Matthew 8:1
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New International Version
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.

New Living Translation
Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside.

English Standard Version
When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.

Berean Study Bible
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.

Berean Literal Bible
And He having come down from the mountain, great crowds followed Him.

New American Standard Bible
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.

King James Bible
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When He came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.

International Standard Version
When Jesus came down from the hillside, large crowds followed him.

NET Bible
After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him.

New Heart English Bible
And when he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him.

New American Standard 1977
And when He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When he was come down from the mountain, many people followed him.

King James 2000 Bible
When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

American King James Version
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

American Standard Version
And when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him:

Darby Bible Translation
And when he had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.

English Revised Version
And when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

Webster's Bible Translation
When he had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

Weymouth New Testament
Upon descending from the hill country He was followed by immense crowds.

World English Bible
When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.

Young's Literal Translation
And when he came down from the mount, great multitudes did follow him,
VIII.

(1) We enter here on a series of events, following, in St. Matthew's arrangement, on the great discourse. They are common to St. Mark and St. Luke, but are not narrated, as the following table will show, in the same order:--

ST. MATTHEW.

ST. MARK.

ST. LUKE.

(1.)The leper (Matthew 8:1-4).

(1.)Peter's wife's mother (Mark 1:29-31).

(1.)Peter's wife's mother (Luke 4:38-39).

(2.)The servant of the centurion (Matthew 8:5-13).

(2.)The leper (Mark 1:40-45).

(2.)The leper (Luke 5:12-15).

(3.)Peter's wife's mother (Matthew 8:14-15).

(3.)The stilling of the storm Mark (4:35-41).

(3.)The servant of the centurion (Luke 7:1-10).

(4.)The excuses of two disciples (Matthew 8:18-22).

(4.)The Gadarene demoniac (Mark 5:1-20).

(4.)The stilling of the storm (Luke 8:22-25).

(5.)The stilling of the storm (Matthew 8:23-27).

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(5.)The Gadarene demoniac (Luke 8:26-39).

(6.)The Gadarene demoniacs (Matthew 8:28-33).

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(6.)The excuses of two disciples (Luke 9:57-62).

A comparison such as this, especially if we take into account the narratives which in St. Mark and St. Luke come between those which St. Matthew makes to follow close one upon another, and the apparent notes of succession in each case, is enough to show, once for all the difficulty of harmonising the Gospel narratives with any certainty. Three conclusions may fairly be received as all but certain. (1.) The independence of each record. It is scarcely conceivable that St. Mark or St. Luke would have departed so widely from St. Matthew's order had they had his Gospel before them. (2.) The derivation of all three from earlier records, written or oral, each embracing some few acts or discourses of our Lord. (3.) The absence of any direct evidence as to the order of these events, so that each writer was often left to his own discretion, or to some internal principle of grouping.

In dealing with such cases, therefore, while the parallel narratives in the other Gospels will be noticed, so far as they make the record here more vivid and complete, there will seldom be any attempt to discuss elaborately the order in which they stand.

Verse 1-ch. 9:34 - MESSIAH'S WORK AS COMPLEMENTARY TO HIS TEACHING. We return in this section to matter which resembles that of Mark and Luke, and undoubtedly belongs to the Framework (vide Introduction). St. Matthew has given a lengthy summary of the teaching of the Christ, and he now supplements it by a summary of his daily work. He is not concerned with the chronological connexion of the incidents here narrated, for this is evidently to him a matter of but secondary importance. He only desires to bring out different aspects of the Lord's life. Thus he notices -

1. Christ's miracles of healing, and the secret of his ability to perform them (vers. 1-17).

2. The personal trials that Christ incurred in his work (ver. 18-Matthew 9:8).

3. The liberty of the gospel as shown by Christ's treatment of the outcast, and his answer to those who insisted on fasting (Matthew 9:9-17).

4. The completeness of his healing power (Matthew 9:18-34). Verses 1-17. - 1. Christ's miracles of healing, and the secret of his ability to perform them. Observe:

(1) The variety in the patients.

(a) One of the chosen people, who had lost all social and religious privileges;

(b) a Gentile, an outsider by birth;

(c) the near relation of a personal follower;

(d) multitudes.

(2) The variety in the requests for his aid.

(a) The request by the sufferer;

(b) the request by another;

(c) apparently no request, yet the personal follower has Christ with him;

(d) the sufferers are brought to him. Verses 1-4. - Healing the leper. Parallel passages: Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16. Observe in this miracle

(1) the Lord's sympathy, running counter to popular prejudice (vide Edersheim, ' Life,' 1:495);

(2) his full acceptance of the Law (Matthew 5:17); cf. ver. 4, note. Verse 1. - Matthew only. When he was come down from the mountain (Matthew 5:1, note), great multitudes followed him, A transitional verse. It carries on the thought of the ὄχλοι in the last verse of the preceding chapter, and serves to introduce the following examples of sick folk; or, perhaps, it may be connected with the "great multitudes" (ὄχλοι πολλοί) of Matthew 4:25, coming, as the plural suggests (cf. also Matthew 12:23) from the various places there enumerated. If we must combine this verse with Luke 5:12, we must suppose our Lord to have descended the mountain, and to be passing through "one of the cities," coming (our ver. 5) afterwards to Capernaum, the "great multitudes" (cf. Luke 5:15)being drawn from the various cities through which he passed. The verse reminds us that the two sides of the Lord's life, preaching and work, were intimately connected. Men not only wondered at what they heard (Matthew 7:28, 29), they also followed him, and this led to occasions for the exercise of his practical activity. The result was that they wondered at his work (Matthew 9:33), as they wondered at his preaching. When he was come down from the mountain,.... Into which he went up, and preached the sermon recorded in the "three" preceding chapters:

great multitudes followed him: which is mentioned, partly to shew, that the people which came from several parts, still continued with him, being affected with his discourses and miracles; and partly on account of the following miracle, of healing the leper, which was not done in a corner, but before great multitudes, who were witnesses of it: though some think this miracle was wrought more privately. CHAPTER 8

Mt 8:1-4. Healing of a Leper. ( = Mr 1:40-45; Lu 5:12-16).

The time of this miracle seems too definitely fixed here to admit of our placing it where it stands in Mark and Luke, in whose Gospels no such precise note of time is given.

1. When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.8:1 This verse refers to the close of the foregoing sermon. Those to whom Christ has made himself known, desire to know more of him.
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