Matthew 17:15

“Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Lord, haue mercie on my sonne, for he is lunatike, and sore vexed: for oft times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is epileptic, and suffereth grievously; for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and off-times into the water.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Lord have mercy on my son: for he is off his head, and is in great pain; and frequently he goes falling into the fire, and frequently into the water.
- Basic English Bible

Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is lunatic, and suffers sorely; for often he falls into the fire and often into the water.
- Darby Bible

Lord, have mercy on my son; for he is lunatic, and grievously distressed; for often he falleth into the fire, and often into the water.
- Webster's Bible

Sir, he said, "have pity on my son, for he is an epileptic and is very ill. Often he falls into the fire and often into the water.
- Weymouth Bible

Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic, and suffers grievously; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the water.
- World English Bible

And Y brouyte hym to thi disciplis, and thei myyten not heele hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

and saying, `Sir, deal kindly with my son, for he is lunatic, and doth suffer miserably, for often he doth fall into the fire, and often into the water,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 17:15


17:15 He is lunatic - This word might with great propriety he used, though the case was mostly preternatural; as the evil spirit would undoubtedly take advantage of the influence which the changes of the moon have on the brain and nerves.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 17:15


Mt 17:15 My son; for he is lunatic. "Epileptic", in the Revised Version. The symptoms are those of epilepsy, in this case caused by demoniac possession. The son was a child (Lu 9:38). He was dumb as well as epileptic (Mr 9:18).

Discussion for Matthew 17

  • Oscar Nancy
    Comment*very good and inspiring
  • A disciple
    Vay; Thank you for speaking up! Nice to hear from you! YES! It is like the Sermon on the Mount, TOTALLY; and the Parable of the Sower, and the Wheat and the Tares, and the Wise and Foolish Virgins, and the Good and Faithful House Managers next to the One who went and hid his Lord's money. What's wrong with hypocrisy? Stage-playing, giving a misleading appearance meant to conceal one's true nature!
  • Vay
    You're right about the "whole point"! It's like the Sermon on the Mount, isn't it, where we're to give our cloaks if our coat is taken (stolen), go the extra mile, forgive and love and pray for our enemies. Examine and find ourselves faultless before making our self-offering! When we don't obey these Christian lessons from Jesus' Mountain-top Sermon, we're still taught them but through trials.
  • A disciple
    John; Please read the story again; you seem to have missed it entirely. The whole point of the MIRACLE of letting Peter catch a fish with a coin in its mouth, the WHOLE POINT was for teaching us NOT to offend those who serve as His ministers in Government, but to give what they ask.
  • John
    Jesus didn't work a miracle for paying taxes!he simply told Peter go fishing and when the fish dies when you open its mouth go sell it for money what ever you can get then come back and pay them to not offend them cause if they got mad as lost adults do! But its written and you still can't see what it means so easy to understand try fasting and praying you really wanna learn his words so simple..
  • A disciple
    Tom; The Lord put a Tribute Coin in the fishes mouth for Peter to PAY; and He said to him, that although we are children and free, that we not offend them, we should pay whatever they demand. Public Servants are God's servants, ministering government to keep law and order on His behalf; and they are worthy of their hire! We need Government in all its services, and everyone needs to be paid!

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