Mark 1:35-45

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

35 1And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and 2there he prayed.
36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,
37 and they found him and said to him, 3"Everyone is looking for you."
38 And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for 4that is why I came out."
39 5And 6he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40 7And a leper[a] came to him, imploring him, and 8kneeling said to him, 9"If you will, you can make me clean."
41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."
42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
43 And 10Jesus[b] sternly charged him and sent him away at once,
44 and said to him, 11"See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, 12show yourself to the priest and 13offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, 14for a proof to them."
45 15But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter 16a town, but was out in 17desolate places, and 18people were coming to him from every quarter.

Mark 1:35-45 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 1:35-45 In-Context

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,
37 and they found him and said to him, "Everyone is looking for you."
38 And he said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out."
39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean."
41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."
42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
43 And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once,
44 and said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them."
45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

Cross References 18

  • 1. For ver. 35-38, see Luke 4:42, 43
  • 2. Luke 5:16; See Matthew 14:23
  • 3. [John 12:19]
  • 4. Isaiah 61:1
  • 5. [Luke 4:44]
  • 6. ver. 21
  • 7. For ver. 40-44, see Matthew 8:2-4; Luke 5:12-14
  • 8. Mark 10:17; Matthew 17:14; Matthew 27:29
  • 9. [Mark 9:22, 23; Matthew 9:28]
  • 10. Matthew 9:30
  • 11. ver. 34; Mark 5:43; Mark 7:36; Mark 8:26; Matthew 9:30; Matthew 17:9; See Matthew 12:16
  • 12. Luke 17:14
  • 13. Leviticus 14:2-32
  • 14. Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5; James 5:3
  • 15. Mark 7:36; Matthew 9:31; [Luke 5:15, 16]
  • 16. 2 Corinthians 11:26
  • 17. 2 Corinthians 11:26
  • 18. Mark 2:2, 13; Mark 3:7; [John 6:2]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  • [b]. Greek he; also verse 45
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