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Mark 9:38

    Mark 9:38 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in your name, and he follows not us: and we forbade him, because he follows not us.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    John said to him, Master, we saw one driving out evil spirits in your name: and we said that he might not, because he is not one of us.

    Webster's Revision

    John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name; and we forbade him, because he followed not us.

    World English Bible

    John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone who doesn't follow us casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he doesn't follow us."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    John said unto him, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name: and we forbade him, because he followed not us.

    Clarke's Commentary on Mark 9:38

    We saw one casting out devils in thy name - It can scarcely be supposed that a man who knew nothing of Christ, or who was only a common exorcist, could be able to work a miracle in Christ's name; we may therefore safely imagine that this was either one of John the Baptist's disciples, who, at his master's command, had believed in Jesus, or one of the seventy, whom Christ had sent out, Luke 10:1-7, who, after he had fulfilled his commission, had retired from accompanying the other disciples; but as he still held fast his faith in Christ, and walked in good conscience, the influence of his Master still continued with him, so that he could cast out demons as well as the other disciples.

    He followeth not us - This first clause is omitted by BCL, three others, Syriac, Armenian, Persic, Coptic, and one of the Itala. Some of the MSS. and versions leave out the first; some the second clause: only one of them is necessary. Griesbach leaves out the first.

    We forbade him - I do not see that we have any right to attribute any other motive to John than that which he himself owns - because he followed not us - because he did not attach himself constantly to thee, as we do, we thought he could not be in a proper spirit.

    Barnes' Notes on Mark 9:38

    We saw one ... - There is no improbability in supposing that this might have been one of the disciples of John, or one of the seventy whom Jesus had sent out, and who, though he did not "personally" attend on Jesus, yet had the power of working miracles. There is no evidence that he was merely an "exorcist," or that he used the name of Jesus merely as a pretence.
    Book: Mark
    Topic: Demons