Mark 9:34
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But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

King James Bible
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Darby Bible Translation
And they remained silent, for by the way they had been reasoning with one another who [was] greatest.

World English Bible
But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way about who was the greatest.

Young's Literal Translation
and they were silent, for with one another they did reason in the way who is greater;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Who should be the greatest - See on Matthew 18:1-5 (note).

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they had.

Matthew 18:1 At the same time came the disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

*etc:

Matthew 20:21-24 And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand...

Luke 9:46-48 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest...

Luke 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

*etc:

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

Philippians 2:3-7 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves...

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.

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February 2 Evening
One star differeth from another star in glory.--I COR. 15:41. By the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all.--Be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Unbelieving Belief
'And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.'--Mark ix. 24. We owe to Mark's Gospel the fullest account of the pathetic incident of the healing of the demoniac boy. He alone gives us this part of the conversation between our Lord and the afflicted child's father. The poor man had brought his child to the disciples, and found them unable to do anything with him. A torrent of appeal breaks from his lips as soon as the Lord gives
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

July the Ninth Scholars in Christ's School
"He taught His disciples." --MARK ix. 30-37. And my Lord will teach me. He will lead me into "the deep things" of God. There is only one school for this sort of learning, and an old saint called it the Academy of Love, and it meets in Gethsemane and Calvary, and the Lord Himself is the teacher, and there is room in the school for thee and me. But the disciples were not in the mood for learning. They were not ambitious for heavenly knowledge, but for carnal prizes, not for wisdom, but for place.
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

The Lenten Fast.
"This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer."--ST. MARK ix. 29. You remember the narrative from which I have taken this verse. Jesus, as we read, had just come down from the Mount of Transfiguration, and when He was come to the multitude, a certain man besought him saying, "Have mercy on my son, for he is lunatic and sore vexed, and I brought him to Thy disciples, but they could not cure him." Then Jesus rebuked the devil, and the child was cured from that hour. Thereupon His disciples
John Percival—Sermons at Rugby

Cross References
Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and said, "It is because we didn't bring any bread."

Matthew 18:4
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 9:50
"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other."

Luke 22:24
A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.

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