Mark 9:10

10 They seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead meant.

Mark 9:10 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 9:10

And they kept that saying with themselves
"They retained it in their own mind", as the Persic version renders it; "they kept [it] close", as Luke says, ( Luke 9:36 ) , among themselves, and acquainted no man with it: and which refers either to the whole of Christ's charge, relating to the vision on the mount; or else only to what he said about his resurrection from the dead; and which they took notice of particularly, and laid hold upon, as the word will bear to be rendered; and so the Ethiopic version does render it, "and they observed his saying"; what he last said concerning the son of man's rising from the dead;

questioning with one other what the rising from the dead should
they inquired, disputed, and reasoned with one another, what should be the meaning of such an expression: not that they were ignorant of the general resurrection of the dead; for this was the hope of Israel, and the general sense of the Jewish nation: but they did not know what he meant by his particular rising from the dead: whether he meant it in a literal sense, which supposed his death; and that though he had lately told them of, they knew not how to reconcile to the notions they had of a long and flourishing temporal kingdom of the Messiah; or whether he meant a and interest, in such manner as they expected.

Mark 9:10 In-Context

8 All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain, He gave them orders not to relate to anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man rose from the dead.
10 They seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead meant.
11 They asked Him, saying, "Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
12 And He said to them, "Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt?

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or "kept to themselves"
  • [b]. Lit "the statement"
  • [c]. Lit "what was the rising from the dead"
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