Mark 6
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Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

1And Jesus went out from there and came into [†]His hometown; and His disciples followed Him. 2And when the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to this man, and such [†]miracles as these performed by His hands? 3Is this man not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they were taking offense at Him. 4And Jesus was saying to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in [†]his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” 5And He could do no [†]miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6And He was marveling at their unbelief.

And He was going around the villages teaching.

The Twelve Sent Out

7And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and was giving them authority over the unclean spirits; 8and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a staff only—no bread, no [†]bag, no money in their belt— 9but [†]to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two [†]tunics.” 10And He was saying to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you [†]leave town. 11And any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust [†]off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.” 12And they went out and [†]preached that men should repent. 13And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.

The Death of John the Baptist

14And King Herod heard it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “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 Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16But when Herod heard 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 Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. 18For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19Now Herodias was holding a grudge against him and was wanting to put him to death and was not able; 20for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he was keeping him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; [†]but he [†]used to enjoy listening to him. 21And a strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his great men and [†]military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; 22and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and [†]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 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.” 25And immediately 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 [†]his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29And when his disciples heard this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.

30And the 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 desolate place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) 32And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

33And 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. 34And when Jesus went [†]ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. 35And when it was already quite late, His disciples came to Him and began saying, “[†]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 [†]something to eat.” 37But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat!” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and spend two hundred [†]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 [†]sit down by [†]groups on the green grass. 40And they [†]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 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. 42And they all ate and were satisfied, 43and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. 44And there were five thousand men who ate the loaves.

Jesus Walks on the Sea

45And immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. 46And after bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.

47And when it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48And seeing them [†]straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the [†]fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He was intending to pass by them. 49But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50for they all saw Him and were [†]terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” 51Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were [†]utterly amazed, 52for they [†]had not gained any insight about the loaves, but their [†]heart was hardened.

Many Healed at Gennesaret

53And when they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. 54And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55and ran about that whole region and began to carry here and there on their mats those who were sick, to [†]the place they heard He was. 56And wherever He was entering villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the marketplaces, and pleading with Him that they might just touch the fringe of His garment; and as many as touched it were being [†]saved from their sicknesses.

1 Or His own part of the country
2 Or works of power
4 Or his own part of the country
5 Or work of power
8 Or knapsack, beggar’s bag
9 Lit being shod with
9 Or inner garments
10 Lit go out from there
11 Lit under your feet
12 Or proclaimed as a herald
20 Lit and
20 Lit was hearing him gladly
21 Military leader over 1,000 soldiers
22 Lit those who reclined at the table with him
26 Lit those reclining at the table
34 Lit out
35 Lit The
36 Lit what they may eat
37 A Roman silver coin, approx. a laborer’s daily wage
39 Lit recline
39 Lit dining-groups
40 Lit reclined
48 Lit harassed in rowing
48 3-6 a.m.
50 Or troubled
51 Lit utterly amazed in themselves
52 Lit had not understood on the basis of
52 Or mind
55 Lit where they were hearing that He was
56 Or cured

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