(23) If thou canst believe.—The better MSS. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. All rights reserved. ‘If thou canst believe, poor suppliant father, thou shalt have thy desire. Every man-at least, every man who has not, by his own wilfulness, destroyed it-every man who has not made himself lower than a man, and so lost the position of our common humanity-every man has some faith. Truly ‘He knew what was in man,’ and with tenderness born of perfect knowledge and perfect love, He dealt with sore and sorrowful hearts. "Commentary on Mark 9:23". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/mark-9.html. "Commentary on Mark 9:23". xxix., No. All things are possible to Him; therefore, all things are possible to me, believing in Him. 11, ἰφικράτης ὑπολαβὼν ἔφη τὸ τίς ἂν ἤλπισε τοῦτο ἔσεσθαι. "Commentary on Mark 9:23". If thou canst believe ( τὸ εἰ δύνῃ ), Lit., the if thou canst. I shall have just as much purity, just as much peace, just as much wisdom or gentleness or love or courage or hope, as my faith is capable of taking up, and, so to speak, holding in solution. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. We have as much religious life as we desire; that is, we have as much as our faith can take. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". “If thou canst - all things can be. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/mark-9.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/mark-9.html. viii., No. Let every child of God in distress, etc., “trust, not be afraid.”, 4. “Only exercise,” says he, “a firm belief, and you will obtain.” In what manner faith obtains any thing for us we shall immediately see. Let him rest on that. The disciples could not cast out the demon, and incur Christ’s plaintive rebuke, which is quite as much sorrow as blame: ‘O faithless generation I how long shall I be with you? The ‘if’ of the leper, which has no place in the spiritual region, where we know that ‘this is the will of God, even our sanctification,’ has full force in the temporal region, where we do not know before the event what the will of the Lord is, ‘If Thou wilt, Thou canst,’ is there our best prayer. In τὸ εἰ δ. If thou canst believe, poor devil-ridden son, thou shalt be set free. We all know indeed, that there cannot be a believing thought, nor one true conception, or any spiritual thing, without the inworking of the Holy Ghost. We might paraphrase thus. There is a play upon the words δύνῃ, canst, and δυνατὰ, possible, which cannot be neatly rendered. Faith the circumference of God’s gifts, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Jesus said to him the saying, “If thou canst believe, all things are,”, ἰφικράτης ὑπολαβὼν ἔφη τὸ τίς ἂν ἤλπισε τοῦτο ἔσεσθαι, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 1832. From the assurance God has given to attest His word. "Commentary on Mark 9:23". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/mark-9.html. See on Mark 10:27, Mark 14:36. The promises are what God is to His Church, therefore faith confines itself to promises. 1871-8. All things are possible to him that believeth, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 23.] If not, how can you pray in faith that it is? Jesus said unto him, As for thy if thou canst, all things are possible to him that believeth. 1897. That will settle how much I can take in of God. 23. The word believe is wanting in the best texts. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Mark 9:23". Cancel at any time. 23. "Commentary on Mark 9:23". And it was necessary for him to have faith in Jesus. But when that was done, the condition of the exercise of faith was an inexorable demand. If thou canst. They run into each other, of course, for the truest power of service is found in the depth and purity of our own personal religion, and on the other hand our individual Christian character will never be deep or pure unless we are working for the Master. . Charles Schribner's Sons. She also considers the amazing work of Christ. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". "Commentary on Mark 9:23". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament".