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Mark 1:24
Shlama l'Kulkhon,

I was using my e-Sword doing searches in Adam Clarke's commentary. He points out that the expression "What have we to do with thee?" in Mark 1:24 (and similar expressions in other verses) have their roots in Old Testament Hebrew.

{QUOTE}What have we to do with thee - Or, What is it to us and to thee? or, What business hast thou with us? That this is the meaning of the original, ti jmen kai soi, Kypke has sufficiently shown. There is a phrase exactly like it in 2nd Sam. 16:10. What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? hywrc ynb ??klw yl hm ma li v'lacem beney Tseruiah, What business have ye with me, or, Why do ye trouble me, ye sons of Tseruiah? The Septuagint translates the Hebrew just as the evangelist does here, ti emoi kai umin; it is the same idiom in both places, as there can be no doubt that the demoniac spoke in Hebrew, or in the Chaldeo-Syriac dialect of that language, which was then common in Judea. {END OF QUOTE}

Also concerning this phrase in Matthew 8:29 in Adam Clarke's commentary...

{QUOTE}What have we to do with thee, is a Jewish phrase, which often occurs in the Old Testament, signifying an abrupt refusal of some request, or a wish not to be troubled with the company or importunity of others. Jehu said to the messenger who was sent by Joram to meet him, What hast thou to do with peace? David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? {END OF QUOTE}

I'll copy and paste other Scriptures he advises us to compare with regard to this phrase......

Jdg 11:12 And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying, What hast thou to do with me, that thou art come unto me to fight against my land?

Ezr 4:3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers' houses of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us in building a house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.

Joh 2:4 And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

My New Testament is looking more Afro-Asiatic and less Indo-European every day. <!-- s:biggrin: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biggrin.gif" alt=":biggrin:" title="Big Grin" /><!-- s:biggrin: -->

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