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The Gospel According to Mark (VII - XI)

Full Text The Gospel According to Mark (VII - XI)

VII.  

And there come together to him the Pharisees and certain of the scribes, who came from Jerusalem. 2And seeing some of his disciples eating bread with defiled (that is, unwashen) hands, they found fault. 3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they carefully wash their hands, do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders. 4And coming from the market, except they immerse themselves, they do not eat. And there are many other things which they received to hold, immersions of cups, and pots, and brazen vessels, and couches. 5And the Pharisees and the scribes ask him: Why do not thy disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with defiled hands? 6And he said to them: Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you hypocrites; as it is written:

This people honor me with their lips,

But their heart is far from me.

7But in vain they worship me,

Teaching as doctrines commandments of men.

8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, immersions of pots and cups; and many other such things ye do. 9And he said to them: Well do ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition! 10For Moses said: Honor thy father and thy mother; and he that curses father or mother, let him surely die. 11But ye say: If a man say to his father or his mother, It is Corban (that is, a gift) whatever thou mightest be profited with from me—; 12and ye suffer him no more to do aught for his father or his mother, 13annulling the word of God by your tradition, which ye handed down. And many such things ye do.

14And again calling to him the multitude, he said to them: Hearken to me every one, and understand. 15There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him; but the things that come out of him, these are they that defile the man. 16If any one has ears to hear, let him hear.

17And when he entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 18And he says to them: Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatever from without enters into the man can not defile him? 19Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the drain, cleansing all food. 20And he said: That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. 21For from within, out of the heart of men, come forth evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, wantonness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23All these evil things come forth from within, and defile the man.

24And rising up he departed thence into the borders of Tyre and Sidon; and entering into a house, he desired that no one should know it. And he could not be hidden. 25For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, hearing of him, came and fell at his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast out the demon from her daughter. 27And he said to her: Let the children first be filled; for it is not good to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs. 28And she answered and said to him: Yea, Lord; for the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. 29And he said to her: For this saying go thy way; the demon has gone out of thy daughter. 30And departing to her house, she found the little child laid on the bed, and the demon gone out.

31And again going forth out of the borders of Tyre, he came through Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis. 32And they bring to him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33And taking him aside from the multitude he put his fingers into his ears, and spitting, touched his tongue, 34and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and says to him: Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. 35And straightway his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36And he charged them that they should tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more abundantly they published it; 37and were beyond measure astonished, saying: He has done all things well; he makes both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

VIII.  

In those days, there being a very great multitude, and they having nothing to eat, he called to him his disciples, and says to them: 2I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; 3and if I dismiss them fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way; and some of them have come from afar. 4And his disciples answered him: From whence will one be able to satisfy these men with bread, here in a wilderness? 5And he asked them: How many loaves have ye? And they said: Seven. 6And he commanded the multitude to lie down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and broke, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. 7And they had a few small fishes; and having blessed them, he commanded to set these also before them. 8And they ate, and were filled; and they took up of the fragments that were left seven baskets. 9And they were about four thousand. And he dismissed them.

10And straightway entering into the ship with his disciples, he came into the region of Dalmanutha. 11And the Pharisees came out, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. 12And sighing deeply in his spirit, he says: Why does this generation seek a sign? Verily I say to you, there shall no sign be given to this generation. 13And leaving them, he entered again into the ship, and departed to the other side.

14And they forgot to take bread; and they had none in the ship with them, except one loaf. 15And he charged them, saying: Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. 16And they reasoned among themselves, saying: It is because we have no bread. 17And Jesus knowing it, says to them: Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? Do ye not yet perceive, nor understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened? 18Having eyes, do ye not see? And having ears, do ye not hear? And do ye not remember? 19When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did ye take up? They say to him: Twelve. 20And when the seven among the four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did ye take up? And they said: Seven. 21And he said to them: How is it that ye do not understand?

22And they come to Bethsaida. And they bring to him a blind man, and beseech him to touch him. 23And taking the blind man by the hand, he led him forth out of the village; and spitting in his eyes, and putting his hands on him, he asked him if he beheld anything. 24And looking up he said: I behold men; for I see them as trees walking. 25Then again he put his hands on his eyes, and he saw clearly; and he was restored, and saw all things distinctly. 26And he sent him away to his house, saying: Go not even into the village, nor tell it to any in the village.

27And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the villages of Cæsarea Philippi: And in the way he asked his disciples, saying to them: Who do men say that I am? 28And they answered him saying: John the Immerser; and others, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets. 29And he asked them: But who do ye say that I am? And Peter answering says to him: Thou art the Christ. 30And he charged them that they should tell no one concerning him.

31And 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. 32And he spoke that saying openly. And Peter, taking him aside, began to rebuke him. 33But he turning about, and seeing his disciples, rebuked Peter, saying: Get thee behind me, Satan; for thou thinkest not the things of God, but those of men.

34And calling to him the multitude, with his disciples, he said to them: Whoever desires to follow after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life, for the sake of me and of the glad tidings, shall save it. 36For what will it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37Or what shall a man give as an exchange for his soul? 38For whoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will also the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

IX.  

And he said to them: Verily I say to you, that there are some of those standing here, who shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God already come with power.

2And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, and brings them up into a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them. 3And his garments became shining, exceeding white as snow, such as no fuller on earth can whiten. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. 5And Peter answering said to Jesus: Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tents, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah. 6For he knew not what to say; for they were sore afraid. 7And there came a cloud overshadowing them; and a voice came out of the cloud: This is my beloved Son; hear ye him. 8And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw any one, but Jesus only with themselves.

9And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should relate what they had seen to no one, except when the Son of man shall have risen from the dead. 10And they kept the saying, questioning among themselves, what is the rising from the dead.

11And they asked him, saying: Why say the scribes that Elijah must first come? 12And he said to them: Elijah indeed comes first, and restores all things. And how is it written of the Son of man? That he must suffer many things, and be set at naught. 13But I say to you, that Elijah also has come, and they did to him whatever they would, as it is written of him.

14And coming to his disciples he saw a great multitude about them, and scribes questioning with them. 15And straightway all the multitude seeing him were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 16And he asked them: What question ye with them? 17And one of the multitude answered him: Teacher, I brought to thee my son, having a dumb spirit. 18And wherever it lays hold of him, it tears him, and he foams, and gnashes his teeth, and he pines away. And I spoke to thy disciples, that they should cast it out; and they could not. 19And he answering, says to them: O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to me. 20And they brought him to him. And seeing him, straightway the spirit rent him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21And he asked his father: How long is it, since this came upon him? And he said: From a child. 22And ofttimes it cast him both into the fire, and into the water, to destroy him. But if thou art able to do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. 23Jesus said to him: If thou art able! All things are possible to the believing. 24And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said: I believe; help thou my unbelief. 25And Jesus, seeing that a multitude came running together, rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him: Dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter into him no more. 26And crying out, and rending him sorely, it came out of him. And he became as one dead; so that many said: He is dead. 27But Jesus taking him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up.

28And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately: Why could not we cast it out? 29And he said to them: This kind can go out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting.

30And going forth from thence, they passed through Galilee and he would not that any one should know it. 31For he taught his disciples, and said to them: The Son of man is delivered up into the hands of men, and they will kill him and when he is killed, after three days he will rise again. 32But they understood not the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

33And they came to Capernaum. And having come into the house he inquired of them: Of what were ye reasoning among yourselves by the way? 34But they were silent; for by the way they had disputed with one another, who was greatest. 35And sitting down, he called the twelve, and says to them: If any one desires to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all. 36And taking a child, he placed it in the midst of them; and folding it in his arms, he said to them: 37Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me and whoever shall receive me, receives not me, but him who sent me.

38And John answered him, saying: Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in thy name, who follows not us; and we forbade him, because he follows not us. 39But Jesus said: Forbid him not; for there is no one who shall do a miracle in my name, and can lightly speak evil of me. 40For he that is not against us is for us. 41For whoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in that name, that ye are Christ's, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. 42And whoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to offend, it is better for him that an upper millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 43And if thy hand cause thee to offend, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having the two hands to go into hell, into the fire that is unquenchable; 44where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. 45And if thy foot cause thee to offend, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter into life lame, than having the two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that is unquenchable; 46where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. 47And if thine eye cause thee to offend, pluck it out. It is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire; 48where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. 49For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50Salt is good; but if the salt become saltless, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

X.  

And rising up he goes thence into the borders of Judæa, and the further side of the Jordan. And again the multitudes come together to him; and as he was wont, he again taught them.

2And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, if it is lawful for a man to put away a wife, tempting him. 3And he answering said to them: What did Moses command you? 4And they said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5And Jesus answering said to them: For your hardness of heart he wrote you this command. 6But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. 7For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall be one flesh. 8So that they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9What therefore God joined together, let not man put asunder.

10And in the house his disciples asked him again concerning this. 11And he says to them: Whoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her. 12And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.

13And they brought little children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But Jesus seeing it, was much displeased, and said to them: Suffer the little children to come to me; forbid them not, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15Verily I say to you, whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter therein. 16And he folded them in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.

17And as he was going forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeling to him, and asked him: Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18And Jesus said to him: Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, God. 19Thou knowest the commandments: Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother. 20And he answering said to him: Teacher, all these I kept from my youth. 21And Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him: One thing thou lackest; go, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22And he became sad at that saying, and went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.

23And looking around, Jesus says to his disciples: How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answering again says to them: Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26And they were exceedingly amazed, saying among themselves: Who then can be saved? 27And Jesus, looking on them, says: With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.

28Peter began to say to him: Lo, we forsook all, and followed thee. 29And Jesus answering said: Verily I say to you, there is no one who forsook house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for the sake of me and of the glad tidings, 30but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life. 31But many first will be last, and the last first.

32And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem. And Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed, and as they followed they were afraid. And again he took with him the twelve, and began to say to them what things should happen to him: 33Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered up to the chief priests, and to the scribes; and they will condemn him to death and will deliver him up to the Gentiles; 34and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit upon him, and will kill him; and after three days he will rise again.

35And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to him saying: Teacher, we desire that thou shouldst do for us whatever we shall ask. 36And he said to them: What do ye desire that I should do for you? 37They said to him: Grant to us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy glory. 38And Jesus said to them: Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink the cup that I drink, or to endure the immersion which I endure? 39And they said to him: We are able. And Jesus said to them: Ye shall indeed drink the cup that I drink, and endure the immersion which I endure. 40But to sit on my right hand, or on the left, is not mine to give, but is for them for whom it has been prepared.

41And the ten, hearing it, began to be much displeased with James and John. 42And Jesus, calling them to him, says to them: Ye know that they who are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43But it is not so among you. But whoever would become great among you, shall be your minister; 44and whoever would become chiefest of you, shall be servant of all. 45For even the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

46And they come to Jericho. And as he was going forth from Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, the son of Timæus, Bartimæus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the way-side. 47And hearing that it is Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, and say: Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me. 48And many rebuked him, that he should hold his peace. But he cried all the more: Son of David, have mercy on me. 49And Jesus stood still, and said: Call him. And they call the blind man, saying to him: Be of good cheer; rise, he calls thee. 50And he, casting away his garment, leaped up, and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus answering said to him: What wilt thou that I should do to thee? The blind man said to him: Lord, that I may receive sight. 52And Jesus said to him: Go thy way; thy faith has made thee whole. And immediately he received sight, and followed him in the way.

XI.  

And when they come near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany at the mount of the Olives, he sends forth two of his disciples, 2and says to them: Go into the village over against you; and immediately, on entering into it, ye will find a colt tied, whereon no man has sat; loose and bring him. 3And if any one say to you: Why do ye this? say: The Lord has need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. 4And they departed, and found a colt tied by the door without, on the street; and they loose him. 5And some of those standing there, said to them: What do ye, loosing the colt? 6And they said to them as Jesus commanded; and they let them go. 7And they bring the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. 8And many spread their garments in the way, and others branches, cutting them from the fields. 9And they that went before, and they that followed, cried: Hosanna! blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; 10blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest! 11And he entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple; and having looked around on all things, the evening being now come, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

12And on the morrow, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13And seeing a fig-tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon. And coming to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs. 14And answering he said to it: Let no one eat fruit from thee, henceforth forever. And his disciples heard it.

15And they come into Jerusalem. And entering into the temple, he began to cast out those who sold and bought in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who sold doves; 16and suffered not that any one should carry a vessel through the temple. 17And he taught, saying to them: Is it not written: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? But ye have made it a den of robbers. 18And the chief priests and the scribes heard it. And they sought how they might destroy him; for they feared him, for all the multitude was astonished at his teaching. 19And when it became late, he went forth out of the city.

20And passing by in the morning, they saw the fig-tree dried up from the roots. 21And Peter, calling to remembrance, says to him: Master, behold, the fig-tree which thou didst curse is withered away. 22And Jesus answering says to them: Have faith in God. 23Verily I say to you, that whoever shall say to this mountain: Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he says comes to pass, he shall have it. 24Therefore I say to you: All things whatever ye ask, when ye pray, believe that ye received, and ye shall have them.

25And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

27And they come again into Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders. 28And they said to him: By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority, to do these things? 29And Jesus answering said to them: I also will ask you one thing; and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30John's immersion, was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me. 31And they reasoned among themselves, saying: 32If we say, from heaven; he will say, why then did ye not believe him? But shall we say from men? They feared the people; for all held that John was verily a prophet. 33And answering they say to Jesus: We do not know. And Jesus says to them: Neither do I say to you, by what authority I do these things.