Mark (Author John Mark)

4:1And again he began to teach by the sea. And a great crowd was gathered together to him, so that going on board ship he sat in the sea, and all the crowd were close to the sea on the land.

4:2And he taught them many things in parables. And he said to them in his doctrine,

4:3Hearken: Behold, the sower went forth to sow.

4:4And it came to pass as he sowed, one fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured it.

4:5And another fell on the rocky ground, where it had not much earth, and immediately it sprung up out of the ground because it had no depth of earth;

4:6and when the sun arose it was burnt up, and because of its not having any root, it withered.

4:7And another fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

4:8And another fell into the good ground, and yielded fruit, growing up and increasing; and bore, one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred.

4:9And he said, He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

4:10And when he was alone, those about him with the twelve asked him as to the parables.

4:11And he said to them, To you is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to them who are without, all things are done in parables,

4:12that beholding they may behold and not see, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest it may be, they should be converted and they should be forgiven.

4:13And he says to them, Do ye not know this parable? and how will ye be acquainted with all the parables?

4:14The sower sows the word:

4:15and these are they by the wayside where the word is sown, and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

4:16And these are they in like manner who are sown upon the rocky places, who when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy,

4:17and they have no root in themselves, but are for a time: then, tribulation arising, or persecution on account of the word, immediately they are offended.

4:18And others are they who are sown among the thorns: these are they who have heard the word,

4:19and the cares of life, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

4:20And these are they who have been sown on the good ground, such as hear the word and receive it, and bear fruit; one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred fold.

4:21And he said to them, Does the lamp come that it should be put under the bushel or under the couch? Is it not that it should be set upon the lamp-stand?

4:22For there is nothing hidden which shall not be made manifest; nor does any secret thing take place, but that it should come to light.

4:23If any one have ears to hear, let him hear.

4:24And he said to them, Take heed what ye hear; with what measure ye mete, it shall be meted to you; and there shall be more added to you.

4:25For whosoever has, to him shall be given; and he who has not, even what he has shall be taken from him.

4:26And he said, Thus is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast the seed upon the earth,

4:27and should sleep and rise up night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he does not know how.

4:28The earth bears fruit of itself, first the blade, then an ear, then full corn in the ear.

4:29But when the fruit is produced, immediately he sends the sickle, for the harvest is come.

4:30And he said, How should we liken the kingdom of God, or with what comparison should we compare it?

4:31As to a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, is less than all seeds which are upon the earth,

4:32and when it has been sown, mounts up and becomes greater than all herbs, and produces great branches, so that the birds of heaven can roost under its shadow.

4:33And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear,

4:34but without a parable spoke he not to them; and in private he explained all things to his disciples.

4:35And on that day, when evening was come, he says to them, Let us go over to the other side:

4:36and having sent away the crowd, they take him with them, as he was, in the ship. But other ships also were with him.

4:37And there comes a violent gust of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it already filled.

4:38And *he* was in the stern sleeping on the cushion. And they awake him up and say to him, Teacher, dost thou not care that we are perishing?

4:39And awaking up he rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Silence; be mute. And the wind fell, and there was a great calm.

4:40And he said to them, Why are ye thus fearful? how is it ye have not faith?

4:41And they feared with great fear, and said one to another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

5:1And they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.

5:2And immediately on his going out of the ship there met him out of the tombs a man possessed by an unclean spirit,

5:3who had his dwelling in the tombs; and no one was able to bind him, not even with chains;

5:4because he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been torn asunder by him, and the fetters were shattered; and no one was able to subdue him.

5:5And continually night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying and cutting himself with stones.

5:6But seeing Jesus from afar off, he ran and did him homage,

5:7and crying with a loud voice he says, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure thee by God, torment me not.

5:8For he said to him, Come forth, unclean spirit, out of the man.

5:9And he asked him, What is thy name? And he says to him, Legion is my name, because we are many.

5:10And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

5:11Now there was there just at the mountain a great herd of swine feeding;

5:12and they besought him, saying, Send us into the swine that we may enter into them.

5:13And Jesus immediately allowed them. And the unclean spirits going out entered into the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep slope, into the sea (about two thousand), and were choked in the sea.

5:14And those that were feeding them fled and reported it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had taken place.

5:15And they come to Jesus, and they see the possessed of demons sitting and clothed and sensible, him that had had the legion: and they were afraid.

5:16And they that had seen it related to them how it had happened to the man possessed by demons, and concerning the swine.

5:17And they began to beg him to depart from their coasts.

5:18And as he went on board ship, the man that had been possessed by demons besought him that he might be with him.

5:19And he suffered him not, but says to him, Go to thine home to thine own people, and tell them how great things the Lord has done for thee, and has had mercy on thee.

5:20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him; and all wondered.

5:21And Jesus having passed over in the ship again to the other side, a great crowd gathered to him; and he was by the sea.

5:22And behold there comes one of the rulers of the synagogue, by name Jairus, and seeing him, falls down at his feet;

5:23and he besought him much, saying, My little daughter is at extremity; I pray that thou shouldest come and lay thy hands upon her so that she may be healed, and may live.

5:24And he went with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed on him.

5:25And a certain woman who had had a flux of blood twelve years,

5:26and had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent everything she had and had found no advantage from it, but had rather got worse,

5:27having heard concerning Jesus, came in the crowd behind and touched his clothes;

5:28for she said, If I shall touch but his clothes I shall be healed.

5:29And immediately her fountain of blood was dried up, and she knew in her body that she was cured from the scourge.

5:30And immediately Jesus, knowing in himself the power that had gone out of him, turning round in the crowd said, Who has touched my clothes?

5:31And his disciples said to him, Thou seest the crowd pressing on thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

5:32And he looked round about to see her who had done this.

5:33But the woman, frightened and trembling, knowing what had taken place in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

5:34And he said to her, Daughter, thy faith has healed thee; go in peace, and be well of thy scourge.

5:35While he was yet speaking, they come from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying, Thy daughter has died, why troublest thou the teacher any further?

5:36But Jesus immediately, having heard the word spoken, says to the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not; only believe.

5:37And he suffered no one to accompany him save Peter and James, and John the brother of James.

5:38And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees the tumult, and people weeping and wailing greatly.

5:39And entering in he says to them, Why do ye make a tumult and weep? the child has not died, but sleeps.

5:40And they derided him. But he, having put them all out, takes with him the father of the child, and the mother, and those that were with him, and enters in where the child was lying.

5:41And having laid hold of the hand of the child, he says to her, Talitha koumi, which is, interpreted, Damsel, I say to thee, Arise.

5:42And immediately the damsel arose and walked, for she was twelve years old. And they were astonished with great astonishment.

5:43And he charged them much that no one should know this; and he desired that something should be given her to eat.

6:1And he went out thence and came to his own country, and his disciples follow him.

6:2And when sabbath was come he began to teach in the synagogue, and many hearing were amazed, saying, Whence has this man these things? and what is the wisdom that is given to him, and such works of power are done by his hands?

6:3Is 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 were offended in him.

6:4But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not despised save in his own country, and among his kinsmen, and in his own house.

6:5And he could not do any work of power there, save that laying his hands on a few infirm persons he healed them.

6:6And he wondered because of their unbelief. And he went round the villages in a circuit, teaching.

6:7And he calls the twelve to him; and he began to send them out two and two, and gave to them power over the unclean spirits;

6:8and he commanded them that they should take nothing for the way, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their belt;

6:9but be shod with sandals, and put not on two body-coats.

6:10And he said to them, Wheresoever ye shall enter into a house, there remain till ye shall go thence.

6:11And whatsoever place shall not receive you nor hear you, departing thence, shake off the dust which is under your feet for a testimony to them.

6:12And they went forth and preached that they should repent;

6:13and they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many infirm, and healed them.

6:14And Herod the king heard of him (for his name had become public), and said, John the baptist is risen from among the dead, and on this account works of power are wrought by him.

6:15And others said, It is Elias; and others said, It is a prophet, as one of the prophets.

6:16But Herod when he heard it said, John whom *I* beheaded, he it is; *he* is risen from among the dead.

6:17For the same Herod had sent and seized John, and had bound him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her.

6:18For John said to Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have the wife of thy brother.

6:19But Herodias kept it in her mind against him, and wished to kill him, and could not:

6:20for Herod feared John knowing that he was a just and holy man, and kept him safe; and having heard him, did many things, and heard him gladly.

6:21And a holiday being come, when Herod, on his birthday, made a supper to his grandees, and to the chiliarchs, and the chief men of Galilee;

6:22and the daughter of the same Herodias having come in, and danced, pleased Herod and those that were with him at table; and the king said to the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt and I will give it thee.

6:23And he swore to her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask me I will give thee, to half of my kingdom.

6:24And she went out, and said to her mother, What should I ask? And she said, The head of John the baptist.

6:25And immediately going in with haste to the king, she asked saying, I desire that thou give me directly upon a dish the head of John the baptist.

6:26And the king, while made very sorry, on account of the oaths and those lying at table with him would not break his word with her.

6:27And immediately the king, having sent one of the guard, ordered his head to be brought. And he went out and beheaded him in the prison,

6:28and brought his head upon a dish, and gave it to the damsel, and the damsel gave it to her mother.

6:29And his disciples having heard it, came and took up his body, and laid it in a tomb.

6:30And the apostles are gathered together to Jesus. And they related to him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.

6:31And he said to them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest a little. For those coming and those going were many, and they had not leisure even to eat.

6:32And they went away apart into a desert place by ship.

6:33And many saw them going, and recognised them, and ran together there on foot, out of all the cities, and got there before them.

6:34And on leaving the ship Jesus saw a great crowd, and he was moved with compassion for them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.

6:35And when it was already late in the day, his disciples coming to him say, The place is desert, and it is already late in the day;

6:36send them away that they may go into the country and villages around, and buy themselves bread, for they have not anything they can eat.

6:37And he answering said to them, Give *ye* them to eat. And they say to him, Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them to eat?

6:38And he says to them, How many loaves have ye? Go and see. And when they knew they say, Five, and two fishes.

6:39And he ordered them to make them all sit down by companies on the green grass.

6:40And they sat down in ranks by hundreds and by fifties.

6:41And having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples that they might set them before them. And the two fishes he divided among all.

6:42And they all ate and were satisfied.

6:43And they took up of fragments the fillings of twelve hand-baskets, and of the fishes.

6:44And those that ate of the loaves were five thousand men.

6:45And immediately he compelled his disciples to go on board ship, and to go on before to the other side to Bethsaida, while *he* sends the crowd away.

6:46And, having dismissed them, he departed into the mountain to pray.

6:47And when evening was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and *he* alone upon the land.

6:48And seeing them labouring in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them, about the fourth watch of the night he comes to them walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.

6:49But they, seeing him walking on the sea, thought that it was an apparition, and cried out.

6:50For all saw him and were troubled. And immediately he spoke with them, and says to them, Be of good courage: it is *I*; be not afraid.

6:51And he went up to them into the ship, and the wind fell. And they were exceedingly beyond measure astonished in themselves and wondered;

6:52for they understood not through the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

6:53And having passed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and made the shore.

6:54And on their coming out of the ship, immediately recognising him,

6:55they ran through that whole country around, and began to carry about those that were ill on couches, where they heard that he was.

6:56And wherever he entered into villages, or cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the market-places, and besought him that they might touch if it were only the hem of his garment; and as many as touched him were healed.

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