Mark 9:28
New International Version
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"

New Living Translation
Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, "Why couldn't we cast out that evil spirit?"

English Standard Version
And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

Berean Study Bible
After Jesus had gone into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

Berean Literal Bible
And He having entered into the house, His disciples were asking Him in private, "Why were we not able to cast it out?"

New American Standard Bible
When He came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, "Why could we not drive it out?"

King James Bible
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Christian Standard Bible
After he had gone into the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"

Contemporary English Version
After Jesus and the disciples had gone back home and were alone, they asked him, "Why couldn't we force out that demon?"

Good News Translation
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive the spirit out?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After He went into a house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"

International Standard Version
When Jesus came home, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive the spirit out?"

NET Bible
Then, after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we cast it out?"

New Heart English Bible
And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when Yeshua had entered the house, his disciples asked him among themselves, “Why were we not able to cast it out?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When Jesus went into a house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we force the spirit out of the boy?"

New American Standard 1977
And when He had come into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

King James 2000 Bible
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

American King James Version
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

American Standard Version
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, How is it that we could not cast it out?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when he was come into the house, his disciples secretly asked him: Why could not we cast him out?

Darby Bible Translation
And when he was entered into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Wherefore could not we cast him out?

English Revised Version
And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, saying, We could not cast it out.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Weymouth New Testament
After the return of Jesus to the house His disciples asked Him privately, "How is it that we could not expel the spirit?"

World English Bible
When he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we cast it out?"

Young's Literal Translation
And he having come into the house, his disciples were questioning him by himself -- 'Why were we not able to cast it forth?'
Study Bible
The Boy with an Evil Spirit
27But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up. 28After Jesus had gone into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 29Jesus answered, “This kind cannot come out, except by prayer.”…
Cross References
Mark 2:1
A few days later, Jesus went back to Capernaum. And when the people heard He was home,

Mark 3:20
Then Jesus went home, and once again a crowd gathered, so that He and His disciples could not even eat.

Mark 7:17
After Jesus had left the crowd and gone into the house, His disciples inquired about the parable.

Mark 9:27
But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up.

Mark 9:29
Jesus answered, "This kind cannot come out, except by prayer."

Treasury of Scripture

And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

asked.

Mark 4:10,34
And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable…

Matthew 13:10,36
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? …

Matthew 15:15
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

Why.

Matthew 17:19,20
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? …







Lexicon
After
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[Jesus]
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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.

had gone
εἰσελθόντος (eiselthontos)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1525: To go in, come in, enter. From eis and erchomai; to enter.

into
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

[the] house,
οἶκον (oikon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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.

disciples
μαθηταὶ (mathētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3101: A learner, disciple, pupil. From manthano; a learner, i.e. Pupil.

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

Him
αὐτόν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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.

privately,
ἰδίαν (idian)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2398: Pertaining to self, i.e. One's own; by implication, private or separate.

“Why
Ὅτι (Hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

couldn’t
ἠδυνήθημεν (ēdynēthēmen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

we
ἡμεῖς (hēmeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

drive it out?”
ἐκβαλεῖν (ekbalein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1544: To throw (cast, put) out; I banish; I bring forth, produce. From ek and ballo; to eject.
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.
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