Mark 9:39

“But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But Iesus said, Forbid him not, for there is no man, which shall doe a miracle in my Name, that can lightly speake euill of me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Jesus said, "Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Jesus said, Say not so: for there is no man who will do a great work in my name, and be able at the same time to say evil of me.
- Basic English Bible

But Jesus said, Forbid him not; for there is no one who shall do a miracle in my name, and be able soon [after] to speak ill of me;
- Darby Bible

But Jesus said, Forbid him not; for there is no man who shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
- Webster's Bible

You should not have tried to hinder him, replied Jesus, "for there is no one who will use my name to perform a miracle and be able the next minute to speak evil of me.
- Weymouth Bible

But Jesus said, "Don't forbid him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.
- World English Bible

He that is not ayens vs, is for vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Jesus said, `Forbid him not, for there is no one who shall do a mighty work in my name, and shall be able readily to speak evil of me:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 9:39


9:39 Jesus said - Christ here gives us a lovely example of candour and moderation. He was willing to put the best construction on doubtful cases, and to treat as friends those who were not avowed enemies. Perhaps in this instance it was a means of conquering the remainder of prejudice, and perfecting what was wanting in the faith and obedience of these persons. Forbid him not - Neither directly nor indirectly discourage or hinder any man who brings sinners from the power of Satan to God, because he followeth not us, in opinions, modes of worship, or any thing else which does not affect the essence of religion.


People's Bible Notes for Mark 9:39


Mr 9:39 Forbid him not. He neither praises nor blames him for following an independent course, and not working with his disciples. He simply declares that he must not be forbidden, and that those who work the same kind of work that we do should be regarded not as enemies, but allies. Thousands, in every period of church history, have spent their lives in copying John's mistake. They have labored to stop every man who will not work for Christ in their way from working for Christ at all (Ryle).

Discussion for Mark 9:39

  • Then, just as today, men allowed themselves to get caught up in the minutia. Christ admonished us to follow Him, trust in Him, believe in Him. Jesus Christ is what is important. Don 't sweat the small stuff.

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