Mark 6:15
Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.
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6:14-29 Herod feared John while he lived, and feared him still more when he was dead. Herod did many of those things which John in his preaching taught him; but it is not enough to do many things, we must have respect to all the commandments. Herod respected John, till he touched him in his Herodias. Thus many love good preaching, if it keep far away from their beloved sin. But it is better that sinners persecute ministers now for faithfulness, than curse them eternally for unfaithfulness. The ways of God are unsearchable; but we may be sure he never can be at a loss to repay his servants for what they endure or lose for his sake. Death could not come so as to surprise this holy man; and the triumph of the wicked was short.See this account of the death of John the Baptist fully explained in the notes at Matthew 14:1-12.15. Others said, That it is Elias. And others, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets—(See on [1442]Mt 16:14). See Poole on "Mark 6:14"

Others said that it is Elias,.... This was the opinion, either of many of the Jews, who expected that Elias the Tishbite would come in person, before the coming of the Messiah; and thought by the appearance and wonderful works of Jesus, that he was now come: or of Herod's courtiers, who said this to divert him from his notion of John the Baptist, which they might perceive was very distressing to him; though the former seems rather to be the sense:

others said, that it is a prophet: or "the prophet", that was to come, whom Moses had spoken of, and the Jews expected; this was the opinion of others of them: or

as one of the prophets. The word "or", is left out in some copies; and so it is in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic versions; and then the sense is, this new prophet lately raised up, is as one of the old prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others; or one of them had risen up.

Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of {k} the prophets.

(k) Of the old prophets.

Mark 6:15. Ἠλίας, Elias redivivus, with extraordinary power and mission.—προφήτης, etc., a prophet like one of the old prophets, not any of them redivivus. Luke understands it in the latter sense.

Mark 6:15. Ἄλλοι, others) The variety of human opinions on Divine subjects is astonishing. It is of some benefit to the disciples to know it, ch. Mark 8:28; but it rather agitates than benefits Herod. However great be that variety, yet often the truth lies outside of it.

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