Mark 9:11
New International Version
And they asked him, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?"

New Living Translation
Then they asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?”

English Standard Version
And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?”

Berean Study Bible
And they asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

Berean Literal Bible
And they were asking Him, saying, "The scribes say that it behooves Elijah to come first."

King James Bible
And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?

New King James Version
And they asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

New American Standard Bible
And they asked Him, saying, “Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

NASB 1995
They asked Him, saying, "Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

NASB 1977
And they asked Him, saying, “Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

Amplified Bible
They asked Him, saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first [before the Messiah comes]?”

Christian Standard Bible
Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they began to question Him, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

American Standard Version
And they asked him, saying, How is it that the scribes say that Elijah must first come?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they asked him and they said, “Why do the Scribes say therefore that Elijah must come first?”

Contemporary English Version
The disciples asked Jesus, "Don't the teachers of the Law of Moses say that Elijah must come before the Messiah does?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they asked him, saying: Why then do the Pharisees and scribes say that Elias must come first?

English Revised Version
And they asked him, saying, The scribes say that Elijah must first come.

Good News Translation
And they asked Jesus, "Why do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah has to come first?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they asked him, "Don't the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

International Standard Version
So they asked him, "Don't the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Literal Standard Version
And they were questioning Him, saying that the scribes say that Elijah must come first.

NET Bible
Then they asked him, "Why do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?"

New Heart English Bible
They asked him, saying, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Weymouth New Testament
They also asked Him, "How is it that the Scribes say that Elijah must first come?"

World English Bible
They asked him, saying, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Young's Literal Translation
And they were questioning him, saying, that the scribes say that Elijah it behoveth to come first.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Transfiguration
10So they kept this matter to themselves, discussing what it meant to rise from the dead. 11And they asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12He replied, “Elijah does indeed come first, and he restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected?…

Cross References
Malachi 4:5
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD.

Matthew 11:14
And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.

Mark 9:10
So they kept this matter to themselves, discussing what it meant to rise from the dead.


Treasury of Scripture

And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?

Mark 9:4
And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

Malachi 3:1
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 4:5
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:











Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

they asked
ἐπηρώτων (epērōtōn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1905: To interrogate, question, demand of. From epi and erotao; to ask for, i.e. Inquire, seek.

[Jesus],
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

“{Why do} the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

scribes
γραμματεῖς (grammateis)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1122: From gramma. A writer, i.e. scribe or secretary.

say
Λέγουσιν (Legousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

Elijah
Ἠλίαν (Ēlian)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2243: Elijah, the prophet. Of Hebrew origin; Helias, an Israelite.

must
δεῖ (dei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1163: Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.

come
ἐλθεῖν (elthein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 2064: To come, go.

first?”
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.


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