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Mark 8 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

1 The miracle of the seven loaves. 11 The Jews seek signs. 15 To beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. 22 A blind man healed. 27 The people’s sundry opinions of Christ. 29 The Apostles acknowledge Christ. 31 He foretelleth his death. 33 Peter, Satan. 35 To save and lose the life. 38 To be ashamed of Christ.

In those days, when there was a very great multitude, and had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him, and said unto them,

I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with me three days, and have nothing to eat.

And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they would [a]faint by the way: for some of them came from far.

Then his disciples answered him, Whence can a man satisfy these with bread here in the wilderness?

And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

Then he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, brake them, and gave to his disciples to set before them, and they did set them before the people.

They had also a few small fishes: and when he had given thanks, he commanded them also to be set before them,

So they did eat, and were sufficed, and they took up of the broken meat that was left, seven baskets full.

(And they that had eaten, were about four thousand) so he sent them away.

10 And anon he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.

11 [b]And the Pharisees [c]came forth, and began to dispute with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, and tempting him.

12 Then he [d]sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, Why doth this generation seek a sign? Verily I say unto you, [e]a sign shall not be given unto this generation.

13 ¶ So he left them, and went into the ship again, and departed to the other side.

14 And they had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them, but one loaf.

15 [f]And he charged them, saying, Take heed, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

16 [g]And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is, because we have no bread.

17 And when Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why reason you thus, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your hearts yet hardened?

18 Have ye eyes, and see not? and have ye ears, and hear not? and do ye not remember?

19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of broken meat took ye up? They said unto him, Twelve.

20 And when I brake seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of the leavings of broken meat took ye up? And they said, Seven.

21 Then he said unto them, [h]How is it that ye understand not?

22 [i]And he came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blind man unto him, and desired him to touch him.

23 Then he took the blind by the hand, and led him out of the town, and spat in his eyes, and put his hands upon him, and asked him, if he saw ought.

24 And he looked up, and said, I [j]see men: for I see them walking like trees.

25 After that, he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him [k]look again. And he was restored to his sight, and saw every man afar off clearly.

26 [l]And he sent him home to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

27 [m]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?

28 And they answered, Some say, John Baptist: and some, Elijah: and some, one of the Prophets.

29 And he said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Then Peter answered, and said unto him, Thou art that Christ.

30 [n]And he sharply charged them, that concerning him they should tell no man.

31 [o]Then he began to teach them that the son of man must suffer many things, and should be reproved of the Elders, and of the high Priests, and of the Scribes, and be slain, and within three days rise again.

32 [p]And he spake that thing boldly. Then Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him.

33 Then he turned back and looked on his disciples, and rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou [q]understandest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.

34 [r]And he called the people unto him with his disciples, and said unto them, Whosoever will follow me, let him forsake himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

35 For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it: but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospel’s, he shall save it.

36 [s]For what shall it profit a man, though he should win the whole world, if he lose his soul?

37 Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?

38 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words among this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed also, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy Angels.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 8:3 Word for word, they will fall in sunder, or be dissolved, for when men fall in a swound, their sinews fall one from another.
  2. Mark 8:11 The stubborn enemies of the doctrine of the Gospel, giving no credit to the miracles already done require new: but Christ being angry with them, doth utterly forsake them.
  3. Mark 8:11 A common kind of speech, which the Hebrews use, whereby is meant that the Pharisees went from their houses of purpose, to encounter with him.
  4. Mark 8:12 These sighs came even from the heart root, for the Lord was very much moved with these men’s so great infidelity.
  5. Mark 8:12 Word for word, If a sign be given: It is a cut kind of speech very common among the Hebrews: wherein some such words as these must be understood. Let me be taken for a liar, or some such like. And when they speak out the whole, they say, The Lord do thus and thus by me.
  6. Mark 8:15 We must especially take heed of them which corrupt the word of God, what degree soever they be of, either in the Church, or in civil policy.
  7. Mark 8:16 They that have their minds fixed on earthly things, are utterly blind in heavenly things, although they be never so plainly set forth unto them.
  8. Mark 8:21 How cometh it to pass, that you understand not these things which are so plain and evident?
  9. Mark 8:22 A true image of our regeneration, which Christ separating us from the world, worketh and accomplisheth by little and little in us.
  10. Mark 8:24 He perceived some moving of men, when he could not discern their bodies.
  11. Mark 8:25 He commanded him again, to try indeed, whether he could see well or no.
  12. Mark 8:26 Christ will not have his miracles to be separated from his doctrine.
  13. Mark 8:27 Many praise Christ, which yet notwithstanding spoil him of his praise.
  14. Mark 8:30 Christ hath appointed his times to the preaching of the Gospel: and therefore here defers it to a more commodious time, lest sudden haste should rather hinder than further the mystery of his coming.
  15. Mark 8:31 Christ suffered all that he suffered for us, not unwillingly neither unawares, but foreknowing it, and willingly.
  16. Mark 8:32 None are more mad than they that are wise beside the word of God.
  17. Mark 8:33 This is not godly, but worldly wisdom.
  18. Mark 8:34 The disciples of Christ must bear stoutly what burden soever the Lord layeth upon them, and subdue the affections of the flesh.
  19. Mark 8:36 They are the most foolish of all men which purchase the enjoying of this life with the loss of everlasting bliss.
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Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?”

“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven,” they replied.

He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, 10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.

11 The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod

14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”

16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

“Twelve,” they replied.

20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”

They answered, “Seven.”

21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into[a] the village.”

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Predicts His Death

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 8:26 Some manuscripts go and tell anyone in
  2. Mark 8:35 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verses 36 and 37.
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