The Power of Faith over a Demon

14 When they reached the crowd,(A) a man approached and knelt down before Him. 15 “Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizures[a] and suffers severely. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”(B)

17 Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and rebellious[b] generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.”(C) 18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon,[c] and it[d] came out of him,(D) and from that moment[e] the boy was healed.

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  1. Matthew 17:15 Lit he is moonstruck; thought to be a form of epilepsy
  2. Matthew 17:17 Or corrupt, or perverted, or twisted; Dt 32:5
  3. Matthew 17:18 Lit rebuked him or it
  4. Matthew 17:18 Lit the demon
  5. Matthew 17:18 Lit hour

The Power of Faith over a Demon

14 When(A) they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing(B) with them. 15 All of a sudden, when the whole crowd saw Him, they were amazed[a] and ran to greet Him. 16 Then He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”

17 Out of the crowd, one man answered Him, “Teacher,(C) I brought my son to You. He has a spirit(D) that makes him unable to speak.(E) 18 Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.”

19 He replied to them, “You unbelieving(F) generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 So they brought him to Him. When the spirit saw Him, it immediately convulsed the boy. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 “How long has this been happening to him?” Jesus asked his father.

“From childhood,” he said. 22 “And many times it has thrown him into fire or water to destroy(G) him. But if You can do anything, have compassion(H) on us and help us.”

23 Then Jesus said to him, “‘If You can’?[b][c] Everything is possible(I) to the one who believes.”(J)

24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly coming together, He rebuked(K) the unclean(L) spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf(M) spirit,[d] I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!”

26 Then it came out, shrieking and convulsing(N) him[e] violently. The boy became like a corpse, so that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus, taking him by the hand, raised him,(O) and he stood up.

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  1. Mark 9:15 Or surprised
  2. Mark 9:23 Other mss add believe
  3. Mark 9:23 Jesus appears to quote the father’s words in v. 22 and then comment on them.
  4. Mark 9:25 A spirit that caused the boy to be deaf and unable to speak
  5. Mark 9:26 Other mss omit him

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