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Mark 6 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

And He went out from there.

Jesus Teaches In His Hometown Synagogue. They Are Astounded But Unbelieving

And He comes into His hometown[a]. And His disciples are following Him. And having become Sabbath, He began to teach in the synagogue. And while listening, many were astounded, saying “From where did these things come to this One? And what is the wisdom having been given to this One? And such miracles taking place by His hands! Is this One not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Jude[b] and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” And they were taking-offense[c] at Him. And Jesus was saying to them that “A prophet is not without-honor except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his house”. And He was not able to do any miracle there— except, having laid His hands on a few sick ones, He cured them. And He was marveling because of their unbelief.

The Twelve Are Sent Out Two By Two To Proclaim Repentance And Heal The Sick

And He was going-around the villages in a circle, teaching. And He summons the twelve, and began to send them out two by two. And He was giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And He instructed them that they should be taking nothing for the journey except a staff [d] only— no bread, no [traveler’s] bag, no money[e] for the [money] belt— but should go having [merely] tied-on sandals. “And do not put on two tunics[f]”. 10 And He was saying to them, “Wherever you enter into a house, be staying there until you go forth from-that-place[g]. 11 And whatever place does not welcome you, nor do they listen-to you— while proceeding out from-that-place, shake-out the dirt under your feet for a testimony against them”. 12 And having gone forth, they proclaimed that they should repent. 13 And they were casting out many demons. And they were anointing[h] many sick ones with oil and curing them.

Herod Hears of Jesus And Thinks John The Baptist Arose From The Dead

14 And King Herod[i] heard [of Him], for His name became known. And they[j] were saying that “John, the one baptizing, has arisen from the dead. And for this reason the miraculous-powers[k] are at-work in Him”. 15 And others were saying that “He is Elijah”. And others were saying that “He is a prophet like one of the [former] prophets”. 16 But having heard, Herod was saying, “John whom I beheaded— this one arose”.

For Herod Had Beheaded John The Baptist

17 For Herod himself, having sent out men, seized John and bound[l] him in prison because of Herodias[m], the wife of Philip his brother— because he married her. 18 For John was saying to Herod that “It is not lawful for you to have the wife of your brother”. 19 And Herodias was hostile[n] to him and wanting to kill him, and was not being able. 20 For Herod was fearing John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man. And he was protecting him. And having heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and-yet he was listening-to him with-pleasure. 21 And an opportune[o] day having come about when Herod, for his birthday-celebrations, made a banquet for his princes[p] and the commanders[q] and the leading[r] ones of Galilee, 22 and his[s] daughter Herodias[t] having come in and danced— she pleased Herod, and the ones reclining-back-with him [to eat]. The king said to the girl[u], “Ask me whatever you wish and I will give it to you”. 23 And he swore-with-an-oath to her solemnly, “Whatever thing you ask me, I will give it to you— up to half of my kingdom”. 24 And having gone out, she said to her mother, “What should I ask-for?” And the one said, “The head of John, the one baptizing”. 25 And having immediately gone in with haste to the king, she asked, saying “I want you to give me at-once on a platter the head of John the Baptist”. 26 And the king, having become deeply-grieved, did not want to reject her because of the oaths and the ones reclining-back [to eat]. 27 And immediately having sent-out an executioner[v], the king commanded him to bring his head. And having gone, he beheaded him in the prison. 28 And he brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother. 29 And his disciples, having heard-of it, came and took away his corpse and laid it in a tomb.

Jesus Multiplies Five Loaves And Two Fish To Feed 5000 Men

30 And the apostles are gathered-together with Jesus. And they reported to Him all that they did and that they taught. 31 And He says to them, “Come, you yourselves privately, to a desolate[w] place, and rest a little”. For the ones coming and the ones going were many, and they were not even finding-an-opportunity[x] to eat. 32 And they went away privately in the boat to a desolate place. 33 And they[y] saw them going, and many knew[z] where. And they ran there together on foot from all the cities. And they came-ahead-of [aa] them. 34 And having gone[ab] out, He saw a large crowd and felt-deep-feelings [of compassion] toward them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things. 35 And already having become a late hour, having come to Him, His disciples were saying that “This place is desolate, and it is already a late hour. 36 Send them away in order that having gone away into the surrounding farms and villages, they may buy themselves what they may eat”. 37 But the One, having responded, said to them, “You give them something to eat”. And they say to Him, “Should we, having gone away, buy loaves worth two-hundred denarii[ac] and give them something to eat?” 38 And the One says to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go, see!” And having come-to-know, they say “Five, and two fish”. 39 And He commanded them to make everyone lie-back party by party on the green[ad] grass. 40 And they fell-back grouping by grouping, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And having taken the five loaves and the two fish, having looked up to heaven, He blessed them[ae], and broke the loaves in pieces, and was giving them to His disciples in order that they might be setting it before them. And He divided the two fish to everyone. 42 And they all ate and were filled-to-satisfaction. 43 And they picked up fragments— the fillings of twelve baskets, and from the fish. 44 And the ones having eaten the loaves were five-thousand men[af].

Jesus Walks Across The Raging Sea

45 And immediately, He compelled[ag] His disciples to get into the boat, and to be going ahead to the other side, toward[ah] Bethsaida, while He sends-away the crowd. 46 And having said-good-bye to them[ai], He went away on the mountain to pray. 47 And having become evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea and He was alone on the land. 48 And having seen them being tormented[aj] in the rowing— for the wind was contrary to them— He comes to them around the fourth watch[ak] of the night, walking on the sea. And He was intending[al] to pass-by them. 49 But the ones, having seen Him walking on the sea, thought that “It is a phantom[am]”, and cried-out. 50 For they all saw Him and were frightened. But immediately the One spoke with them. And He says to them, “Take-courage, I am[an] the One. Do not be afraid[ao]”. 51 And He went up with them in the boat. And the wind stopped. And they were very exceedingly astonished in themselves. 52 For they did not understand[ap] on the basis of the loaves-of-bread, but their heart had been hardened.

In Gennesaret The People Recognize Him And Bring All Their Sick To Him For Healing

53 And having crossed-over, they came on land in Gennesaret and moored. 54 And they having gone out of the boat— immediately having recognized Him, 55 the people ran around that whole region. And they began to carry around the ones being ill on their cots to-where they were hearing that He was. 56 And wherever He was entering— into villages, or into cities, or into fields— they were laying the ones being sick in the marketplaces, and were begging Him that they might touch even[aq] the tassel of His garment. And all who touched it were being restored[ar].


  1. Mark 6:1 That is, Nazareth.
  2. Mark 6:3 Or, Judas, Judah.
  3. Mark 6:3 Or, being caused to fall.
  4. Mark 6:8 Or, walking stick.
  5. Mark 6:8 Or, copper [money], as in Mt 10:9. Take no change in your pocket.
  6. Mark 6:9 That is, an extra undershirt. Take no supplies for the journey, nor the means to carry or acquire them. Just get up and go with what you have on.
  7. Mark 6:10 That is, from that city.
  8. Mark 6:13 Or, putting on oil, rubbing on oil. The purpose of the oil may be symbolic of God’s Spirit or power, or it may be medicinal as in Lk 10:34.
  9. Mark 6:14 That is, Herod Antipas. See Mt 14:1.
  10. Mark 6:14 That is, the ones making Jesus known, or the ones repeating it to Herod.
  11. Mark 6:14 Or, the Powers; that is, the supernatural beings who were the source of these miracles in Herod’s mind.
  12. Mark 6:17 This took place in Mk 1:14.
  13. Mark 6:17 See Mt 14:3 on Herodias and Philip.
  14. Mark 6:19 Lit, was having it in for him. She was holding in her anger and retaliation until she could destroy John.
  15. Mark 6:21 That is, for Herodias.
  16. Mark 6:21 That is, Herod’s government officials.
  17. Mark 6:21 That is, the Roman officers.
  18. Mark 6:21 That is, prominent local citizens and dignitaries.
  19. Mark 6:22 That is, by virtue of his marriage to Herodias. Philip was her physical father.
  20. Mark 6:22 Josephus calls her Salome, but she may have also been known as Herodias. This family dynasty took on the name Herod almost like a title. Some manuscripts say ‘the daughter of Herodias herself’.
  21. Mark 6:22 Or, maiden, young-woman (of marriageable age). She was about 13-15 years old.
  22. Mark 6:27 Or, courier, bodyguard.
  23. Mark 6:31 Or, deserted, lonely.
  24. Mark 6:31 Or, having-a-favorable-time.
  25. Mark 6:33 they saw... and many knew. Or, many saw... and knew.
  26. Mark 6:33 Or, learned where, found-out where; or, recognized them.
  27. Mark 6:33 That is, the people arrived at the boat landing before the boat; or, the people who knew them ‘went before, went ahead of’ the people from the cities, leading them to Jesus.
  28. Mark 6:34 Or, come out. That is, from the boat; or, from the private place to which they had gone.
  29. Mark 6:37 One denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer.
  30. Mark 6:39 This was a springtime event, near Passover, Jn 6:4.
  31. Mark 6:41 That is, the bread and fish. Or, blessed God.
  32. Mark 6:44 This word means males.
  33. Mark 6:45 Jn 6:15 explains why.
  34. Mark 6:45 Or, to.
  35. Mark 6:46 That is, the crowd.
  36. Mark 6:48 Or, being harassed, tortured. Or, tormenting themselves at the rowing.
  37. Mark 6:48 That is, between 3 and 6 a.m.
  38. Mark 6:48 Or, wishing, wanting.
  39. Mark 6:49 Or, ghost.
  40. Mark 6:50 I am the One. That is, It is I.
  41. Mark 6:50 That is, Stop being afraid.
  42. Mark 6:52 They did not understand who Jesus was based on the feeding of the 5000. They thought He was just a prophet. Now they understand He is God’s Son, Mt 14:33.
  43. Mark 6:56 Or, at least.
  44. Mark 6:56 Or, saved (from their disease).
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

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Mark 6 New International Version (NIV)

A Prophet Without Honor

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[a] Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

John the Baptist Beheaded

14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying,[b] “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

15 Others said, “He is Elijah.”

And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”

16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”

17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled[c]; yet he liked to listen to him.

21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of[d] Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.

The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” 23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”

24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”

“The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.

25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”

When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

Jesus Walks on the Water

45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.


  1. Mark 6:3 Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph
  2. Mark 6:14 Some early manuscripts He was saying
  3. Mark 6:20 Some early manuscripts he did many things
  4. Mark 6:22 Some early manuscripts When his daughter
  5. Mark 6:37 Greek take two hundred denarii
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