Mark 8-9 New International Version

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The Feeding of the Four Thousand

8 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2  "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3  If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance." 4  His disciples answered, "But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?" 5  "How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied. 6  He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 7  They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8  The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9  About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away,

10  he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.

The Demand for a Sign

11  The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12  He sighed deeply and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it." 13  Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.

The Leaven of the Pharisees

14  The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15  "Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod." 16  They discussed this with one another and said, "It is because we have no bread." 17  Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18  Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember? 19  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?""Twelve," they replied. 20  "And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"They answered, "Seven." 21  He said to them, "Do you still not understand?"

A Blind Man Healed at Bethsaida

22  They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23  He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" 24  He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." 25  Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26  Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't even go into[1]the village."

Peter's Confession

27  Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?" 28  They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." 29  "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"Peter answered, "You are the Messiah." 30  Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death

31  He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32  He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33  But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns." 34  Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35  For whoever wants to save their life[2]will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37  Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

9 And he said to them, "Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power."

The Transfiguration

2  After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3  His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4  And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5  Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 6  (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) 7  Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" 8  Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. 9  As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10  They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what "rising from the dead" meant. 11  And they asked him, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?" 12  Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13  But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him."

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

14  When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15  As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. 16  "What are you arguing with them about?" he asked. 17  A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18  Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not." 19  "You unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me." 20  So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21  Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?""From childhood," he answered. 22  "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." 23  " 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for one who believes." 24  Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" 25  When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again." 26  The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." 27  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. 28  After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" 29  He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer.[3]"

Jesus Again Foretells His Death

30  They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31  because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise." 32  But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

Who Is the Greatest?

33  They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 34  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 35  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all." 36  He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37  "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

He That Is Not against Us Is for Us

38  "Teacher," said John, "we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us." 39  "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40  for whoever is not against us is for us.

41  Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Temptations to Sin

42  "If anyone causes one of these little ones-those who believe in me-to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43  If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.[4] 45  And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.[5] 47  And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48  where " 'the worms that eat them do not die,and the fire is not quenched.'[6] 49  Everyone will be salted with fire. 50  "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other."

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[1] 8:26 Some manuscripts "go and tell anyone in"

[2] 8:35 The Greek word means either "life" or "soul" ; also in verses 36 and 37.

[3] 9:29 Some manuscripts "prayer and fasting"

[4] 9:43 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.

[5] 9:45 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.

[6] 9:48 Isaiah 66:24

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