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

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, "This kind can be cast out only by prayer."

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

New American Standard Bible
And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And He told them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting."

International Standard Version
He told them, "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting."

NET Bible
He told them, "This kind can come out only by prayer."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said to them, “This sort cannot come out by anything except by fasting and by prayer.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He told them, "This kind of spirit can be forced out only by prayer."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

American King James Version
And he said to them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, This kind can come out by nothing, save by prayer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: This kind can go out 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.

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, This kind can come out by nothing, save by prayer.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Weymouth New Testament
"An evil spirit of this kind," He answered, "can only be driven out by prayer."

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.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto them,.... Matthew, besides the following reason, assigns another, as given by our Lord, why they could not cast out the foul spirit, which was their unbelief; of which they were guilty in some sort, as well as the Jews, and the father of the child; but Mark omits it, and only relates this as the reason;

this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting; which they had not observed; See Gill on Matthew 17:21.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting—that is, as nearly all good interpreters are agreed, "this kind of evil spirits cannot be expelled," or "so desperate a case of demoniacal possession cannot be cured, but by prayer and fasting." But since the Lord Himself says that His disciples could not fast while He was with them, perhaps this was designed, as Alford hints, for their after-guidance—unless we take it as but a definite way of expressing the general truth, that great and difficult duties require special preparation and self-denial. But the answer to their question, as given in Mt 17:20, 21 is fuller: "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief. For verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you" (Mt 17:20). See on [1463]Mr 11:23. "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting" (Mt 17:21), that is, though nothing is impossible to faith, yet such a height of faith as is requisite for such triumphs is not to be reached either in a moment or without effort—either with God in prayer or with ourselves in self-denying exercises. Luke (Lu 9:43) adds, "And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God"—"at the majesty" or "mightiness of God," in this last miracle, in the Transfiguration, &c.; or, at the divine grandeur of Christ rising upon them daily.

Second Explicit Announcement of His Approaching Death and Resurrection (Mr 9:30-32).

Mark 9:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Evil Spirit
28When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, "Why could we not drive it out?" 29And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer."
Cross References
Matthew 17:21
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

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,
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

This.

Matthew 12:45 Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked …

Luke 11:26 Then goes he, and takes to him seven other spirits more wicked than …

by prayer.

1 Kings 17:20-22 And he cried to the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, have you also …

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 …

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 …

fasting.

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, …

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed …

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that …

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, …

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