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Verse 2. Infirmities. Sickness.

Mary called Magdalene. So called from Magdala, the place of her residence. It was situated on the Sea of Galilee, south of Capernaum. To this place Jesus retired after feeding the four thousand. See Barnes "Mt 15:39".


Out of whom went. By the power of Jesus.

Seven devils. The word seven is often used for an indefinite number, and may signify merely many devils.

The expression is used to signify that she was grievously tormented, and rendered, doubtless, insane by the power of evil spirits. See Barnes "Mt 4:24".

It has been commonly supposed that Mary Magdalene was a woman of abandoned character, but of this there is not the least evidence. All that we know of her is that she was formerly grievously afflicted by the presence of those evil spirits, that she was perfectly cured by Jesus, and that afterward she became one of his most faithful and humble followers. She was at his crucifixion (Joh 19:25) and burial (Mr 15:47), and she was among those who had prepared the materials to embalm him (Mr 16:1), and who first went to the sepulchre after the resurrection; and what is particularly interesting in her history, she was the first to whom the risen Redeemer appeared (Mr 16:9), and his conversation with her is exceeded in interest and pathos by no massage of history, sacred or profane, Joh 20:11-18.

{a} "certain woman" Mt 27:55 {b} "out of whom went seven devils" Mr 16:9; Lu 8:30

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