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Mark 6 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

(Mat 13:53–58; Luk 4:16–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:1 - He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:2 - And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:3 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:4 - And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:5 - And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:6 - And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

(Mat 10:1, 5–15; Luk 9:1–6 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:7 - And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:8 - He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:9 - but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:10 - And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:11 - And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:12 - So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:13 - And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

The Death of John the Baptist

(Mat 14:1–12; Luk 9:7–9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:14 - King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’[fn] name had become known. Some[fn] said, “John the Baptist[fn] has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:15 - But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:16 - But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:17 - For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:18 - For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:19 - And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:20 - for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:21 - But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:22 - For when Herodias’s 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 give it to you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:23 - And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:24 - And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:25 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:26 - And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:27 - And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s[fn] head. He went and beheaded him in the prison
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:28 - and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:29 - When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

(Mat 14:13–21; Luk 9:10–17; Jhn 6:1–14 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:30 - The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:31 - And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:32 - And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:33 - Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:34 - When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:35 - And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:36 - Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:37 - But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii[fn] worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:38 - And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:39 - Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:40 - So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:41 - And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:42 - And they all ate and were satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:43 - And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:44 - And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

Jesus Walks on the Water

(Mat 14:22–33; Jhn 6:15–21 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:45 - Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:46 - And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:47 - And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:48 - And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night[fn] he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:49 - but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:50 - for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:51 - And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:52 - for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

(Mat 14:34–36 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:53 - When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:54 - And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:55 - and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 6:56 - And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.
ESV Footnotes
Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
Greek his
Some manuscripts He
Greek baptizer; also verse 24
Greek his
A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer
That is, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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