Mark 9:29

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.[a]

Mark 9:29 in Other Translations

KJV
29 And he said unto them,This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
ESV
29 And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer."
NLT
29 Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer. ”
MSG
29 He answered, "There is no way to get rid of this kind of demon except by prayer."
CSB
29 And He told them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer [and fasting]."

Mark 9:29 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 9:29

And he said unto them
Matthew, besides the following reason, assigns another, as given by our Lord, why they could not cast out the foul spirit, which was their unbelief; of which they were guilty in some sort, as well as the Jews, and the father of the child; but Mark omits it, and only relates this as the reason;

this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting;
which they had not observed; (See Gill on Matthew 17:21).

Mark 9:29 In-Context

27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,
31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts "prayer and fasting"