Mark 8-9 Revised Standard Version

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The Feeding of the Four Thousand

8 1  In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him, and said to them, 2  "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; 3  and if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come a long way." 4  And his disciples answered him, "How can one feed these men with bread here in the desert?" 5  And he asked them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven." 6  And he commanded the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. 7  And they had a few small fish; and having blessed them, he commanded that these also should be set before them. 8  And they ate, and were satisfied; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9  And there were about four thousand people.

10  And he sent them away; and immediately he got into the boat with his disciples, and went to the district of Dalmanu'tha.

The Demand for a Sign

11  The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him. 12  And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation." 13  And he left them, and getting into the boat again he departed to the other side.

The Leaven of the Pharisees

14  Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15  And he cautioned them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod." 16  And they discussed it with one another, saying, "We have no bread." 17  And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18  Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They said to him, "Twelve." 20  "And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to him, "Seven." 21  And he said to them, "Do you not yet understand?"

A Blind Man Healed at Bethsaida

22  And they came to Beth-sa'ida. And some people brought to him a blind man, and begged him to touch him. 23  And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?" 24  And he looked up and said, "I see men; but they look like trees, walking." 25  Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly. 26  And he sent him away to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village."

Peter's Confession

27  And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesare'a Philip'pi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I am?" 28  And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Eli'jah; and others one of the prophets." 29  And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ." 30  And he charged them to tell no one about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death

31  And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32  And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33  But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men." 34  And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35  For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36  For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? 37  For what can a man give in return for his life? 38  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

9 1  And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power."

The Transfiguration

2  And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them, 3  and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them. 4  And there appeared to them Eli'jah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. 5  And Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah." 6  For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid. 7  And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him." 8  And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only. 9  And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead. 10  So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant. 11  And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say that first Eli'jah must come?" 12  And he said to them, "Eli'jah does come first to restore all things; and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13  But I tell you that Eli'jah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

14  And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them. 15  And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him. 16  And he asked them, "What are you discussing with them?" 17  And one of the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; 18  and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." 19  And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." 20  And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21  And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. 22  And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." 23  And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." 24  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" 25  And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." 26  And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." 27  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28  And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" 29  And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer."

Jesus Again Foretells His Death

30  They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; 31  for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise." 32  But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.

Who Is the Greatest?

33  And they came to Caper'na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" 34  But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. 35  And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." 36  And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37  "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."

He That Is Not against Us Is for Us

38  John said to him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us." 39  But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. 40  For he that is not against us is for us.

41  For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward.

Temptations to Sin

42  "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43  And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 44  * [No text] 45  And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 46  * [No text] 47  And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48  where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. 49  For every one will be salted with fire. 50  Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

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