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27 And Jesus went on with His disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He asked His disciples, Who do people say that I am?

28 And they answered [Him], John the Baptist; and others [say], Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.

29 And He asked them, But who do you yourselves say that I am? Peter replied to Him, You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

30 And He charged them sharply to tell no one about Him.

31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must of necessity suffer many things and be tested and disapproved and rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be put to death, and after three days rise again [[a]from death].

32 And He said this freely (frankly, plainly, and explicitly, making it unmistakable). And Peter took Him [b]by the hand and led Him aside and then [facing Him] began to rebuke Him.

33 But turning around [His back to Peter] and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get behind Me, Satan! For you do not have a mind [c]intent on promoting what God wills, but what pleases men [you are not on God’s side, but that of men].

34 And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and [d]lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [[e]joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow [f]with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].

35 For whoever wants to save his [[g]higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the [h]lower, natural, temporal life [i]which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it [his [j]higher, spiritual life [k]in the eternal kingdom of God].

36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [[l]in the eternal kingdom of God]?

37 For what can a man give as an exchange ([m]a compensation, a ransom, in return) for his [blessed] life [[n]in the eternal kingdom of God]?

38 For whoever [o]is ashamed [here and now] of Me and My words in this adulterous (unfaithful) and [preeminently] sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory (splendor and majesty) of His Father with the holy angels.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 8:31 Hermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.
  2. Mark 8:32 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  3. Mark 8:33 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  4. Mark 8:34 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  5. Mark 8:34 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  6. Mark 8:34 Kenneth Wuest, Word Studies.
  7. Mark 8:35 Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausett and David Brown, A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments.
  8. Mark 8:35 Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausett and David Brown, A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments.
  9. Mark 8:35 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  10. Mark 8:35 Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausett and David Brown, A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments.
  11. Mark 8:35 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  12. Mark 8:36 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  13. Mark 8:37 Hermann Cremer, Biblico-Theological Lexicon.
  14. Mark 8:37 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  15. Mark 8:38 A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures.

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