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Mark Chapter 2

Mark 2:1
2:1 And {1} again he entered into Capernaum after [some] days;
    and it was noised that he was in the {a} house.

 (1) By healing this man who was sick from paralysis Christ
     shows that men recover all their lost strength in him
     through faith alone.
     (a) In the house where he used to remain: for he chose
         Capernaum to dwell in and left Nazareth.

Mark 2:2
2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that
    there was no room to receive [them], no, not so much as
    {b} about the door: and he preached the word unto them.

    (b) Neither the house nor the entry was able to hold them.

Mark 2:4
2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press,
    they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had
    broken [it] up, they {c} let down the {d} bed wherein the
    sick of the palsy lay.

    (c) They broke up the upper part of the house which was
        made simply, and let down the man that was sick from
        paralysis into the lower part where Christ preached, for
        they could not come before Christ in any other way.
    (d) The word signifies the poorest kind of bed, upon which men
        used to lay down at noon, and at such other times to
        refresh themselves; we call it a couch.

Mark 2:6
2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and {e}
    reasoning in their hearts,

    (e) In their minds disputing upon the matter, arguing both
        sides.

Mark 2:12
2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth
     before them all; insomuch that they were all {f} amazed,
     and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

     (f) Literally, "past themselves", or "out of their wit".

Mark 2:13
2:13 {2} And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the
     multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.

 (2) The gospel offends the proud and saves the humble.

Mark 2:14
2:14 And as he passed by, he saw {g} Levi the [son] of Alphaeus
     sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow
     me. And he arose and followed him.

     (g) Matthew's other name.

Mark 2:18
2:18 {3} And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to
     fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples
     of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast
     not?

 (3) The superstitious and hypocrites rashly put the sum of
     godliness in matters which do no matter, and are
     reprehended for three reasons.  First, by not considering
     what every man's strength is able to bear, they rashly make
     all sorts of laws concerning such things, without any
     discretion.

Mark 2:23
2:23 {4} And it came to pass, that he went through the corn
     fields on the {h} sabbath day; and his disciples began, as
     they went, to pluck the ears of corn.

 (4) Secondly, because they do not distinguish between the laws
     which God made concerning things, and the laws that they
     made concerning the same things, which are not at all based
     on the law.
     (h) Literally, "on the Sabbaths", that is, on the holy
         days.

Mark 2:26
2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of {i}
     Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which
     is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to
     them which were with him?

     (i) In 1 Samuel 21:1 he is called Ahimelech and his son
         is called Abiathar, but by conferring other places it
         is plain that both of them had two names; see
	1 Chronicles 24:6, 2 Samuel 8:17, 2 Samuel 15:29, 1 Kings 2:26, 2 Kings 25:18.

Mark 2:28
2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the {k} sabbath.

     (k) Has the sabbath day in his power, and may rule it as he
         desires.



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