And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Went through the towns.—Better, villages, as more consistent with the rendering of the word in Matthew 14:15.Matthew 10:1-14.
See the notes at Matthew 10:1-14.
Lu 9:1-6. Mission of the Twelve Apostles.
(See on Mt 10:1-15).
1. power and authority—He both qualified and authorized them.See Poole on "Luke 9:1"
and went through the towns; the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions add, "and cities"; that is, of Judea, as well as Galilee, even the whole land of Israel:
preaching the Gospel; which explains what is meant by the kingdom of God, Luke 9:2 and healing everywhere; all sorts of bodily diseases, wherever they came.And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 9:6. Brief statement, as in Mk., as to the execution of the mission, but wanting his reference to the use of oil in healing.
Hahn states that this mission was purely pedagogic, for the benefit of the Twelve, not of the people. This is a mere unfounded assertion. The training of the Twelve by no means appears a prominent aim of Jesus in the pages of Lk.; much less so than in Mt. and Mk.6. preaching the gospel] The word here used is “evangelizing,” in Luke 9:2 it is “to herald.”
healing] In the other Evangelists exorcisms are prominent. Mark 6:13. The special object of the mission of the Twelve is plain from St Matthew. Our Lord had now been preaching for nearly a year in Galilee, and multitudes still thronged to Him. He knew that He would soon be compelled to retire, and He sent the Twelve to give one last opportunity to those who had heard Him.Luke 9:6. Κώμας, the villages [towns]) The cities are not excluded, but much rather are taken for granted: Luke 9:5.
Rev., rightly, villages. The preposition is distributive, village by village.
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