Mark 1:23-24

23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,
24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

Mark 1:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
ESV
23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,
NLT
23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting,
MSG
23 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out,
CSB
23 Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out,

Mark 1:23-24 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 1:23-24 In-Context

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,
24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”
26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Matthew 8:29
  • 2. Matthew 2:23; Luke 24:19; John 1:45,46; Acts 4:10; Acts 24:5
  • 3. Psalms 16:10; Isa 41:14,16,20; Luke 1:35; John 6:69; Acts 3:14; 1 John 2:20
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