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Mark 8 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

(Mat 15:32–39 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:1 - In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:2 - “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:3 - And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:4 - And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:5 - And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:6 - And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:7 - And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:8 - And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:9 - And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:10 - And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.[fn]

The Pharisees Demand a Sign

(Mat 16:1–4 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:11 - The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:12 - And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
(Mat 16:5–12 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:13 - And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:14 - Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:15 - And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:16 - And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:17 - And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:18 - Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:19 - When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:20 - “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:21 - And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:22 - And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:23 - And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:24 - And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:25 - Then Jesus[fn] laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:26 - And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

(Mat 16:13–20; Luk 9:18–20 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:27 - And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:28 - And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:29 - And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:30 - And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

(Mat 16:21–23; Luk 9:21, 22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:31 - And 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:32 - And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:33 - But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
(Mat 16:24–27; Luk 9:23–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:34 - And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:35 - For whoever would save his life[fn] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:36 - For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:37 - For what can a man give in return for his soul?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 8:38 - For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts Magadan, or Magdala
Some manuscripts the Herodians
Greek he
The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and once in verse 36 and once in verse 37

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