Mark 9:30-50 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Again Foretells His Death

30  And they went out from there, through Galilee; and it was his desire that no man might have knowledge of it; 31  For he was giving his disciples teaching, and saying to them, The Son of man is given up into the hands of men, and they will put him to death; and when he is dead, after three days he will come back from the dead. 32  But the saying was not clear to them, and they were in fear of questioning him about it.

Who Is the Greatest?

33  And they came to Capernaum: and when he was in the house, he put the question to them, What were you talking about on the way? 34  But they said nothing: because they had had an argument between themselves on the way, about who was the greatest. 35  And seating himself, he made the twelve come to him; and he said to them, If any man has the desire to be first, he will be last of all and servant of all. 36  And he took a little child, and put him in the middle of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37  Whoever will give honour to one such little child in my name, gives honour to me: and whoever gives honour to me, gives honour not to me, but to him who sent me.

He That Is Not against Us Is for Us

38  John said to him, Master, we saw one driving out evil spirits in your name: and we said that he might not, because he is not one of us. 39  But Jesus said, Say not so: for there is no man who will do a great work in my name, and be able at the same time to say evil of me. 40  He who is not against us is for us.

41  Whoever gives you a cup of water, because you are Christ's, truly I say to you, he will in no way be without his reward.

Temptations to Sin

42  And whoever is a cause of trouble to one of these little ones who have faith in me, it would be better for him if a great stone was put round his neck and he was dropped into the sea. 43  And if your hand is a cause of trouble to you, let it be cut off; it is better for you to go into life with one hand than to have two hands and go into hell, into the eternal fire. 44  [] 45  And if your foot is a cause of trouble to you, let it be cut off: it is better for you to go into life with one foot than to have two feet and go into hell. 46  [] 47  And if your eye is a cause of trouble to you, take it out: it is better for you to go into the kingdom of God with one eye than, having two eyes, to go into hell, 48  Where their worm is ever living and the fire is not put out. 49  Everyone will be salted with fire. 50  Salt is good; but if the taste goes from it, how will you make it salt again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another.

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