Mark 6:1-29 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

6 1  And he went away from there, and came into his country; and his disciples went with him. 2  And when the Sabbath day had come, he was teaching in the Synagogue; and a number of people hearing him were surprised, saying, From where did this man get these things? and, What is the wisdom given to this man, and what are these works of power done by his hands? 3  Is not this the woodworker, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were bitter against him. 4  And Jesus said to them, A prophet is nowhere without honour, but in his country, and among his relations, and in his family. 5  And he was unable to do any work of power there, but only to put his hands on one or two persons who were ill, and make them well. 6  And he was greatly surprised because they had no faith. And he went about the country places teaching.

The Mission of the Twelve

7  And he gave orders to the twelve, and sent them out two by two; and he gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8  And he said that they were to take nothing for their journey, but a stick only; no bread, no bag, no money in their pockets; 9  They were to go with common shoes on their feet, and not to take two coats. 10  And he said to them, Wherever you go into a house, make that your resting-place till you go away. 11  And whatever place will not take you in and will not give ear to you, when you go away, put off the dust from your feet as a witness against them. 12  And they went out, preaching the need for a change of heart in men. 13  And they sent out a number of evil spirits, and put oil on a great number who were ill, and made them well.

The Death of John the Baptist

14  And king Herod had news of him, because his name was on the lips of all; and he said, John the Baptist has come back from the dead, and for this reason these powers are working in him. 15  But others said, It is Elijah. And others said, It is a prophet, even like one of the prophets. 16  But Herod, when he had news of it, said, John, whom I put to death, has come back from the dead. 17  For Herod himself had sent men out to take John and put him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had taken for himself. 18  For John said to Herod, It is wrong for you to have your brother's wife. 19  And Herodias was bitter against him, desiring to put him to death; but she was not able; 20  For Herod was in fear of John, being conscious that he was an upright and holy man, and kept him safe. And hearing him, he was much troubled; and he gave ear to him gladly. 21  And the chance came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast to his lords, and the high captains, and the chief men of Galilee; 22  And when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and did a dance, Herod and those who were at table with him were pleased with her; and the king said to the girl, Make a request for anything and I will give it you. 23  And he took an oath, saying to her, Whatever is your desire I will give it to you, even half of my kingdom. 24  And she went out and said to her mother, What is my request to be? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. 25  And she came in quickly to the king, and said, My desire is that you give me straight away on a plate the head of John the Baptist. 26  And the king was very sad; but because of his oaths, and those who were with him at table, he would not say 'No' to her. 27  And straight away the king sent out one of his armed men, and gave him an order to come back with the head: and he went and took off John's head in prison, 28  And came back with the head on a plate, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29  And when his disciples had news of it, they came and took up his body, and put it in its last resting-place.


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