Bible: Mark 14-16

The Plot Against Jesus

14:1 Two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the chief priests and the experts in the law 1  were trying to find a way 2  to arrest Jesus 3  by stealth and kill him. 14:2 For they said, “Not during the feast, so there won’t be a riot among the people.” 4 

Jesus’ Anointing

14:3 Now 5  while Jesus 6  was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, reclining at the table, 7  a woman came with an alabaster jar 8  of costly aromatic oil 9  from pure nard. After breaking open the jar, she poured it on his head. 14:4 But some who were present indignantly said to one another, “Why this waste of expensive 10  ointment? 14:5 It 11  could have been sold for more than three hundred silver coins 12  and the money 13  given to the poor!” So 14  they spoke angrily to her. 14:6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a good service for me. 14:7 For you will always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want. But you will not always have me! 15  14:8 She did what she could. She anointed my body beforehand for burial. 14:9 I tell you the truth, 16  wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

The Plan to Betray Jesus

14:10 Then 17  Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus into their hands. 18  14:11 When they heard this, they were delighted 19  and promised to give him money. 20  So 21  Judas 22  began looking for an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover

14:12 Now 23  on the first day of the feast of 24  Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, 25  Jesus 26  disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover? 27  14:13 He sent two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar 28  of water will meet you. Follow him. 14:14 Wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 14:15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 14:16 So 29  the disciples left, went 30  into the city, and found things just as he had told them, 31  and they prepared the Passover.

14:17 Then, 32  when it was evening, he came to the house 33  with the twelve. 14:18 While they were at the table 34  eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, 35  one of you eating with me will betray me.” 36  14:19 They were distressed, and one by one said to him, “Surely not I? 14:20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who dips his hand 37  with me into the bowl. 38  14:21 For the Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.”

The Lord’s Supper

14:22 While they were eating, he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it. This is my body.” 14:23 And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 14:24 He said to them, “This is my blood, the blood 39  of the covenant, 40  that is poured out for many. 14:25 I tell you the truth, 41  I will no longer drink of the fruit 42  of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 14:26 After singing a hymn, 43  they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The Prediction of Peter’s Denial

14:27 Then 44  Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written,

I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep will be scattered.’ 45 

14:28 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 14:29 Peter said to him, “Even if they all fall away, I will not! 14:30 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, 46  today – this very night – before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 14:31 But Peter 47  insisted emphatically, 48 Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all of them said the same thing.


14:32 Then 49  they went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus 50  said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 14:33 He took Peter, James, 51  and John with him, and became very troubled and distressed. 14:34 He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay alert.” 14:35 Going a little farther, he threw himself to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour would pass from him. 14:36 He said, “Abba, 52  Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup 53  away from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 14:37 Then 54  he came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you stay awake for one hour? 14:38 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 14:39 He went away again and prayed the same thing. 14:40 When he came again he found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 55  And they did not know what to tell him. 14:41 He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? 56  Enough of that! 57  The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 14:42 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer 58  is approaching!

Betrayal and Arrest

14:43 Right away, while Jesus 59  was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived. 60  With him came a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and experts in the law 61  and elders. 14:44 (Now the betrayer 62  had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. Arrest him and lead him away under guard.”) 63  14:45 When Judas 64  arrived, he went up to Jesus 65  immediately and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed 66  him. 14:46 Then they took hold of him 67  and arrested him. 14:47 One of the bystanders drew his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, 68  cutting off his ear. 14:48 Jesus said to them, “Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 69  14:49 Day after day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, yet 70  you did not arrest me. But this has happened so that 71  the scriptures would be fulfilled.” 14:50 Then 72  all the disciples 73  left him and fled. 14:51 A young man was following him, wearing only a linen cloth. They tried to arrest him, 14:52 but he ran off naked, 74  leaving his linen cloth behind.

Condemned by the Sanhedrin

14:53 Then 75  they led Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests and elders and experts in the law 76  came together. 14:54 And Peter had followed him from a distance, up to the high priest’s courtyard. He 77  was sitting with the guards 78  and warming himself by the fire. 14:55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find anything. 14:56 Many gave false testimony against him, but their testimony did not agree. 14:57 Some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 79  14:58 We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands and in three days build another not made with hands.’ 14:59 Yet even on this point their testimony did not agree. 14:60 Then 80  the high priest stood up before them 81  and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you? 14:61 But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest questioned him, 82 Are you the Christ, 83  the Son of the Blessed One? 14:62 I am,” said Jesus, “and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 84  of the Power 85  and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 86  14:63 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? 14:64 You have heard the blasphemy! What is your verdict?” 87  They all condemned him as deserving death. 14:65 Then 88  some began to spit on him, and to blindfold him, and to strike him with their fists, saying, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him and beat 89  him.

Peter’s Denials

14:66 Now 90  while Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the high priest’s slave girls 91  came by. 14:67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked directly at him and said, “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus.” 14:68 But he denied it: 92  “I don’t even understand what you’re talking about!” 93  Then 94  he went out to the gateway, and a rooster crowed. 95  14:69 When the slave girl saw him, she began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 14:70 But he denied it again. A short time later the bystanders again said to Peter, “You must be 96  one of them, because you are also a Galilean.” 14:71 Then he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about! 14:72 Immediately a rooster 97  crowed a second time. Then 98  Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept. 99 

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

15:1 Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law 100  and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 101  15:2 So 102  Pilate asked him, “Are you the king 103  of the Jews?” He replied, 104 You say so.” 105  15:3 Then 106  the chief priests began to accuse him repeatedly. 15:4 So Pilate asked him again, 107 Have you nothing to say? See how many charges they are bringing against you! 15:5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Jesus and Barabbas

15:6 During the feast it was customary to release one prisoner to the people, 108  whomever they requested. 15:7 A man named Barabbas was imprisoned with rebels who had committed murder during an insurrection. 15:8 Then the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to release a prisoner for them, as was his custom. 109  15:9 So Pilate asked them, 110 Do you want me to release the king of the Jews for you? 15:10 (For he knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) 111  15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release 112  Barabbas instead. 15:12 So Pilate spoke to them again, 113 Then what do you want me to do 114  with the one you call king of the Jews? 15:13 They shouted back, “Crucify 115  him! 15:14 Pilate asked them, “Why? What has he done wrong?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him! 15:15 Because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them. Then, 116  after he had Jesus flogged, 117  he handed him over 118  to be crucified.

Jesus is Mocked

15:16 So 119  the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) 120  and called together the whole cohort. 121  15:17 They put a purple cloak 122  on him and after braiding 123  a crown of thorns, 124  they put it on him. 15:18 They began to salute him: “Hail, king of the Jews! 125  15:19 Again and again 126  they struck him on the head with a staff 127  and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 15:20 When they had finished mocking 128  him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then 129  they led him away to crucify him. 130 

The Crucifixion

15:21 The soldiers 131  forced 132  a passerby to carry his cross, 133  Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country 134  (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 15:22 They brought Jesus 135  to a place called Golgotha 136  (which is translated, “Place of the Skull). 137  15:23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, 138  but he did not take it. 15:24 Then 139  they crucified 140  him and divided his clothes, throwing dice 141  for them, to decide what each would take. 15:25 It was nine o’clock in the morning 142  when they crucified him. 15:26 The inscription 143  of the charge against him read, “The king of the Jews.” 15:27 And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. 15:28 [[EMPTY]] 144  15:29 Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 15:30 save yourself and come down from the cross! 145  15:31 In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 146 were mocking him among themselves: 147  “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 15:32 Let the Christ, 148  the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. 149 

Jesus’ Death

15:33 Now 150  when it was noon, 151  darkness came over the whole land 152  until three in the afternoon. 153  15:34 Around three o’clock 154  Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 155  15:35 When some of the bystanders heard it they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah! 156  15:36 Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, 157  put it on a stick, 158  and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down! 15:37 But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. 15:38 And the temple curtain 159  was torn in two, from top to bottom. 15:39 Now when the centurion, 160  who stood in front of him, saw how he died, 161  he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son! 15:40 There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, 162  and Salome. 15:41 When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. 163  Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem 164  were there too.

Jesus’ Burial

15:42 Now 165  when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 166  15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, 167  who was himself looking forward to 168  the kingdom of God, 169  went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 170  15:44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He 171  called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 15:45 When Pilate 172  was informed by the centurion, 173  he gave the body to Joseph. 15:46 After Joseph 174  bought a linen cloth 175  and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. 176  Then 177  he rolled a stone across the entrance 178  of the tomb. 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body 179  was placed.

The Resurrection

16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought aromatic spices 180  so that they might go and anoint him. 16:2 And very early on the first day of the week, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 16:3 They had been asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb? 16:4 But 181  when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled back. 16:5 Then 182  as they went into the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe 183  sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 16:6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. 184  He has been raised! 185  He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. 16:7 But go, tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 16:8 Then 186  they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. 187  And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.


The Longer Ending of Mark


[[Early on the first day of the week, after he arose, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons. 16:10 She went out and told those who were with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 16:11 And when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

16:12 After this he appeared in a different form to two of them while they were on their way to the country. 16:13 They went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. 16:14 Then he appeared to the eleven themselves, while they were eating, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him resurrected. 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16:16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 16:17 These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; 189  16:18 they will pick up snakes with their hands, and whatever poison they drink will not harm them; 190  they will place their hands on the sick and they will be well.” 16:19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 16:20 They went out and proclaimed everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through the accompanying signs.]]

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