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

  • Lilian
    And the voice of our Abba Father "Behold this is my Beloved Son whom i will please Hear Ye him. Thank you Father for giving Jesus to us so that we all must have life in abundance. Thank you Jesus for the blood i will praise thee and worship you alone for you are worthy amen hallelujah
  • Fisherman
    Somewhere on earth is that coin which Peter paid Jesus' taxes with. That coin was the faith of Jesus. His strivings in the garden that day was celestial. He strove with the devil, whose power is immense! The devil never surrenders but retreats when he is rebuked.On earth our faith in God will deliver us from evil. For God is reality and in Him are we blessed. In the devil is only evil. Amen
  • Irene123
    They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds ..............; Matt. 17:20. Attributed to
  • Lilian
    Faith comes from hearing the words of God and Faith is a gift from God. It is more important to meditate God's word day and night all the desires of thine heart will be added There's always a Healing in God's words it cleanses our body mind heart and soul for God's words are pure. Thanks to Jesus amen
  • Jacoba
    To increase your faith in God, study your Bible. Know who is talking, who they are talking to and in what period of time they were talking in. Change requires a mental change. God has provided the in His written word the things we need to do and think about. Galatians 5: 22 through 26. Strive for the faith once delivered. Jude 3.
  • Harold Perry
    My faith is so small please Lord help my faith. Keep me also from given in to my flesh that the mountains that keep me from You may be moved and cast into the ocean.

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