The Good News According to Mark

Chapters 1 through 7


 1:1 ¶ [The] beginning of the Good News of Jesus [the] Anointed One, [the] Son of God.


 1:2 ¶ Just as it is written in the prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way.

 3 [The] voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare the way of [the] Lord, make His paths straight”--

 4 [even so] John appeared in the desert, who immersed [people in water] and proclaimed an immersion of repentance for forgiveness of sins.

 5 And [people from] the whole country of Judea and all the [people] of Jerusalem went out to him, and were immersed by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

 6 And John was clothed in camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

 7 And he proclaimed, saying, “After me One is coming who [is] mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.

 8 I have immersed you in water; but He will immerse you in [the] Holy Spirit.”


 1:9 ¶ And it came about in those days [that] Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was immersed in the Jordan by John.

 10 And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens split open and the Spirit like a dove descending to Him;

 11 and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I delight!”


 1:12 ¶ And immediately the Spirit drove Him out into the desert.

 13 And He was in the desert forty days, being tempted by the Adversary. And He was with the wild beasts, and the messengers attended to Him.


 1:14 ¶ But after John was delivered up [to imprisonment], Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God,

 15 and saying, “The time has been fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the Good News.”


 1:16 ¶ And as He passed along beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting [a net] in the sea; for they were fishermen.

 17 And Jesus said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

 18 And immediately they left the nets and followed Him.

 19 And going on a little [farther], He saw Jacob the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.

 20 And immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired hands, and went away [and] followed Him.


 1:21 ¶ And they entered Capernaum. And immediately on the Sabbath [day]s He entered the synagogue and taught.

 22 And they were astonished at His teaching; for He taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes.


 1:23 ¶ And immediately there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

 24 saying, “What [do] You [want] with us, Jesus, [You] Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know You [and] who You are--the Holy [One] of God.”

 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”

 26 And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions and called out with a loud voice and came out of him.

 27 And they were all stunned, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him!”

 28 And immediately His fame went forth everywhere, into the whole region round about Galilee.


 1:29 ¶ And immediately when they came out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with Jacob and John.

 30 But Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, burning with a fever; and immediately they told Him about her.

 31 And He came and took hold of the hand and raised her; and the fever left her, and she waited on them.


 1:32 ¶ But when evening had come, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were ill and the demon-possessed.

 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.

 34 And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And He would not let the demons speak, because they knew Him.


 1:35 ¶ And rising up in [the] morning, while [it was still] quite night, He departed and went away to a deserted place; and there He prayed.

 36 And Simon and those [who were] with him searched for Him.

 37 And they found Him and said to Him, “They are all seeking for You.”

 38 And He said to them, “Let us go elsewhere, into the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim [My message] there also; for to this [end] I came forth.”

 39 And He came into their synagogues, into all Galilee, proclaiming [His message] and casting out demons.


 1:40 ¶ And a leper came to Him, entreating Him and falling on [his] knees and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can cleanse me.”

 41 And moved with compassion, He stretched out the hand and touched [him], and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

 42 And immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

 43 And He sternly charged him, and immediately sent him away,

 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and, for your cleansing, present [the offering] that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

 45 But he went out and began to proclaim [it] much, and to spread the word, so that He could no longer openly enter a city, but was out in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.


 2:1 ¶ And when He again entered Capernaum after [some] days, it was heard that He was in a [certain] house.

 2 And many were gathered, so that there was no more room, not even toward the door. And He spoke the word to them.

 3 And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four [men].

 4 And when they could not bring [the paralytic] to Him because of the crowd, they unroofed the roof where He was; and when they had dug through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.

 5 And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”

 6 But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,

 7 “Why does He speak this way? He is reviling [God]! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

 8 And immediately Jesus, knowing in His spirit that they were reasoning this way within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason these things in your hearts?

 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, and take up your mat and walk’?

 10 But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to forgive sins”--He said to the paralytic--

 11 “I say to you, rise, take up your mat and go to your house.”

 12 And he rose, and immediately took up the mat and went out before [them] all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen [anything] like this!”


 2:13 ¶ And He went out again beside the sea; and the whole crowd came to Him, and He taught them.

 14 And as He passed along, He saw Levi the [son] of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he rose up and followed Him.


 2:15 ¶ And it came about, as He lay [at table] in his house, that many tax collectors and sinners were lying [at table] with Jesus and His students; for there were many, and they followed Him.

 16 And when the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His students, “Does He eat with the tax collectors and sinners?”

 17 And when Jesus heard [this], He said to them, “[It is] not those who are well [who] need a physician, but those who are ill. I did not come to call [the] righteous, but sinners.”


 2:18 ¶ And John’s students and the Pharisees were fasting; and they came and said to Him, “Why do John’s students and the students of the Pharisees fast, but Your students do not fast?”

 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the sons of the bridechamber fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.

 20 But [the] days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then, in that day, they will fast.

 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.

 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wine will burst the wineskins, and the wine is destroyed, and [so are] the wineskins. But new wine [goes] into fresh wineskins.”


 2:23 ¶ And it came about [that] He was passing through the grainfields on [one of] the Sabbath [day]s; and His students began, as they made [their] way, to pluck the heads [of grain].

 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Behold! Why are they doing what is not permitted on the Sabbath [day]s?”

 25 And He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and was hungry, he and those [who were] with him:

 26 how he entered the house of God in [the days of] Abiathar [the] High Priest, and ate the consecrated loaves, which none but the priests are permitted to eat, and also gave [some] to those who were with him?”

 27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath came into being because of the man, and not the man because of the Sabbath.

 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”


 3:1 ¶ And again He entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a dried up hand.

 2 And they were watching Him, [to see] if He would heal him on [one of] the Sabbath [day]s, so that they might accuse Him.

 3 And He said to the man with the dried up hand, “Rise, into the midst [of us].”

 4 And He said to them, “Is [one] permitted on the Sabbath [day]s to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

 5 And He looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out the hand.” And he stretched [it] out, and his hand was restored.

 6 And the Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against Him, how to destroy Him.


 3:7 ¶ And Jesus with His students withdrew to the sea, and a great multitude followed, from Galilee, and from Judea,

 8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and [from] beyond the Jordan, and [from] around Tyre and Sidon--a great multitude, hearing all that He was doing, came to Him.

 9 And He told His students that a small boat should stand ready for Him because of the crowd, that they might not throng Him;

 10 for He healed many, so that all who had scourges pressed upon Him to touch Him.

 11 And the unclean spirits, when they beheld Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”

 12 And He rebuked them much not to make Him known.


 3:13 ¶ And He went up on the mountain and called to [Him] those whom He wanted, and they came to Him.

 14 And He appointed twelve, whom He also named “delegates,” that they might be with Him, and that He might send them forth to proclaim [His message],

 15 and to have authority to cast out the demons.

 16 And He appointed the Twelve: and to Simon He gave [the] name Peter;

 17 and Jacob the [son] of Zebedee, and John the brother of Jacob (and He gave them [the] name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);

 18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and Jacob the [son] of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot,

 19a and Judah Iscariot, who also delivered Him up [to His enemies].


 3:19b ¶ And He came into a house;

 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat bread.

 21 And when His relations heard [of this], they went out to take hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of [His] mind.”

 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul [in Him],” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out the demons.”

 23 And He called them to [Himself] and said to them in analogies, “How can an adversary cast out an adversary?

 24 And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

 26 And if the Adversary has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.

 27 But no one can enter the strong [man]’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong [man], and then he will plunder his house.

 28 Truly I say to you that everything will be forgiven the sons of men, the sins and the revilings, in whatever [way] they may revile;

 29 but whoever reviles against the Holy Spirit will find no forgiveness to the [Final] Age, but is answerable for an enduring sin”--

 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”


 3:31 ¶ And His mother and His brothers came; and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him.

 32 And a crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers and Your sisters [are] outside, seeking You.”

 33 And He answered and said to them, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”

 34 And looking around at those who were sitting in a circle around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!

 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”


 4:1 ¶ And again He began to teach beside the sea. And a very great crowd gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat on the sea; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land.

 2 And He taught them many things in analogies, and He said to them in His teaching:

 3 “Listen! Behold, the sower went out to sow [seed].

 4 And it came about [that] as he sowed, some fell beside the way, and the birds came and devoured it.

 5 And another fell upon the rocky [ground], where it did not have much earth, and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth.

 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it dried up.

 7 And another fell into the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it gave no fruit.

 8 And others fell into the good earth and gave fruit, coming up and growing, and brought forth, one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred.”

 9 And He said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


 4:10 ¶ And when He was alone, those around Him, with the Twelve, asked Him [about] the analogies.

 11 And He said to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but to those outside everything comes in analogies,

 12 so that ‘seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest they should turn and it be forgiven them.’ ”


 4:13 And He said to them, “Do you not perceive this analogy? And how will you know all the analogies?

 14 The sower sows the word.

 15 And these are the ones beside the way: where the word is sown, and when they hear, immediately the Adversary comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

 16 And these are the ones sown upon the rocky [ground]: those who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;

 17 and they have no root in themselves. Indeed, they last for a while; then, when affliction or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they stumble.

 18 And others are those sown into the thorns: these are the ones who have heard the word,

 19 and the cares of the [present] age and the deceit of wealth and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

 20 And the ones that were sown upon the good earth are those who hear the word and accept [it] and bear fruit, one thirty and one sixty and one a hundred.”


 4:21 And He said to them, “Is the lamp brought in to be put under the grain-measure or under the bed, [and] not to be put on the lamp-stand?

 22 For nothing is secret, except that it might be made manifest, nor kept hidden, but that it should come into open [view].

 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”


 4:24 And He said to them, “Consider what you hear; with the measure you measure, it will be measured to you, and [more] will be added to you.

 25 For to him who has, [more] will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”


 4:26 ¶ And He said, “Thus is the Kingdom of God, as when a man casts the seed upon the earth,

 27 and sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows--how, he does not know.

 28 The earth bears fruit of its own accord, first a blade, then a head, then full wheat in the head.

 29 But when the fruit yields [itself] up, immediately he sends forth the sickle, because the harvest stands [ready].”


 4:30 And He said, “How shall we liken the Kingdom of God, or in what analogy shall we put it?

 31 [It is] like a grain of mustard [seed], which, when sown upon the earth, is smaller than all the seeds on the earth;

 32 and [yet] when it is sown, it comes up and becomes larger than all the garden greens, and produces large branches, so that the birds of the heaven can rest under its shadow.”


 4:33 ¶ And with many such analogies He spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear.

 34 But He did not speak to them without an analogy, but privately to His own students He resolved everything.


 4:35 ¶ And on that day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us pass over to the other side.”

 36 And leaving the crowd, they took Him in the boat, just as He was. And other boats were with Him.

 37 And there came a great windstorm, and the waves dashed into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.

 38 And He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. And they roused Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

 39 And He rose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Hush! Be silent!” And the wind ceased, and there came a great calm.

 40 And He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you not yet have faith?”

 41 And they feared [with] great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”


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

 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him [from] out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

 3 who dwelt in the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain;

 4 for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the fetters broken in pieces. And no one was able to tame him.

 5 And always, night and day, he was in the tombs and on the mountains, crying out and cutting himself with stones.

 6 And when he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and did Him homage.

 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What [do] You [want] with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure You by God, do not torment me!”

 8 For He was saying to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”

 9 And He asked him, “What [is] your name?” And he said to Him, “My name [is] Legion, because we are many.”

 10 And he entreated Him much not to send them out of the country.

 11 But there by the mountain was a great herd of swine feeding.

 12 And they entreated Him, saying, “Send us into the swine, so that we may enter them.”

 13 And He allowed them. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the cliff into the sea (about two thousand [of them]), and were choked in the sea.

 14 And those who fed them fled and told [it] in the city and in the fields. And they came to see what it was that had happened.

 15 And they came to Jesus and beheld the demon-possessed [man], sitting, clothed, and in [his] right mind, the [very man] who had had the legion; and they were afraid.

 16 And those who had seen [it] declared to them how it had happened to the demon-possessed [man], and about the swine.

 17 And they began to entreat Him to depart from their borders.

 18 And as He was getting into the boat, the [man] who had been demon-possessed entreated Him that he might be with Him.

 19 And He did not let him, but said to him, “Go to your house, to your own [people], and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and [how] He had mercy on you.”

 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone marveled.


 5:21 ¶ And when Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered to Him; and He was beside the sea.

 22 And one of the rulers of the synagogue named Jairus came, and seeing Him, fell at His feet

 23 and entreated Him much, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay the hands on her, so that she may be saved and live.”

 24a And He went with him.


 5:24b ¶ And a great crowd followed Him and thronged around Him.

 25 And a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,

 26 and had suffered many things under many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not benefited at all, but rather came to [be] the worse,

 27 having heard about Jesus, came behind in the crowd and touched His cloak.

 28 For she said, “If I touch even His clothes, I will be saved [from my affliction].”

 29 And immediately the spring of her blood was dried up, and she knew in the body that she was healed of the scourge.

 30 And immediately Jesus, knowing in Himself the power that had gone out from Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”

 31 And His students said to Him, “You see the crowd thronging around You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”

 32 And He looked around to see who had done this.

 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace and be whole of your scourge.”


 5:35 ¶ While He was still speaking, they came from the ruler of the synagogue[’s house], saying, “Your daughter has died. Why still trouble the Teacher?”

 36 But Jesus, paying no heed to the word spoken, said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

 37 And He let no one follow along with Him except Peter and Jacob and John the brother of Jacob.

 38 And they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and He beheld a commotion and much weeping and wailing.

 39 And when He had gone in, He said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The young child has not died, but is sleeping.”

 40 And they laughed at Him. But He put [them] all out, and took the young child’s father and mother and those [who were] with Him and went in where the young child was.

 41 And taking hold of the young child’s hand, He said to her, “Talitha cum,” which translated is, “Girl, I say to you, rise.”

 42 And immediately the girl rose up and walked (for she was twelve years [old]), and they were immediately amazed with great amazement.

 43 And He commanded them much that no one should know this, and He said to give her [something] to eat.


 6:1 ¶ And He went away from there and came to His homeland, and His students followed Him.

 2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard [Him] were astonished, saying, “From where [did] He [get] these things? And what wisdom has been given Him! And such miracles are done by His hands!

 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of Jacob and Joses and Judah and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” And they found Him to be a stumbling-block.

 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his homeland and among his relatives and in his house.”

 5 And He could not do any miracle there, except that He laid the hands on a few sick [people] and healed them.

 6a And He marveled because of their unbelief.


 6:6b ¶ And He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

 7 And He called the Twelve to [Himself] and began to send them forth two [by] two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

 8 And He instructed them to take nothing for [along the] way except a staff only—no bread, no bag, no coppers in the belt—

 9 but to put on sandals and not wear two tunics.

 10 And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, remain there until you go away from there.

 11 And whatever place does not receive you nor hear you, as you go out from there, shake off the dust that [is] under your feet as a testimony against them.”

 12 And they went out and proclaimed that [people] should repent.

 13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with olive oil many sick [people] and healed them.


 6:14 ¶ And King Herod heard [of this], for His name had become known. And [people] said, “John the Immerser has been raised from [the] dead, and for this reason the miraculous powers are at work in Him.”

 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “[He is] a prophet, like one of the prophets [of old].”

 16 But when Herod heard, he said, “John whom I beheaded—he has been raised!”

 17 For Herod himself had sent forth [his men] and taken hold of John and bound him in  prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her.

 18 For John said to Herod, “You are not permitted to have your brother’s wife.”

 19 And Herodias held a grudge against him and wanted to kill him, and could not;

 20 for Herod feared John, knowing him [to be] a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he was much perplexed; and he heard him with pleasure.

 21 But an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a supper for his nobles and the commanding officers and the foremost [men] of Galilee.

 22 And when his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and those who reclined [at table] with [him]. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give [it] to you.”

 23 And he swore many things to her: “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.”

 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask?” But she said, “The head of John the Immerser.”

 25 And she went in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once, on a platter, the head of John the Immerser.”

 26 And the king became very grieved; [yet] because of the oaths and those who reclined [at table], he did not want to refuse her.

 27 And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and commanded [him] to bring his head. And he went out and beheaded him in the prison

 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.

 29 And when his students heard [of this], they came and took away his corpse and placed it in a tomb.


 6:30 ¶ And the delegates gathered to Jesus and told Him all that they had done and [all] that they had taught.

 31 And He said to them, “Come, you yourselves, by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a little.” For those coming and those going were many, and they did not even have time to eat.

 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.

 33 And many saw them going and recognized [them], and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and went ahead of them.

 34 And going forth, He saw a great crowd, and He was moved with compassion toward them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things.

 35 And when [the] hour was already late, His students came to Him and said, “This place is desert, and [the] hour already late.

 36 Dismiss them, so that they may go into the surrounding fields and villages, and buy themselves something to eat.”

 37 But He answered and said to them, “You give them [something] to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii [worth of] loaves and give [it] to them to eat?”

 38 But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go see.” And when they knew, they said, “Five, and two fish.”

 39 And He commanded them to make [them] all recline, group [by] group, on the green grass.

 40 And they sat down, row [by] row, by hundreds and by fifties.

 41 And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave [them] to his students to set before them. And He divided the two fish among [them] all.

 42 And they all ate and were filled.

 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.

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


 6:45 ¶ And immediately He made His students get into the boat and go before [Him] to the other side, toward Bethsaida, while He dismissed the crowd.

 46 And when He had bid them farewell, He went away to the mountain to pray.

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

 48 And when He saw them distressed in the rowing, for the wind was against them, [at] about [the] fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. And He wanted to pass them.

 49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought, “It is a phantom!” and cried out;

 50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, “Take courage; I Am. Do not be afraid.”

 51 And He went up to them into the boat, and the wind ceased. And they were very exceedingly amazed in themselves,

 52 for they had not understood about the loaves, but their heart was hardened.


 6:53 ¶ And when they had crossed over, they came to the land at Gennesaret and moored [there].

 54 And when they had come out of the boat, immediately [people] recognized Him

 55 and ran around that whole country and began to carry about on the mats those who were ill to where they heard that He was.

 56 And wherever He went, into villages or into cities or into fields, they placed the sick in the marketplaces, and entreated Him that they might touch even the fringe of His cloak. And as many as touched Him were saved.


 7:1 ¶ And the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered to Him.

 2 And they saw that some of His students were eating the loaves with common (that is, unwashed) hands.

 3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash the hands with [the] fist, holding to the tradition of the elders;

 4 and [coming] from [the] marketplace, they do not eat unless they immerse themselves. And there are many other things that they have received [and] hold to: immersings of cups and of pots and of copper kettles and of couches.)

 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your students not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat the bread with common hands?”

 6 But He said to them, “[How] well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors Me with the lips, but their heart is far away from Me.

 7 But they worship Me in vain; [the] teachings they teach [are but] men’s precepts’!

 8 Laying aside the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”


 7:9 And He said to them, “[How] well you reject the commandment of God so that you may establish your tradition!

 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him die [the] death.’

 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to the father or the mother, “Whatever benefit you might have had from me [I have set aside as] Corban” ’ (that is, a gift [to God]),

 12 you no longer let him do anything for the father or the mother,

 13 nullifying the word of God by your tradition which you have delivered. And you do many such [things] as this.”


 7:14 And He called the crowd to [Himself] again and said to them, “Hear Me, all [of you], and understand:

 15 There is nothing outside the man that entering him can defile him; but what comes out of the man is what defiles the man.”


 7:17 ¶ And when He had entered a house, [away] from the crowd, His students asked Him [about] the analogy.

 18 And He said to them, “Are you so without understanding also? Do you not comprehend that whatever enters the man from outside cannot defile him,

 19 because it enters, not his heart but the stomach, and goes out into the privy?”--making all the foods clean.

 20 But He said, “What comes out of the man, that defiles the man.

 21 For from within, out of the heart of the men, come the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders,

 22 adulteries, greediness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, [the] evil eye [of envy], reviling, pride, folly.

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


 7:24 ¶ And He rose up from there and went away to the borders of Tyre. And when He had entered a house, He wanted no one to know; and He could not escape notice.

 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard about Him, came and fell down at His feet.

 26 And the woman was a Greek, of the Syro-phoenician race. And she asked Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

 27 And He said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and cast [it] to the puppies.”

 28 But she answered and said to Him, “Lord, even the puppies under the table eat from the young children’s crumbs.”

 29 And He said to her, “Because of this word, go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”

 30 And she went to her house and found the young child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.


 7:31 ¶ And again He went out from the borders of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in [the] midst of the borders of Decapolis.

 32 And they brought to Him a [man who was] deaf and could hardly talk, and entreated Him to lay the hand on him.

 33 And taking him aside from the crowd by himself, He put His fingers into his ears, and spat and touched his tongue [with the spittle].

 34 And looking up to the heaven, He groaned and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

 35 And immediately his ears were opened and the binding of his tongue loosed, and he spoke correctly.

 36 And He commanded them to tell no one; but as much as He commanded them, [so] much more abundantly they proclaimed.

 37 And they were most exceedingly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”