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Mark 6

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 1 Then he left there and went to his own hometown, and his disciples followed him.

 2 And when the Sabbath day came, he began to teach in the synagogue; and many hearing him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get all these things? What wisdom is this that has been given to him, that such mighty works are done by his hands?

 3 Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses, and of Judah and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they took offence at him."

 4 But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own hometown, and among his own kindred, and in his own house."

 5 Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.

 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. So he went around the neighboring villages, teaching.

 7 Then he called the twelve to him, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits,

 8 And commanded that they should take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bag, no bread, and no money in their purse,

 9 But to wear sandals, and not to put on two coats.

 10 He said to them, "Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from that place.

 11 And whoever will not receive you or hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city."

 12 So they went out, and preached that men should repent.

 13 They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.

 14 Now King Herod heard of him, (for Jesus' name was well known), and he said, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and therefore these mighty powers are at work in him."

 15 Others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is a prophet, or like one of the prophets."

 16 But when Herod heard of this, he said, "It is John, whom I beheaded; he has risen from the dead."

 17 For Herod himself had sent and arrested John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.

 18 And John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife [while your brother is still alive]."

 19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him and would have killed him, but she could not.

 20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him; and when he heard him speak, he was perplexed, but heard him gladly.

 21 Then an opportune day came, when Herod had made a supper for his lords, high captains, and chief men of Galilee, on his birthday.

 22 And when the daughter of Herodias came in and danced and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the young woman, "Ask of me whatever you desire, and I will give it to you."

 23 He swore to her, "Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you, up to half of my kingdom."

 24 Then she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist."

 25 So she came in immediately to the king and asked, saying, "I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist on a platter."

 26 Now the king was exceedingly distressed; yet because of the oaths, and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her.

 27 So immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought; and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

 28 And brought his head on a platter and gave it to the young woman, and she gave it to her mother.

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

 30 Now the twelve apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all the things they had done and taught.

 31 And he said to them, "Come apart into a deserted place and rest awhile." For there were so many coming and going that they did not even have the leisure to eat."

 32 So they departed into a deserted place privately by boat.

 33 But people saw them leaving, and many knew him, and they ran on foot out of all the cities, and arrived before them and came to him.

 34 And when Jesus came out and saw many people, he was moved with compassion toward them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

 35 And when the day was far gone, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and now the time is late;

 36 Send them away, so that they may go into the surrounding country, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat."

 37 But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denari [$4200] worth of bread, and give them something to eat?"

 38 And he said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And when they knew, they said, "Five, and two fish."

 39 Then Jesus told the disciples to have everyone sit down by groups on the green grass.

 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.

 41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and he divided the two fish among them all.

 42 Then they ate and were filled.

 43 And they picked up twelve baskets full of the fragments of bread and fish.

 44 Those who ate of the loaves were about five thousand men.

 45 Then immediately he made his disciples get into the boat, and go to the other side to Bethsaida while he sent the people away.

 46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

 47 Now when evening had come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land.

 48 And he saw them toiling in rowing, for the wind was against them; and about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed by them.

 49 And when they saw him walking on the sea, they assumed it was a spirit, and cried out.

 50 For they all saw him and were troubled. But immediately he began speaking with them and said, "Be of good cheer; it is I; do not be afraid."

 51 And he went up into into the boat with them, and the wind ceased; and they were greatly amazed in themselves, and wondered.

 52 For they had not understood about the miracle of the loaves, for their hearts were hardened.

 53 Now when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.

 54 And when they came out of the boat, people recognized him immediately,

 55 And ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry those who were sick on beds wherever they heard he was.

 56 Wherever he entered into villages, or cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the streets, and begged that they might touch just the border of his garment; and all who touched him were made well.


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