Mark 9:22
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New International Version
"It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."


English Standard Version
And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”


New American Standard Bible
"It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!"


King James Bible
And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."


International Standard Version
The spirit has often thrown him into fire and into water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us!"


American Standard Version
And oft-times it hath cast him both into the fire and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.


Douay-Rheims Bible
And oftentimes hath he cast him into the fire and into waters to destroy him. But if thou canst do any thing, help us, having compassion on us.


Darby Bible Translation
and often it has cast him both into fire and into waters that it might destroy him: but if thou couldst do anything, be moved with pity on us, and help us.


Young's Literal Translation
and many times also it cast him into fire, and into water, that it might destroy him; but if thou art able to do anything, help us, having compassion on us.'


Commentaries
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.

22. but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us—"us," says the father; for it was a sore family affliction. Compare the language of the Syroph´┐Żnician woman regarding her daughter, "Lord, help me." Still nothing is done: the man is but struggling into faith: it must come a step farther. But he had to do with Him who breaks not the bruised reed, and who knew how to inspire what He demanded. The man had said to Him, "If Thou canst do."
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