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Mark 6-7 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

And He went out from thence and came into His own country, and His disciples followed Him.

And when the Sabbath day had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “From whence hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joses, and of Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they were offended at Him.

But Jesus said unto them, “A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.”

And He could do no mighty works there, except that He laid His hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went round about the villages teaching.

And He called unto Him the twelve, and began to send them forth two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits,

and commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only — no wallet, no bread, and no money in their purse,

but be shod with sandals, and not put on two coats.

10 And He said unto them, “In whatever place ye enter into a house, there abide until ye depart from that place.

11 And whosoever shall not receive you nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city.”

12 And they went out and preached that men should repent.

13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.

14 And King Herod heard of Him, for His name was spread abroad. And he said, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and therefore these mighty works show forth themselves 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 it, he said, “It is John, whom I beheaded; he is risen from the dead.”

17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and had bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her.

18 For John had said unto Herod, “It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.”

19 Therefore Herodias had an inward grudge against him and would have killed him, but she could not;

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

21 And when a convenient day had come, when Herod on his birthday gave a supper for his lords, high officers, and chief officials of Galilee,

22 and when the daughter of the said Herodias came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, “Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it to thee.”

23 And he swore unto her, “Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it to thee, unto the half of my kingdom.”

24 And she went forth and said unto her mother, “What shall I ask?” And Herodias said, “The head of John the Baptist.”

25 And she came back straightway with haste unto the king and asked, saying, “I will that thou give me at once on a charger the head of John the Baptist.”

26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, yet for his oath’s sake and for their sakes who sat with him, he would not reject her.

27 And immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded John’s head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison,

28 and brought his head on a charger and gave it to the damsel; and the damsel gave it to her mother.

29 And when John’s disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse and laid it in a tomb.

30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.

31 And He said unto them, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure, even so much as to eat.

32 And they departed into a desert place by boat privately.

33 And the people saw them departing, and many recognized Him and ran thither on foot out of all the cities and outdistanced them, and came together unto Him.

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

35 And when the day was now far spent, His disciples came unto Him and said, “This is a desert place, and now the day is far spent.

36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about and into the villages and buy themselves bread, for they have nothing to eat.”

37 He answered and said unto them, “Give ye them to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread and give them to eat?”

38 He said unto them, “How many loaves have ye? Go and see.” And when they knew, they said, “Five, and two fishes.”

39 And He commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.

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

41 And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, 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 fishes among them all.

42 And they all ate and were filled.

43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments and of the fishes.

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

45 And straightway He constrained His disciples to get into the boat, and go to the other side before Him unto Bethsaida, while He sent away the people.

46 And when He had sent them away, He departed onto a mountain to pray.

47 And when evening had come, the boat was in the midst of the sea; and He was alone on the land.

48 And He saw them toiling in rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them. And about the fourth watch of the night, He came unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

49 But when they saw Him walking upon the sea, they supposed it was a spirit and cried out,

50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. And immediately He talked with them, and said unto them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; be not afraid.”

51 And He went up unto them and into the boat, and the wind ceased. And they were sore amazed within themselves beyond measure and wondered,

52 for they had considered not the miracle of the loaves, as their hearts were hardened.

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

54 And when they had come out of the boat, straightway the people recognized Him,

55 and ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry on beds those who were sick to where they heard He was.

56 And whithersoever He entered, into villages or cities or the country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch even the border of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made whole.

Then came together unto Him the Pharisees and certain of the scribes, who came from Jerusalem.

And when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled (that is to say, unwashed) hands, they found fault.

For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat, unless they wash their hands oft, holding to the tradition of the elders.

And when they come from the market, they eat not unless they wash; and there are many other customs which they have received and hold to, as the washing of cups, pots, brazen vessels and of tables.

Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

He answered and said unto them, “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honoreth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.

Therefore, in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.’

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold to the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups, and many other like things ye do.”

And He said unto them, “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

10 For Moses said, ‘Honor thy father and thy mother,’ and, ‘Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death.’

11 But ye say that if a man shall say to his father or mother, ‘It is Corban’ (that is to say, a gift of whatsoever thou mightest have profited from me), he shall be freed;

12 and ye suffer him no more to do aught for his father or his mother,

13 thus making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered. And many like things do ye.”

14 And when He had called all the people unto Him, He said unto them, “Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand:

15 There is nothing from outside a man that, entering into him, can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.”

17 And when He had entered into the house away from the people, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.

18 And He said unto them, “Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive that whatsoever thing from outside entereth into a man, it cannot defile him,

19 because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly and goeth out into the drain, thereby purging all meats?”

20 And He said, “That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

23 all these evil things come from within and defile the man.”

24 And from thence He arose and went into the region of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into a house, and would have no man know about it; but He could not be hid.

25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of Him, and came and fell at His feet.

26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by nation, and she besought Him that He would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

27 But Jesus said unto her, “Let the children first be filled, for it is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it unto the dogs.”

28 And she answered and said unto Him, “Yes, Lord, yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.”

29 And He said unto her, “For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.”

30 And when she had come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, He came unto the Sea of Galilee through the midst of the region of Decapolis.

32 And they brought unto Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they besought Him to put His hand upon him.

33 And He took him aside from the multitude and put His fingers into his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue.

34 And looking up to Heaven, He sighed and said unto him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed and he spoke plainly.

36 And He charged them that they should tell no man. But the more He charged them, the more widely they proclaimed it

37 and were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He hath done all things well; he maketh both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.”


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