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Mark: 6

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth  Mk.6.1-6 (Nazareth)[ Mk.6.1-6 → ] - Mt.13.53-58, Lk.4.16-30

1He left that place and went to his home town accompanied by his disciples. 2When the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue; and the large congregation who heard him were amazed and said, 'Where does he get it from?', and, 'What wisdom is this that has been given him?', and, 'How does he work such miracles? 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, [Some witnesses read: Is not this the son of the carpenter and Mary ...] the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon? 4And are not his sisters here with us?' So they fell foul of him. Jesus said to them, 'A prophet will always be held in honour except in his home town, and among his kinsmen and family.' 5He could work no miracle there, except that he put his hands on a few sick people and healed them; [6a.) and he was taken aback by their want of faith.

The mission of the Twelve  Mk.6.6-13[ Mk.6.6-13 → ] - Mt.10.5-15, Lk.9.1-6

6[b.] ON ONE OF HIS TEACHING JOURNEYS round the villages 7he summoned the Twelve and sent them out in pairs on a mission. 8He gave them authority over unclean spirits, and instructed them to take nothing for the journey beyond a stick: no bread, no pack, no money in their belts. 9They might wear sandals, but not a second coat. 10'When you are admitted to a house', he added, 'stay there until you leave those parts. 11At any place where they will not receive you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet as you leave, as a warning to them.' 12So they set out and called publicly for repentance. 13They drove out many devils, and many sick people they anointed with oil and cured.

The Death of John the Baptist  Mk.6.14-29[ Mk.6.14-29 → ] - Mt.14.1-12, Lk.9.7-9

14Now King Herod heard of it, for the fame of Jesus had spread; and people were saying, [Some witnesses read: and he said ...] 'John the Baptist has been raised to life, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.' 15Others said, 'It is Elijah.' Others again, 'He is a prophet like one of the old prophets.' 16But Herod, when he heard of it, said, 'This is John, whom I beheaded, raised from the dead.'

17For this same Herod had sent and arrested John and put him in prison at the instance of his brother Philip's wife, Herodias, whom he had married. 18John had told Herod, 'You have no right to your brother's wife.' 19Thus Herodias nursed a grudge against him and would willingly have killed him, but she could not; 20for Herod went in awe of John, knowing him to be a good and holy man; so he kept him in custody. He liked to listen to him, although the listening left him greatly perplexed.

21Herodias found her opportunity when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet to his chief officials and commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22Her daughter came in [Or: A festive occasion came when Herod on his birthday gave ... of Galilee. The Daughter of Herodias came in ...] and danced, and so delighted Herod and his guests that the king said to the girl, 'Ask what you like and I will give it you.' 23And he swore an oath to her: 'Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.' 24She went out and said to her mother, 'What shall I ask for?' She replied, 'The head of John the Baptist.' 25The girl hastened back at once to the king with her request: 'I want you to give me here and now, on a dish, the head of John the Baptist.' 26The king was greatly distressed, but out of regard for his oath and for his guests he could not bring himself to refuse her. 27So the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John's head. The soldier went off and beheaded him in the prison, 28brought the head on a dish, and gave it to the girl; and she gave it to her mother.

29When John's disciples heard the news, they came and took his body away and laid it in a tomb.

The Feeding of the Five Thousand  Mk.6.30-44 (Bethsaida)[ Mk.6.30-44 → ] - Mt.14.13-21, Lk.9.10-17, Jn.6.1-14

30The apostles now rejoined Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, 'Come with me, by yourselves, to some lonely place where you can rest quietly.' (For they had no leisure even to eat, so many were coming and going.) 32Accordingly, they set off privately by boat for a lonely place. 33But many saw them leave and recognized them, and came round by land, hurrying from all the towns towards the place, and arrived there first. 34When he came ashore, he saw a great crowd; and his heart went out to them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he had much to teach them. 35As the day wore on, his disciples approached him and said, 'This is a lonely place and it is getting very late; 36send the people off to the farms and villages round about, to buy themselves something to eat.' 37'Give them something to eat yourselves', he answered. 38They replied, 'Are we to go and spend twenty pounds [Literally: 200 denarii.] on bread to give them a meal?' 'How many loaves have you?' he asked; 'go and see.' They found out and told him, 'Five, and two fishes also.' 39He ordered them to make the people sit down in groups on the green grass, 40and they sat down in rows, a hundred rows of fifty each. 41Then, taking the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to distribute. 42He also divided the two fishes among them. 43They all ate to their hearts' content; and twelve great basketfuls of scraps were picked up, with what was left of the fish. 44Those who ate the loaves numbered five thousand men.

Walking on the Water  Mk.6.45-52 (Lake of Gennesaret)[ Mk.6.45-52 → ] - Mt.14.22-33, Jn.6.15-21

45As soon as it was over he made his disciples embark and cross to Bethsaida ahead of him, while he himself sent the people away. 46After taking leave of them, he went up the hill-side to pray. 47It grew late and the boat was already well out on the water, while he was alone on the land. 48Somewhere between three and six in the morning, seeing them labouring at the oars against a head-wind, he came towards them, walking on the lake. 49He was going to pass them by; but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But at once he spoke to them: 'Take heart! 51It is I; do not be afraid.' Then he climbed into the boat beside them, and the wind dropped. At this they were completely dumbfounded, 52for they had not understood the incident of the loaves; their minds were closed.

The Healing of the Sick in Gennesaret  Mk.6.53-56 (Lake of Gennesaret)[ Mk.6.53-56 → ] - Mt.14.34-36

53So they finished the crossing and came to land at Gennesaret, where they made fast. 54When they came ashore, he was immediately recognized; 55and the people scoured that whole country-side and brought the sick on stretchers to any place where he was reported to be. 56Wherever he went, to farmsteads, villages, or towns, they laid out the sick in the marketplaces and begged him to let them simply touch the edge of his cloak; and all who touched him were cured.


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