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Mark 6–8

Chapter 6

Teaching at Nazareth

1 aJesus went out from there and * came into 1bHis hometown; and His disciples * followed Him.

2 When the Sabbath came, He began ato teach in the synagogue; and the bmany listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such 1miracles as these performed by His hands?

3 “Is not this athe carpenter, bthe son of Mary, and brother of 1James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not cHis sisters here with us?” And they took doffense at Him.

4 Jesus said to them, aA prophet is not without honor except in 1bhis hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”

5 And He could do no 1miracle there except that He alaid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.

6 And He wondered at their unbelief.

aAnd He was going around the villages teaching.

The Twelve Sent Out

7 aAnd bHe * summoned the twelve and began to send them out cin pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits;

8 aand He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no 1bag, no money in their belt—

9 but 1to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two 2tunics.”

10 And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you 1leave town.

11 “Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, ashake the dust 1off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.”

12 aThey went out and 1preached that men should repent.

13 And they were casting out many demons and awere anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.

John’s Fate Recalled

14 aAnd King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “bJohn the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.”

15 But others were saying, “He is aElijah.” And others were saying, “He is ba prophet, like one of the prophets of old.

16 But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”

17 For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of aHerodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her.

18 For John had been saying to Herod, “aIt is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

19 aHerodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so;

20 for aHerod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; 1but he 2used to enjoy listening to him.

21 A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday agave a banquet for his lords and 1military commanders and the leading men bof Galilee;

22 and when the daughter of aHerodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and 1his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.”

23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to ahalf of my kingdom.”

24 And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.”

25 Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

26 And although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of 1his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her.

27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,

28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.

29 When his disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.

30 aThe bapostles * gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught.

31 And He * said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and athey did not even have time to eat.)

32 aThey went away in bthe boat to a secluded place by themselves.

Five Thousand Fed

33 The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them.

34 When Jesus went 1ashore, He asaw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because bthey were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.

35 When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said, “1This place is desolate and it is already quite late;

36 send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves 1something to eat.”

37 But He answered them, “You give them something to eat!” aAnd they * said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred 1bdenarii on bread and give them something to eat?”

38 And He * said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they * said, “Five, and two fish.”

39 And He commanded them all to 1sit down by groups on the green grass.

40 They 1sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.

41 And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He ablessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all.

42 They all ate and were satisfied,

43 and they picked up twelve full abaskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish.

44 There were afive thousand men who ate the loaves.

Jesus Walks on the Water

45 aImmediately Jesus made His disciples get into bthe boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to cBethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away.

46 After abidding them farewell, He left bfor the mountain to pray.

47 When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land.

48 Seeing them 1straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the 2afourth watch of the night He * came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them.

49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out;

50 for they all saw Him and were 1terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and * said to them, aTake courage; it is I, bdo not be afraid.”

51 Then He got into athe boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished,

52 for athey 1had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but 2their heart bwas hardened.

Healing at Gennesaret

53 aWhen they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore.

54 When they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,

55 and ran about that whole country and began to carry here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to 1the place they heard He was.

56 Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just atouch bthe fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.

Chapter 7

Followers of Tradition

1 aThe Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come bfrom Jerusalem,

2 and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with aimpure hands, that is, unwashed.

3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they 1carefully wash their hands, thus observing the atraditions of the elders;

4 and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they 1cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the 2washing of acups and pitchers and copper pots.)

5 The Pharisees and the scribes * asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the atradition of the elders, but eat their bread with bimpure hands?”

6 And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

aThis people honors Me with their lips,

But their heart is far away from Me.

7 aBut in vain do they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’

8 “Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the atradition of men.”

9 He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your atradition.

10 “For Moses said, ‘aHonor your father and your mother’; and, ‘bHe who speaks evil of father or mother, is to 1be put to death’;

11 but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is aCorban (that is to say, 1given to God),’

12 you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother;

13 thus invalidating the word of God by your atradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

The Heart of Man

14 After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand:

15 there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.

16 [1If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”]

17 When he had left the crowd and entered athe house, bHis disciples questioned Him about the parable.

18 And He * said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him,

19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and 1is eliminated?” (Thus He declared aall foods bclean.)

20 And He was saying, aThat which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.

21 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, 1fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,

22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, 1aenvy, slander, 2pride and foolishness.

23 “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

The Syrophoenician Woman

24 aJesus got up and went away from there to the region of bTyre1. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know of it; 2yet He could not escape notice.

25 But after hearing of Him, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came and fell at His feet.

26 Now the woman was a 1Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her …

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A star (*) is used to mark verbs that are historical presents in the Greek which have been translated with an English past tense in order to conform to modern usage. The translators recognized that in some contexts the present tense seems more unexpected and unjustified to the English reader than a past tense would have been. But Greek authors frequently used the present tense for the sake of heightened vividness, thereby transporting their readers in imagination to the actual scene at the time of occurence. However, the translators felt that it would be wise to change these historical presents to English past tenses.

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