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The Gospel According to Mark (I - VI)

Full Text The Gospel According to Mark (I - VI)

I.  

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, Son of God, 2as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I send forth my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way; 3the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. 4John came immersing in the wilderness, and preaching the immersion of repentance unto remission of sins. 5And there went out to him all the country of Judæa, and all they of Jerusalem; and they were immersed by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

6And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a leathern girdle about his loins, and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying: There comes after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8I indeed immersed you in water; but he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit.

9And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was immersed by John in the Jordan. 10And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens parted, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him. 11And there came a voice out of heaven: Thou art my beloved son; in thee I am well pleased.

12And immediately the Spirit drives him forth into the wilderness. 13And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.

14And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, publishing the good news of the kingdom of God, 15and saying: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the good news.

16And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew, Simon's brother, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them: Come after me, and I will cause you to become fishers of men. 18And immediately leaving the nets, they followed him.

19And going a little further, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending the nets. 20And straightway he called them; and leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, they went after him.

21And they enter into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath he went into the synagogue, and taught. 22And they were astonished at his teaching; for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus, Nazarene! Didst thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25And Jesus rebuked him, saying: Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26And the unclean spirit, tearing him, and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all amazed; so that they questioned among themselves, saying: What is this? A new teaching, with authority! And he commands the unclean spirits, and they obey him. 28And immediately his fame spread abroad into all the surrounding region of Galilee.

29And immediately, having come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30And the mother-in-law of Simon was lying sick with fever; and immediately they tell him concerning her. 31And he came and raised her up, taking hold of her hand; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.

32And evening having come, when the sun set, they brought to him all that were sick, and those possessed with demons. 33And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35And rising very early, by night, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36And Simon, and they who were with him, followed after him. 37And having found him, they say to him: All are seeking thee. 38And he says to them: Let us go elsewhere, into the neighboring towns, that I may preach there also; for, for this I came forth. 39And he was preaching in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee, and casting out the demons.

40And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him: If thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me. 41And Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched forth his hand and touched him, and says to him: I will; be thou cleansed. 42And immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43And sternly charging him, he forthwith sent him away; 44and says to him: See thou say nothing to any one; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them. 45But he, going forth, began to publish it much, and to spread abroad the report; so that he could no longer openly enter into a city, but was without in desert places. And they came to him from every quarter.

II.  

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was heard that he is in the house. 2And straightway many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even at the door; and he spoke the word to them.

3And they come to him, bringing one that was palsied, borne by four. 4And not being able to come near him, on account of the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was; and having broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the palsied man lay. 5And Jesus, seeing their faith, says to the palsied man: Child, thy sins are forgiven. 6But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts: 7Why does this man speak thus? He blasphemes. Who can forgive sins but one, God? 8And Jesus, immediately perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them: Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the palsied man, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10But that ye may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he says to the palsied man,) 11I say to thee, arise, take up thy bed, and go to thy house. 12And he arose, and immediately taking up the bed went forth before all; so that all were amazed, and glorified God, saying: We never saw it thus.

13And he went forth again by the sea-side; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.

14And passing along, he saw Levi the son of Alpheus sitting at the place of receiving custom, and said to him: Follow me. And rising up he followed him. 15And it came to pass, as he reclined at table in his house, that many publicans and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him. 16And the scribes and the Pharisees, seeing him eating with the sinners and publicans, said to his disciples: How is it that he eats and drinks with the sinners and the publicans? 17And Jesus, hearing it, says to them: They who are well need not a physician, but they who are sick. I came not to call righteous men, but sinners.

18And the disciples of John, and the Pharisees, were fasting; and they come and say to him: Why do the disciples of John and the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? 19And Jesus said to them: Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can not fast. 20But days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken from them; and then they will fast in that day. 21No one sews a piece of unfulled cloth upon an old garment; else the new filling up of the old takes from it, and a worse rent is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old skins; else the wine bursts the skins, and the wine is destroyed, and the skins.

23And it came to pass, that he went through the grain-fields on the sabbath; and his disciples began to go forward, plucking the ears of grain. 24And the Pharisees said to him: Behold, why do they on the sabbath that which is not lawful? 25And he said to them: Did ye never read what David did, when he had need and hungered, himself and they who were with him; 26how he went into the house of God, in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the show-bread, which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to those who were with him? 27And he said to them: The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath. 28So that the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

III.  

And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there, having his hand withered. 2And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath; that they might accuse him. 3And he says to the man having the withered hand: Arise, and come into the midst. 4And he says to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath, or to do evil; to save life, or to kill? But they were silent. 5And looking round on them with anger, being grieved for their hardness of heart, he says to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and his hand was restored.

6And going out, the Pharisees immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. 7And Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea. And a great multitude from Galilee followed; and from Judæa, 8and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan, and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came to him. 9And he spoke to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, that they might not throng him. 10For he healed many, so that they pressed upon him to touch him, as many as had plagues. 11And the unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying: Thou art the Son of God. 12And he strictly charged them that they should not make him known.

13And he goes up into the mountain, and calls to him whom he would; and they went to him. 14And he appointed twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 15and to have authority to heal sicknesses, and to cast out demons. 16And Simon he surnamed Peter; 17and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder; 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananite, 19and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

And they come into the house. 20And the multitude comes together again, so that they could not even eat bread. 21And hearing of it, his kinsmen went out to lay hold of him; for they said: He is beside himself.

22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said: He has Beelzebul, and through the prince of the demons he casts out the demons. 23And calling them to him, he said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan? 24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom can not stand. 25And if a house be divided against itself, that house can not stand. 26And if Satan rose up against himself, and is divided, he can not stand, but has an end. 27No one can enter into a strong man's house, and plunder his goods, except he first bind the strong man; and then he will plunder his house. 28Verily I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme. 29But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit has no forgiveness forever, but is guilty of eternal sin; 30because they said: He has an unclean spirit.

31And his brothers and his mother come; and standing without they sent to him, calling him. 32And a crowd was sitting about him; and they say to him: Behold, thy mother and thy brothers without are seeking thee. 33And he answered them, saying: Who is my mother, or my brothers? 34And looking round on those who sat about him, he said: Behold my mother, and my brothers! 35For whoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

IV.  

And he began again to teach by the sea-side. And there was gathered to him a very great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat down in the sea; and all the multitude was by the sea on the land. 2And he taught them many things in parables, and said to them in his teaching:

3Hearken; behold, the sower went forth to sow. 4And it came to pass, as he sowed, one fell by the way-side, and the birds came and devoured it. 5And another fell on the rocky ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had not depth of earth. 6But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had not root, it withered away. 7And another fell among the thorns; and the thorns came up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8And another fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, thirty, and sixty, and a hundredfold. 9And he said: He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

10And when he was alone, they who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables. 11And he said to them: To you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to those who are without, all things are done in parables; 12that seeing they may see, and not perceive, and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn, and be forgiven. 13And he says to them: Know ye not this parable? And how will ye know all the parables?

14The sower sows the word. 15And these are they by the way-side; where the word is sown, and when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16And these are they likewise that are sown on the rocky places; who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17and have no root in themselves, but are only for a time. Afterward, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they are offended. 18And others are they that are sown among the thorns. These are they that hear the word, 19and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things, entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20And these are they that are sown on the good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, in thirty, and in sixty, and in a hundredfold.

21And he said to them: Is the lamp brought that it may be put under the bushel, or under the bed? Is it not, that it may be put on the lamp-stand? 22For nothing is hidden, but it shall be manifested; nor was done in secret, but that it should come abroad. 23If any one has ears to hear, let him hear.

24And he said to them: Take heed what ye hear. With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you, and there shall be added to you. 25For he that has, to him shall be given; and he that has not, even what he has shall be taken from him.

26And he said: So is the kingdom of God, as when a man has cast the seed upon the earth, 27and sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows up, he knows not how. 28For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29But when the fruit permits, immediately he puts forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.

30And he said: How shall we liken the kingdom of God, or in what comparison shall we set it forth? 31As a grain of mustard; which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth. 32And when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all the herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the birds of the air can lodge under its shadow.

33And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear. 34But without a parable he spoke not to them; and in private he explained all things to his disciples.

35And on that day, when evening was come, he says to them: Let us pass over to the other side. 36And dismissing the multitude, they take him as he was in the ship. And there were also other ships with him. 37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was already becoming filled. 38And he was in the stern, on the cushion, sleeping. And they awake him, and say to him: Teacher, carest thou not that we perish? 39And awaking, he rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said to them: Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? 41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another: Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

V.  

And they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2And when he had come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3who had his dwelling in the tombs; and no one could any longer bind him, not even with chains. 4Because he had often been bound with fetters and chains; and the chains had been torn asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces, and no one could tame him. 5And always, night and day, he was in the tombs, and in the mountains, crying out, and cutting himself with stones. 6But seeing Jesus afar off, he ran and bowed down to him, 7and cried with a loud voice, and said: What have I to do with thee, Jesus, Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, do not torment me. 8For he said to him: Come forth, unclean spirit, out of the man. 9And he asked him: What is thy name? And he says to him: My name is Legion; because we are many. 10And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

11And there was there, by the mountain, a great herd of swine feeding. 12And all the demons besought him, saying: Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13And immediately Jesus gave them leave. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered into the swine. And the herd rushed down the steep into the sea, about two thousand, and were choked in the sea. 14And they who fed them fled, and reported it in the city and in the country. And they came to see what it was that was done. 15And they come to Jesus, and see him who was possessed with demons, sitting, clothed and in his right mind, him who had the legion, and they were afraid. 16And they who saw it related to them how it befell him who was possessed with demons, and concerning the swine. 17And they began to beseech him to depart from their borders.

18And as he was entering into the ship, he that had been possessed with demons besought him that he might be with him. 19And he suffered him not; but says to him: Go into thy house, to thy friends, and announce to them how great things the Lord has done for thee, and had compassion on thee. 20And he departed, and began to publish in the Decapolis how great things Jesus did for him; and all wondered.

21And Jesus having passed over again in the ship to the other side, a great multitude was gathered to him; and he was by the sea. 22And there comes one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name. And seeing him, he fell at his feet, 23and besought him much, saying: My little daughter lies at the point of death. I pray thee come, and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed and live. 24And he went with him; and a great multitude was following him, and thronging him.

25And a certain woman, who had a flow of blood twelve years, 26and had suffered much by many physicians, and spent all that she had, and was not at all benefited but rather grew worse, 27hearing of Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment. 28For she said: If I touch even his garments, I shall be made whole. 29And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she perceived in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30And immediately Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, turned about in the crowd, and said: Who touched my garments? 31And his disciples said to him: Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou: Who touched me? 32And he looked around to see her who had done this. 33But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34And he said to her: Daughter, thy faith has made thee whole; go in peace, and be healed of thy plague.

35While he was yet speaking, they come from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying: Thy daughter is dead; why troublest thou the Teacher any further? 36And Jesus, overhearing the word that was spoken, says to the ruler of the synagogue: Be not afraid; only believe. 37And he suffered no one to follow with him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he sees a tumult, and those who wept and wailed greatly. 39And entering in, he says to them: Why do ye make a tumult, and weep? The child is not dead, but is sleeping. 40And they laughed him to scorn. But he, putting them all out, takes the father of the child, and the mother, and those who were with him, and enters in where the child was. 41And taking the hand of the child, he says to her: Talitha kumi; which is interpreted, Damsel, I say to thee, arise. 42And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. 43And he charged them strictly that no one should know this. And he commanded that something should be given her to eat.

VI.  

And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2And when the sabbath was come, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing were astonished, saying: From whence has this man these things? And what is the wisdom which is given him, and such miracles wrought by his hands? 3Is 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 were offended at him. 4And Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own kindred, and in his own house. 5And he was not able to do any miracle there, save that he laid his hands on a few sick, and healed them. 6And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about the surrounding villages, teaching.

7And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; 8and commanded them that they should take nothing for the way, save a staff only; no bread, no bag, no money, in their girdle; 9but that they be shod with sandals and, Put not on two coats. 10And he said to them: Wherever ye enter into a house, there abide till ye depart from thence. 11And whatever place shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony to them.

12And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

14And the king, Herod, heard of it, for his name was spread abroad; and he said: John the Immerser is risen from the dead, and therefore do these powers work in him. 15Others said: It is Elijah. And others said: It is a prophet, like any one of the prophets. 16But Herod hearing of it, said: John, whom I beheaded, is risen from the dead. 17For he, Herod, sent forth and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison, for the sake of Herodias the wife of Philip, his brother; because he had married her. 18For John said to Herod: It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. 19And Herodias was angry with him, and desired to put him to death; and she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man; and he observed him, and hearing him did many things, and heard him gladly.

21And a convenient day having come, when Herod on his birthday made a supper for his nobles, and for the chief captains, and the first men of Galilee; 22and the daughter of Herodias having come in and danced, it pleased Herod and those reclining at table with him; and the king said to the damsel: Ask of me whatever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. 23And he swore to her: Whatever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. 24And she, going out, said to her mother: What shall I ask? And she said: The head of John the Immerser. 25And straightway she came in with haste to the king, and asked, saying: I will that immediately thou give me, on a platter, the head of John the Immerser. 26And the king became very sorrowful; but for the sake of his oath, and of those reclining with him, he would not reject her. 27And immediately the king sent one of the guard, and commanded to bring his head. And he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother. 29And his disciples hearing of it came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

30And the apostles gather together unto Jesus; and they reported to him all things, both what they did, and what they taught. 31And he said to them: Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile; for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33And they saw them departing, and many knew them, and ran together there on foot from all the cities, and came before them. 34And going forth he saw a great multitude, and had compassion on them, because they were as sheep having no shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

35And the day being now far spent, his disciples come to him, and say: The place is desert, and the time is now far passed. 36Dismiss them, that they may go away into the surrounding fields and villages, and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat. 37He answering said to them: Give ye them to eat. And they say to him: Shall we go and buy two hundred denáries worth of bread, and give them to eat? 38He says to them: How many loaves have ye? Go and see. And when they knew, they say: Five, and two fishes. 39And he commanded them to make all lie down by companies on the green grass. 40And they lay down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41And taking the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave to the disciples to set before them; and the two fishes he divided among them all. 42And they all ate, and were filled. 43And they took up fragments filling twelve baskets, and part of the fishes. 44And they who ate of the loaves were five thousand men. 45And straightway he constrained his disciples to enter into the ship, and to go before to the other side to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the multitude. 46And having taken leave of them, he went away into the mountain to pray.

47And when evening was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48And he saw them distressed 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. 49And they seeing him walking on the sea, supposed it was a spectre, and cried out; 50for all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and says to them: Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid. 51And he went up to them into the ship; and the wind ceased. And they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52For they considered not the loaves; for their heart was hardened.

53And passing over, they came to the land of Gennesaret, and anchored there. 54And when they had come out of the ship, immediately recognizing him 55they ran through all that region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick, where they heard he was. 56And wherever he entered, into villages, or cities, or fields, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched him were made whole.