New Living Translation
They didn't understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.
King James Bible
But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Darby Bible Translation
But they understood not the saying, and feared to ask him.
World English Bible
But they didn't understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Young's Literal Translation
but they were not understanding the saying, and they were afraid to question him.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
9:32 They understood not the word - They did not understand how to reconcile the death of our Saviour (nor consequently his resurrection, which supposed his death) with their notions of his temporal kingdom.
Library'Salt in Yourselves'
'Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.'--Mark ix. 50. In the context 'salt' is employed to express the preserving, purifying, divine energy which is otherwise spoken of as 'fire.' The two emblems produce the same result. They both salt--that is, they cleanse and keep. And if in the one we recognise the quick energy of the Divine Spirit as the central idea, no less are we to see the same typified under a slightly different aspect in the other. The fire transforms into its own substance …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
'This is My Beloved Son: Hear Him'
But they didn't understand what he meant.
But they didn't know what he meant. Its significance was hidden from them, so they couldn't understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
But they didn't understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.
His disciples didn't understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
Jesus realized they wanted to ask him about it, so he said, "Are you asking yourselves what I meant? I said in a little while you won't see me, but a little while after that you will see me again.
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