New American Standard Bible
And Jesus said to him, "'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."
King James Bible
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus said to him, The 'if thou couldst' is if thou couldst believe: all things are possible to him that believes.
World English Bible
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus said to him, 'If thou art able to believe! all things are possible to the one that is believing;'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If thou canst believe - This was an answer to the request, and there was a reference in the answer to the "doubt" in the man's mind about the power of Jesus. "I" can help him. If thou" canst believe," it shall be done. Jesus here demanded "faith" or confidence in his power of healing. His design here is to show the man that the difficulty in the case was not in the want of "power" on his part, but in the want of "faith" in the man; in other words, to rebuke him for having "doubted" at all whether he "could" heal him. So he demands faith of every sinner that comes to him, and none that come without "confidence" in him can obtain the blessing.
All things are possible to him that believeth - All things can be effected or accomplished - to wit, by God - in favor of him that believes, and if thou canst believe, this will be done. God will do nothing in our favor without faith. It is right that we should have confidence in him; and if we "have" confidence, it is easy for him to help us, and he willingly does it. In our weakness, then, we should go to God our Saviour; and though we have no strength, yet "he" can aid us, and he will make all things easy for us.
LibraryThe Omnipotence of Faith
Jesus said unto him, If them canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.'--Mark ix. 23. The necessity and power of faith is the prominent lesson of this narrative of the healing of a demoniac boy, especially as it is told by the Evangelist Mark, The lesson is enforced by the actions of all the persons in the group, except the central figure, Christ. The disciples could not cast out the demon, and incur Christ's plaintive rebuke, which is quite as much sorrow as blame: 'O faithless …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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Faith's Dawn and Its Clouds
And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
"It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!"
Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"
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