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Mark 5:9 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

9. Asked… What is thy name? Christ asked the man (not the demon) his name, in order to call out his personal consciousness, and aid in restoring him to himself. My name is Legion The demon snatches the man’s organs and answers the question for himself, giving his own name. He is a host by nature and by name. A Legion in the Roman army was a division embracing six thousand men. The demon, perhaps, assumes that name for this whole number, as being their leader. That Legion is a name for a commander of a legion among the Jews, appears from the Talmudical writings. It is not indeed to be supposed that either angels or devils wear in the invisible world the names that men give to their visible manifestations; and hence the same dark personality may enact the oracular Python or Apollo among the Greeks, the Belial, perhaps, among the Hebrews, and the Beelzebub among the Canaanites.

Consult other comments:

Mark 5:9 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Mark 5:9 - The Greek Testament

Mark 5:9 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Mark 5:9 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Mark 5:9 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 5:9 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Mark 5:9 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 5:9 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 5:9 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 5:9 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 5:9 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 5:9 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Mark 5:9 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 5:9 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 5:9 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Mark 5:9 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Mark 5:9 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Mark 5:9 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Mark 5:9 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 5:9 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 5:9 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 5:9 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Mark 5:9 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 5:9 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 5:9 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 5:9 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments