And Jesus said, Somebody has touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Somebody hath touched me.—What St. Mark gives historically as a fact, St. Luke reports as uttered by our Lord Himself.
That virtue is gone out of me.—See Note on Mark 5:30. To St. Luke the word was probably familiar as a technical term.Matthew 9:18-26, and Mark 5:21-43. See Poole on "Luke 8:41"
for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me: for the cure of the person that had touched him, and that not without his knowledge and will; See Gill on Luke 6:19.And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 8:46. ἐγὼ ἔγνων: Lk. puts into the mouth of Jesus what in Mk. is a remark of the narrator. Vide notes on this incident in Mt. and Mk.46. Somebody hath touched me] Rather, Some one touched me. “They press; she touches.” Aug. “Flesh presses; faith touches.” Id. Our Lord’s question was meant to reach the woman’s heart, comp. Genesis 3:9; Genesis 4:9; 2 Kings 5:25.
I perceive that virtue is gone out of me] Literally, “I recognised power going forth from me;” or perceived that power had gone forth from me, if we read exeleluthuian. Comp. Luke 6:19.
Rev. renders the two aorists strictly: did touch, and I perceived, with reference to Jesus' knowledge of the touch at the moment it was applied.
Rev., power. The evangelists use the word frequently of miracles - mighty works. It is used here in the sense of virtue, according to its use by naturalists and physicians. Still, too much stress must not be laid upon it as a mark of Luke's professional accuracy, as Dean Plumptre in "The Expositor," iv., 139; since Mark uses it in his narrative of the same incident, and in the same sense (Mark 5:30).
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