Mark 1:10
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New International Version
Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

New Living Translation
As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove.

English Standard Version
And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

New American Standard Bible
Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;

King James Bible
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove.

International Standard Version
Just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens split open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

NET Bible
And just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And at once, as he came up from the waters, he saw the heavens being ripped open and The Spirit who was descending upon him as a dove.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As Jesus came out of the water, he saw heaven split open and the Spirit coming down to him as a dove.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as soon as he was come out of the water, John saw the heavens opened and the Spirit like a dove descending and resting upon him;

King James 2000 Bible
And immediately coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

American King James Version
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending on him:

American Standard Version
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens rent asunder, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And forthwith coming up out of he water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit as a dove descending, and remaining on him.

Darby Bible Translation
And straightway going up from the water, he saw the heavens parting asunder, and the Spirit, as a dove, descending upon him.

English Revised Version
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens rent asunder, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him:

Webster's Bible Translation
And immediately coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him.

Weymouth New Testament
and immediately on His coming up out of the water He saw an opening in the sky, and the Spirit like a dove coming down to Him;

World English Bible
Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

Young's Literal Translation
and immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens dividing, and the Spirit as a dove coming down upon him;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:9-13 Christ's baptism was his first public appearance, after he had long lived unknown. How much hidden worth is there, which in this world is not known! But sooner or later it shall be known, as Christ was. He took upon himself the likeness of sinful flesh; and thus, for our sakes, he sanctified himself, that we also might be sanctified, and be baptized with him, Joh 17:19. See how honourably God owned him, when he submitted to John's baptism. He saw the Spirit descending upon him like a dove. We may see heaven opened to us, when we perceive the Spirit descending and working upon us. God's good work in us, is sure evidence of his good will towards us, and preparations for us. As to Christ's temptation, Mark notices his being in the wilderness and that he was with the wild beasts. It was an instance of his Father's care of him, which encouraged him the more that his Father would provide for him. Special protections are earnests of seasonable supplies. The serpent tempted the first Adam in the garden, the Second Adam in the wilderness; with different success indeed; and ever since he still tempts the children of both, in all places and conditions. Company and conversation have their temptations; and being alone, even in a wilderness, has its own also. No place or state exempts, no business, not lawful labouring, eating, or drinking, not even fasting and praying; often in these duties there are the most assaults, but in them is the sweetest victory. The ministration of the good angels is matter of great comfort in reference to the malignant designs of the evil angels; but much more does it comfort us, to have the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Straightway (εὐθέως) coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened (σχιζομένους); literally, rent asunder. The word εὐθέως occurs more than forty times in this Gospel, and is so characteristic of St. Mark that, in the Revised Version, it is uniformly rendered by the same English synonym, "straightway." He saw. Elsewhere we are told (John 1:32) that St. John the Baptist saw this descent. The earliest heretics took advantage of this statement to represent this event as the descent of the eternal Christ upon the man Jesus for personal indwelling. Later critics have adopted this view. But it need hardly be said here that such an opinion is altogether inconsistent with all that we read elsewhere of the circumstances of the Incarnation, and of the intimate and indissoluble union of the Divine and human natures in the person of the one Christ, from the time of the "overshadowing of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Highest." The Spirit descending upon him at his baptism was not the descent of the eternal Christ upon the man Jesus. It was rather the conveyance to one who was already prepared for it as God and man, of office and authority as the great Prophet that should come into the world. St. Luke says particularly (Luke 3:21) that it was when Jesus had been baptized and was praying, that the Holy Spirit descended upon him; plainly showing us that it was not through the baptism of John, but through the meritorious obedience and the prayer of the Son of God, that the heavens were "rent asunder," and the Holy Spirit descended upon him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And straightway coming up out of the water,.... Not John, as many think; though it was true of him, that he came up out of the water, as the administrator of the ordinance of baptism to Christ, but Christ himself; who having descended into the water, the river of Jordan, and being baptized by immersion in it by John, came up out of it; not from the river side, and up the declivity to it, but out of the river itself: when

he saw the heavens opened; or "cloven", or "rent"; this may be understood, either of John, who was the spectator of all this, which was done for the manifestation of the Messiah to him, and the confirmation of his faith in him, and that he might bear record of him; and so the Persic version reads, "John saw", &c. see John 1:30, or of Jesus Christ himself, who came up out of the water; and when he did, saw the heavens part,

and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. The position of these words here, is a little different from that in Matthew 3:16, there it is, "the Spirit of God descending like a dove"; which seems rather to point out the manner of his descent, than the form in which he descended: here it is put, "the Spirit like a dove descending on him"; which seems rather to incline to such a sense, that the Spirit appeared in the form of a dove, as well as descended like one; and both may be designed, and indeed the latter follows upon the former: if it was the form of a dove the Spirit of God descended in, it was a very suitable one: the dove is a very proper emblem of the Spirit of God: "the voice of the turtle", in Sol 2:12, is by the Targum interpreted, the voice of the holy Spirit: he may be likened to a dove, for its simplicity and sincerity; he guides into all truth as it is in Jesus, and teaches to speak the word in all plainness, openness, and sincerity, and preserves the saints in the simplicity of the Gospel; and for its mildness and meekness; one of the fruits of the Spirit of God is meekness, Galatians 5:23. And this it produces in converted persons, making them meek; humble, and gentle: and also for its harmlessness and innocence; and which appears, or at least should, in those who mind the things of the Spirit: hence that advice of Christ, "be harmless as doves", Matthew 10:16. Likewise for its purity and cleanness; the Spirit of God is a Spirit of holiness, he is the author of sanctification; such as are washed, sanctified, and justified, are so in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, 1 Corinthians 6:11. The dove is a mournful and bemoaning creature; and the Spirit of God makes intercession for the saints, with groanings which cannot be uttered, Romans 8:26. To which may be added, that Noah's dove bringing the olive leaf in its mouth, as a sign, of peace and reconciliation, fitly resembled the holy Spirit, one of whose fruits is peace, Galatians 5:22, and which he produces, by leading to the blood, righteousness, and sacrifice of Christ, whereby peace is made, and reconciliation obtained: and his descending upon Christ here, points him out as the peacemaker, through whom was come peace on earth, good will towards men, and glory to God. Christ, on whom he lighted, is comparable to a dove; he is said to have doves' eyes, Sol 5:12, and he has all the fruits and graces of the dove like Spirit of God, which rested on him; like the dove, he is humble, meek, and lowly; in which characters, he is to be followed and imitated by his people: and as that creature is a very loving one to its mate, so is Christ to his church; whom he has so loved, as to give himself for her: and as that is a lovely beautiful creature, so is Christ; he is altogether lovely; and especially his eyes of love, as they are set and fixed upon his church and people. With this descent of the Spirit as a dove on Christ, compare Isaiah 11:2; See Gill on Matthew 3:16.



Mark 1:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Baptism of Jesus
9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11and a voice came out of the heavens: "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."
Cross References
Ezekiel 1:1
In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

Matthew 3:16
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

Mark 1:9
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

Mark 1:11
And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

John 1:32
Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
Treasury of Scripture

And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending on him:

coming.

Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: …

John 1:31-34 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, …

opened. or, cloven. or rent.

Isaiah 64:1 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that …

the Spirit.

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove on him, …

John 1:32 And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven …

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