Mark 9:29
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New International Version
He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer."

King James Bible
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, This kind can go out by nothing but by prayer and fasting.

World English Bible
He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting."

Young's Literal Translation
And he said to them, 'This kind is able to come forth with nothing except with prayer and fasting.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Prayer and fasting - See on Matthew 17:21 (note).

This demon may be considered as an emblem of deeply rooted vices, and inveterate habits, over which the conquest is not generally obtained, but through extraordinary humiliations.

This case is related by both Matthew and Luke, but it is greatly amplified in Mark's account, and many new circumstances related. Another proof that Mark did not abridge Matthew.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 12:45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there...

Luke 11:26 Then goes he, and takes to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there...

by prayer.

1 Kings 17:20-22 And he cried to the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, have you also brought evil on the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son...

2 Kings 4:33,34 He went in therefore, and shut the door on them two, and prayed to the LORD...

Matthew 17:21 However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.

Acts 9:40,41 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes...

2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit...

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins...


Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord...

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others...

2 Corinthians 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;

2 Corinthians 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

February 2 Evening
One star differeth from another star in glory.--I COR. 15:41. By the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all.--Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Unbelieving Belief
'And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.'--Mark ix. 24. We owe to Mark's Gospel the fullest account of the pathetic incident of the healing of the demoniac boy. He alone gives us this part of the conversation between our Lord and the afflicted child's father. The poor man had brought his child to the disciples, and found them unable to do anything with him. A torrent of appeal breaks from his lips as soon as the Lord gives
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

July the Ninth Scholars in Christ's School
"He taught His disciples." --MARK ix. 30-37. And my Lord will teach me. He will lead me into "the deep things" of God. There is only one school for this sort of learning, and an old saint called it the Academy of Love, and it meets in Gethsemane and Calvary, and the Lord Himself is the teacher, and there is room in the school for thee and me. But the disciples were not in the mood for learning. They were not ambitious for heavenly knowledge, but for carnal prizes, not for wisdom, but for place.
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Lenten Fast.
"This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer."--ST. MARK ix. 29. You remember the narrative from which I have taken this verse. Jesus, as we read, had just come down from the Mount of Transfiguration, and when He was come to the multitude, a certain man besought him saying, "Have mercy on my son, for he is lunatic and sore vexed, and I brought him to Thy disciples, but they could not cure him." Then Jesus rebuked the devil, and the child was cured from that hour. Thereupon His disciples
John Percival—Sermons at Rugby

Cross References
Matthew 17:21

Mark 9:28
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"

Mark 9:30
They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,

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