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The Gospel of Mark
Many people think that Mark was one of Jesus' 12 apostles. But he was not one of them. He was a teenager when Jesus was crucified.
His full name was John Mark, and his mother was a follower of Jesus. Many of Jesus' disciples met in Mark's mother's house in Jerusalem.
In the days of the early church, Mark traveled
with Paul and Peter. Later, he started churches in Alexandria, Egypt.
The Gospel of Mark is thought to be Mark writing Peter's memories of Jesus' life and resurrection.
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Jesus heals Jairus' daughter, and a woman who touches His clothes is healed.
Jesus crossed over to the other side of the sea again. Crowds came to Him. He was still close to the sea when a man named Jairus came to see Him. Jairus was one of the leaders of the synagogue. When Jairus saw Jesus, he fell at His feet. He begged Jesus to come to his home. His daughter was very sick and almost dead. Jairus wanted Jesus to put His hands on her to heal her so she would live.
 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.
 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet.
 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
Jesus went with Jairus. While they walked, many people followed Him and crowded in on Him.
 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
There was a woman in the crowd who had been bleeding for 12 years. She had been to many doctors and spent all of her money. But she was no better. She kept getting worse. She got close to Jesus and touched His clothes. She said that if she could just touch His clothes, she would get better.
 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Immediately, her bleeding stopped. She could feel in her body that she was healed.
 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Jesus could tell that some of His power had gone out of Him. He turned around and asked who had touched His clothes.
 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
His disciples asked Him how He knew anyone touched Him since there were so many people in the crowd.
 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Jesus looked around to see the woman who touched His clothes. The woman was afraid and shaking. She fell down in front of Him and told Him the truth.
 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
Jesus told her that her faith had made her well. She should go in peace and not be sick anymore.
 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
While Jesus was still talking, one of Jairus' workers came. They told him that his daughter was dead, and he shouldn't bother Jesus anymore.
 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
When Jesus heard that, He told Jairus not to be afraid. He should only believe.
 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
The only ones He let follow Him were Peter, James, and James' brother, John.
 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
Jesus arrived at Jairus' house. There were a lot of people there crying loudly. He went in and asked them why they were crying. He said the girl was not dead, she was just sleeping.
 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
People started laughing and making fun of Him. He put all of them out and took Jairus and the girl's mother and his apostles into the girl's room. He took the girl by the hand and told her to get up.
 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
Right away, the girl got up and walked. She was 12 years old. Everyone was shocked and amazed.
 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
Jesus told them not to tell anyone. He also told them to give her something to eat.
 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
Jesus sends His apostles out to heal people.
Jesus called His 12 apostles. He started to send them out in pairs. He gave them the power over unclean spirits.
 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
He told them not to take anything with them except for a staff (walking stick). They shouldn't take food, money, or anything valuable.
 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
They should wear sandals, but not wear extra clothes.
 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
He told them that they should just stay in one house while they are in an area.
 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
When they find people who will not make them welcome or listen to them, they should leave. When they leave, they should shake the dust off their feet to show the people they made a big mistake to reject them. Jesus said that in the day of judgment, Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than the city who rejects the apostles.
 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
The apostles went out and preached that people should repent of their sins. They sent many devil spirits out of people and put special oil on sick people to heal them.
 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
King Herod has John the Baptist killed.
King Herod heard about Jesus because His name was becoming famous everywhere. Herod said that Jesus was really John the Baptist risen from the dead. He said that because Jesus was doing great things.
 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
Other people said that Jesus was Elias (Elijah). Other people said Jesus was a prophet or like a prophet.
 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.
Herod thought Jesus was John the Baptist come back to life. John had died because Herod ordered it. This is how that happened:
Herod had married his brother's wife. His brother's name was Philip and his wife's name was Herodias. John said that was wrong for Herod to do that. Herod had John arrested and put into prison.
 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
Herodias wanted John killed, but she couldn't do that. Herod knew that John was a holy and fair man. Herod respected John and listened to what he said.
 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
One day, there was a special party for Herod's birthday. Some of his army leaders and other important men were there. Herodias' daughter came and danced at the party. Herod and the other men liked her dancing. Herod told the girl that he would give her whatever she wanted. He made a promise that he would give her whatever she asked for, even if it was half of his kingdom.
 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
The girl went and asked her mother what she should ask for. Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist. So the girl immediately hurried back to the king and told him that she wanted the head of John the Baptist on a large plate.
 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
Herod was very sorry she asked for that, but he had made a promise in front of all of the other men. He had to keep his word. So, he sent someone to the prison to kill John. The man killed John and brought his head on a large plate to give to the girl. Then, the girl gave it to her mother.
 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.
When John's followers heard about this, they came
and got John's body and laid it in a tomb.
 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
Jesus feeds 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.
Jesus' apostles came back together. They told Him what they had done and what they had taught.
 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
Jesus told them to go to someplace quiet and rest. There were big crowds there, and they hadn't eaten.
 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
They left and sailed away privately in a boat.
 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
People saw them leaving so they ran ahead of them and met them on the other shore.
 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.
When Jesus got out of the boat, He saw the crowd. He felt sorry for them. They were like sheep that didn't have a shepherd. He began to teach them many things.
 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
It was getting late. His disciples went to Jesus. They told Him it was getting late and past the time to eat, but they were in a desert. They wanted Him to send the crowd away so the people could go buy some food.
 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
Jesus answered and told them to give people food to eat. They asked if they should go and buy 200 pennyworth (about how much a person living at that time earned in a year) worth of bread.
 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
Jesus asked them how many loaves of bread they had. They took a count and said they had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes.
 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
Jesus told them to sit down in groups on the green grass. They sat down in groups of 100 and groups of 50.
 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
Jesus took the 5 loaves of bread and the 2 fish. He looked up to heaven and blessed them. He broke the break and gave it to the disciples to give the people. He did the same with the 2 fishes.
 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
Everyone ate until they were full. When they picked up the scraps, there were 12 baskets full.
 And they did all eat, and were filled.
 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
About 5,000 men had eaten the bread and fish.
 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
Jesus walks on the water during a thunderstorm.
Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat and sail over to Bethsaida. He would send the people away. After He sent the people away, He went up to the mountain to pray.
 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
When it was dark, the boat was in the middle of the sea. Jesus was alone on the land. It was windy, and it was hard to row the boat. Jesus saw them working hard to row. Just before dawn, He walked out to them. He was walking on the water. He would have passed by them, but when they saw Him, they thought it was a ghost and yelled out.
 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
They were afraid when they saw Him. Immediately, He talked to them. He told them not to be afraid because it was Him.
 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
He walked up to them in the boat. Then, the wind stopped. The disciples were amazed and wondered. Their hearts were hard, and they didn't understand about the miracle with the loaves of bread and the fishes.
 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
Jesus heals people in Gennesaret.
They crossed over the sea, then they were in the land of Gennesaret. When they got out on the shore, people knew who Jesus was. They ran all over and brought their sick people to Him. .
 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
Whenever He went into a village, city, or country, people laid sick people in the streets. They begged to at least touch the edge of his clothing. Everyone who touched Him was healed.
 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.