John Bengel Commentary - Mark 9:23 - 9:23

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John Bengel Commentary - Mark 9:23 - 9:23


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Mar 9:23. Τὸ, εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, this (the), if thou canst believe) The expression of the man, if Thou canst do anything, Mar 9:22, is given back in reply to him. The father seems to have been offended at the disciples; Mar 9:18, at the end. Τὸ is nominative, and stands in apposition with, If thou canst believe. The predicate is the verb is, to be understood, as in Php 1:22. This, if thou canst believe, is the thing [the point at issue]: this is the question.-πάντα, all things) in antithesis to anything, in if Thou canst do anything, Mar 9:22.-Τῷ πιστεύοντι, to him that believeth) Faith on the part of man, as an instrument, adapts itself to the Divine omnipotence, so as to receive, or even to act. [This is the dative of advantage.-V. g.]