Today's Verse Analysis

Mark 9:29 This kind can come forth by nothing...

Jesus is asked why his students could caste out the spirit of the epiletic.

Spoken to:

Mark 9:29 Τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ .

KJV Verse:

Mark 9:29 This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

NIV Verse:

Mark 9:29 This kind can come out only by prayer.

What His Listeners Heard:

This thing here, this kind has the power to exit by nothing except by prayer.

Lost In Translation:

The word translated as "kind" is an uncommon form of the word usually translated as "generation".

The "can" here is not the simple helper verb in English indicating possibility. It is the active verb in the sentence meaning "to have the power."  The word following is an infinitive form of a verb, in this case, "to exit."

Τοῦτο                 τὸ   γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ    δύναται          ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ      ἐν προσευχῇ .
This thing here, this kind   by nothing, has the power to exit     except  by prayer

My Takeaway:

We cannot toss out what is born into us.

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