Luke 9:39

39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him.

Read Luke 9:39 Using Other Translations

And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.
And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.
An evil spirit keeps seizing him, making him scream. It throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It batters him and hardly ever leaves him alone.

What does Luke 9:39 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 9:39

And, lo, a spirit taketh him
An evil spirit, the devil, as in ( Luke 9:42 ) seizes and possesses him at once,

and he suddenly crieth out;
in a most terrible manner, giving dreadful shrieks, as soon as he perceives that he is seized by the demon:

and it teareth him, that he foameth again;
throws him into convulsions, so that he foams at the mouth: and so we read F20 of a son of a certain Jew, that

``a certain spirit passed before him and hurt him, convulsed his mouth, and his eyes, and his hands were convulsed, and he could not speak.''

And bruising him;
by dashing him against the wall, or throwing him to the ground:

hardly departeth from him;
is very loath to leave him, even after he has distressed, convulsed, and bruised him in this dreadful manner, such was his cruelty and malice; (See Gill on Matthew 17:15) (See Gill on Mark 9:18)


FOOTNOTES:

F20 Zohar in Lev. fol. 21. 4.
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