Mark 9:32
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New International Version
But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

New Living Translation
They didn't understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.

English Standard Version
But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Berean Study Bible
But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.

Berean Literal Bible
And they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask Him.

New American Standard Bible
But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.

King James Bible
But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.

International Standard Version
They didn't understand what this statement meant, and they were afraid to ask him.

NET Bible
But they did not understand this statement and were afraid to ask him.

New Heart English Bible
But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they did not understand that saying, and they were afraid to ask him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The disciples didn't understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him.

New American Standard 1977
But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But they did not understand this word and were afraid to ask him.

King James 2000 Bible
But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

American King James Version
But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

American Standard Version
But they understood not the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they understood not the word, and they were afraid to ask him.

Darby Bible Translation
But they understood not the saying, and feared to ask him.

English Revised Version
But they understood not the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Weymouth New Testament
They, however, did not understand what He meant, and were afraid to question 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.
Study Bible
The Second Prediction of the Passion
31because He was teaching His disciples. He told them, “The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after three days He will rise.” 32But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him. 33Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was in the house, He asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”…
Cross References
Luke 2:50
But they did not understand the statement He was making to them.

Luke 9:45
But they did not understand this statement. It was veiled from them so that they could not comprehend it, and they were afraid to ask Him about it.

Luke 18:34
But the disciples did not understand any of these things. The meaning was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend what He was saying.

John 12:16
At first His disciples did not understand these things, but after Jesus was glorified they remembered what had been done to Him, and they realized that these very things had also been written about Him.

John 16:19
Aware that they wanted to ask Him, Jesus said to them, "Are you asking one another why I said, 'In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while you will see Me'?
Treasury of Scripture

But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

they.

Mark 9:10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another …

Luke 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spoke to them.

Luke 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that …

Luke 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid …

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

were.

Mark 7:18 And he said to them, Are you so without understanding also? Do you …

Mark 8:17,18,33 And when Jesus knew it, he said to them, Why reason you, because …

Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided …

John 4:27 And on this came his disciples, and marveled that he talked with …

John 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said to them, …

(32) They understood not that saying.--The words, giving once more a kind of psychological analysis of the disciples' thoughts, are not in St. Matthew, but are found in St. Luke. They imply the continuance of the perplexity described in Mark 9:10.

Verse 32. - But they understood not the saying, and were afraid (ἐφοβοῦντο) to ask him; St. Matthew (Matthew 17:23) says, "They were exceeding sorry." They saw that something very dreadful was about to happen. Their Master's words and looks showed them this. But it was a mystery to them. All his words staggered them, but especially those which spoke of his rising again. They did not understand whether it was an entrance into a higher state or a restoration to a common life. They did not understand why he was to die, and how these words of his about his death could agree with those in which he had told them that his kingdom was at hand. Perhaps, on the whole, they inclined to the view most pleasing to them, that Christ would not die; for this was what they wished and most desired. And so they tried to persuade themselves that his words respecting his sufferings and death had some other hidden meaning; and were to be understood in a figurative sense and not a literal. But anyhow, they dreaded to ask him. But they understood not that saying,.... Meaning either the whole of what he had said, concerning his delivery, death, and resurrection: and which then must be interpreted with some limitation; for they must understand the sense of his words, which were clear and express; especially concerning his death, which affected their minds with trouble and grief; for Matthew says, "they were exceeding sorry upon it"; see Gill on Matthew 17:23; but they could not understand how it could be, and upon what account, and for what end, so holy and good, and innocent a man as he was, could be put to death; nor how this could consist with his character, as the Son of God, the Messiah, and king of Israel; and with the notions they had of the Messiah's abiding for ever, and setting up a temporal kingdom on earth: or this may regard only his resurrection from the dead; which whether it was to be taken in a literal or mystical sense, they could not tell:

and were afraid to ask him; lest they should be upbraided with their ignorance and stupidity, as they had been lately rebuked by him for their unbelief, and the neglect of their duty; and as Peter had been severely reprimanded for expostulating with him about the selfsame things, delivered by him to them, not before. 32. But they understood not that saying—"and it was hid from them, [so] that they preceived it not" (Lu 9:45).

and were afraid to ask him—Their most cherished ideas were so completely dashed by such announcements, that they were afraid of laying themselves open to rebuke by asking Him any questions. But "they were exceeding sorry" (Mt 17:23). While the other Evangelists, as Webster and Wilkinson remark, notice their ignorance and their fear, Matthew, who was one of them, retains a vivid recollection of their sorrow.9:30-40 The time of Christ's suffering drew nigh. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. Alas! that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ's name, because they follow not with them. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher.
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