John Bengel Commentary - Mark 9:50 - 9:50

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John Bengel Commentary - Mark 9:50 - 9:50


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Mar 9:50. Καλὸν, good) Salt. For all other foods are seasoned by it.-ἐὰν δὲ τὸ ἅλας, but if the salt) In this passage the disciples themselves are called “the salt,” inasmuch as being imbued [endued] with the salt themselves, and salting the world.-ἄναλον, saltless [insipid]) so as to have no pungency. Pride [referring to Mar 9:33-34, the dispute about who should be greatest] most especially makes men saltless [savourless].-αὐτὸ, itself [the very salt]) having lost its primary quality.-ἔχετε, have ye) To have ‘fire,’ is not within human ability: therefore it is not said, have fire. But he who is imbued with the fire is desired to have salt.-ἐν ἑαυτοῖς, in yourselves) In antithesis to, among one another, ἐν ἀλλήλοις. The former duty is in regard to ourselves; the second, towards others.-ἅλας) The singular, or else the plural from ἅλς. The salt is that of self-mortification, whereby pride is destroyed.-καὶ εἰρηνευετε, and have peace) or else, ye shall have: comp. Mar 9:34 : viz. by removing a puffed up spirit, which is the source of quarrels [Mar 9:33-34].