Mark 6



1 And He went·​·out from thence, and came into His own country; and His disciples follow Him.

2 And the Sabbath having come, He began to teach in the synagogue; and many hearing wondered, saying, From whence does this Man have these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that even such works of power are worked by His hands?

3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, and Joses, and Judah, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.

4 But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without·​·honor, except in his own country, and among kin, and in his own house.

5 And He could not do there any work of power, except that He cured a few who were·​·ailing by laying· His hands ·on them.

6 And He marveled on·​·account·​·of their unbelief. And He went·​·around, all·​·around the villages, teaching.

7 And He called the twelve, and began to send· them ·out two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits,

8 and charged them that they should take nothing for their way, except a staff only; no pack, no bread, no bronze in the belt;

9 but be shod with sandals, and do not put·​·on two tunics.

10 And He said to them, Wherever you enter into a house, there remain until you come·​·out thence.

11 And as·​·many·​·as will not receive you, nor hear you, when you go·​·out thence, shake·​·off the dust underneath your feet for a testimony against them. Amen I say to·​·you, It shall be more·​·tolerable for Sodom or Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

12 And going·​·out, they preached that all should repent.

13 And they cast·​·out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were·​·ailing, and cured them.

14 And Herod the king heard, for His name was made manifest; and he said that John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore works of power work in him.

15 Others said that it is Elijah. But others said that it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.

16 But when Herod heard, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded; he is risen from the dead.

17 For Herod himself, having sent forth, had taken·​·hold·​·of John, and bound him in the prison, on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he was wed to her.

18 For John said to Herod, It is not permitted for thee to have thy brother’s wife.

19 And Herodias bore him spite and willed to kill him; and she was· not ·able,

20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and holy, and protected him; and hearing him, he did many things, and heard him with·​·pleasure.

21 And when an opportune day had·​·come, Herod on his birthday made a supper for his great ones, and commanders of a thousand, and the first ones of Galilee;

22 and when the daughter of her, of Herodias, came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat·​·with him, the king said to the damsel, Ask of me whatever thou willest, and I will give it to thee.

23 And he swore to her, Whatever thou shalt ask of me, I will give thee, to the half of my kingdom.

24 And she going out, said to her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.

25 And having come·​·in straightway with haste to the king, she asked, saying, I will that thou give me immediately on a platter the head of John the Baptist.

26 And the king, being very·​·sorrowful, yet on account of his oaths and those who sat·​·with him, was not willing to spurn her.

27 And straightway the king, sending an executioner, ordered his head to be brought; and he went and beheaded him in the prison.

28 And he brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother.

29 And when his disciples heard it, they came and took up his corpse, and put it in a sepulcher.

30 And the apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and reported to Him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.

31 And He said to them, Come ye by yourselves into a deserted place, and rest a·​·little; for there were many coming and going, and they had· no ·opportunity to eat.

32 And they went·​·away into a deserted place by ship by themselves.

33 And the crowd saw them going·​·away; and many knew Him, and ran· thither ·together on·​·foot out·​·of all cities, and came·​·before them, and came·​·together to Him.

34 And Jesus, coming·​·out, saw a crowd of many, and was moved·​·with·​·compassion* for them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.

35 And when the hour was already far spent, His disciples coming to Him, say, This is a deserted place, and the hour is now far advanced.

36 Send· them ·away, that departing into the fields and villages all·​·around they may buy themselves bread; for they do not have anything to eat.

37 And He answering said to them, Give ye them to eat. And they say to Him, Shall we go and buy two·​·hundred denarii of bread, and give them to eat?

38 And He says to them, How·​·many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they knew, they said, Five, and two fish.

39 And He ordered them to have all recline in companies and companies on the green grass.

40 And they reclined in groups and groups, by hundreds and by fifties.

41 And taking the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, and He blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set·​·before them; and the two fish He divided among them all.

42 And they all ate, and were satisfied.

43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments and of the fish.

44 And they who ate of the loaves of bread were about five thousand men.

45 And straightway He constrained His disciples to step into the ship and to go·​·before Him to the other·​·side, to Bethsaida, while He sent·​·away the crowd.

46 And taking·​·leave of them, He went·​·away into a mountain to pray.

47 And when evening had come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone on the land.

48 And He saw them being tossed about in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them; and about the fourth watch of the night He comes to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed·​·by them.

49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought Him to be a phantom, and cried·​·out;

50 for they all saw Him, and were disturbed. And straightway He spoke with them, and says to them, Have·​·confidence; I am; fear not.

51 And He went·​·up to them into the ship; and the wind grew·​·still; and they were· exceedingly ·amazed in themselves more·​·abundantly, and marveled;

52 for they did not understand the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened.

53 And when they had crossed·​·over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.

54 And when they came out of the ship, straightway they knew Him,

55 and running·​·through that whole countryside, they began to carry·​·around on cots those who had an illness, where they heard He was.

56 And wherever He went·​·in, into villages or cities or fields, they put the·​·sick in the market, and implored Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment; and as·​·many·​·as touched Him were saved*.

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