Mark 9:21
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New International Version
Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered.

New Living Translation
"How long has this been happening?" Jesus asked the boy's father. He replied, "Since he was a little boy.

English Standard Version
And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.

Berean Study Bible
Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has this been with him?" "From childhood," he said.

Berean Literal Bible
And He asked his father, "How long a time is it that this has been with him?" And he said, "From childhood.

New American Standard Bible
And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood.

King James Bible
And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"How long has this been happening to him?" Jesus asked his father." From childhood," he said. "

International Standard Version
Then Jesus asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He said, "Since he was a child.

NET Bible
Jesus asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood.

New Heart English Bible
He asked his father, "How long has it been since this has come to him?" He said, "From childhood.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua asked his father, “How long a time now has he been like this? He said to him, “From his childhood.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus asked his father, "How long has he been like this?" The father replied, "He has been this way since he was a child.

New American Standard 1977
And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus asked his father, How long ago is it since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

King James 2000 Bible
And he asked his father, How long ago is it since this came unto him? And he said, Since childhood.

American King James Version
And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came to him? And he said, Of a child.

American Standard Version
And he asked his father, How long time is it since this hath come unto him? And he said, From a child.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he asked his father: How long time is it since this hath happened unto him? But he said: From his infancy:

Darby Bible Translation
And he asked his father, How long a time is it that it has been like this with him? And he said, From childhood;

English Revised Version
And he asked his father, How long time is it since this hath come unto him? And he said, From a child.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he asked his father, How long is it since this came to him? and he said, From a child.

Weymouth New Testament
Then Jesus asked the father, "How long has he been like this?" "From early childhood," he said;

World English Bible
He asked his father, "How long has it been since this has come to him?" He said, "From childhood.

Young's Literal Translation
And he questioned his father, 'How long time is it since this came to him?' and he said, 'From childhood,
Study Bible
The Boy with an Evil Spirit
20So they brought him, and seeing Jesus, the spirit immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been with him?” “From childhood, he said. 22“It often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”…
Cross References
Mark 9:20
So they brought him, and seeing Jesus, the spirit immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

Mark 9:22
"It often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."
Treasury of Scripture

And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came to him? And he said, Of a child.

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Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Luke 8:43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent …

Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan …

John 5:5,6 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years…

John 9:1,20,21 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth…

Acts 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they …

Acts 4:22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing …

Acts 9:33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his …

Acts 14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, weak in his feet, being a …

(21) And he asked his father.--The question, asked as if to bring into strong relief the chronic, and therefore seemingly hopeless, character of the possession, is peculiar to this Gospel, as is the circumstantial account of the falling oft-times "into the fire and into the waters."

Verses 21, 22. - Our Lord asks the father, not the sufferer, which in this case would have been useless - he was but a lad, and he was dumb. Our Lord's question, How long time is it since this hath come unto him? was intended, not of course for his own information, but to inspire the father with hope and confidence. The father briefly answers, From a child; and then turns to a description of the perils to which his child was continually exposed through these paroxysms. And then, half doubting, half in despair, he says, If thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. It is as though he said, "Thy disciples have failed, perhaps thy power may be greater." And he asked his father,.... As he lay rolling about in this miserable condition, that the length and stubbornness of his disorder might be known, and so the cure the more remarkable, and appear the more expressive of his divine power and goodness:

how long is it ago since this came unto him? since this evil spirit entered into him, and these disorders have attended him?

and he said of a child; or "from his infancy"; so that it was not for any actual sin that he had committed, that this sore affiction came upon him; and yet he could not be without sin, since it was not agreeable to the justice, mercy, and goodness of God, to afflict, or suffer to be afflicted, one that is innocent; and therefore must be tainted with original sin, which is the source and spring of all afflictions, calamities and judgments. 21. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child, etc.—Having told briefly the affecting features of the case, the poor father, half dispirited by the failure of the disciples and the aggravated virulence of the malady itself in presence of their Master, yet encouraged too by what he had heard of Christ, by the severe rebuke He had given to His disciples for not having faith enough to cure the boy, and by the dignity with which He had ordered him to be brought to Him—in this mixed state of mind, he closes his description of the case with these touching words:9:14-29 The father of the suffering youth reflected on the want of power in the disciples; but Christ will have him reckon the disappointment to the want of faith. Very much is promised to our believing. If thou canst believe, it is possible that thy hard heart may be softened, thy spiritual diseases may be cured; and, weak as thou art, thou mayest be able to hold out to the end. Those that complain of unbelief, must look up to Christ for grace to help them against it, and his grace will be sufficient for them. Whom Christ cures, he cures effectually. But Satan is unwilling to be driven from those that have been long his slaves, and, when he cannot deceive or destroy the sinner, he will cause him all the terror that he can. The disciples must not think to do their work always with the same ease; some services call for more than ordinary pains.
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