New American Standard Bible
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?"
King James Bible
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
Darby Bible Translation
Then the disciples, coming to Jesus apart, said to him, Why were not we able to cast him out?
World English Bible
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, "Why weren't we able to cast it out?"
Young's Literal Translation
Then the disciples having come to Jesus by himself, said, 'Wherefore were we not able to cast him out?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then came the disciples ... - This inquiry was made in some house to which they retired near the place where the miracle was performed (Mark). Jesus told them, in reply, that it was because of their unbelief that they had not been able to cast him out. They were appalled by the difficulty of the case and the obstinacy of the disease. Their faith would not have made it more easy for God to work this miracle, but such was his will - such the way in which he worked miracles, that he required faith in those who were the instruments.
LibraryThe Secret of Power
'Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief.'--MATT. xvii. 19, 20. 'And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits to cast them out.' That same power was bestowed, too, on the wider circle of the seventy who returned again with joy, saying, 'Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name.' The ground of it was laid in the solemn words with which …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
On the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xvii. 1, "After Six Days Jesus Taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John his Brother," Etc.
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And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
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.
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