Mark 6

Teaching at Nazareth

1 a  Jesus went out from there and came into
Or His own part of the country
,
c  His hometown; and His disciples followed Him.
2When the Sabbath came, He began d  to teach in the synagogue; and the e  many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such
Or works of power
miracles as these performed by His hands?
3Is not this g  the carpenter, h  the son of Mary, and brother of
Or Jacob
James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not j  His sisters here with us?” And they took k  offense at Him.
4Jesus said to them, l  A prophet is not without honor except in
Or his own part of the country
,
n  his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”
5And He could do no
Or work of power
miracle there except that He p  laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
6And He wondered at their unbelief.

q  And He was going around the villages teaching.

The Twelve Sent Out

7 r  And s  He summoned the twelve and began to send them out t  in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8 u  and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staffno bread, no
Or knapsack or beggar’s bag
bag, no money in their belt
9but
Lit being shod with
to wear sandals; and He added, Do not put on two
Or inner garments
tunics.”
10And He said to them, Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you
Lit go out from there
leave town.
11Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, z  shake the dust
Lit under your feet
off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.”
12 ab  They went out and
Or proclaimed as a herald
preached that men should repent.
13And they were casting out many demons and ad  were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.

John’s Fate Recalled

14 ae  And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying af  John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.” 15But others were saying, “He is ag  Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is ah  a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”

17For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of ai  Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. 18For John had been saying to Herod aj  It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 ak  Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; 20for al  Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed;
Lit and
but he
Lit was hearing him gladly
used to enjoy listening to him.
21A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday ao  gave a banquet for his lords and
I.e. chiliarchs, in command of a thousand troops
military commanders and the leading men aq  of Galilee;
22and when the daughter of ar  Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and
Lit those who reclined at the table with him
his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.”
23And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to at  half of my kingdom.” 24And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26And although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of
Lit those reclining at the table
his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her.
27Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison, 28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29When his disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.

30 av  The aw  apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. 31And He said to them, Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and ax  they did not even have time to eat.) 32 ay  They went away in az  the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

Five Thousand Fed

33 The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. 34When Jesus went
Lit out
ashore, He bb  saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because bc  they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.
35When it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and said
Lit The
This place is desolate and it is already quite late;
36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves
Lit what they may eat
something to eat.”
37But He answered them, You give them something to eat!” bf  And they said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred
The denarius was equivalent to one day’s wage
,
bh  denarii on bread and give them something to eat?”
38And He said to them, How many loaves do you have? Go look!” And when they found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39And He commanded them all to
Lit recline
sit down by groups on the green grass.
40They
Lit reclined
sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties.
41And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He bk  blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. 42They all ate and were satisfied, 43and they picked up twelve full bl  baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. 44There were bm  five thousand men who ate the loaves.

Jesus Walks on the Water

45 bn  Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into bo  the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to bp  Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. 46After bq  bidding them farewell, He left br  for the mountain to pray.

47When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48Seeing them
Lit harassed in rowing
straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the
I.e. 3-6 a.m.
,
bu  fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them.
49But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50for they all saw Him and were
Or troubled
terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, bw  Take courage; it is I, bx  do not be afraid.”
51Then He got into by  the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished, 52for bz  they
Lit had not understood on the basis of
had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but
Or their mind was closed, made dull, or insensible
their heart cc  was hardened.

Healing at Gennesaret

53 cd  When they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54When they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55and ran about that whole country and began to carry here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to
Lit where they were hearing that He was
the place they heard He was.
56Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just cf  touch cg  the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.
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