I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
because they have now been with me—in constant attendance.
three days, and have nothing to eat:See Poole on "Mark 8:1"
because, says he,
they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat; for if they brought any food with them, it was all spent, and they were in a wilderness, where nothing was to be got; where they had no house to go into, nor bed to lie upon, and no provisions to be bought; and in this case they had been two nights and three days; which showed great affection and zeal in these people, and a close attachment to Christ, in exposing themselves to all these difficulties and hardships, which they seemed to bear with much patience and unconcernedness. The Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions prefix the word "behold" to this clause, as expressing admiration at their stay with him so long in such a place.I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Mark 8:2. Vide on Matthew 15:32.Mark 8:2. Ἡμέραι, days) The nominative of time, there is, or there are, being understood, forms an absolute mode of expression, Luke 9:28.
A peculiar verb, from σπλάγχνα, the inward parts, especially the nobler entrails - the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. These came gradually to denote the seat of the affections, like our word heart. This explains the frequent use of the word bowels in the A. V. in the sense of tender mercy, affection, compassion. See Luke 1:78; 2 Corinthians 7:15; Philippians 1:8; Plm 1:7, Plm 1:12, Plm 1:20. The Rev. has properly rejected it in every such case, using it only in its literal sense in the single passage, Acts 1:18.
They have been with me (προσμένουσιν)
Lit., they continue, as Rev.
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