Mar 9:12. Εἶπεν, told) In this discourse, Jesus acts as a president would in a discussion, allowing its just weight to the argument of the opponent, and then meeting it fully in His reply.-πρῶτον, first) This is construed with coming, ἐλθὼν, and with restoreth, ἀποκαθιστάνει, although in the preceding verse it is joined with come, ἐλθεῖν, only. For so also forty years is construed in a double connection, Heb 3:9 [Tempted and Saw My works forty years], 17 [was He grieved forty years].-ἀποκαθιστᾷ, restoreth) The present indefinite, as in Mat 2:4.-καὶ πῶς, and how) That is, the expectation of Elias as a restorer of all things, and the Scripture concerning the death of the Messiah, seems to you as not capable of standing together [seem irreconcileable]: but yet, for all that, they do stand together.-ἵνα, in order that) Because it was written, therefore He was bound to suffer.-ἐξουδενωθῇ, be set at nought) Isa 53:3. To reason, the restoration of all things seems not possibly compatible with this setting at nought.
 Engl. Ver. has no interrogation at Mar 9:12, but seems to mean (Ye should know) how it is written of the Son of Man, that He must suffer, etc. Lachm. puts an interrogation at ἀνθρώπου; and so in Vulg.: and (yet) how is it written concerning the Son of Man? (It is written) that He must suffer, etc. Tisch. puts the interrogation at ἐξουδενήθῃ; and (yet) how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer, etc.?-ED. and TRANSL.