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THE HOLY GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO ST. MARK

St. Mark, the disciple and interpreter of St. Peter (according to St. Jerome), according to what he heard from Peter himself, wrote a brief Gospel in Rome at the request of the Brethren about ten years after our Lord's Ascension; which when Peter had heard, he approved of it and with his authority published it to the Church to be read. Baronius and others say that the original was written in Latin, but the more general opinion is that the Evangelist wrote it in Greek.

John was in the desert, baptizing and preaching...
Mark 1:4

Contents

Chapter 1

The preaching of John the Baptist. Christ is baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus calls His disciples and works many miracles.

1:1. The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
1:2. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold I send My messenger before you, who shall prepare the way before you.
1:3. “A voice of one crying in the desert: 'Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.'”
1:4. John was in the desert, baptizing and preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins.
1:5. The people of the country of Judea and those from Jerusalem went out to John and were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
1:6. John was clothed in camel's hair with a leather girdle around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
1:7. He preached, saying, “There comes after me One mightier than I, the leather strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen.
1:8. “I have baptized you with water, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
1:9. It came to pass, in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River.
...and was tempted by Satan.
Mark 1:13
1:10. Coming up out of the water, Jesus immediately saw the Heavens open and the Spirit as a dove descending and remaining on Him.
1:11. There came a voice from Heaven, “You are my beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
1:12. Immediately the Spirit impelled Him out into the desert.
1:13. Jesus was in the desert forty days and forty nights, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the beasts, and the Angels ministered to Him.
1:14. After that, John was arrested, and Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God
1:15. and saying, “The time is accomplished and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel.”
1:16. Passing by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw Simon and Andrew, his brother, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishermen.
1:17. Jesus said to them, “Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
1:18. Immediately leaving their nets, they followed Jesus.
1:19. Going on from there a little further, Jesus saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who were also mending their nets in the ship.
1:20. Immediately Jesus called them. Leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with his hired men, they followed Jesus.
1:21. They entered into Capernaum. On the Sabbath days, Jesus went into the synagogue and taught them.
1:22. They were astonished at His doctrine, for Jesus was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23. There was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
1:24. “What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God.”
1:25. Jesus threatened him, saying, “Speak no more, and go out of the man.”
1:26. The unclean spirit, wrenching him and crying out with a loud voice, went out of the man.
1:27. They were all amazed to such a degree that they questioned among themselves, “What thing is this? What is this new doctrine? For with power He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”
1:28. The fame of Him was spread at once into all the country of Galilee.
1:29. Immediately going out of the synagogue they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
1:30. Simon's mother-in-law lay in a fit of fever and they immediately told Jesus about her.
1:31. Coming to her, Jesus lifted her up, taking her by the hand, and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.
1:32. When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to Jesus all that were ill and that were possessed with devils.
1:33. All the city was gathered together at the door.
1:34. He healed many that were troubled with various diseases. Jesus cast out many devils, and He did not permit them to speak, because they knew Him.
1:35. Rising very early, Jesus left and went to a deserted place, and He prayed there.
1:36. Simon and those who were with him followed after Jesus.
1:37. When they had found Jesus, they said to Him, “All are looking for You.”
1:38. He said to them, “Let us go into the neighboring towns and cities that I may preach there also, for this is the purpose for which I have come.”
1:39. He was preaching in their synagogues and in all Galilee and casting out devils.
Jesus...stretched forth His hand, and ... said to the man,...“Be made clean.
Mark 1:41
1:40. There was a leper, who beseeching Jesus and kneeling down, said to Him, “If You wish, You can make me clean.”
1:41. Jesus, having compassion on him, stretched forth His hand, and touching him said to the man, “I will. Be made clean.”
1:42. When Jesus had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from the man, and he was made clean.
1:43. Jesus strictly gave him orders and immediately sent him away.
1:44. Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go, show yourself to the high priest and offer for your cleansing the things that Moses commanded for a witness to them.”
1:45. But after leaving, the man began to publicize and to proclaim the matter abroad, so that Jesus could not openly go into the city, but was outside in deserted places. People flocked to Him from all sides.

Chapter 2

Christ heals the man sick with palsy. He calls Matthew and answers for the conduct of His disciples.

2:1. Again Jesus entered into Capernaum after some days.
2:2. It was heard that He was in the house. Many came together, so that there was no room, not even at the door. To them Jesus spoke the Word.
2:3. Some came to Jesus bringing one sick with palsy; he was carried by four people.
When they could not bring the man to Jesus because of the multitude, they uncovered the roof where Jesus was, and opening it, they let down the bed in which the man lay sick with palsy.
Mark 2:4
2:4. When they could not bring the man to Jesus because of the multitude, they uncovered the roof where Jesus was, and opening it, they let down the bed in which the man lay sick with palsy.
2:5. When Jesus had seen their faith, He said to the one sick with palsy, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
2:6. There were some of the scribes sitting there and thinking in their hearts,
2:7. “Why does this Man say that? He blasphemes. Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
2:8. Jesus, knowing what they thought, said to them, “Why do you think these things in your hearts?
2:9. “Which is easier to say to the one sick with palsy: 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk?'
2:10. “So that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins,” (Jesus said to the one sick with palsy,)
2:11. “I say to you: arise. Pick up your bed and go into your house.”
2:12. Immediately the man arose and, picking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all, so that all wondered and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this before.”
2:13. Jesus again went out to the seaside, and all the multitude came to Him. Jesus taught them.
Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” Rising up, Levi followed Him.
Saint Matthew (also known as Levi)
Mark 2:14
2:14. As Jesus was passing by the customs post, He saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting receiving tolls. Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.” Rising up, Levi followed Him.
2:15. It came to pass, as Jesus sat at a meal in Levi's house, many publicans and sinners sat down together with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many who also followed him.
But new wine must be put into new wine skins.
Mark 2:22
2:16. The scribes and the Pharisees, seeing that He ate with publicans and sinners, said to His disciples, “Why does your Master eat and drink with publicans and sinners?”
2:17. Jesus, hearing this, said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those that are sick do. For I did not come to call the just, but sinners.”
2:18. The disciples of John and the Pharisees used to fast. They came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”
2:19. Jesus said to them, “Can the guests of the marriage fast, as long as the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
2:20. “But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast in those days.
2:21. “No man sews a piece of raw cloth to an old garment, otherwise the new piece tears away from the old, and a greater tear is made.
2:22. “No man puts new wine into old wine skins, otherwise the wine will burst the wine skins, the wine will be spilled, and the wine skins will be lost. But new wine must be put into new wine skins.”
It came to pass again that, as the Lord walked through the grain fields on the Sabbath, His disciples began to go forward and to pluck the ears of grain.
Mark 2:23
2:23. It came to pass again that, as the Lord walked through the grain fields on the Sabbath, His disciples began to go forward and to pluck the ears of grain.
2:24. The Pharisees said to Him, “Behold, why do they do on the Sabbath day that which is not lawful?”
2:25. Jesus said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and was hungry, both himself and those who were with him?
2:26. “How he went into the house of God, under Abiathar, the high priest, and ate the loaves of proposition, which were not lawful to eat except for the priests, and gave them to those who were with him?”
2:27. He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
2:28. “Therefore the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath also.”

Chapter 3

...Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
Mark 3:5

Christ heals the withered hand. He chooses the Twelve. He confutes the blasphemy of the Pharisees.

3:1. Jesus entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand.
3:2. They watched Him to see whether He would heal on the Sabbath days, that they might accuse Him.
3:3. He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up in the midst.”
3:4. Jesus said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to destroy?” But they remained silent.
3:5. Looking around on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of their hearts, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
3:6. The Pharisees went out and immediately made a consultation with the Herodians against Jesus about how they might destroy Him.
3:7. But Jesus retired with His disciples to the sea, and a great multitude followed Him from Galilee, Judea,
3:8. Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions beyond the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. A great multitude, hearing the things which Jesus did, came to Him.
3:9. Jesus told His disciples that they should have a small ship ready to wait for Him because of the multitude, otherwise they might crush Him.
3:10. For Jesus healed many, so those who had afflictions pressed upon Him to touch Him.
3:11. The unclean spirits, when they saw Jesus, fell down before Him and cried,
He appointed the Twelve (also known as the Apostles) to be with Him, and that He might send them to preach.
Mark 3:14
3:12. “You are the Son of God.” Jesus strictly commanded that they should not make Him known.
3:13. Going up onto a mountain, Jesus called to Himself whomever He wished, and they came to Him.
3:14. He appointed the Twelve (also known as the Apostles) to be with Him, and that He might send them to preach.
3:15. He gave them power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils.
3:16. Jesus appointed the Twelve: Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter;
3:17. James, the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James, whom He named Boanerges, which is, “The sons of thunder”;
3:18. Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean:

Matthew...A tax collector, referred to as Levi in other books of the Bible. Thaddeus...Also known as Jude; referred to in other books of the Bible as the Judas who was not the Iscariot

3:19. and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
His mother and His brethren came...
Mark 3:31
3:20. They came to a house, and the multitude came together again, so that they could not do so much as eat bread.
3:21. When His friends had heard of it, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He has gone mad.”
3:22. The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils He casts out devils.”
3:23. After Jesus had called them together, He said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?
3:24. “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
3:25. “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
3:26. “If Satan has risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but has an end.
3:27. “No man can enter into the house of a strong man and rob him of his goods, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he can plunder his house.
3:28. “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and so also all the blasphemies they shall utter,
3:29. “but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.”
3:30. [Jesus said this] because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
3:31. His mother and His brethren came, and standing outside, they sent for Him, calling Him.
3:32. The multitude sat around Jesus, and they said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brethren outside seek You.”
3:33. Answering them, He said, “Who is My mother and who are My brethren?”
3:34. Looking on those who sat around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brethren.
3:35. “For whoever shall do the will of God is My brother, and My sister, and My mother.”

Chapter 4

The parable of the sower. Christ stills the tempest at sea.

Again Jesus began to teach by the seaside...
Mark 4:1
...He went up into a ship and sat in the sea while all the multitude was upon the land by the seaside.
Mark 4:1
4:1. Again Jesus began to teach by the seaside, and a great multitude was gathered together around Him, so that He went up into a ship and sat in the sea while all the multitude was upon the land by the seaside.
4:2. Jesus taught them many things in parables, and told them His doctrine:
4:3. “Listen: behold, the sower went out to sow.
4:4. “While he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and ate it up.
4:5. “Other seed fell upon stony ground, where it did not have much earth, and it shot up immediately, because it had no depth of earth.
4:6. “When the sun rose, it was scorched, and because it had no root, it withered away.
4:7. “Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
4:8. “Some fell upon good ground, and brought forth fruit that grew up and increased and yielded, one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundredfold.”
4:9. Jesus said, “He that has ears to listen, let him listen.”
4:10. When Jesus was alone, the Twelve who were with Him asked Him about the parable.
4:11. Jesus said to them, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are done in parables,
4:12. “that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; otherwise, at any time they might be converted and their sins would be forgiven them.”

That seeing they may see, etc. . .in punishment of their intentional refusal to see (St. Matt. 13:15,) God justly withdrew those lights and graces, which otherwise He would have given them, for their effectual conversion.

4:13. Jesus said to them, “Do you understand this parable? How shall you understand any of the parables?
4:14. “He that sows, sows the Word.
4:15. “These are those by the wayside: where the Word is sown and, as soon as they have heard it, Satan comes and immediately takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts.
Stony ground
4:16. “Likewise, these are those that are sown on the stony ground: those who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with joy.
4:17. “They have no root in themselves, but are only for a time, and then when tribulation and persecution arise for the Word they immediately fall away.
4:18. “There are others who are sown among thorns: these are those that hear the Word,
4:19. “ but the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts after other things enter in and choke the Word, and it is made fruitless.
4:20. “These are those who are sown upon the good ground: those who hear the Word, receive it, and yield fruit, the one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundredfold.”
4:21. He said to them, “Is a lighted candle brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not to be set in a candelabra?
4:22. “For there is nothing hidden which shall not be made known, neither was it made secret but that it may come to light.
4:23. “If any man has ears to listen, let him listen.”
"In what measure you shall measure, it shall be measured to you again, and more shall be given to you."
Mark 4:24
4:24. Jesus said to them, “Take heed what you hear. In what measure you shall measure, it shall be measured to you again, and more shall be given to you.
4:25. “For he that has, to him shall be given, and he that has not, that also which he has shall be taken away from him.”
4:26. He said, “So is the Kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the earth,
4:27. “and should sleep, and rise, night and day, and the seed should spring, and grow up while he is unaware.
4:28. “For the earth of itself brings forth fruit, first the blade, then the ear, afterwards the full corn in the ear.
4:29. “When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts it to the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
4:30. Jesus said, “To what shall we liken the Kingdom of God? To what parable shall we compare it?
4:31. “It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are on the earth,
4:32. “and when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out great branches, so that the birds of the air may dwell under its shadow.”
4:33. With many such parables, Jesus spoke the Word to them, according to what they were able to understand.
4:34. Without parable He did not speak to them, but apart from the crowds, Jesus explained all things to His disciples.
4:35. He said to them that day, when evening came, “Let us pass over to the other side.”
4:36. Sending away the multitude, they took Him as He was in the ship, and there were other ships with Him.
4:37. There arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was filled.
Jesus was in the rear part of the ship, sleeping upon a pillow...
Mark 4:38
Jesus calms the storm
4:38. Jesus was in the rear part of the ship, sleeping upon a pillow, and they awoke Him and said to Him, “Master, does it not concern you that we perish?”
Rising up, He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still.” The wind ceased, and there was made a great calm.
Mark 4:39
4:39. Rising up, He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still.” The wind ceased, and there was made a great calm.
4:40. Jesus said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you not have faith yet?” They feared exceedingly, and they said to one another, “Who is this (do you think) that both wind and sea obey?”

Chapter 5

Christ casts out a legion of devils. He heals the issue of blood, and raises the daughter of Jairus to life.

5:1. They came over the strait of the sea and into the country of the Gerasenes.
As Jesus went out of the ship, immediately, out of the monuments, a man with an unclean spirit met Him
Mark 5:2
5:2. As Jesus went out of the ship, immediately, out of the monuments, a man with an unclean spirit met Him;
5:3. he had his dwelling in the tombs, and no man now could bind him, not even with chains,
5:4. for, having been often bound with fetters and chains, he had burst the chains, and broken the fetters in pieces, and no one could tame him.
5:5. Day and night he was always in the monuments and in the mountains, shrieking and cutting himself with stones.
5:6. Seeing Jesus afar off, he ran and adored Him.
5:7. Crying with a loud voice, the unclean spirit said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, the Son of the Most High God? I adjure You by God that You do not torment me.”
5:8. Jesus said to him, “Go out of the man, you unclean spirit.”
5:9. Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” The answer came to Him, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”
5:10. The unclean spirits pleaded much with Jesus that He would not drive him away out of that country.
5:11. There was there near the mountain a great herd of swine, feeding.
5:12. The spirits besought Him, “Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.”
5:13. Jesus immediately gave them leave. The unclean spirits went out and entered into the swine, and with great violence the herd, being about two thousand, was carried headlong into the sea and was drowned.
Go into your house to your friends, and tell them how great are the things the Lord has done for you, and that He has had mercy on you.
Mark 5:19
5:14. The swineherds fled and told it to the people in the city and in the fields. All that heard went out to see what was done.
5:15. They came to Jesus, and they saw the man who had been troubled with the devil sitting, clothed, and well in his wits, and they were afraid.
5:16. Those who had seen it told the others in what manner he who had the devil had been dealt with, and concerning the swine.
5:17. They began to beg Jesus to depart from their coasts.
5:18. When Jesus went up into the ship, the man that had been troubled with the devil began to beseech Him that he might remain with Him.
5:19. Jesus would not permit him, but told him, “Go into your house to your friends, and tell them how great are the things the Lord has done for you, and that He has had mercy on you.”
5:20. The man went his way, and began to proclaim in the Ten Cities how Jesus had done great things for him, and all men wondered.
5:21. When Jesus had again passed over the strait in the ship, a great multitude assembled together around Him. Jesus was near the sea.
5:22. One of the rulers of the synagogue, named Jairus, came, and seeing Him, fell down at His feet.
5:23. Jairus pleaded much with Jesus, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death; come, lay Your hand upon her, that she may be safe and may live.”
5:24. Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him, and they pressed upon Him.
The woman healed by touching Christ's garment
5:25. There was a woman who suffered from hemorrhages for twelve years.
5:26. She had suffered many things from many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and had not gotten any better, but rather worse.
When she had heard of Jesus, she came in the crowd behind Him, and touched His garment.
Mark 5:27
5:27. When she had heard of Jesus, she came in the crowd behind Him, and touched His garment.
5:28. For she said, “If I shall touch just His garment, I shall be healed.”
5:29. Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the evil.
5:30. Immediately Jesus knew that power had proceeded from Him, and turning to the multitude, said, “Who has touched My garments?”
5:31. His disciples said to Jesus, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, 'Who has touched Me?'”
5:32. Jesus looked around to see the woman who had done this.
5:33. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him the whole truth.
5:34. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
5:35. While Jesus was yet speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying, “Your daughter is dead; why do you trouble the Master any further?”
5:36. But Jesus, having heard the word that was spoken, said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear; only believe.”
5:37. Jesus did not allow any man to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
5:38. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing much.
5:39. Going inside, He said to them, “Why do you make this ruckus and weep? The girl is not dead, but sleeping.”
5:40. They laughed Him to scorn. But Jesus, having put them all out, took the father and the mother of the girl, and those who were with Him, and entered in where the girl was lying.
Jesus raises the daughter of Jairus from the dead
5:41. Taking the girl by the hand, Jesus said to her, “Talitha cumi,” [which translated is: “Girl (I say to you) arise.”]
5:42. Immediately the girl rose up and walked. She was twelve years old, and they were astonished with a great astonishment.
5:43. Jesus charged them strictly that no man should know it, and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.

Chapter 6

Christ teaches at Nazareth. He sends out the Twelve Apostles. He feeds five thousand with five loaves, and walks upon the sea.

6:1. Going out from there, He went into His own country, and His disciples followed Him.
6:2. On the Sabbath, He began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard Him were astonished by His doctrine, saying, “How did this Man come by all these things? What wisdom is this that is given to Him, and such mighty works as are wrought by His hands?
6:3. “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and His brethren James, and Joseph, and Jude, and Simon? Are not also His sisters here with us?” They were scandalized in regards to Him.

James the Less, Simon Zelotes, and Jude Thaddeus were the sons of Mary Cleophas, a cousin of Jesus. The editors have not yet researched who “Joseph” was or who the “sisters” were. (From chart in The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, page 384).

6:4. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and in his own house, and among his own kindred.”
6:5. He could not do any miracles there. He only cured a few that were sick, laying His hands upon them.

He could not. . .Not for lack of power, but because He would not work miracles in favor of obstinate and incredulous people, who were unworthy of such favors.

6:6. He wondered because of their unbelief, and He went teaching through the villages around it.
6:7. He called the Twelve, began to send them two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
6:8. He commanded them that they should take nothing for the way, except a staff only; no traveling bag, no bread, nor money in their purse,
6:9. to be shod with sandals, and that they should not put on two coats.
6:10. Jesus said to them, “Wherever you shall enter into a house, there abide until you depart from that place.
6:11. “If anyone shall not receive you, nor hear you, go out from there and shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
6:12. They went out and preached that men should do penance.
6:13. They cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
6:14. King Herod heard, (for His name was made manifest,) and he said, “John the Baptist has risen again from dead, and therefore mighty works manifest themselves in him.”
6:15. Others said, “It is Elijah.” But others said, “It is a prophet, as one of the prophets.”
6:16. Herod heard this and said, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen again from the dead.”
6:17. For Herod himself had sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her.
6:18. For John said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.”
6:19. Now Herodias laid snares for him, and desired to put him to death and could not.
6:20. For Herod feared John, knowing him to be a just and holy man, and kept him, and when he heard him, he did many things, and he heard him willingly.

And kept him. . .That is, from the designs of Herodias; he would not put him to death even though she sought it, but through her daughter she effected her wish.

6:21. When a convenient day came, Herod made a supper for his birthday, for the princes, tribunes, and chief men of Galilee.
I wish that you immediately give me the head of John the Baptist...
Mark 6:25
6:22. When the daughter of the same Herodias had come in, and had danced and pleased Herod and those who were at table with him, the king said to the girl, “Ask of me what you wish, and I will give it to you.”
6:23. He swore to her, “Whatever you shall ask I will give you, though it be half of my kingdom.”
6:24. When she was gone out, she said to her mother, “What shall I ask?” But her mother said, “The head of John the Baptist.”
6:25. When she had come in immediately with haste to the king, she asked, “I wish that you immediately give me the head of John the Baptist in a dish.”
6:26. The king was struck with grief; yet, because of his oath and because of those who were with him at table, he would not displease her,
Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place and rest a little.”
Mark 6:31
6:27. but sending an executioner, he commanded that John's head should be brought in a dish.
6:28. He beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a dish and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it her mother.
6:29. Upon hearing this, his disciples came, took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
6:30. The Apostles came together to Jesus and related to Him all the things that they had done and taught.
6:31. Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place and rest a little.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.
6:32. Going up into a ship, they went away to a deserted place.
6:33. Many people saw them going away, and many knew, and they ran flocking to there by foot from all the cities, and were there before them.
6:34. Jesus got out and saw a great multitude, and He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd, and He began to teach them many things.
6:35. When the day was now far spent, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour has now past.
6:36. “Send them away, that they may go into the neighboring villages and towns and buy themselves meat to eat.”
6:37. Jesus answered them, “Give them something to eat yourselves.” They said to Him, “Let us go and buy bread for two hundred days' wages, and we will give them something to eat.”
When He had dismissed them, He went up to the mountain to pray.
Mark 6:46
6:38. Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they knew, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
6:39. Jesus commanded them that they should make them all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
6:40. They sat down in ranks, by hundreds and by fifties.
6:41. When He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, looking up to Heaven, Jesus blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them, and the two fish He divided among them all.
6:42. They all ate, and had their fill.
6:43. They took up the leftovers: twelve full baskets of fragments and of fish.
6:44. Those who ate were five thousand men.
6:45. Immediately He obliged His disciples to go up into the ship, that they might go before Him over the water to Bethsaida, while He dismissed the people.
6:46. When He had dismissed them, He went up to the mountain to pray.
6:47. When it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He was alone on the land.
6:48. Seeing them laboring in rowing, (for the wind was against them,) and about the fourth watch of the night, He came to them walking upon the sea, and He would have passed by them.
6:49. But they, seeing Him walking upon the sea, thought it was an apparition, and they cried out.
6:50. For they all saw Him, and were troubled. Immediately He spoke with them, and said to them, “Have a good heart; it is I, do not fear.”
6:51. He went up to them and into the ship, and the wind ceased; they were far more astonished within themselves,
6:52. for they did not understand concerning the loaves, for their hearts were blinded.
6:53. When they had crossed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and anchored to the shore.
6:54. When they had gone out of the ship, the people immediately recognized Him.
6:55. Running through that whole country, they began to carry in beds those who were sick to where they heard He was.
6:56. Wherever He entered, into towns or into villages or cities, they laid the sick in the streets and besought Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment, and as many as touched Him were cured.

Chapter 7

For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat without often washing their hands...
Mark 7:3

Christ rebukes the Pharisees. He heals the daughter of the woman of Canaan, and the man that was deaf and dumb.

7:1. There assembled together before Him the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem.
“Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites...
Mark 7:6
7:2. When they had seen some of His disciples eat bread with common (that is, with unwashed) hands, they found fault.
7:3. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat without often washing their hands, holding to the tradition of the ancients.

The Mosaic Law only required the washing of hands in certain instances; the washing of hands before every meal was mandated by the Pharisees as an additional precaution against ritual impurity. A chart of some of the additional practices the Pharisees observed beyond the requirements of the Mosaic Law is available at [www (dot) jesuswalk (dot) com/manifesto/pharisee-intro.htm www (dot) jesuswalk (dot) com/manifesto/pharisee-intro.htm]

7:4. When they come from the market, unless they are washed, they do not eat, and there are many other things that have been delivered to them to observe, such as the washings of cups and of pots and of brazen vessels and of beds.
7:5. The Pharisees and scribes asked Jesus, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the ancients, but they eat bread with common hands?”
7:6. But Jesus answered them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.
7:7. “'And in vain do they worship Me, teaching doctrines and precepts of men.'

Doctrines and precepts of men. . .See the annotations, Matthew 15:9, 11.

7:8. “For leaving the commandment of God, you hold onto the tradition of men, the washing of pots and of cups, and many other things you do similar to these.”
7:9. Jesus said to them, “Well do you make void the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.
7:10. “For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother. And he that shall curse father or mother, let him die.'
7:11. “But you say, 'If a man shall say to his father or mother, 'Whatever profit you should have from me is Corban (that which is dedicated to God),'
7:12. “you do not permit him to do anything further for his father or mother,
7:13. “making void the Word of God by your own tradition, which you have passed on. You do many other similar things.”
7:14. Calling the multitude to Him again, He said to them, “Listen to Me and understand, all of you.
7:15. “There is nothing from outside a man that by entering into him can defile him. But the things which come from within a man are the things that defile a man.
7:16. “If any man has ears to listen, let him listen.”
7:17. When He had come into the house from the multitude, His disciples asked Him about the parable.
7:18. He said to them, “So are you also without knowledge? Do you not understand that nothing that enters into a man from the outside can defile him
7:19. “because it does not enter into his heart but goes into his belly and goes out into the outhouse, thus purging out anything that is eaten?”
7:20. But Jesus said that the things which come out from a man defile a man.
7:21. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
7:22. thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
7:23. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.
7:24. Rising from there, He went to the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, and entering into a house, He wished that no man should know it. Yet, He could not be hidden.
7:25. A woman, whose daughter had an unclean spirit, came in and fell down at His feet as soon as she heard of Him.
7:26. The woman was a Gentile, a Syro-Phoenician by birth. She besought Jesus to expel the devil out of her daughter.
7:27. He said to her, “First allow the children to be filled, for it is not good to take the bread of the children and cast it to the dogs.”
7:28. But she answered Him, “Yes, Lord; but the whelps under the table also eat of the crumbs of the children.”

Whelps...Puppies or young dogs

7:29. Jesus said to her, “For this saying, go your way. The devil has gone out of your daughter.”
7:30. When she went into her house, she found that the girl was lying upon the bed and that the devil had gone out.
7:31. Again going out of the coasts of Tyre, He came by Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of the Ten Cities.
7:32. They brought to Him one deaf and dumb, and they besought Jesus that He would lay His hand upon him.
7:33. Taking him aside from the multitude, Jesus put His fingers into his ears, and spitting, He touched his tongue.
7:34. Looking up to Heaven, Jesus groaned and said to him, “Ephphatha” (which is, “Be opened”).
7:35. Immediately his ears were opened and the string of his tongue was loosed and he spoke right.
7:36. Jesus commanded them that they should tell no man. But the more He commanded them, the more they proclaimed it.
7:37. So much the more did they wonder, saying, “He has done all things well. He has made both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.”
The second multiplication of the loaves and fish
Mark 8:1 - 8:8

Chapter 8

Christ feeds four thousand. He gives sight to a blind man. He foretells his passion.

8:1. In those days again, when there was great multitude and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples together and said to them,
8:2. “I have compassion on the multitude, for behold, they have now been with Me three days and have nothing to eat.
8:3. “If I shall send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way, for some of them came from far away.”
8:4. His disciples answered Him, “From where can anyone fill them with bread here in the wilderness?”
8:5. He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.”
8:6. He commanded the people to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves and giving thanks, Jesus broke and gave them to His disciples to set before them. They set them before the people.
... asking Him for a sign from Heaven....Mark 8:11
8:7. They had a few little fish. Jesus blessed them and commanded them to be set before the people.
8:8. They all ate and were filled, and they took up what was left of the fragments: seven baskets.
8:9. They that had eaten were about four thousand. After this, Jesus sent them away.
8:10. Immediately going up into a ship with His disciples, He came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
They forgot to take bread, and they had just one loaf with them in the ship.
Mark 8:14
8:11. The Pharisees came forth and began to question with Him, asking Him for a sign from Heaven to test Him.
8:12. Sighing deeply in spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly I say to you, a sign shall not be given to this generation.”
8:13. Leaving them, Jesus went up again into the ship and passed to the other side of the water.
8:14. They forgot to take bread, and they had just one loaf with them in the ship.
8:15. He instructed them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herod.”
8:16. They reasoned among themselves, saying, “Because we have no bread.”
8:17. Jesus knew this and said to them, “Why do you reason that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet know nor understand? Have you still blinded your hearts?
8:18. “Having eyes, do you not see? Having ears, do you not hear? Neither do you remember?
8:19. “When I broke the five loves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.”
8:20. “When also the seven loaves among four thousand, how many baskets of fragments did you take up?” They said to Him, “Seven.”
8:21. Jesus said to them, “How do you not yet understand?”
8:22. They came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blind man to Him. They besought Jesus that He would touch him.
8:23. Taking the blind man by the hand, He led him out of the town. Spitting upon his eyes and laying His hands on him, Jesus asked him if he saw anything.
8:24. Looking up, he said, “I see men as if they were walking trees.”
8:25. After that Jesus again laid His hands upon his eyes, and he began to see and was restored, so that he saw all things clearly.
8:26. He sent him into his house, saying, “Go into your house, and if you enter into the town, tell nobody.”
8:27. Jesus went out with His disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. On the way, He asked His disciples, “Whom do men say that I am?”
The Son of Man must suffer many things...
The Crucifixion
Mark 8:31
8:28. They answered Him, “John the Baptist; but some Elijah, and others as one of the prophets.”
Get out of My way, adversary, because you do not savor the things that are of God but those that are of men.
Mark 8:33
8:29. Then He said to them, “But whom do you say that I am?” Peter answered Him, “You are the Christ.”
8:30. Jesus strictly commanded them that they should not tell any man about Him.
8:31. He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the ancients and by the high priests and the scribes, and be killed and after three days rise again.
8:32. Jesus spoke the word openly. Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him.
8:33. Jesus turned around and, seeing His disciples, threatened Peter, saying, “Get out of My way, adversary, because you do not savor the things that are of God but those that are of men.”
8:34. Calling the multitude together with His disciples, Jesus said to them, “If any man will follow Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
8:35. “For whoever will save his life shall lose it, and whoever shall lose his life for My sake and the Gospel shall save it.
8:36. “For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and suffers the loss of his soul?
8:37. “Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
8:38. “For he that shall be ashamed of Me and of My words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when He shall come in the glory of His Father with the Holy Angels.”
8:39. Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that there are some standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Kingdom of God coming in power.”

Chapter 9

Christ is transfigured. He casts out the dumb spirit. He teaches humility and to avoid scandal.

9:1. After six days, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up onto a high mountain apart by themselves, and He was transfigured before them.
9:2. His garments became shining and exceedingly white like snow, more than any cloth cleaner on earth could whiten.
9:3. There appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
9:4. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tabernacles, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
9:5. For he did not know what he said, for they were struck with fear.
9:6. There was a cloud overshadowing them. A voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My most beloved Son. Listen to Him.”
9:7. Immediately looking around, they saw no man anymore, but only Jesus with them.
9:8. As they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell any man what things they had seen until the Son of Man had risen again from the dead.
9:9. They kept the word to themselves, questioning together what that should be meant by when He shall be risen from the dead.
9:10. They asked Him, “Why then do the Pharisees and scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
9:11. He answered them, “Elijah, when he shall come first, shall restore all things, and he must suffer many things and be despised, just like it is written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be despised.
9:12. “But I say to you that Elijah has already come (and they have done to him whatever they wished), as it is written concerning him.”
9:13. Coming to His disciples, Jesus saw a great multitude around them and the scribes disputing with them.
9:14. All the people immediately saw Jesus and were astonished and struck with fear, and they ran to Him and greeted Him.
9:15. He asked them, “What do you question about among yourselves?”
9:16. One of the multitude answered, “Master, I have brought You my son, who is possessed by a dumb spirit.
9:17. “The spirit dashes him wherever he takes him, and the boy foams and gnashes with the teeth and languishes away. I spoke to your disciples to cast him out, and they could not.”
9:18. He said to them in reply, “O incredulous generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I endure you? Bring him to Me.”
9:19. They brought him. When Jesus had seen the boy, the spirit immediately troubled the boy and, being thrown down upon the ground, the boy rolled around foaming at the mouth.
9:20. Jesus asked the boy's father, “How long has this been happening to him?” His father said, “From his infancy.

From his infancy... This was not a case of rabies.

9:21. “The spirit has often cast the boy into the fire and into the waters to destroy him. But if You can do anything, help us and have compassion on us.”
9:22. Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”
9:23. Immediately the father of the boy cried out with tears, “I do believe, Lord. Help my unbelief.”
9:24. When Jesus saw the multitude running together, He threatened the unclean spirit by saying to him, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, go out of him and do not enter into him anymore.”
9:25. Crying out and greatly wrenching him, the evil spirit went out of him. The boy became as dead, so that many said, “He is dead.”
9:26. But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
9:27. When Jesus had come into the house, His disciples secretly asked Him, “Why could we not cast him out?”
9:28. Jesus said to them, “This kind can go out by nothing except by prayer and fasting.”
9:29. Departing from there, they passed through Galilee, and Jesus did not wish that any man should know it.
9:30. Jesus taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill Him; after He is killed, He shall rise again on the third day.”
9:31. But they did not understand the words, and they were afraid to ask Him.
9:32. They came to Capernaum. When they were in the house, Jesus asked them, “What did you discuss on the way?”
9:33. But they remained silent, for on the way they had disputed among themselves which of them should be the greatest.
9:34. Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If any man desires to be first, he shall be the last of all and be minister of all.”
9:35. Taking a child, Jesus set him in the midst of them. When He had embraced him, He said to them,
9:36. “Whoever shall receive one such child as this in My Name receives Me. Whoever shall receive Me receives not Me but Him that sent Me.”
9:37. John answered Him, “Master, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out devils in Your Name, and we forbade him.”
9:38. But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for there is no man that does a miracle in My Name and can soon speak ill of Me.
9:39. “For he that is not against you is for you.
9:40. “For whoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in My Name because you belong to Christ, truly I say to you, shall not lose his reward.
9:41. “It would be better for whoever shall scandalize one of these little ones that believes in Me if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea.
9:42. “If your hand scandalizes you, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life maimed than to enter the unquenchable fire of hell with two hands,
9:43. “where their worm does not die and the fire is not extinguished.
9:44. “If your foot scandalizes you, cut it off; it is better for you to enter lame into everlasting life than to be cast into the hell of unquenchable fire with two feet,
9:45. “where their worm does not die and the fire is not extinguished.
9:46. “If your eye scandalizes you, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than to be cast into the hell of fire with two eyes,
Have salt in you, and have peace among you.
Mark 9:49
9:47. “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not extinguished.
9:48. “For every one shall be salted with fire, and every victim shall be salted with salt.
9:49. “Salt is good. But if the salt becomes unsavory, with what will you season it? Have salt in you, and have peace among you.”

Chapter 10

Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
The Sacrament of Matrimony
Mark 10:9

Marriage is not to be dissolved. The danger of riches. The ambition of the sons of Zebedee. A blind man is restored to his sight.

10:1. Rising up from there, Jesus came into the coast of Judea beyond the Jordan, and the multitude flocked to Him again. As He was accustomed, He taught them again.
10:2. The Pharisees came to Jesus and asked Him to test Him, “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?”
10:3. But Jesus said to them, “What did Moses command you?”
10:4. They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a bill of divorce and to put her away.”

This permission granted by Moses is not included in the Sacred Scriptures, but appears to have been a written or verbal concession on the part of Moses. It appears this concession was made apart from the law given to Moses on Sinai, most likely in a squabble with the rebellious Israelites. We see that it was something different from the precept whereby a husband dismisses his wife if he found something indecent with her, as in the Book of Sirach advice is given not to dismiss a worthy wife, an act which would otherwise not be mentioned unless it was not forbidden at the time.

10:5. Jesus said tho them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts, he wrote you that precept.
10:6. “But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.
10:7. “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united to his wife,
10:8. “and the two shall be in one flesh. Therefore, now they are not two, but one flesh.
10:9. “ Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”
10:10. In the house again, His disciples asked Him concerning the same thing.
10:11. Jesus said to them, “Whoever shall put away his wife and marry another commits adultery against her.
10:12. “If the wife shall put away her husband and be married to another, she commits adultery.”
Jesus and the Children
10:13. People brought young children to Jesus, that He might touch them. The disciples rebuked those who brought them.
“Allow the little children to come to Me and do not forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Mark 10:14
“Allow the little children to come to Me and do not forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Mark 10:14
10:14. When Jesus saw them, He was much displeased and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to Me and do not forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
10:15. “Truly I say to you, whoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall not enter into it.”
10:16. Embracing them and laying His hands upon them, Jesus blessed them.
10:17. When He had gone out onto the way, a certain man ran up and, kneeling before Him, asked Him, “Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive everlasting life?”
10:18. Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? None is good but One, God.

None is good. . .Of himself entirely and essentially, but God alone; men may be good also, but only by participation of God's goodness.

10:19. “You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do no fraud, honor your father and mother.”
10:20. But he answered Him, “Master, I have observed all these things from my youth.”
10:21. Jesus, looking on him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come, follow Me.”
The man was struck with sadness at these words, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Mark 10:22
10:22. The man was struck with sadness at these words, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
10:23. Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How rarely shall they that have riches enter into the Kingdom of God!”
10:24. The disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus again said to them, “Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God?
10:25. “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”
10:26. They wondered the more, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
10:27. Jesus, looking on them, said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
10:28. Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left all things and have followed You.”
10:29. Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no man who has left house or brethren or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for My sake and for the Gospel,
10:30. “who shall not receive a hundred times as much, now in this time: houses and brethren and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come everlasting life.
10:31. “But many that are first shall be last, and the last, first.”
10:32. They were on the way going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went before them. They were astonished and afraid as they followed Him. Taking the Twelve again, Jesus began to tell them the things that should befall Him,
10:33. saying, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes and ancients. They shall condemn Him to death and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles.
10:34. “They shall mock Him and spit on Him and scourge Him and kill Him, and on the third day He shall rise again.”
10:35. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him and said, “Master, we desire that You will do for us whatever we shall ask.”
10:36. But He said to them, “What do you wish that I should do for you?”
10:37. They said, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at your right hand and the other at your left hand, in your glory.”
10:38. Jesus said to them, “You do not realize what you are asking. Can you drink from the chalice that I drink from or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
10:39. But they said to Him, “We can.” Jesus said to them, “You shall indeed drink from the chalice that I drink from, and with the baptism with which I am baptized you shall be baptized.
10:40. “But to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to give to you, but goes to those for whom it is prepared.”
10:41. The ten, hearing it, began to be much displeased with James and John.
10:42. But Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who seem to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their princes have power over them.
10:43. “But it shall not be so among you; whoever will be greater shall be your minister.
10:44. “Whoever will be first among you shall be the servant of all.
10:45. “For the Son of Man has also not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a redemption for many.”
10:46. They came to Jericho. As Jesus went out of Jericho with His disciples and a very great multitude, Bartimaeus, the blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the wayside begging.
10:47. When he had heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and to say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
10:48. Many rebuked the blind man that he might hold his peace, but he cried a great deal more, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
10:49. Jesus, standing still, commanded him to be called. They called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Arise, Jesus calls you.”
10:50. Bartimaeus, casting off his garment, leaped up and came to Jesus.
10:51. Jesus said to him, “What do you wish that I should do to you?” The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, that I may see.”
10:52. Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your faith has made you whole.” Immediately he saw and followed Jesus on the way.

Chapter 11

Christ enters into Jerusalem upon a donkey. He curses the barren fig tree and drives the buyers and sellers out of the Temple.

at the Mount of Olives...
Mark 11:1
11:1. When they were coming close to Jerusalem and to Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples
11:2. and said to them, “Go into the village that is in front of you, and immediately at your arrival there, you shall find a colt tied, upon which no man has yet sat. Loose him and bring him.
11:3. “If any man shall say to you, 'What are you doing,' say that the Lord has need of him. And he will immediately let him come here.”
Going their way, they found the colt tied in front of the gate outside, in the junction of two roads. They loosed him.
Mark 11:4
11:4. Going their way, they found the colt tied in front of the gate outside, in the junction of two roads. They loosed him.
11:5. Some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing loosing the colt?”
11:6. They told them as Jesus had commanded. Those standing there let the colt go with them.
11:7. They brought the colt to Jesus. They laid their garments on the colt, and Jesus sat upon him.
11:8. Many spread their garments on the road, and others cut down boughs from the trees and strewed them on the road.
11:9. Those who went in front and those who followed cried, “Hosanna; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
11:10. “Blessed be the Kingdom of our father David that comes; Hosanna in the highest.”
11:11. Jesus entered into Jerusalem and entered into the Temple. He viewed everything around there, and when evening had come He went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
11:12. The next day, when they came out from Bethany, Jesus was hungry.
11:13. When He had seen a fig tree having leaves at a distance, He came, that perhaps He might find something on it. When He had come to it, Jesus found nothing but leaves, for it was not the time for figs.
11:14. Jesus said to it, “May no man in the future eat your fruit anymore forever!” His disciples heard it.
When Jesus entered into the Temple, He began to cast out those who sold and bought in the Temple, and He overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of those who sold doves.
Mark 11:15
11:15. They came to Jerusalem. When Jesus entered into the Temple, He began to cast out those who sold and bought in the Temple, and He overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the chairs of those who sold doves.
He did not permit any man to carry a vessel through the Temple.
Mark 11:16
11:16. He did not permit any man to carry a vessel through the Temple.
11:17. Jesus taught, saying to them, “Is it not written: My house shall be called the house of prayer to all nations, but you have made it a den of thieves.”
When the chief priests and the scribes had heard this, they sought how they might destroy Him.
Mark 11:18
11:18. When the chief priests and the scribes had heard this, they sought how they might destroy Him. For they feared Him, because the whole multitude admired His doctrine.
When evening had come, He departed out of the city.
Mark 11:19
11:19. When evening had come, He departed out of the city.
11:20. When they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
11:21. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, behold the fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
11:22. Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.
11:23. “Truly I say to you that whoever shall say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe that whatever he says shall be done, shall have it done for him.
11:24. “Therefore I say to you, when you pray for anything you ask, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be given to you.
11:25. “If you have anything against any man when you stand to pray, forgive, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your sins.
11:26. “But if you will not forgive, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive you your sins.”
11:27. They came again to Jerusalem. While Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the ancients came to Him.
They said to him, “By what authority do You do these things? Who has given You this authority that You should do these things?”
Mark 11:28
11:28. They said to him, “By what authority do You do these things? Who has given You this authority that You should do these things?”
11:29. Jesus answered them, “I will also ask you one thing. Answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
11:30. “Was the baptism of John from Heaven or from men? Answer Me.”
11:31. But they reasoned among themselves and said, “If we say, 'From Heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
11:32. “If we say, 'From men,' we fear the people, for all men recognized John as a prophet indeed.”
11:33. They answered Jesus, “We do not know.” Jesus answered them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Chapter 12

The parable of the vineyard and husbandmen. Caesar's right to tribute. The Sadducees are confuted. The first commandment. The widow's mite.

12:1. Jesus began to speak to them in parables. “A certain man planted a vineyard and made a hedge around it and dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower and leased it to tenant vinedressers and went into a far country.
12:2. “During the harvest season, he sent a servant to get the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers.
12:3. “The vinedressers seized the servant, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
12:4. “The man sent another servant to them again, and they wounded the servant in the head and treated him reproachfully.
12:5. “The man sent another again, and they killed him; the man sent many others, of whom the vinedressers beat some and killed others.
12:6. “Therefore, having yet one son, most dear to him, he also sent him to them last of all, saying, 'They will reverence my son.'
12:7. “But the vinedressers said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and the inheritance shall be ours.'
12:8. “Seizing him, they killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.
12:9. “What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those vinedressers and will give the vineyard to others.
“Have you not read this scripture: "The stone which the builders rejected has been made the headstone of the corner;"
Mark 12:10
12:10. “Have you not read this scripture: "The stone which the builders rejected has been made the headstone of the corner;"

In some forms of architecture, the top stone at the corner of a building is the most ornate.

12:11. by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes'?”
12:12. They sought to arrest Him, for they knew that Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they feared the people. Leaving Him, they went their way.
12:13. They sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus, that they should catch Him in His words.
“Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar? Or shall we not give it?”
Mark 12:14
12:14. They came and said to Him, “Master, we know that you are a true speaker and do not care for any man, for you do not regard who men are, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar? Or shall we not give it?”
12:15. Jesus, knowing their craftiness, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.”
12:16. They brought it to Him. He said to them, “Whose is this image and inscription?” They said to Him, “Caesar's.”
“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's.” They marveled at Him.
Mark 12:17
12:17. Jesus answered them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's.” They marveled at Him.
There came to Him the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection. They asked Him...
Mark 12:18
12:18. There came to Him the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection. They asked Him,
12:19. “Master, Moses wrote to us that if any man's brother die and leave his wife behind him and leave no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up seed to his brother.
12:20. “Now there were seven brothers, and the first took a wife and died leaving no issue.
12:21. “The second took her and died, and neither did he leave any issue. The third in like manner.
12:22. “The seven all took her in a similar manner and did not leave issue. Last of all the woman also died.
12:23. “In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise again, whose wife shall she be? For all seven had her as a wife.”
12:24. Jesus answered them, “Do you not therefore err, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
12:25. “For when they shall rise again from the dead, they shall neither marry nor be married, but are like the Angels in Heaven.
You shall love the Lord your God...
Mark 12:30
12:26. “Concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read in the book of Moses how in the bush God spoke to him, I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?
12:27. “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You therefore do greatly err.”
12:28. One of the scribes that had heard them reasoning together came, and seeing that Jesus had answered them well, he asked Jesus which was the first commandment of all.
12:29. Jesus answered him, “The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord your God is one God.
12:30. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind and with your whole strength. This is the first commandment.
12:31. “The second is essentially this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
12:32. The scribe said to Him, “Well, Master, you have said in truth that there is one God and there is no other besides Him,
12:33. “and that He should be loved with the whole heart and with the whole understanding and with the whole soul and with the whole strength, and to love one's neighbor as one's self is a greater thing than all holocausts and sacrifices.”
12:34. Jesus saw that the scribe had answered wisely and said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” No man after that dared to ask Him any question.
12:35. While teaching in the Temple, Jesus said, “How do the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?
12:36. “For David himself says by the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool”?
12:37. “David himself therefore calls Him Lord. How then is He David's son?” A great multitude gladly listened to Him.
...this poor widow has cast in more than all those who have cast into the treasury.
Mark 12:43
12:38. He said to them in His doctrine, “Beware of the scribes, who love to walk in long robes and to be saluted in the marketplace,
12:39. “and to sit in the first chairs in the synagogues and to have the highest places at suppers,
12:40. “and who devour the houses of widows under the pretense of long prayer. These shall receive greater judgment.”
12:41. Jesus sat across from the treasury and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury. Many that were rich cast in much.
A certain poor widow came, and she cast in two coins worth a total of one-fortieth of a day's wage.
Mark 12:42
12:42. A certain poor widow came, and she cast in two coins worth a total of one-fortieth of a day's wage.
12:43. Calling His disciples together, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has cast in more than all those who have cast into the treasury.
12:44. “For they all cast in of their abundance, but she of her want cast in all she had, even her whole livelihood.”

Chapter 13

Christ foretells the destruction of the Temple and the signs that shall precede the day of judgment.

As He was going out of the Temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Master, behold what manner of stones and what buildings are here.”
Mark 13:1
13:1. As He was going out of the Temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Master, behold what manner of stones and what buildings are here.”
13:2. Jesus replied to him, “Do you see all these great buildings? There shall not be left a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down.”

Jerusalem was razed by the Roman Army under Titus in the year 70. The Romans razed all buildings in the Temple area to the foundation. The only thing left was a retaining wall now known as the “Wailing Wall,” which was not a part of the buildings.

As He sat on the Mount of Olivet across from the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him in private...
Mark 13:3
13:3. As He sat on the Mount of Olivet across from the Temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him in private,
13:4. “Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign when all these things shall begin to be fulfilled?”
13:5. Jesus began to answer them, “Take heed lest any man deceive you.
13:6. “For many shall come in My Name saying, 'I am he,' and they shall deceive many.
13:7. “When you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not fear. For such things must be, but the end is not yet.
13:8. “For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes in various places and famines. These things are the beginning of sorrows.
13:9. “But look after yourselves, for they shall deliver you up to councils, and in the synagogues you shall be beaten, and you shall stand before governors and kings for My sake, for a witness to them.
13:10. “The Gospel must first be preached to all nations.
13:11. “When they shall lead you away and hand you over, do not be thoughtful beforehand about what you shall speak, but speak whatever shall be given you in that hour, for it is not you that speaks, but the Holy Spirit.
13:12. “A brother shall betray his brother to death, and a father his son, and children shall rise up against their parents and shall work their death.
13:13. “You shall be hated by all men for My Name's sake. But he that shall endure to the end shall be saved.
13:14. “When you shall see the abomination of desolation standing where it ought not (let him that reads understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

This probably refers to the ensigns of the Roman Army. The Roman soldiers worshipped their image-topped ensigns more than Roman deities, and virtually the entire religious life of the camp revolved around the ensign (if you worshipped something, you worshipped the ensign; if you swore by something, you swore by the ensign).

13:15. “Let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house nor enter it to take anything out of the house.
13:16. “Let him that shall be in the field not turn back to snatch his garment.
13:17. “Woe to those who are with child and that nurse in those days.
13:18. “But pray that these things do not happen in winter.
13:19. “For in those days shall be such tribulations as were not from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, nor shall there be.
13:20. “Unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh should be saved; but, for the sake of the elect whom He has chosen, He has shortened the days.
13:21. “Then if any man shall say to you, 'Lo, here is the Christ. Lo, he is here,' do not believe,
13:22. “for false Christs and false prophets will rise up, and they shall show signs and wonders to seduce (if it were possible) even the elect.
13:23. “Take heed therefore; behold, I have foretold all things to you.
"... the sun shall be darkened..."
13:24. “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light.
13:25. “The stars of Heaven shall be falling down and the powers that are in Heaven shall be moved.
13:26. “Then they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
13:27. “Then He shall send His Angels and shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the furthest part of the earth to the furthest part of Heaven.
13:28. “Now learn a parable from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is very near.
13:29. “Likewise, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that it is very near, even at the door.
13:30. “Truly, I say to you that this generation shall not pass until all these things have been done.
13:31. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall not pass away.
13:32. “But of that day or hour no man knows, neither the Angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
13:33. “Take heed, watch and pray. For you do not know when the time is.
13:34. “Just as a man going into a far country left his house and gave authority to his servants over every work and commanded the porter to watch,
13:35. “watch therefore (for you know not when the lord of the house comes, at evening, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning),
13:36. “otherwise he might come suddenly and find you sleeping.
13:37. “What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch.'”

Chapter 14

The first part of the history of the Passion of Christ.

...and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might by some snare arrest Jesus and kill Him.
Mark 14:1
14:1. Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were to be celebrated in two days' time, and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might by some snare arrest Jesus and kill Him.

The Passover...Also known as the Feast of the Pasch. Feast of Unleavened Bread... Also known as the Feast of the Azymes

14:2. But they said, “Not on the festival day, otherwise there will be a tumult among the people.”

It appears that the chief priests and scribes had originally decided that the Passover period was not a suitable time to arrest Jesus, but changed their plans when the opportunity arose.

When Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper and was at table, a woman came with an alabaster box of ointment of precious spikenard. Breaking the alabaster box, she poured it out upon His head.
Mark 14:3
14:3. When Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper and was at table, a woman came with an alabaster box of ointment of precious spikenard. Breaking the alabaster box, she poured it out upon His head.

Spikenard...an herb from the Himalaya Mountains

14:4. Now there were some who were indignant and said, “Why was this waste of the ointment made?
14:5. “For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred days' wages and given to the poor.” They murmured against her.
14:6. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you bring trouble upon her? She has wrought a good work upon Me.
14:7. “For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish, you may do them good, but you do not always have Me.
14:8. “She has done what she could; she has come beforehand to anoint My body for the burial.
14:9. “Truly I say to you, wherever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that which she has done shall also be recounted in her memory.”
Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them...
Mark 14:10
14:10. Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them,
14:11. and when they heard it they were glad, and they promised Judas they would give him money. He sought how he might conveniently betray Jesus.
14:12. Now on the first day of the Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Pasch, the disciples said to Him, “Where do You wish that we go and prepare for You to eat the Pasch?”
Jesus sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a pitcher of water shall meet you there. Follow him.
Mark 14:13
14:13. Jesus sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a pitcher of water shall meet you there. Follow him.
14:14. “Wherever he shall go in, say to the master of the house, 'The Master says, “Where is My dining hall, where I may eat the Pasch with My disciples?”'
14:15. “He will show you a large furnished dining room. Prepare for us there.”
14:16. His disciples went their way and came into the city. They found as He had told them, and they prepared the Pasch.
When evening had come, Jesus came with the Twelve.
Mark 14:17
14:17. When evening had come, Jesus came with the Twelve.
14:18. When they were at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, one of you that eats with Me shall betray Me.”
14:19. But they began to be sorrowful and to say to Him, one by one, “Is it I?”
He said to them, “It is one of the Twelve, the one who dips his hand with Me in the dish.
Mark 14:20
14:20. He said to them, “It is one of the Twelve, the one who dips his hand with Me in the dish.
14:21. “The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man shall be betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had not been born.”
14:22. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, this is My Body.”
14:23. Having taken the chalice, He gave thanks and gave it to them. They all drank of it.
14:24. He said to them, “This is My Blood of the New Testament, which shall be shed for many.
14:25. “Truly I say to you that I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine until that day when I shall drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”
14:26. When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
14:27. Jesus said to them, “You will all be scandalized in My regard this night. For it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be dispersed.
14:28. “But after I shall be risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”
But Peter said to Him, “Although all shall be scandalized in you, yet not I.”
Mark 14:29
14:29. But Peter said to Him, “Although all shall be scandalized in you, yet not I.”
"... before the cock crows twice..."
14:30. Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, today, even in this night, before the cock crows twice, you shall deny Me three times.”

Crow twice. . .The cocks crow at two different times of the night; viz., about midnight for the first time, and then a second time commonly called the “cock crowing,” which was the cock crowing our Savior spoke of; and therefore the other Evangelists take no notice of the first crowing.

14:31. But Peter spoke the more forcefully, “Although I should die together with You, I will not deny You.” They all spoke in a similar manner.
14:32. They came to a farm called Gethsemane. Jesus said to His disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.”
14:33. Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to fear and to be grave.
He said to them, “My soul is sorrowful, even to the point of death. Stay here and watch.”
Mark 14:34
14:34. He said to them, “My soul is sorrowful, even to the point of death. Stay here and watch.”
14:35. When He had gone forward a little, He fell flat on the ground, and He prayed that, if it might be possible, the hour might pass from Him.
14:36. Jesus said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to You; remove this chalice from Me; but, not what I will, but what You will.”
“Simon, do you sleep? Could you not watch one hour?
Mark 14:37
14:37. Jesus came and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “Simon, do you sleep? Could you not watch one hour?
14:38. “Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
14:39. Going away again, Jesus prayed, saying the same words.
14:40. When He returned, Jesus found them asleep again (for their eyes were heavy), and they did not know what to answer Him.
14:41. Jesus came the third time and said to them, “Sleep now and take your rest. It is enough. The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.
14:42. “Rise up; let us go. Behold, he that will betray Me is at hand.”
While Jesus was yet speaking, Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the ancients.
Mark 14:43
14:43. While Jesus was yet speaking, Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the ancients.
14:44. He that betrayed Him had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I shall kiss is He. Arrest Him, and lead Him away carefully.”
Judas Iscariot and Jesus
When Judas came, he immediately went up to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed Him.
Mark 14:45
14:45. When Judas came, he immediately went up to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed Him.
'14:46. But they arrested Jesus and held Him.
14:47. One of those who stood by drew a sword and struck a servant of the chief priest and cut off his ear.
'14:48. Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as to a robber, with swords and clubs to apprehend Me?
'14:49. “I was with you daily teaching in the Temple, and you did not arrest Me; but, this is so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.”
Then His disciples, leaving Him, all fled away.
Mark 14:50
'14:50. Then His disciples, leaving Him, all fled away.
14:51. A certain young man followed Him, having only a linen cloth cast around his body, and the multitude grabbed him.
14:52. But he cast off the linen cloth and fled from them without it.
They brought Jesus to the high priest, and all the priests and the scribes and the ancients assembled together.
Mark 14:53
14:53. They brought Jesus to the high priest, and all the priests and the scribes and the ancients assembled together.
Peter followed Him at a distance, even into the court of the high priest. Peter sat with the servants at the fire and warmed himself.
Mark 14:54
14:54. Peter followed Him at a distance, even into the court of the high priest. Peter sat with the servants at the fire and warmed himself.
14:55. The chief priests and all the council sought for evidence against Jesus that they might put Him to death, and found none.
For many bore false witness against Him, and their evidences were not agreeing.
Mark 14:56
14:56. For many bore false witness against Him, and their evidences were not agreeing.
14:57. Some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying,
14:58. “We heard him say, 'I will destroy this Temple made with hands and within three days I will build another not made with hands.'”
14:59. Their witness did not agree.
14:60. The high priest rose up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Do you answer nothing to the things that are laid to Your charge by these men?”
14:61. But He held His peace and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed God?”
14:62. Jesus said to him, “I am. You shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the power of God and coming with the clouds of Heaven.”
14:63. Then the high priest, rending his garments, said, “What need do we have of any further witnesses?
14:64. “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned Him to be guilty of death.
Some began to spit on Jesus and to cover His face and to buffet Him and to say to Him, “Prophesy.” Also, the servants struck Him with the palms of their hands.
Mark 14:65
14:65. Some began to spit on Jesus and to cover His face and to buffet Him and to say to Him, “Prophesy.” Also, the servants struck Him with the palms of their hands.
14:66. Now while Peter was in the court below, one of the maidservants of the high priest came.
14:67. When she had seen Peter warming himself, looking on him, she said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”
14:68. But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you say.” He went out in front of the court; and the cock crowed.
14:69. Again a maidservant saw him and began to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them.”
14:70. But he denied again. After a while those who stood by said again to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are also a Galilean.”
14:71. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, “I know not this Man of whom you speak.”
14:72. Immediately the cock crowed again. Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you shall deny Me three times.” Peter began to weep.

Chapter 15

Pilate asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Mark 15:2

The continuation of the history of the Passion.

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the ancients and the scribes and the whole council.
Mark 15:1
They bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.
Mark 15:1
15:1. As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the ancients and the scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.
Pilate asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” But Jesus answered, “You say it.”
Mark 15:2
15:2. Pilate asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” But Jesus answered, “You say it.”
15:3. The chief priests accused Jesus of many things.
15:4. Pilate again asked Him, “Do you answer nothing? Behold in how many things they accuse You.”
15:5. But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate wondered.
15:6. Now on the festival day, Pilate was accustomed to release to them one of the prisoners, whomever they demanded.
15:7. There was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder.
15:8. When the multitude had approached, they began to desire that Pilate would do as he had always done for them.
15:9. Pilate asked them, “Do you wish that I release to you the King of the Jews?”
15:10. He knew that the chief priests had delivered Him up out of envy.
But the chief priests incited the people that he should release Barabbas to them instead.
Mark 15:11
15:11. But the chief priests incited the people that he should release Barabbas to them instead.
... and braiding a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head.
Mark 15:2
15:12. Pilate again asked them, “What do you then wish that I do to the King of the Jews?”
15:13. But they again cried out, “Crucify Him.”
But they cried out the more, “Crucify Him.”
Mark 15:14
15:14. Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out the more, “Crucify Him.”
15:15. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the people, released Barabbas to them, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged Him, to be crucified.
15:16. The soldiers led Jesus away into the court of the palace, and they called together the whole band.
15:17. They clothed Jesus with purple, and braiding a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head.
15:18. They began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews.”
15:19. They also struck His head with a reed, and they spat on Him. Bowing their knees, they adored Him.
15:20. After they had mocked Him, they took off the purple from Him and put His own garments on Him, and they led Him out to crucify Him.
15:24. Crucifying Him, they divided His garments, casting lots upon them for what each man should take.
15:25. It was the third hour, and they crucified Him.

The third hour. . .The ancient account divided the day into four parts, which were named from the hour from which they began; the first, third, sixth, and ninth hour. Our Lord was crucified a little before noon; before the third hour had quite expired; but when the sixth hour was near at hand.

The inscription of His cause was written overhead: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Mark 15:26
15:26. The inscription of His cause was written overhead: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
15:27. With Him they crucified two thieves, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
15:28. The scripture was fulfilled, which said, “And with the wicked He was reputed.”
15:29. Those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Ha, You that destroy the Temple of God and in three days build it up again,
15:30. “save Yourself by coming down from the cross.”
15:31. In a similar manner the chief priests also mocked and with the scribes said to one another, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself.
15:32. “Let Christ the King of Israel come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with Him also reviled Him.

Those who were crucified...Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich does not appear to mention how this occurred.

15:33. When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour.
“Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani?”
Mark 15:34
15:34. At the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani?” which means, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
15:35. Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “Behold, He is calling Elijah.”
One ran and filled a sponge with vinegar, and putting it upon a reed, gave it to Jesus to drink. Someone said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take Him down.”
Mark 15:36
15:36. One ran and filled a sponge with vinegar, and putting it upon a reed, gave it to Jesus to drink. Someone said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take Him down.”
Jesus, having cried out with a loud voice...
Mark 15:37
...gave up the spirit.
Mark 15:37
15:37. Jesus, having cried out with a loud voice, gave up the spirit.
15:38. The veil of the Temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom.
The centurion who stood opposite Him, seeing that crying out in this manner Jesus had given up the spirit, said, “Indeed this Man was the Son of God.”
Mark 15:39
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15:39. The centurion who stood opposite Him, seeing that crying out in this manner Jesus had given up the spirit, said, “Indeed this Man was the Son of God.”
There were also women looking on at a distance...
Mark 15:40
15:40. There were also women looking on at a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and Joseph, Salome,
15:41. who also followed Jesus and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women that came up with Him to Jerusalem.
15:42. When evening had now come (because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath),

Preparation Day...Also known as the Parasceve

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Joseph of Arimathea, a noble councilor, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate and begged for the body of Jesus.
Mark 15:43
15:43. Joseph of Arimathea, a noble councilor, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate and begged for the body of Jesus.
15:44. But Pilate wondered if Jesus should be already dead. Sending for the centurion, he asked the centurion if Jesus was already dead.
15:45. When he had understood from the centurion that it was so, Pilate gave the body to Joseph.
15:46. Joseph, buying fine linen and taking Jesus down from the cross, wrapped Him up in the fine linen and laid Him in a sepulchre which was hewed out of a rock. Joseph rolled a stone to the door of the sepulchre.
15:47. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph beheld where Jesus was laid.

Chapter 16

Christ's resurrection and ascension.

16:1. When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought sweet spices that they might come anoint Jesus.
16:2. Very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came to the sepulchre, the sun having just risen.

The sun being now risen. . .They set out before it was light, to go to the sepulchre; but the sun was risen when they arrived there. Or, figuratively, the sun here spoken of is the sun of justice, Christ Jesus our Lord, who was risen before their coming.

16:3. They said to one another, “Who shall roll back the stone from the door of the sepulchre for us?”
16:4. for it was very large. Looking up, they saw the stone had been rolled back.
Entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe, and they were astonished.
Mark 16:5
16:5. Entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe, and they were astonished.
“Do not be afraid; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen; He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him.
Mark 16:6
16:6. He said to them, “Do not be afraid; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen; He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him.
16:7. “But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee. There you shall see Him, as He told you.”
16:8. But they went out and fled from the sepulchre, for a trembling and fear had seized them. They said nothing to any man, for they were afraid.
But Jesus, rising early the first day of the week
Mark 16:9
...appeared first to Mary Magdalene...
Mark 16:9
16:9. But Jesus, rising early the first day of the week, appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
16:10. She went and told those who had been with Him, who were mourning and weeping.
16:11. When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
16:12. After that He appeared in another form to two of them as they were walking on their way into the country.
16:13. They went and told it to the rest; they did not believe them either.
16:14. At length He appeared to the eleven as they were at table, and He upbraided them for their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He was risen again.
16:15. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
16:16. “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that does not believe shall be condemned.
16:17. “These signs shall follow those who believe: in My Name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues.
16:18. “They shall take up serpents, and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hand upon the sick, and they shall recover.”
The Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into Heaven...
Mark 16:19
Jesus seated at the right hand of the Father
16:19. The Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into Heaven and was seated at the right hand of God.
16:20. But they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord also working and confirming the word with the signs that followed.

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