Mark 6:1-29 Revised Standard Version

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

6 1  He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. 2  And on the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! 3  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. 4  And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house." 5  And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands upon a few sick people and healed them. 6  And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.

The Mission of the Twelve

7  And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8  He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9  but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. 10  And he said to them, "Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11  And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them." 12  So they went out and preached that men should repent. 13  And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.

The Death of John the Baptist

14  King Herod heard of it; for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, "John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him." 15  But others said, "It is Eli'jah." And others said, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old." 16  But when Herod heard of it he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised." 17  For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her. 18  For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 19  And Hero'di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20  for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly. 21  But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee. 22  For when Hero'di-as' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it." 23  And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom." 24  And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer." 25  And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter." 26  And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27  And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28  and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. 29  When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

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