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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 warns His disciples about the Pharisees and Herod.
Jesus immediately got into a boat with His disciples. They went to an area called Dalmanutha.
 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
Some Pharisees came out and started to ask Him questions. They tempted Him by asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus was disappointed inside. He asked why this generation always wants a sign. He said He would not give them a sign.
 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
Jesus left and got into the boat again. They sailed for the other side.
 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.
The disciples forgot to bring bread with them. They only had one loaf in the boat.
 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.
He warned them to be careful. They should beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.
 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
The disciples talked about this among themselves. They thought Jesus said that because they didn't have any bread.
 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
Jesus knew what they were talking about. He asked them why they were saying that it was because they didn't have bread. He said, "Don't you understand? Are your hearts hardened? Don't you see with your eyes? Don't you hear with your ears? And don't you remember?"
 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
He asked them, "When I broke the 5 loaves of bread for 5,000 people, how many baskets of scraps were there?" They answered, "12." He asked them, "And when I broke 7 loaves for 4,000 people, how many baskets of scraps were there?" They said, "7." He asked them, "Why don't you understand?"
 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.
 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
Jesus heals a blind man in Bethsaida.
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Jesus went to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to Him. They
begged Him to touch the man. Jesus took the blind man's hand. He led him
out of town. Jesus spit on his eyes and put His hands on him. Then He
asked the man if he could see.
 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
The man looked up. He said he could see men walking, but they looked like trees. Jesus put His hands on the man's eyes and asked him to look again. This time, the man saw everything clearly.
 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
Jesus told the man to go home. He told him not to go into town or tell anyone in town.
 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
Jesus asks who men say He is.
Jesus and His disciples went out into the towns of the area named Caesarea Philippi. On the way, He asked His disciples a question. He asked, "Who do men say that I am?" They told Him that some people think He is John the Baptist. Some think He is Elijah. Other people think He is one of the prophets.
 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?
 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.
Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter said, "You are the Christ (the Messiah)."
 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
Jesus told them not to tell anyone about Him.
 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
Jesus tells about His suffering and death.
Jesus began to teach them. He told them that the Son of man would have to suffer a lot. The elders, chief priests, and scribes would reject Him. He will be killed and 3 days later, He will rise again. He talked openly about that. Peter began to scold Him for saying that He would be killed.
 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
Jesus turned around and looked at His disciples. He scolded Peter and called him Satan. He told Peter to get away from Him because he was talking like a man and not like God.
 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
Jesus called the people and His disciples to Him. He said if anyone wants to follow Him, they have to leave their current lives. They must pick up their crosses and follow Him.
 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Anyone who wants to save his life will lose his life. Anyone who loses his life for Jesus and for telling people the gospel about Jesus will save his life.
 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
He asked, "What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for His soul?"
 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
If anyone is ashamed to stand up for Jesus and His
words, then Jesus will be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His
father with the angels.
 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Jesus heals a boy who His disciples had tried to heal.
A man in the crowd talked to Jesus. He said, "Master, I have brought my son to You. He has an evil spirit in him that makes him not able to talk. When the spirit takes control of him, he foams at the mouth and bites down on his teeth. Then, he becomes very still. I asked your disciples to make the evil spirit leave him, but they couldn't do it."
 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
Jesus said, "This generation has no faith. How long will I be with you? How long will I tolerate you? Bring the boy to Me."
 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
They brought the boy to Jesus. When the evil spirit saw Jesus, it immediately attacked the child. He fell down on the ground. He was moving around and foaming at his mouth.
 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
Jesus asked the boy's father how long this had been happening to the boy. The father said since he was a child.
 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
The father said that many times, the evil spirit tried to destroy him by throwing him into the fire or into water. The father said, "If You can do anything, please take pity on us and help us."
 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe; all things are possible to the person who believes."
 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Immediately, the father cried and said, "Lord, I believe, but help me with my doubts."
 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Jesus saw that people were running toward Him. He told the evil spirit to get out of the boy and never go back into him. The spirit cried and went out of the boy. The boy looked like he was dead. Many people said he was dead.
 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
But, Jesus took the boy by the hand and lifted him up.
 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
When Jesus went into the house, His disciples talked to Him privately. They asked Him, "Why couldn't we make the evil spirit go out of the boy?"
 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
Jesus said that this kind of evil spirit can only be
put out with prayer and fasting.
 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Jesus tells that He will rise from the dead.
They departed from there and passed through Galilee. Jesus didn't want anyone to know He was there.
 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
He taught His disciples. He told them that the Son of man will be arrested by men who will kill Him. After 3 days, He will rise from the dead. But they didn't understand what He was saying, and they were afraid to ask Him about it.
 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
The disciples argue about which one of them is the greatest.
After Jesus arrived in Capernaum, He asked the disciples what they were talking about on the road.
 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
But they were quiet because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.
 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
Jesus sat down and called His 12 disciples to Him. He said that if a man wants to be first, he will be last and will serve the others.
 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
Jesus set a child down in the middle of them. He took the child in His arms. He told His disciples that anyone who is good to a child in Jesus' name receives Jesus. Anyone who receives Jesus doesn't receive Jesus, but God who sent Jesus.
 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
John said, "Master, we saw someone using your name to make devil spirits leave someone. He doesn't follow us, and we told him not to do that anymore."
 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
Jesus said, "Don't forbid him from doing that. Anyone that does miracles in my name isn't going to say anything bad about Me. A person who is not against us is on our side. Anyone who gives you water to drink in My name because you belong to Me will not lose his reward.
 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
 For he that is not against us is on our part.
 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
But if a person hurts a child who believes in Me, that person would be better off if a heavy rock was hung around his neck, and he was thrown into the sea.
 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
If your hand makes you do something sinful, cut your hand off. It is better to lose a hand than to have 2 hands and go into the fires of hell. There are worms in hell, and there is always fire.
 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
If your foot causes you to sin, cut your foot off. It is better to have one foot and be disabled than to have 2 feet and be thrown into hell. There are worms in hell, and there is always fire.
 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
If your eye causes you to sin, pluck your eye out. It is better to enter God's kingdom with one eye than to have 2 eyes and be thrown into hell. In hell, there are worms, and there is always fire.
 And if thine eye offend thee, 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:
 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Everyone will go through times of fire that will make you better like salt.
 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
Salt is good, but if the salt loses it's saltiness, it is not good. You should be like salt yourselves and make life better for other people.
 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.