Matthew 8:29
  • 7. [ver. 34; Acts 19:15; James 2:19]
  • 8. John 6:69; Acts 3:14; Revelation 3:7; [Luke 1:35; Hebrews 7:26; 1 John 2:20]
  • 9. See Matthew 12:16
  • 10. Mark 9:26
  • 11. Mark 5:7; Acts 8:7
  • 12. [Matthew 8:27]
  • 13. Acts 17:19
  • 14. For ver. 29-34, see Matthew 8:14-16; Luke 4:38-41
  • 15. ver. 21, 23
  • 16. 1 Corinthians 9:5
  • 17. Mark 9:27; Acts 3:7; Acts 9:41
  • 18. See Matthew 4:24
  • 19. See Matthew 4:23
  • 20. Mark 3:11, 12; [Acts 16:17, 18]

Footnotes 1

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