Bible: Mark 1:1-8:26
The Ministry of John the Baptist
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way, 5
1:3 the voice of one shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
1:4 In the wilderness 8 John the baptizer 9 began preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 10 1:5 People 11 from the whole Judean countryside and all of Jerusalem 12 were going out to him, and he was baptizing them 13 in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. 1:6 John wore a garment made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 14 1:7 He proclaimed, 15 “One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy 16 to bend down and untie the strap 17 of his sandals. 1:8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
1:9 Now 18 in those days Jesus came from Nazareth 19 in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 20 1:10 And just as Jesus 21 was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens 22 splitting apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 23 1:11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my one dear Son; 24 in you I take great delight.” 25 1:12 The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. 1:13 He was in the wilderness forty days, 26 enduring temptations from Satan. He 27 was with wild animals, and angels were ministering to his needs. 28
Preaching in Galilee and the Call of the Disciples
1:14 Now after John was imprisoned, 29 Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel 30 of God. 31 1:15 He 32 said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God 33 is near. Repent and believe the gospel!” 1:16 As he went along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 34 1:17 Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 35 1:18 They left their nets immediately and followed him. 36 1:19 Going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother in their 37 boat mending nets. 1:20 Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
1:21 Then 38 they went to Capernaum. 39 When the Sabbath came, 40 Jesus 41 went into the synagogue 42 and began to teach. 1:22 The people there 43 were amazed by his teaching, because he taught them like one who had authority, 44 not like the experts in the law. 45 1:23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, 46 and he cried out, 47 1:24 “Leave us alone, 48 Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 49 of God!” 1:25 But 50 Jesus rebuked him: 51 “Silence! Come out of him!” 52 1:26 After throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 1:27 They were all amazed so that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits and they obey him.” 1:28 So 53 the news about him spread quickly throughout all the region around Galilee.
Healings at Simon’s House
1:29 Now 54 as soon as they left the synagogue, 55 they entered Simon and Andrew’s house, with James and John. 1:30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, sick with a fever, so 56 they spoke to Jesus 57 at once about her. 1:31 He came and raised her up by gently taking her hand. Then the fever left her and she began to serve 58 them. 1:32 When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. 1:33 The whole town gathered by the door. 1:34 So 59 he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. 60 But 61 he would not permit the demons to speak, 62 because they knew him. 63
Praying and Preaching
1:35 Then 64 Jesus 65 got up early in the morning when it was still very dark, departed, and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer. 66 1:36 Simon and his companions searched for him. 1:37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” 1:38 He replied, 67 “Let us go elsewhere, into the surrounding villages, so that I can preach there too. For that is what I came out here to do.” 68 1:39 So 69 he went into all of Galilee preaching in their synagogues 70 and casting out demons.
Cleansing a Leper
1:40 Now 71 a leper 72 came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If 73 you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said. 1:41 Moved with compassion, 74 Jesus 75 stretched out his hand and touched 76 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” 1:42 The leprosy left him at once, and he was clean. 1:43 Immediately Jesus 77 sent the man 78 away with a very strong warning. 1:44 He told him, 79 “See that you do not say anything to anyone, 80 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering that Moses commanded 81 for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 82 1:45 But as the man 83 went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus 84 was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote places. Still 85 they kept coming 86 to him from everywhere.
Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic
2:1 Now 87 after some days, when he returned to Capernaum, 88 the news spread 89 that he was at home. 2:2 So many gathered that there was no longer any room, not even by 90 the door, and he preached the word to them. 2:3 Some people 91 came bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 92 2:4 When they were not able to bring him in because of the crowd, they removed the roof 93 above Jesus. 94 Then, 95 after tearing it out, they lowered the stretcher the paralytic was lying on. 2:5 When Jesus saw their 96 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 97 2:6 Now some of the experts in the law 98 were sitting there, turning these things over in their minds: 99 2:7 “Why does this man speak this way? He is blaspheming! 100 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 2:8 Now 101 immediately, when Jesus realized in his spirit that they were contemplating such thoughts, 102 he said to them, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? 103 2:9 Which is easier, 104 to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up, take your stretcher, and walk’? 2:10 But so that you may know 105 that the Son of Man 106 has authority on earth to forgive sins,” – he said to the paralytic 107 – 2:11 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 108 2:12 And immediately the man 109 stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners
2:13 Jesus 110 went out again by the sea. The whole crowd came to him, and he taught them. 2:14 As he went along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax booth. 111 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 2:15 As Jesus 112 was having a meal 113 in Levi’s 114 home, many tax collectors 115 and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 2:16 When the experts in the law 116 and the Pharisees 117 saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 118 2:17 When Jesus heard this he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 119 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The Superiority of the New
2:18 Now 120 John’s 121 disciples and the Pharisees 122 were fasting. 123 So 124 they came to Jesus 125 and said, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast?” 2:19 Jesus 126 said to them, “The wedding guests 127 cannot fast while the bridegroom 128 is with them, can they? 129 As long as they have the bridegroom with them they do not fast. 2:20 But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 130 and at that time 131 they will fast. 2:21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. 2:22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 132 otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine is poured into new wineskins.” 133
Lord of the Sabbath
2:23 Jesus 134 was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and his disciples began to pick some heads of wheat 135 as they made their way. 2:24 So 136 the Pharisees 137 said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?” 2:25 He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry – 2:26 how he entered the house of God when Abiathar was high priest 138 and ate the sacred bread, 139 which is against the law 140 for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to his companions?” 141 2:27 Then 142 he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, 143 not people for the Sabbath. 2:28 For this reason the Son of Man is lord 144 even of the Sabbath.”
Healing a Withered Hand
3:1 Then 145 Jesus 146 entered the synagogue 147 again, and a man was there who had a withered 148 hand. 3:2 They watched 149 Jesus 150 closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, 151 so that they could accuse him. 3:3 So he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up among all these people.” 152 3:4 Then 153 he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” But they were silent. 3:5 After looking around 154 at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts, 155 he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 156 3:6 So 157 the Pharisees 158 went out immediately and began plotting with the Herodians, 159 as to how they could assassinate 160 him.
Crowds by the Sea
3:7 Then 161 Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him. 162 And from Judea, 3:8 Jerusalem, 163 Idumea, beyond the Jordan River, 164 and around Tyre 165 and Sidon 166 a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 3:9 Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd 167 would not press toward him. 3:10 For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 3:11 And whenever the unclean spirits 168 saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 3:12 But 169 he sternly ordered them not to make him known. 170
Appointing the Twelve Apostles
3:13 Now 171 Jesus went up the mountain 172 and called for those he wanted, and they came to him. 3:14 He 173 appointed twelve (whom he named apostles 174 ), 175 so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach 3:15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 3:16 He appointed twelve: 176 To Simon 177 he gave the name Peter; 3:17 to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, 178 he gave the name Boanerges (that is, “sons of thunder”); 3:18 and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, 179 Matthew, Thomas, 180 James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, 181 Simon the Zealot, 182 3:19 and Judas Iscariot, 183 who betrayed him. 184
Jesus and Beelzebul
3:20 Now 185 Jesus 186 went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 3:21 When his family 187 heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 3:22 The experts in the law 188 who came down from Jerusalem 189 said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” 190 and, “By the ruler 191 of demons he casts out demons.” 3:23 So 192 he called them and spoke to them in parables: 193 “How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 If 194 a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 3:25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 3:26 And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 3:27 But no one is able to enter a strong man’s 195 house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house. 196 3:28 I tell you the truth, 197 people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. 198 3:29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin” 199 3:30 (because they said, “He has an unclean spirit” 200 ).
Jesus’ True Family
3:31 Then 201 Jesus’ 202 mother and his brothers 203 came. Standing 204 outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 3:32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers 205 are outside looking for you.” 3:33 He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 206 3:34 And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here 207 are my mother and my brothers! 3:35 For whoever does the will of God is 208 my brother and sister and mother.”
The Parable of the Sower
4:1 Again he began to teach by the lake. Such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there while 209 the whole crowd was on the shore by the lake. 4:2 He taught them many things in parables, 210 and in his teaching said to them: 4:3 “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 211 4:4 And as he sowed, some seed 212 fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 4:5 Other seed fell on rocky ground 213 where it did not have much soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. 214 4:6 When the sun came up it was scorched, and because it did not have sufficient root, 215 it withered. 4:7 Other seed fell among the thorns, 216 and they grew up and choked it, 217 and it did not produce grain. 4:8 But 218 other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, sprouting and growing; some yielded thirty times as much, some sixty, and some a hundred times.” 4:9 And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!” 219
The Purpose of Parables
4:10 When he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 4:11 He said to them, “The secret 220 of the kingdom of God has been given 221 to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,
4:12 so that although they look they may look but not see,
and although they hear they may hear but not understand,
so they may not repent and be forgiven.” 222
4:13 He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? Then 223 how will you understand any parable? 4:14 The sower sows the word. 4:15 These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan 224 comes and snatches the word 225 that was sown in them. 4:16 These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. 4:17 But 226 they have no root in themselves and do not endure. 227 Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away. 4:18 Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, 4:19 but 228 worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, 229 and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, 230 and it produces nothing. 4:20 But 231 these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”
The Parable of the Lamp
4:21 He also said to them, “A lamp 232 isn’t brought to be put under a basket 233 or under a bed, is it? Isn’t it to be placed on a lampstand? 4:22 For nothing is hidden except to be revealed, 234 and nothing concealed except to be brought to light. 4:23 If anyone has ears to hear, he had better listen!” 235 4:24 And he said to them, “Take care about what you hear. The measure you use will be the measure you receive, 236 and more will be added to you. 4:25 For whoever has will be given more, but 237 whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” 238
The Parable of the Growing Seed
4:26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who spreads seed on the ground. 4:27 He goes to sleep and gets up, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 4:28 By itself the soil produces a crop, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 4:29 And when the grain is ripe, he sends in the sickle 239 because the harvest has come.” 240
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
4:30 He also asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to present it? 4:31 It is like a mustard seed 241 that when sown in the ground, even though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the ground – 4:32 when it is sown, it grows up, 242 becomes the greatest of all garden plants, and grows large branches so that the wild birds 243 can nest in its shade.” 244
The Use of Parables
4:33 So 245 with many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear. 4:34 He did not speak to them without a parable. But privately he explained everything to his own disciples.
Stilling of a Storm
4:35 On that day, when evening came, Jesus 246 said to his disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” 247 4:36 So 248 after leaving the crowd, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat, 249 and other boats were with him. 4:37 Now 250 a great windstorm 251 developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped. 4:38 But 252 he was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?” 4:39 So 253 he got up and rebuked 254 the wind, and said to the sea, 255 “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then 256 the wind stopped, and it was dead calm. 4:40 And he said to them, “Why are you cowardly? Do you still not have faith?” 4:41 They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, “Who then is this? 257 Even the wind and sea obey him!” 258
Healing of a Demoniac
5:1 So 259 they came to the other side of the lake, to the region of the Gerasenes. 260 5:2 Just as Jesus 261 was getting out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit 262 came from the tombs and met him. 263 5:3 He lived among the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 5:4 For his hands and feet had often been bound with chains and shackles, 264 but 265 he had torn the chains apart and broken the shackles in pieces. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5:5 Each night and every day among the tombs and in the mountains, he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 5:6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him. 5:7 Then 266 he cried out with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, 267 Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I implore you by God 268 – do not torment me!” 5:8 (For Jesus 269 had said to him, “Come out of that man, you unclean spirit!”) 270 5:9 Jesus 271 asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “My name is Legion, 272 for we are many.” 5:10 He begged Jesus 273 repeatedly not to send them out of the region. 5:11 There on the hillside, 274 a great herd of pigs was feeding. 5:12 And the demonic spirits 275 begged him, “Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.” 5:13 Jesus 276 gave them permission. 277 So 278 the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake, and about two thousand were drowned in the lake.
5:14 Now 279 the herdsmen ran off and spread the news in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 5:15 They came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man sitting there, clothed and in his right mind – the one who had the “Legion” – and they were afraid. 5:16 Those who had seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man reported it, and they also told about the pigs. 5:17 Then 280 they asked Jesus 281 to leave their region. 5:18 As he was getting into the boat the man who had been demon-possessed asked if he could go 282 with him. 5:19 But 283 Jesus 284 did not permit him to do so. Instead, he said to him, “Go to your home and to your people and tell them what the Lord has done for you, 285 that he had mercy on you.” 5:20 So 286 he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis 287 what Jesus had done for him, 288 and all were amazed.
Restoration and Healing
5:21 When Jesus had crossed again in a boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he was by the sea. 5:22 Then 289 one of the synagogue rulers, 290 named Jairus, 291 came up, and when he saw Jesus, 292 he fell at his feet. 5:23 He asked him urgently, “My little daughter is near death. Come and lay your hands on her so that she may be healed and live.” 5:24 Jesus 293 went with him, and a large crowd followed and pressed around him.
5:25 Now 294 a woman was there who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 295 for twelve years. 296 5:26 She had endured a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet instead of getting better, she grew worse. 5:27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 297 5:28 for she kept saying, 298 “If only I touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 299 5:29 At once the bleeding stopped, 300 and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 5:30 Jesus knew at once that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 5:31 His disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing against you and you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 5:32 But 301 he looked around to see who had done it. 5:33 Then the woman, with fear and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. 302 Go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
5:35 While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler’s 303 house saying, “Your daughter has died. Why trouble the teacher any longer?” 5:36 But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.” 5:37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James, 304 and John, the brother of James. 5:38 They came to the house of the synagogue ruler where 305 he saw noisy confusion and people weeping and wailing loudly. 306 5:39 When he entered he said to them, “Why are you distressed and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” 5:40 And they began making fun of him. 307 But he put them all outside 308 and he took the child’s father and mother and his own companions 309 and went into the room where the child was. 310 5:41 Then, gently taking the child by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” 5:42 The girl got up at once and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). They were completely astonished at this. 311 5:43 He strictly ordered that no one should know about this, 312 and told them to give her something to eat.
Rejection at Nazareth
6:1 Now 313 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, 314 and his disciples followed him. 6:2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. 315 Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? 316 And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands? 6:3 Isn’t this the carpenter, the son 317 of Mary 318 and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And so they took offense at him. 6:4 Then 319 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, and among his relatives, and in his own house.” 6:5 He was not able to do a miracle there, except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6:6 And he was amazed because of their unbelief. Then 320 he went around among the villages and taught.
Sending Out the Twelve Apostles
6:7 Jesus 321 called the twelve and began to send them out two by two. He gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 322 6:8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff 323 – no bread, no bag, 324 no money in their belts – 6:9 and to put on sandals but not to wear two tunics. 325 6:10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there 326 until you leave the area. 6:11 If a place will not welcome you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off 327 your feet as a testimony against them.” 6:12 So 328 they went out and preached that all should repent. 6:13 They cast out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
The Death of John the Baptist
6:14 Now 329 King Herod 330 heard this, for Jesus’ 331 name had become known. Some 332 were saying, “John the baptizer 333 has been raised from the dead, and because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.” 6:15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets from the past.” 6:16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!” 6:17 For Herod himself had sent men, arrested John, and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod 334 had married her. 6:18 For John had repeatedly told 335 Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 336 6:19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But 337 she could not 6:20 because Herod stood in awe of 338 John and protected him, since he knew that John 339 was a righteous and holy man. When Herod 340 heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, 341 and yet 342 he liked to listen to John. 343
6:21 But 344 a suitable day 345 came, when Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his court officials, military commanders, and leaders of Galilee. 6:22 When his daughter Herodias 346 came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” 6:23 He swore to her, 347 “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 348 6:24 So 349 she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother 350 said, “The head of John the baptizer.” 351 6:25 Immediately she hurried back to the king and made her request: 352 “I want the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.” 6:26 Although it grieved the king deeply, 353 he did not want to reject her request because of his oath and his guests. 6:27 So 354 the king sent an executioner at once to bring John’s 355 head, and he went and beheaded John in prison. 6:28 He brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 6:29 When John’s 356 disciples heard this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
6:30 Then 357 the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. 6:31 He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). 6:32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to some remote place. 6:33 But many saw them leaving and recognized them, and they hurried on foot 358 from all the towns 359 and arrived there ahead of them. 360 6:34 As Jesus 361 came ashore 362 he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So 363 he taught them many things.
6:35 When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place 364 and it is already very late. 6:36 Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 6:37 But he answered them, 365 “You 366 give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins 367 and give it to them to eat?” 6:38 He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five – and two fish.” 6:39 Then he directed them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 6:40 So they reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties. 6:41 He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He 368 gave them to his 369 disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. 6:42 They all ate and were satisfied, 6:43 and they picked up the broken pieces and fish that were left over, twelve baskets full. 6:44 Now 370 there were five thousand men 371 who ate the bread. 372
Walking on Water
6:45 Immediately Jesus 373 made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dispersed the crowd. 6:46 After saying good-bye to them, he went to the mountain to pray. 6:47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on the land. 6:48 He 374 saw them straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. As the night was ending, 375 he came to them walking on the sea, 376 for 377 he wanted to pass by them. 378 6:49 When they saw him walking on the water 379 they thought he was a ghost. They 380 cried out, 6:50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them: 381 “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 6:51 Then he went up with them into the boat, and the wind ceased. They were completely astonished, 6:52 because they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
Healing the Sick
6:53 After they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret 382 and anchored there. 6:54 As they got out of the boat, people immediately recognized Jesus. 383 6:55 They ran through that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever he was rumored to be. 384 6:56 And wherever he would go – into villages, towns, or countryside – they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and would ask him if 385 they could just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Breaking Human Traditions
7:1 Now 386 the Pharisees 387 and some of the experts in the law 388 who came from Jerusalem 389 gathered around him. 7:2 And they saw that some of Jesus’ disciples ate their bread with unclean hands, that is, unwashed. 7:3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they perform a ritual washing, 390 holding fast to the tradition of the elders. 7:4 And when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. They hold fast to many other traditions: the washing of cups, pots, kettles, and dining couches. 391 ) 392 7:5 The Pharisees and the experts in the law asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat 393 with unwashed hands?” 7:6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart 394 is far from me.
7:7 They worship me in vain,
teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.’ 395
7:8 Having no regard 396 for the command of God, you hold fast to human tradition.” 397 7:9 He also said to them, “You neatly reject the commandment of God in order to set up 398 your tradition. 7:10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ 399 and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 400 7:11 But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ 401 (that is, a gift for God), 7:12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. 7:13 Thus you nullify 402 the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”
7:14 Then 403 he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand. 7:15 There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him.”7:16 [[EMPTY]] 404
7:17 Now 405 when Jesus 406 had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 7:18 He said to them, “Are you so foolish? Don’t you understand that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him? 7:19 For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer.” 407 (This means all foods are clean.) 408 7:20 He said, “What comes out of a person defiles him. 7:21 For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 7:22 adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. 7:23 All these evils come from within and defile a person.”
A Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
7:24 After Jesus 409 left there, he went to the region of Tyre. 410 When he went into a house, he did not want anyone to know, but 411 he was not able to escape notice. 7:25 Instead, a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit 412 immediately heard about him and came and fell at his feet. 7:26 The woman was a Greek, of Syrophoenician origin. She 413 asked him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 7:27 He said to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and to throw it to the dogs.” 414 7:28 She answered, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 7:29 Then 415 he said to her, “Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.” 7:30 She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Healing a Deaf Mute
7:31 Then 416 Jesus 417 went out again from the region of Tyre 418 and came through Sidon 419 to the Sea of Galilee in the region of the Decapolis. 420 7:32 They brought to him a deaf man who had difficulty speaking, and they asked him to place his hands on him. 7:33 After Jesus 421 took him aside privately, away from the crowd, he put his fingers in the man’s 422 ears, and after spitting, he touched his tongue. 423 7:34 Then 424 he looked up to heaven and said with a sigh, “Ephphatha” (that is, “Be opened”). 425 7:35 And immediately the man’s 426 ears were opened, his tongue loosened, and he spoke plainly. 7:36 Jesus ordered them not to tell anything. But as much as he ordered them not to do this, they proclaimed it all the more. 427 7:37 People were completely astounded and said, “He has done everything well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
The Feeding of the Four Thousand
8:1 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So 428 Jesus 429 called his disciples and said to them, 8:2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 8:3 If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 8:4 His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 8:5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 8:6 Then 430 he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So 431 they served the crowd. 8:7 They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8:8 Everyone 432 ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 8:9 There were about four thousand 433 who ate. 434 Then he dismissed them. 435 8:10 Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 436
The Demand for a Sign
8:11 Then the Pharisees 437 came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for 438 a sign from heaven 439 to test him. 8:12 Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth, 440 no sign will be given to this generation.” 8:13 Then 441 he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod
8:14 Now 442 they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 8:15 And Jesus 443 ordered them, 444 “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees 445 and the yeast of Herod!” 8:16 So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread. 446 8:17 When he learned of this, 447 Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing 448 about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 8:18 Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear? 449 Don’t you remember? 8:19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 8:20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, 450 “Seven.” 8:21 Then 451 he said to them, “Do you still not understand?” 452
A Two-stage Healing
8:22 Then 453 they came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to Jesus 454 and asked him to touch him. 8:23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him outside of the village. Then 455 he spit on his eyes, placed his hands on his eyes 456 and asked, “Do you see anything?” 8:24 Regaining his sight 457 he said, “I see people, but they look like trees walking.” 8:25 Then Jesus 458 placed his hands on the man’s 459 eyes again. And he opened his eyes, 460 his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 8:26 Jesus 461 sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.” 462