|The Book of Mark
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|1:14-15 - It was after John's arrest that Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the
Gospel of God, saying, "The time has come at last - the kingdom of God has
arrived. You must change your hearts and minds and believe the good news."
1:16-17 - As he walked along the shore of the Lake of Galilee, he saw two
fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the water.
"Come and follow me, and I will teach you to catch men!" he cried.
1:25 - But Jesus cut him short and spoke sharply, "Hold your tongue and get out
1:38 - "Then we will go somewhere else, to the neighbouring towns," he replied,
"so that I may give my message there too - that is why I have come."
2:1-5 - When he re-entered Capernaum some days later, a rumour spread that
he was in somebody's house. Such a large crowd collected that while he was
giving them his message it was impossible even to get near the doorway.
Meanwhile, a group of people arrived to see him, bringing with them a paralytic
whom four of them were carrying. And when they found it was impossible to get
near him because of the crowd, they removed the tiles from the roof over Jesus'
head and let down the paralytic's bed through the opening. And when Jesus saw
their faith, he said to the man on the bed, "My son, your sins are forgiven."
2:8-11 - Jesus realised instantly what they were thinking, and said to them, "why
must you argue like this in your minds? Which do you suppose is easier - to say
to a paralysed man, 'Your sins are forgiven', or 'Get up, pick up your bed and
walk'? But to prove to you that the Son of Man has full authority to forgive sins on
earth, I say to you," - and here he spoke to the paralytic - "Get up, pick up your
bed and go home."
2:17 - When Jesus heard this, he said to them, "It is not the fit and flourishing
who need the doctor, but those who are ill. I did not come to invite the 'righteous',
but the 'sinners'.
2:19-20 - Jesus told them, "Can you expect wedding-guest to fast in the
bridegroom's presence? Fasting is out of the question as long as they have the
bridegroom with them. But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken
away from them - that will be the time for them to fast.
2:21-22 - "Nobody," he continued, "sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on to an
old coat. If he does, the new patch tears away from the old and the hole is worse
than ever. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine
bursts the skins, the wine is spilt and the skins are ruined. No, new wine must go
into new wineskins."
2:23-24 - One day he happened to be going through the cornfields on the
Sabbath day. And his disciples, as they made their way along, began to pick the
ears of corn. The Pharisees said to him, "Look at that! Why should they do what
is forbidden on the Sabbath day?"
2:25-28 - Then he spoke to them. "Have you never read what David did, when he
and his companions were hungry? Haven't you read how he went into the house
of God when Abiathar was High Priest, and ate the presentation loaves, which
nobody is allowed to eat, except the priests - and gave some of the bread to his
companions? The Sabbath," he continued, "was made for man's sake; man was
not made for the sake of the Sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is master even
of the Sabbath."
3:1-3 - On another occasion when he went into the synagogue, there was a man
there whose hand was shrivelled, and they were watching Jesus closely to see
whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, so that they might bring a charge
against him. Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, "Stand up and come
out here in front!"
3:4 - Then he said to them, "Is it right to do good on the Sabbath day, or to do
harm? Is it right to save life or to kill?"
3:5-6 - There was a dead silence. Then Jesus, deeply hurt as he sensed their
inhumanity, looked round in anger at the faces surrounding him, and said to the
man, "Stretch out your hand!" And he stretched it out, and the hand was restored
as sound as the other one. The Pharisees walked straight out and discussed with
Herod's party how they could have Jesus put out of the way.
3:22-27 - The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying that he
was possessed by Beelzebub, and that he drove out devils because he was in
league with the prince of devils. So Jesus called them to him and spoke to them
in a parable - "How can Satan be the one who drives out Satan? If a kingdom is
divided against itself, it cannot last either. And if Satan leads a rebellion against
Satan - his days are certainly numbered. No one can break into a strong man's
house and steal his property, without first tying up the strong man hand and foot.
But if he did that, he could ransack the whole house.
3:28-29 - "Believe me, all men's sins can be forgiven and their blasphemies. But
there can never be any forgiveness for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. That is
an eternal sin."
3:30 - He said this because they were saying, "He is in the power of an evil spirit."
3:33 - Jesus replied, "And who are really my mother and my brothers?"
3:35 - "Look!" he said, "my mother and my brothers are here. Anyone who does
the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me."
4:1-8 - Then once again he began to teach them by the lake-side. A bigger
crowd than ever collected around him so that he got into the little boat on the
lake and sat down, while the crowd covered the ground right up to the water's
edge. He taught them a great deal in parables, and in the course of his teaching
he said, "Listen! A man once went out to sow his seed and as he sowed, some
seed fell by the roadside and the birds came and gobbled it up. Some of the
seed fell among the rocks where there was not much soil, and sprang up very
quickly because there was no depth of earth. But when the sun rose it was
scorched, and because it had no root, it withered away. And some of the seed
fell among thorn-bushes and the thorns grew up and choked the life out of it, and
it bore no crop. And there was some seed which fell on good soil, and when it
grew, produced a crop which yielded thirty or sixty or even a hundred times as
much as the seed."
4:9 - Then he added, "Every man who has ears should use them!"
4:10-12 - Then when they were by themselves, his close followers and the twelve
asked him about the parables, and he told them. "The secret of the kingdom of
God has been given to you. But to those who do not know the secret, everything
remains in parables, so that, 'seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing
they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be
4:13-20 - Then he continued, "Do you really not understand this parable? Then
how are you going to understand all the other parables? The man who sows,
sows the message. As for those who are by the roadside where the message is
sown, as soon as they hear it Satan comes at once and takes away what has
been sown in their minds. Similarly, the seed sown among the rocks represents
those who hear the message without hesitation and accept it joyfully. But they
have no real roots and do not last - when trouble or persecution arises because
of the message, they give up their faith at once. Then there are the seeds which
were sown among thorn-bushes. These are the people who hear the message,
but the worries of this world and the false glamour of riches and all sorts of other
ambitions creep in and choke the life out of what they have heard, and it
produces no crop in their lives. As for the seed sown on good soil, this means the
men who hear the message and accept it and do produce a crop - thirty, sixty,
even a hundred times as much as they received."
4:21-23 - Then he said to them, "Is a lamp brought into the room to be put under
a bucket or underneath the bed? Surely its place is on the lamp-stand! There is
nothing hidden which is not meant to be made perfectly plain one day, and there
are no secrets which are not meant one day to be common knowledge. If a man
has ears he should use them!"
4:24-25 - "Be careful how you listen," he said to them. "Whatever measure you
use will be used towards you, and even more than that. For the man who has
something will receive more. As for the man who has nothing, even his nothing
will be taken away."
4:26-29 - Then he said, "The kingdom of God is like a man scattering seed on
the ground and then going to bed each night and getting up every morning, while
the seed sprouts and grows up, though he has no idea how it happens. The
earth produces a crop without any help from anyone: first a blade, then the ear
of corn, then the full-grown grain in the ear. And as soon as the crop is ready, he
sends his reapers in without delay, for the harvest-time has come."
4:30-32 - Then he continued, "What can we say the kingdom of God is like? How
shall we put it in a parable? It is like a tiny grain of mustard-seed which, when it is
sown, is smaller than any seed that is ever sown. But after it is sown in the earth,
it grows up and becomes bigger than any other plant. It shoots out great
branches so that birds can come and nest in its shelter."
4:35 - On the evening of that day, he said to them, "Let us cross over to the
other side of the lake."
4:40 - "Why are you so frightened? What has happened to your faith?! he asked
5:1-7 - So they arrived on the other side of the lake in the country of the
Gerasenes. As Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man in the grip of an evil
spirit rushed to meet him from among the tombs where he was living.
5:8 - For Jesus had already said, "Come out of this man, you evil spirit!"
5:9 - Then he asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is legion," he replied,
"for there are many of us."
5:13-19 - So Jesus allowed them to do this, and they came out of the man, and
made off and went into the pigs. The whole herd of about two thousand
stampeded down the cliff into the lake and was drowned. The swineherds took to
their heels and spread their story in the city and all over the countryside. Then
the people came to see what had happened. As they approached Jesus, they
saw the man who had been devil-possessed sitting there properly clothed and
perfectly sane - the same man who had been possessed by "legion" - and they
were really frightened. Those who had seen the incident told them what had
happened to the devil-possessed man and about the disaster to the pigs. Then
they began to implore Jesus to leave their district. As he was embarking on the
small boat, the man who had been possessed begged that he might go with him.
But Jesus would not allow this. "Go home to your own people," he told him, "And
tell them what the Son of Man has done for you, and how kind he has been to
5:29-30 - The hemorrhage stopped immediately, and she knew in herself that
she was cured of her trouble. At once Jesus knew intuitively that power had gone
out of him, and he turned round in the middle of the crowd and said, "Who
touched my clothes?"
5:32-34 - But he looked all round at their faces to see who had done so. Then
the woman, scared and shaking all over because she knew that she was the one
to whom this thing had happened, came and flung herself before him and told
him the whole story. But he said to her, "Daughter, it is your faith that has healed
you. Go home in peace, and be free from your trouble."
5:36 - But when Jesus heard this, he said, "Now don't be afraid, just go on
5:37-39 - Then he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and
John, James's brother. They arrived at the president's house and Jesus noticed
the hubbub and all the weeping and wailing, and as he went in, he said to the
people in the house, "Why are you making such a noise with your crying? The
child is not dead; she is fast asleep."
5:40-41 - They greeted this with a scornful laugh. But Jesus turned them all out,
and taking only the father and mother and his own companions with him, went
into the room where the child was. Then he took the little girl's hand and said to
her in Aramaic, "Little girl, I tell you to get up!"