Fair Dinkum Mark

“The following translation of Mark was first begun by Dr. Athol Gill, and is continually being revised and modified as readings progress. It has no claim to inerrancy! Its intention is to faithfully represent the vivid and rough Greek of Mark’s Gospel. As in the Greek, the tenses jump about (the present often being used), and Jesus sometimes seems to speak in stronger language than our English sensibilities are accustomed to. So be it. This is the Word of the Lord!”

Keith Dyer (30/07/03, Whitley College, Melbourne, Australia)

Fair Dinkum Mark

© Gill/Dyer 1991/1998/1999

1.1   The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2  As it stands written in Isaiah the prophet:

“Look I am sending my messenger before you,

he will prepare your way;

3  A voice of one crying in the desert:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

clear a straight path for him.’”

4  John the Baptizer appeared in the desert preaching a baptism of turning about for the forgiveness of sins.  5  All the Judaean country and all the Jerusalem people were flocking to him and were baptized by him in the wilderness confessing their sins.  6  John normally wore a camel hair coat with a leather belt around his waist and usually ate locusts and wild honey.  7  And he was preaching, saying, “After me comes one who is mightier than I, I am not even worthy to bend down and untie the straps of his sandals.  8  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

1.9  And it happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  10  And the moment he came up out of the water he saw the heavens ripped apart and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove.  11  And a voice came out of the heavens, “You are my dear Son, with you I am really pleased.” 12 And straightaway the spirit throws him out into the desert.  13  And he was in the desert forty days being tempted by Satan.  And he was with the wild beasts and the angels were ministering to him.

1.14  Now after John was handed over Jesus came into Galilee preaching the good news of God  15  and saying, “The time is fulfilled and the realm of God has drawn near.  Turn about and believe the good news!”

1.16  And walking along beside the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew on the lake  working with a casting net,  for they were fishermen.  17  And Jesus said to them, “Come with me and I will make you fishers of people.”  18  And straightaway they left their nets and followed him.  19  When he had gone a little further he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, and they were in the boat overhauling their nets.  20  And straightaway he called them and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers, they went off after him.

1.21  And they entered Capernaum, and straightaway on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.  22  And they were astounded at his teaching for he was teaching them as one having authority and not like the scribes.  23  And straightaway there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit and he screamed out,  24  saying, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are: the Holy One of God!”  25  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!”  26  The unclean spirit threw him into convulsions and, screaming with a loud voice, came out of him.  27  And they were all so amazed that they discussed it with one another saying, “What is this?  A new teaching with authority!  He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him!”  28  And rumours about him spread straightaway in all directions throughout all the surrounding country of Galilee.

1.29  And straightaway they left the synagogue and went to the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.  30  Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever and straightaway they tell him about her.  31  And he came and took her by the hand  and helped her up.  The fever left her and she was ministering to them.  32  That evening, when the sun had gone down, they brought to him all who were sick and demonised.  33 The whole city was gathered together around the door,  34  and he healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases and threw out many demons.  And he would not allow the demons to say anything, because they knew him.

1.35  And very early next morning, while it was still dark, he arose and went out.  He went away to a desert place and was praying there.  36  And Simon and those who were with him tracked him down  37  and they found him and are saying to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”   38  And he says to them, “Let’s clear out to the villages over there so that I might preach there also, for that’s why I came out.”  39  And he travelled through the whole of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and throwing out demons.

1.40  And a leper comes to him, begging him and kneeling down before him and saying to him, “If you are willing you can make me clean!”  41  And guts wrenching, he stretched out his hand, touched him and says to him, “I am willing.  Be clean!”  42  And straightaway the leprosy left him and he was made clean.  43  And he spoke sternly to him and straightaway threw him out 44  and says to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony against them.”  45  But he went out and began to preach everywhere and to spread the word far and wide, so that he was no longer able to enter a city openly, but he stayed out in the desert places and they came to him from all directions.

2.1  And after entering again into Capernaum after some days it was reported that he was at home,  2  and so many people gathered together that there was no longer any room, not even in the space around the door.  3  And he was speaking the word to them.  4  And they came, bringing to him a paralyzed man.  Four people were carrying him  4  and when they were not able to bring him near because of the crowd, they removed the roof above where he was, and when they had made an opening they lowered down the stretcher on which the paralysed man was lying.  5  And when Jesus saw their faith, he says to the paralysed man, “My son, your sins are being forgiven!”  6  But there were some of the scribes sitting there and questioning in their hearts, “Why is this man speaking like this?  It is blasphemy!  Who but God alone is able to forgive sins?”  8  And straightaway, knowing by his spirit that this was what they were questioning to themselves, Jesus says to them, “Why are you questioning these things in your hearts?  9  Which is easier, to say to the paralysed man, ‘Your sins are being forgiven’, or to say, ‘Rise and take up your stretcher and walk’?  10  But so that you might know that the Human One has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he says to the paralysed man,  11 “I say to you, Rise, take up your stretcher and go home!”  12  And he arose and straightaway took up his stretcher and went out in full view of everyone, with the result that all are out of their minds and praising God saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

2.13  And he went out again beside the sea and all the crowd were coming to him and he was teaching them.  14  And as he was going along he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs booth and he says to him, “Follow me!”  And he arose and was following him.  15  And he was having a meal in his house, and many tax-collectors and notorious sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many and they were following him.  16 And when the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with notorious sinners and tax-collectors, they were saying to his disciples, “Why is he eating with tax-collectors and notorious sinners?”  17  When Jesus heard he says to them, “The healthy have no need of a doctor, only those who are sick.  I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

2.18  And the disciples of John and the Pharisees were often fasting.  And they are coming and saying to him, “Why are the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fasting, but your disciples are not?”  19  Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while they have the bridegroom with them?  As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast;  20  but the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken away from them.  Then, in that day, they will fast.  21  No one sews a patch of unshrunken cloth on to an old garment.  If they do, the patch will tear away, the new from the old, and the tear will become worse.  22  And no one puts new wine into old wineskins.  If they do the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be ruined.  New wine is for fresh skins.”

2.23  It happened that one sabbath he is going through the cornfields, and his disciples began to make their way plucking ears of grain.  24  And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not allowed on the sabbath?”  25  And he says to them, “Have you never read what David did that time he and his men were hungry and had nothing to eat?  26  How he went into the house of God in the time of Abiathar the highpriest and ate the bread of the presence which no one but the priest is allowed to eat?  And he even gave it to his men!”  27  And he was saying to them, “The sabbath was made for humans and not humans for the sabbath;  28  so that the Human One is lord even of the sabbath!”

3.1  And he entered again into the synagogue and a man with a withered hand was there.  2  And they were watching him carefully to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath, so that they might bring a charge against him.  3  And he says to the man with the withered hand, “Come and stand here in the middle.”  4  And he says to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do evil on the sabbath?  To save life or to kill?”  They remained silent.  5  And looking around at them with anger, deeply grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he says to the man, “Stretch out your hand!”  And he stretched it out and his hand was healed.  6  And the Pharisees went out and straightaway held counsel with the Herodians against him, to find out how they might destroy him.

3.7  And Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea of Galilee and a great multitude from Galilee was following him—and from Judea  8  and from Jerusalem and from Idumea and the country across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon—a great multitude—and hearing what he was doing they came to him.  9  And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they crush him,  10  for he was healing so many that whoever had diseases was pushing towards him in order to touch him.  11  And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they were falling down before him and screaming out, saying, “You are the Son of God!”  12  And he sternly rebuked them that they should not make him known.

3.13  And he goes up on the mountain and calls to him those whom he wanted and they went off after him.  14  And he chose twelve in order that they might be with him and in order that he might send them out to preach  15  and to have authority to throw out demons.  16  And he chose the Twelve:  to Simon he gave the name Peter,  17  and James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom he gave the name Boanerges (that is, Sons of Thunder),  18  and Andrew and Philip and Batholomew and Matthew and Thomas and James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus and Simon the Cananean 19 and Judas Iscariot who also handed him over.

3.20  And he goes home and the crowd come together again, so that they had no time to eat.  21  And when his family heard they set out to take charge of him, for they were saying, “He has gone mad!”

22  And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He has Beelzebul”  and “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons”.  23  And calling them, he was saying to them in parables, “How is Satan able to throw out Satan?  24  And if a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom is not able to stand;  25  and if a house is divided against itself that house is not able to stand.  26  And if Satan is risen up against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand.  He is coming to an end.  27  But no one is able to break into the strong man’s house and plunder his possessions unless he first binds the strong man.  Then indeed he can plunder his house.  28  Fair dinkum I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of humanity, whatever sins and blasphemies they commit;  29  but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin’.” —  30  for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit”.

31  And his mother and his brothers arrive and standing outside they sent to him, calling him.  32  And a crowd was sitting around him and they say to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you.”  33  And answering them, he says, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  34  And looking around at those sitting about him, he says, “Look, my mother and my brothers!  Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister, my mother!”

4.1.  And again he began to teach them by the sea and a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat in it.  All the crowd was on the land facing the sea.  2  And he was teaching them many things in parables and was saying to them in his teaching:  3  “Listen!  A sower went out to sow.  4  And as he was sowing some seed fell along the path and the birds came and ate it.  5  And other seed fell upon the rocky ground where it did not have much soil and because it had no depth of soil it sprang up straightaway  6  and when the sun came up it was scorched and because it did not have firm roots it withered.  7  And other seed fell among the thorn bushes and the thorn bushes grew up and choked it and it produced no grain.  8  And other seeds fell on the good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding one thirtyfold, one sixtyfold and one a hundredfold.”  9  And he was saying, “The one who has ears, let them hear!”

4.10  And when he was alone those who were about him with the Twelve were asking him about the parables.  11  And he was saying to them, “The secret of the realm of God has been given to you, but to those who are outside everything exists in parables,  12  so that they might look and look but not see, and they might hear and hear but not understand, lest they should turn and it be forgiven them.”

4.13  And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable?  How then will you understand all the parables?  14  The sower sows the word.  15  These are the ones along the path where the word is sown; straightaway, when they hear, Satan comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.  16  And these are the ones that are sown on the rocky ground; when they hear the word they receive it straightaway with joy,   17  but they have no root in themselves and they do not last very long; then when tribulation or persecution comes because of the word they stumble straightaway.  18  And others are the ones which are sown among thorn bushes; they are the ones who hear the word,  19  but the concerns of the world and the love of riches and the desire for other things enter in and choke the word and it becomes unfruitful.  20  And those which are sown in the good soil are the ones who hear the word and gladly receive it and bear fruit, one thirtyfold, one sixtyfold and one a hundredfold.”

4.21  And he was saying to them, “Is the lamp brought in so as to be put under the bushel measure or under the bed?  Is it not placed on the lampstand?  22  For nothing is hidden except to be brought into the open, nor is anything kept secret except to be brought to the light.  23  If anyone has ears let them hear!”

4.24  And he was saying to them, “Pay attention to what you hear.  The measure you give will be the measure you get back, and still more will be added to you.  25  For to the one who has will more be given, and from the one who has nothing even what they have will be taken away.”

4.26  And he was saying, “The realm of God is like this.  It is like a person who scatters seed upon the soil, sleeps at night and rises in the daytime, and all the while the seed sprouts and grows, but they do not know how.  28  By itself the soil produces first the stalk, then the ear, finally the full grain in the ear.  29  But when the grain is ripe, straightaway they put in the sickle because the time for harvest has arrived.”

4.30  And he was saying, “How will we compare the realm of God, or what parable shall we use for it?  31  It is like a grain of mustard seed which, when sown upon the soil, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,  32  yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

4.33  With many such parables he was speaking the word to them as they were able to hear it;  34  he did not speak to them without a parable, but when he was alone with his own disciples he explained everything.

4.35  On that day, when evening came, he says to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  36  And leaving the crowd they take him with them, just as he was, in the boat, and other boats were with him.  37  And a great storm of wind springs up and the waves were beating into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  38  But he was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion; and they wake him and say to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  39  And he arose and rebuked the wind and said to the lake, “Quiet!  Be still!”  And the wind dropped and there was a dead calm.  40  And he said to them, “Why are you so timid?  Have you no faith?”  41  And they were terribly afraid and they were saying 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 straightaway as he was coming out of the boat a man with an unclean spirit came to meet him out of the tombs.  3  He was living among the tombs and no one could bind him any more, not even with chains,  4  for many times his hands and feet had been bound and he tore apart the chains and smashed the shackles on his feet; no one was strong enough to subdue him.  5  And night and day he was among the tombs and on the hills screaming out and bruising himself with stones.  6  And seeing Jesus from a distance he ran and worshipped him,  7  and screaming with a loud voice, he says, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High?  For God’s sake I beg you, do not torment me!”  8  For he was saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”  9  And he was asking him, “What is your name?”  And he says to him, “My name is Legion, for we are many”.  10  And he earnestly begged him not to send them out of the country.  11  Now  there was a large herd of pigs there, grazing  on the hillside  12  and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs in order that we might enter them.”  13  And he gave them permission.  And the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs and the herd rushed down the steep bank and drowned in the lake.  There were as many as two thousand of them.  14  And the herdsmen fled and spread the news in the town and among the farms, and they came to see what is it that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and they see the demonized man who used to have the Legion sitting there, clothed and in his right mind and they were terribly afraid.  16  And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demonized man; and about the pigs.  17  And they began to beg him to leave their neighbourhood.  18  And as he was getting into the boat the man who had had the demon was begging him in order that he might continue to be with him.  19  And he refused him but says to him, “Go to your home and to your family and tell them what the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you.”  20  And he went out and began to preach in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him and they were all amazed.

5.21  And when Jesus had crossed over to the other side again, a large crowd gathered around him and he was beside the lake.  22  And one of the leaders of the synagogue, whose name was Jairus, comes and, when he saw him, falls at his feet and earnestly begs him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death.  Come and lay hands on her in order that she might be saved and might live.”  24  And they went away with him.

And a large crowd was following him and they were pressing upon him.  25  And there is a woman who had had a severe bleeding for twelve years  26  and had suffered  greatly under many physicians and had spent all that she had and was no better but rather grew steadily worse.  27  When she heard about Jesus she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothing;  28  for she was saying, “If only I can touch his clothing I will be saved.”  29  And straightaway the source of her bleeding dried up and she knew in her body that she had been cured of her complaint.  30  And Jesus, knowing in himself that power had gone out of him, straightaway turned around in the crowd and was saying, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples were saying to him, “Look at the crowd pressing upon you and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’”  32  And he looked around to see who had done it.  33  But the woman, recognizing what had happened to her, afraid and trembling, came and fell before him and told him all the truth.  34  And he said to her, “Daughter , your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be healed of your complaint.”

5.35  While he was still speaking they come from the home of the leader of the synagogue, saying, “Your daughter has died!  Why trouble the Teacher any further?”  36  But when Jesus overheard what was said, he says to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid, only believe!”  37  And he would not permit anyone else to accompany him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.  38  And arriving at the house of the leader of the synagogue and seeing the uproar and the loud weeping and wailing, he entered and says to them, “Why all this uproar and weeping?  The child is not dead, she is only sleeping!”  40  And they were laughing at him.  So he threw them out and,  taking the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, goes in to where the child was.  41  And taking her by the hand, he says to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”)  42  And straightaway the child rose up and walked, for she was twelve years old.  And they were beside themselves with amazement.  43  And he gave them strict orders that no one should know this and he told them to give her something to eat.

6.1  And he went out from there and comes into his own hometown, and his disciples are following him.  2  And when the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue and many who heard were astonished, saying, “From where does he get these things?  And what is this wisdom which has been given to him?  And what are these mighty works that are performed by his hands?  3  Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judah and Simon?  And are not his sisters here with us?”  And they were scandalized by him.  4  And Jesus was saying to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his home country and among his own relatives and in his own house.”  5  And he was not able to perform any miracles there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.  6  And he was amazed at their unbelief.

6.6  And he went teaching in the villages around there.  7  And he calls the Twelve to him and began to send them out two by two.  He gave them authority over the unclean spirits  8  and he instructed them not to take anything for the journey, except a staff; no bread, no pack, no money in their belts.  9  They might wear sandals, but not a second coat.  10  And he was saying to them, “Whenever you enter a house remain there until you depart from those parts.  11  At any place where they do not receive you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet as you leave, as a testimony against them.”  12  And they went out and preached that people should turn about,  13  they drove out many demons and they anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

6.14  Now when King Herod heard, for his fame had spread and they were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead and it is for this reason that mighty powers are at work in him.”  15  Others were saying, “He is Elijah”, and still others were saying, “He is a prophet like one of the prophets of old.”  16  But when Herod heard he said, “This is John whom I beheaded, raised from the dead.”  17  For this same Herod had sent and arrested and imprisoned John on account of his brother Philip’s wife, Herodias, whom he had married.  18  For John had told Herod, “You have no right to your brother’s wife.”  19  So Herodias bore a grudge against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not for Herod feared John,  29  knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and protected him.  When he heard him he was perplexed, yet he heard him gladly.  21  An opportunity came when, on his birthday, Herod gave a banquet for the chief officers, commanders and leading men of Galilee.  22  Herodias’ daughter came in and danced and pleased Herod and his guests and  the king said to the girl, “Ask whatever you like and I will give it to you, up to half of my kingdom.”  24  She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”  She said, “The head of John the Baptizer!”  25  The girl hurried back straightaway to the king with the request, “I want you to give me, right now, the head of John the Baptist on a dish!”  26  The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oath and because of the presence of his guests he did not want to refuse her.  27  So the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring his head.  He went and beheaded him in prison,  28  brought the head on a  dish and gave it to the girl who gave it to her mother.  29  When his disciples heard they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

6.30  And those who had been sent out gather with Jesus, and they reported to him all that they had done and all that they had taught.  31  And he says to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest for a little while.”  For many were coming and going, and they did not have free time even to eat.

6.32  And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.  33  And many saw them going and recognized them and ran by foot from all the villages and arrived before them.  34  And as he was coming ashore he saw a large crowd and his guts ached for them for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.  35  And when the hour was already growing late, his disciples came to him and were saying to him, “This is a lonely place and the hour is already late;  36  send them away so that they might go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.”  37  But Jesus answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat!”  And they are saying to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”  38  But he says to them, “How many loaves do you have?  Go and see.”  And when they found out they are saying, “Five, and two fish.”  39  And he commanded them all to sit  down, group by group on the green grass.  40  And they sat down, group by group, in hundreds and fifties.  41  And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, said the blessing and broke the bread and was giving it to his disciples in order that they might set it before them; and they divided the two fish between them all.  42  And they all ate and were satisfied.  43  And they collected twelve baskets full of broken pieces and from the fish.  44  And those who ate were five thousand men.

6.45  And straightaway he made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead to the other side to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.  46  And, after he had taken leave of them, he went off into the mountains to pray.  47  And, when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake and he was alone on the land.  48  And seeing them labouring at the rowing for the wind was against them, about the fourth watch of the night, he comes towards them, walking on the lake; he was wishing to pass by them.  49  But when they saw him walking on the lake they thought it was a ghost and they screamed aloud;  50  for they all saw him and were terrified.  But straightaway he spoke to them, and says to them, “Cheer up, I am; don’t be frightened!”  51  And he got into the boat with them and the wind dropped.  And they were utterly astounded,  52  for they had not understood about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

6.53  And when they had crossed over to the land they came to Gennesaret and anchored.  54  And when they got out of the boat straightaway they recognized him 55 and ran around the whole of that region and began to carry sick people on stretchers to wherever they were hearing that he is.  56  And wherever he was entering villages or towns or country places they were laying out the sick in market places and begging him that they might touch even the fringe of his clothing; and whoever touched him was saved.

7.1  And the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem are gathering around Jesus  2 and when they noticed that some of his disciples are eating their food with hands that were unclean (that is, ceremonially unwashed)— 3  for the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they first wash their hands with the fist, observing the traditions of the elders;  4  and when they come from the market place they do not eat without ritually immersing, and many other traditions they keep, ritually immersing cups and jugs and copper kettles— 5  and the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the traditions of the elders, but eat their food with unclean hands?” 6  And he said to them, “How well Isaiah prophesied concerning you hypocrites!   As it stands written:

“This people honours me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me;

7      in vain they worship me,

teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.”

8 You leave the commandment of God in order to observe the human traditions.”

7.9 And he was saying to them, “How well you set aside the commandment of God in order that your traditions might be considered valid!  10  For Moses said, “Honour your father and your mother”, and “He who speaks evil of his father or mother, let him surely die.”  11  But you say, “If a person says to his father or to his mother, ‘What you would have gained from me is Corban (that is, an offering to God)’, 12  you are no longer permitting him to do anything for his father or mother,  13  making null and void the word of God by your tradition which you hand down.  You are doing many things like that!”

7.14 And summoning together the crowd he was saying to them, “Listen to me, all of you and understand!  15  Nothing which is outside a person is able to defile them by going into them.  16  The things which come out of a person are what defiles the person.”

7.17  And when he entered into a house away from the crowd, his disciples were asking him about the parable.  18  And he says to them, “Do you not understand these things either?  Do you not recognize that nothing which goes into a person from outside is able to defile them,  19  because it does not go into their heart but into their bowels and ultimately passes out into the sewer?” — thus declaring all foods clean!  20  But he was saying, “What comes out of a person, that is what defiles a person;  21  for out of people’s hearts come evil thoughts, porneia, theft, murder, adultery, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, foolishness;   23 all of these evil things come from within, and they defile the person.”

7.24  And he arose from there and came into the regions of Tyre.  And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, but he could not be hidden;  25  but straightaway when a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him, she came and fell down at his feet.  26  Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenecian by birth, and she was asking him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  27  And he was saying to her, “Let the children be fed first.  It is not right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”  28  But she responded and says to him, “Lord, but even the dogs which are under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”  29  And he said to her, “Because of this saying, go, the demon has left your daughter!”  30  And when she arrived home she found the child lying upon the bed and the demon had left her.

7.31  And again going out into the regions of Tyre, he came through Sidon to the lake of Galilee through the regions of the Decapolis.  32  And they are bringing to him a man who was deaf and dumb and they are begging him to lay hands upon him.  33  And taking him away from the crowd on his own he put his fingers into his ears and he spat and touched his tongue,  34  and looking up to heaven, he sighed and says to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”).  35  And straightaway his ears were opened and the binding on his tongue was released and he was speaking normally.  36  And he gave them orders that they should not tell anyone, but the more he ordered  them the more they proclaimed it. 37  And they were blown out of their minds, saying, “He has done everything well;  he even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.”

8.1  In those days when again a large crowd is there and they have nothing to eat he summoned the disciples and says to them,  2  “My guts are aching for the crowd because they have been with me for three days already and they have nothing to eat;  3  and if I send them away to their homes hungry, they will pass out on the way; and some of them have come a long way.”  4  And his disciples answered him, “How could anyone feed these people with bread here in the wilderness?”  5  And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”  But they said, “Seven”.  6  And he commands the crowd to sit down on the ground, and taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke and was giving it to his disciples so that they might set it before them; and they set it before the crowd.  7  And they had a few small fish; and he blessed them and said for them to place these before them also.  8  And they ate and were satisfied, and they took up the broken pieces that were left over, seven baskets full.  9  But there were about four thousand of them.  And he sent them away.  8.10  And straightaway he got into the boat with his disciples and came into the district of Dalmanutha.

11  And the Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, putting him to the test.  12  And groaning deeply in his spirit he says, “Why does this generation seek a sign?  Fair dinkum I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation!”  13  And leaving them, he again embarked and went off to the other side.  14  And they had forgotten to take bread, except one loaf which they had with them in the boat.  15  And he was warning them saying, “Be careful, watch  out for the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!”  16  And they were discussing with one another that they had no bread.  17  And knowing this, he says to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread?  Do you still not perceive and understand?  Have your hearts become hardened?  18  Having eyes do you not see and having ears do you not hear?  And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?”  They said to him, “Twelve”.  20 “Then the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?”  And they said to him, “Seven”.  21  And he was saying to them, “Do you still not understand?”

8.22  And they come to Bethsaida.  And they bring to him a blind man and are begging him to touch him.  23  And taking the blind man by the hand he led him out of the village, and he spat on his eyes and, placing his hand upon him he was asking him, “Can you see anything?”  24  And looking up he was saying, “I can see people, but they are like trees walking about.”  25  He placed his hand on his eyes again, and he looked intently, his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly.  And he sent him to his house saying, “Do not go back into the village”.

8.27  And Jesus and his disciples went out to the villages of Caesarea Philippi.  And on the way he was asking his disciples, saying to them, “Who are the people saying that I am?”  28  And they said to him, “Some are saying, ‘John the Baptist’, others ‘Elijah’, and others ‘one of the prophets’.”  29  And he was asking them, “But you, who are you saying I am?”  Peter answered and says to him, “You are the Christ”.  30  And he put them under oath not to say anything about him.  31  And he began to teach them that the Human One must suffer many things, be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and after three days rise again.  32  And he is speaking the word openly.  And Peter took him by the arm and began to rebuke him.  33  But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and says, “Get behind me Satan because you are not thinking the things of God, but the things of humans!”

8.34  And summoning the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to come after me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.  35  For whoever is seeking to save their life will lose it; but whoever loses their life for my sake, and the gospel, will save it.  36  For what does it profit a person to gain the whole world and yet to forfeit their life?  37  For what will a person give in exchange for their life?  38  For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this wicked and adulterous generation, the Human One will also be ashamed of them when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  9.1  And he was saying to them, “Fair dinkum I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the rule of God has come in power.”

9.2  After six days, Jesus takes Peter and James and John with him and leads them up a high mountain alone.  And he was transfigured before them,  3  and his clothes became dazzling, intensely white, as no bleacher on earth could match.  4  And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.  5  And Peter responded and says to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here, and let us erect three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  6  For he didn’t know what to answer, for they became fearful.  7  And a cloud appeared covering them with its shadow, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my dear Son, listen to him!”  8  And suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one but Jesus alone with them.

9.9 And as they were coming down from the mountain, he commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen until when the Human One was risen from the dead.  10  And they kept the matter to themselves, discussing what ‘rising from the dead’ meant.  11  And they asked him, saying, “Why are the scribes saying that Elijah must come first?”  12  But he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things; but how does it stand written that the Human One must suffer many things and be treated with contempt?  13  But I am saying to you, Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they were wanting to, just as it stands written about him.”

9.14  And when they came to the disciples, they saw a huge crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.  15  And straightaway after all the crowd saw Jesus they were astonished and ran up to meet him.  16  And he asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”  17  And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you who has a mute spirit, 18  and whenever it seizes him it knocks him down and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.  I told your disciples so that they might throw it out, but they weren’t strong enough.”  19  He answered to them and says, “What a faithless generation!  How long will I be with you?  How long will I suffer with you?  Bring him to me!”  20  And they brought him to him.  And when the spirit saw him, straightaway it convulsed him and he fell on the ground, rolling around foaming at the mouth.  21  And he asked his father, “How long has he been like this?”  “Since he was a child”, he replied,   22  “and many times it has even thrown him into fire and into water in order to kill him.  If you can do anything, please help us and let your gut ache for us.”  23  But Jesus said to him, “What do you mean: ‘If you can’!  All things are possible to the one who faiths.”  24  Straightaway the child’s father cried out and said, “I am faithing, help my lack of faith!”  25  And Jesus, seeing that a crowd is gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again!”  26  And, after crying and convulsing him terribly, it came out and the boy became like a corpse so that many of them began to say, “He is dead!”  27  But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him up and he stood.

28  And after entering into a house his disciples were asking him privately, “Why weren’t we able to throw it out?”  29  And he said to them, “This kind are not able to be thrown out except by prayer.”

9.30  And they went out from there and were passing through Galilee, and he was not wishing anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples and was saying to them, “The Human One will be handed over into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed he will rise up.”  32  But they were not understanding the saying and they were fearing to ask him.

9.33  And they came to Capernaum.  And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”  34  But they remained silent, for on the way they had been discussing with one another who was the greatest.  35  And when he sat down he called the Twelve and says to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, they must be last of all and servant of all.”  36  And taking a child, he placed it in front of them and, taking it in his arms, he said to them,  37  “Whoever receives one such child in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.”

9.38  John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”  39  But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who works wonders in my name is able to speak evil of me soon afterwards;  40  for the one who is not against us is for us.  41  For whoever gives you a cup of water simply because you are mine, fair dinkum I tell you, that one will most certainly not lose their reward.  42  And whoever causes one of these little ones who are faithing in me to stumble, it would be better for them if a huge millstone were hung round their neck and they were thrown into the sea.  43  And if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it would be better to go into life maimed than to go into Gehenna with both hands, into the unquenchable fire.  45  And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it would be better for you to enter into life crippled than to be thrown into Gehenna with two feet.  47  And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out; it would be better for you to enter the realm of God with one eye, than to be thrown into Gehenna with both eyes, 48 where the worm never dies and the fire never goes out;  49  for everyone will be salted by fire.  50  Salt is good; but if salt loses its salinity, with what will you flavour it?  Have salt in yourselves and continue at peace with one another.”

10.1  And rising up from there, he comes into the district of Judea across the Jordan, and again the crowds are flocking to him.  And he was teaching them again, as his custom was.  2  And Pharisees approached and, trying to trap him, asked, “Is it legal for a man to dismiss his wife?”  3  But he answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” 4  And they said, “Moses permitted us to draw up a note of dismissal and send her away.”  5  But Jesus said to them, “He made this rule for you because of your hardness of heart.  But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female;  7  that is why a man must leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife  8  and the two become one, so that they are no longer two but one flesh.  9  Therefore what God has joined together, a person must not separate.”

10.10  In the house again the disciples were asking him about this.  11  And he says to them, “Whoever dismisses his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;  12  and if she dismisses her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

10.13  And they were bringing children to him so that he might touch them, but the disciples told them off.  14  But seeing this, Jesus was furious and said to them, “Let the children come to me and do not try to stop them, for of such as these is the realm of God.  15  Fair dinkum I tell you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall never enter into it.”  16  And he took them in his arms, places his hands upon them and was blessing them.

10.17  And as he was setting out on the way, one man ran up and, kneeling before him, was asking him, “Good Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  18  But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?  No one is good except God alone!  19  You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not be a false witness, do not defraud, honour your father and mother.’”  20  He said to him, “Teacher, I have obeyed these commandments ever since I was a boy.”  21  Looking straight at him, Jesus loved him and said to him, “One thing you lack.  Go and sell whatever you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me!”  22  But stunned by this word he went away sad, for he was owning many properties.

23  And looking around Jesus says to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the realm of God!”  24  The disciples were shocked at his words, but Jesus, responding again, says to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the realm of God;  25  it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the realm of God.”  26  They were staggered at this, saying to one another, “Who, then, is able to be saved?”  27  Looking straight at them Jesus says, “With humans it is impossible, but not with God; for everything is possible with God.”

28  Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and have followed you!”  29  Jesus said to him, “Fair dinkum I tell you, there is no one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or mothers or fathers or children or fields for my sake and for the good news, 30 who will not receive a hundred times more now in this time — houses and brothers and mothers and sisters and children and fields, and persecutions as well — and in the age to come eternal life.  31  But many who are first will be last and the last first.”

10.32  They were on the way going up to Jerusalem and Jesus was going ahead of them and they were amazed, but those who followed were afraid.  And taking the Twelve aside again he began to teach them what was going to happen to him,  33  “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem and the Human One will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes and they will condemn him to death and they will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34  and they will mock him and spit upon him and scourge him and kill him, and after three days he will rise up.”

10.35  And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, are approaching him, saying to him, “Teacher, we want you to do us a favour!”  36  But he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”  37  And they said to him, “Grant us to sit on your right hand and on your left in your glory.”  38  But Jesus said to them, “You do not understand what you are asking!  Are you able to drink the cup I am drinking or are you able to be baptized with the baptism with which I am being baptized?”  39  But they said to him, “We are able!”  But Jesus said to them, “The cup which I am drinking you will drink and the baptism with which I am being baptized you will be baptized,  40  but it is not for me to grant the right to sit on my right and on my left.  It is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41  And when the ten heard, they began to be furious with James and John.  42 And summoning them, Jesus says to them, “You know that those who are reputed to be rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them and their great ones make them feel the weight of their authority.  43  That is not the way it should be among you, but whoever desires to be great among you let them be your servant,  44  and whoever desires to be first let them be the slave of all;  45 for even the Human One did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

10. 46  And they are coming into to Jericho, and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind man was sitting at the side of the road.  47  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to call out and to say, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!”  48 And many people cursed him and told him to be quiet, but he cried out all the louder, “Son of David have mercy on me!”  49  And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”  And so they are calling the blind man and saying to him, “Take heart, get up, he is calling you.”  50  He threw off his cloak, jumped up and came to Jesus.  51  And responding to him, Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The blind man said, “Teacher, I want to see again.”  52  And Jesus said to him, “Go! Your faith has saved you.”  And straightaway his sight was restored and he was following him on the way.

11.1  And when they are drawing near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sends two of his disciples  2  and he says to them, “Go into the village across from you and straightaway as you enter it you will find a colt tied on which no one has ever ridden,  untie it and bring it.  3  And if anyone should say to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and he will send it back again straightaway.’”  4  And they went and found a colt tethered at the door, outside in the street, and they untied it.  5  And some of those who were standing there were saying to them, “What are you doing untying the colt?”  6  But they told them just as Jesus had said and they let them go.  7  And they are bringing the colt to Jesus and they are throwing their clothes upon it and he sat upon it.  8  And many spread their clothes in the way and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.  9  And those who are going ahead and those who are following were crying out:

“Hosanna!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

10   Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!

Hosanna in the highest!”

11  And he entered Jerusalem, into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, because the hour was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

11.12  And on the next day, as they were leaving Bethany, he was hungry.  13  And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf he came to see if he could find anything on it, but when he came he found nothing except leaves, for it was not the appropriate time for figs.  14  And responding, Jesus said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!”  And his disciples were listening.

11.15  And they come into Jerusalem.  And he entered into the temple and began to cast out those who are selling and those who are buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons, 16 and he was not allowing anyone to carry a thing through the temple.  17 And he was teaching and was saying to them, “Does it not stand written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’, but you have made it a brigands’ hideaway.” 18  And the chief priests and scribes heard and were seeking how they might destroy him; for they were afraid of him, for all the crowd were astonished at his teaching.  19  And when evening came they were leaving the city.

11.20  And as they are passing by in the morning they saw the fig tree withered to its roots.  21  And Peter remembered and says to him, “Rabbi, look the fig tree which you cursed has withered!”  22 And Jesus answered,  saying to them, “Have faith in God!  23  Fair dinkum I tell you, whoever says to this mountain ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.  24  For this reason I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it and you will. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone, so that your father who is in heaven might also forgive you your wrongdoing.”

11.27  And they enter Jerusalem again.  And while he is walking in the temple the chief priests, scribes and elders come to him 28 and they were saying to him, “By what authority are you doing these things?  Who gave you this authority to do these things?”  29  But Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question, and if you answer me I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things: 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from humans?  Answer me!”  31  And they argued with one another, saying, “If we say ‘from heaven’, he will say ‘Why then did you not believe him?’  32  But if we say, ‘from humans’?” — they were afraid of the crowd, for all considered that John was a prophet.  33  And they answered Jesus, saying, “We do not know.”  And Jesus says to them, “Then neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

12.1  And he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, built a fence around it, dug a wine vat, built a watchtower, leased it out to tenant farmers and went on a journey.  2  And at the appropriate time he sent his servant to the tenant farmers to receive his share of the vineyard’s produce.  3  They took him, beat him and sent him away empty handed.  4  And again he sent another servant to them and they beat him around the head and treated him shamefully.  5  And he sent another, whom they beat and killed.  6  He still had one more, a dear son, at last he sent him saying, “They will respect my son.”  7  But those tenant farmers said to one another, “This is the heir.  Come, let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours!”  8 And they took him, killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.  9 What then will the owner of the vineyard do?  He will come and destroy the tenant farmers and he will give the vineyard to others.  10  Have you not read this scripture:

“The stone which the builders rejected

has become the head of the corner,

11   this was accomplished by the Lord,

and it is a marvel in our eyes.”

12  And they were trying to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd, for they knew that the parable had been told against them.  And they left him and went away.

12.13  And they are sending to him some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians in order that they might trap him in something he said.  14  And coming they say to him, “Teacher we know that you are true, and are concerned for no one, for you have no regard for the position of people, but truthfully teach the way of God.  Is it lawful to pay tribute to Caesar or not?  To give or not to give?”  15  But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why do you try me out?  Give me a denarius so that I might look at it.”  16  And they gave him one.  And he says to them, “Whose image is this?  And the inscription?”  And they said to him, “It is Caesar’s”.  17  And Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”  And they were astounded at him.

12.18 And Sadducees come to him, those who say there is no resurrection, and they asked him, saying,  19  “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a certain brother dies and leaves a wife but does not leave any children, it is the responsibility of his brother to take the wife and raise up children for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers.  The first took a wife and died without leaving any children.  21  And the second one took her and he died without leaving any children, the third likewise;  22  and so on to the seventh who also left no children.  Finally the wife also died.  23  In the resurrection, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as a wife!”  24  Jesus said to them, “Is not this why you are greatly mistaken?  You neither know the Scripture nor the power of God!  25  For when the dead are raised, they will neither marry nor be married, but they will be like the angels in heaven.  26  But as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Bible, in the passages about Moses at the bush, that God spoke to him saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?’  27  God is not a God of the dead but of the living!  You are greatly mistaken!”

12.28  And one of the scribes, when he heard them disputing with one another and seeing that he answered them well, came up and asked him, “Which commandment is first of all ?”  29  Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,  30  and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  31  The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.”  32  And the scribe said to him, “Well done, Teacher, you have truthfully said that He is one and that there is no one but He,  33  and to love him with all your heart and with all your understanding and with all your strength and to love your neighbour as yourself is much greater than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”  34  And Jesus, seeing that he answered so wisely, said to him, “You are not far from the realm of God.”  And no one was daring to ask him any further questions.

12.35  And after responding, while he was teaching in the temple, Jesus was saying, “Why are the scribes saying that the Messiah is the son of David?  36  David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said:

“The Lord said to my Lord,

sit at my right hand

until I put your enemies under his feet.”

37  David himself calls him ‘Lord’, so how is he his son?”  And the large crowd were hearing him willingly.  12.38  And, in his teaching, he was saying, “Watch out for the scribes who like to walk about in long robes and to be greeted in the market places 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogue and the places of honour at the festivals, 40 who devour the houses of widows and for a pretext pray long prayers.  They will receive a more severe judgment!”

12.41  And he was sitting opposite the treasury and was watching the crowd putting money into the treasury.  Many rich people were putting in large amounts, 42 and a poor woman came and put in two small copper coins (that is, a farthing).  43  And summoning his disciples he said to them, “Fair dinkum I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all the rest who are putting into the treasury;  44  for they have all put in from their excess, but she has put in everything she had, her whole means of subsistence.”  13.1  And as he was departing from the temple, one of his disciples says to him, “Teacher, look at the wonderful stones and the wonderful buildings!”  2  And Jesus said to him, “You see these great buildings?  Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be thrown down!”

13.3  And as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were asking him privately,  4  “Tell us when will these things be, and what is the sign when these things are all about to be fulfilled?”  5  And Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out that no one leads you astray.  6  Many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the one!’ and they will lead many astray.  7  But when you hear of wars and rumours of wars do not be alarmed; these things must happen, but the end is not yet.  8  For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be earthquakes in many places, there will be famines; these things are but the beginning of the birthpains.  9  You watch out for yourselves; for they will hand you over to councils and you will be beaten in synagogues and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, as a witness against them.  10  And the good news must first be preached to all the nations.  11  And whenever they bring you and hand you over, do not be concerned beforehand about what you will speak; but speak whatever will be given to you in that hour, for it will not be you who is speaking, but the Holy Spirit.  12  And brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise up against parents and put them to death; 13 and you will be hated by all because of my name.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

13.14  But when you see the awful horror that causes desolation standing where he ought not (let the reader understand) then let those who are in Judea flee into the mountains;  15  let the one who happens to be on the rooftop not come down, nor enter to take anything out of his house;  16  and let the one who happens to be in the field not return to pick up his clothing.  17  But alas for those who are pregnant and those who are nursing children in those days!  18  Pray that it does not happen in winter;  19  for in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of creation, which God created, until now and never will be.  20  And if the Lord had not shortened the days no person would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he has elected, he shortened the day.  21  And then if anyone should say to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ’, or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe.  22  For false Christs and false prophets will arise and they will perform signs and wonders to lead astray the elect, if it is possible.  23  But you watch out; I have told you all these things ahead of time.

13.24  But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from the heaven, and the powers which are in the heavens will be shaken.  26  And then they will see the Human One coming in clouds with great power and glory.  27  And then he will send out the messengers and he will gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

13.28  From the fig tree learn the parable; whenever its branches soften and put forth its leaves you know that the summer is near.  29  So also you, when you see these things taking place, you will know that it is near, at the doors!  30  Fair dinkum I tell you, this generation will not pass away before all these things happen.  31  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.  13.32  But concerning that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, not even the Son, but only the Father.  33  Watch out!  Be on the alert!  For you do not know when the appointed time is.  34  It is like a man away on a journey, he leaves his house and gives his servants the authority, each with his work to do, and he commands the doorman to be on the alert.  35  Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming — whether it be at dusk, in the middle of the night, at cockcrow, or early in the morning — 36 lest he comes unexpectedly and finds you sleeping.  37  But what I am saying to you, I am saying to everyone:  “Be on the alert!”

14.1  It was the Passover and two days before the festival of unleavened bread, and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might arrest him treacherously and kill him; 2 for they were saying, “Not during the feast, in case there is a riot amongst the people.”

14.3  And as he was in Bethany having a meal in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster flask of very expensive perfume of pure nard and she opened the flask and poured it over his head.  4  But some expressed their displeasure to one another, “Why was this perfume wasted?  5  For this perfume could have been sold for more that three hundred denarii and given to the poor”.  And they criticized her.  6  But Jesus said, “Leave her alone; why are you causing her trouble?  She has done a beautiful work in me.  7  For you have the poor with you always and whenever you wish you are able to show kindness to them, but you will not always have me.  8  She has done what she could; she anointed my body beforehand for burial.  9  Fair dinkum I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed throughout the whole cosmos, what she has done will also be spoken about in memory of her.”

14.10  And Judas Iscariot, the one of the Twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to hand him over to them.  11  And when they heard, they rejoiced and promised to give him money.  And so he sought a convenient time to hand him over.

14.12  And on the first day of the festival of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples are saying to him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the passover?”  13  And he sends two of his disciples and says to them, “Go into the city and a man carrying an earthenware jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14  and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, ‘Where is my dining room where I will eat the passover with my disciples?”  15  And he will show you an upper room furnished and ready; and there make preparations for us.”  16  And the disciples went into the city and found it as he told them, and they prepared the passover.

14.17  And in the evening he comes with the Twelve.  18  And as they were reclining and eating, Jesus said, “Fair dinkum I say to you, one of you will hand me over, one who is eating with me.”  19  And they began to be distressed and to say to him, one by one, “Is it I?”  20  But he said to them, “It is one of the Twelve, who is dipping with me in the same dish.  21  For the Human One goes just as it stands written concerning him, but woe to that one through whom the Human One is handed over; it would have been better for that one if he had not been born.”

14.22  And as they were eating, taking bread he blessed it and broke it and gave it to them and said, “Receive this, it is my body”.  23  And taking a cup he gave thanks and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.   24  And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many; 25 fair dinkum I am saying to you that I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I will drink it new in the realm of God.”

26  And when they had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives.  27  And Jesus says to them, “You will all stumble, for it stands written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered,’ 28 but after I am raised I will go before you into Galilee.”  29  But Peter said to him, “Even though they all stumble, I will not.”  30  And Jesus says to him, “Fair dinkum I tell you, this very night before the rooster crows twice you will deny me three times.”  31  But he was saying emphatically, “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you!”  But they were all saying the same thing also.

14.32  And they come into the field which is called Gethsemane, and he says to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  33  And taking Peter and James and John with him, he began to be distressed and troubled, 34  and he says to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death; you remain here and be on the alert.”  35  And going forward a little way he was falling on the ground, and praying that if it were possible the hour might pass him by, 36 and he was saying, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you; take this cup from me; but not what I want, but what you want.”  37  And he comes and finds them sleeping and he says to Peter, “Simon are you asleep?  Were you not strong enough to keep on the alert for one hour?  Keep on the alert and pray that you might not come into testing; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  39  And again he went off and prayed, saying the same words.  40  And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy and they did not know what to answer him.  41  And he comes the third time and says to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?  It is enough, the hour has come. Look, the Human One is handed over into the hands of sinners.  42  Rise up, let’s go; look my betrayer has drawn near.”

14.43  And straightaway while he is still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrives and with him a crowd with swords and clubs from the chief priests and scribes and elders.  44  But the one who had handed him over had given them a sign saying, “Whoever I kiss is the one, seize him and lead him away under guard.”  45  And when he came he went up to him straightaway and says, “Rabbi”, and kissed him.  46  And they laid hands on him violently and seized him.  47  But one of those who had been standing nearby drew his sword and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his ear.  48  And Jesus answered and said to them, “Have you come out as against a brigand, with swords and clubs to capture me?  49  Day after day I was with you teaching in the temple and you did not seize me; but let the Scriptures be fulfilled.”  50  And they all forsook him and fled.  51  And a young man wearing nothing about his body but a linen shirt was accompanying him and they seized him;  52  but he fled naked leaving the linen shirt behind.

14.53  And they led Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests and elders and scribes are gathering together.  54  And Peter followed behind him at a distance right into the courtyard of the high priest and he was sitting with the servants and was warming himself by the fire.

14.55  And the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they were not finding any; 56 for many were testifying falsely against him and their testimony was not consistent.  57  And some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, “We heard him saying, ‘I will destroy this temple made by human hands and in three days I will raise another not made by human hands’.” 59 And not even then was their testimony consistent.  60 And the high priest stood up in the middle and asked Jesus, saying, “Do you not answer anything? What are these people testifying against you?”  61  But he was remaining silent and did not answer anything.  Again the high priest was asking him and says to him, “Are you the Christ, the son of the Blessed One?”  62  But Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Human One seated at the right hand of power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”  63  But the high priest tore his clothes and says, “Why do we still need witnesses?  64  You heard the blasphemy; what is your decision?”  But they all judged him to be deserving of death.  65  And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face and strike him with fists and to say to him, “Prophesy”, and the guards received him with blows.

14.66  And as Peter was below in the courtyard one of the maids of the high priest comes 67 and, when she saw Peter warming himself by the fire, she looked at him and says, “You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”  68  But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.”  And he went outside into the forecourt; and the rooster crowed.  69  And when the maid saw him she began again to say to the bystanders, “This  man is one of them.”  70  But again he was denying it.  And after a little while the bystanders again were saying to Peter, “Really you are one of them, for you are also a Galilean.”  71  But he began to curse and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.”  72  And straightaway a rooster crowed a second time.  And Peter remembered the saying, just as Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows a second time you will deny me three times”.  And breaking down, he was weeping.

15.1  And straightaway when it was early morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Sanhedrin, and they bound Jesus and led him away and handed him over to Pilate.  2  And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  But answering he says to him, “So you say.”  3  And the chief priests were accusing him of many things.  4  But Pilate was asking him again, saying, “Have you no answer to give? Look how many accusations they are bringing against you!”  5  But Jesus gave no answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

15.6  But at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner for whom they were asking.  7  There was a man called Barabbas among the imprisoned rebels who had committed murder in the recent uprising.  8  And the crowd came up and began to ask him to do for them as he normally did.  9  But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”  10  For he knew that it was out of envy that the chief  priests had handed him over.  11  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd in order that he might release Barabbas for them instead.  12  But Pilate again answered and was saying to them, “What then will I do to the King of the Jews?”  13  But again they screamed out, “Crucify him!”  14  But Pilate was saying to them, “Why, what evil did he do?”  But they screamed out all the more, “Crucify him!”  15  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, having flogged Jesus, handed him over to be crucified.

15.16  But the soldiers led him away inside the hall (that is, the praetorium) and they call together the whole cohort.  17  And they dress him in a purple coat and plaiting a crown of thorns they placed it on him.  18  And they began to acclaim him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  19  And they were striking him on the head with a stick and spitting on him and, bending the knees, they were worshipping him.  20  And when they had ridiculed him, they stripped him of the purple coat and put on his clothes.

15.20b  And they are leading him out to crucify him.  21  And they press into service to carry the cross a man who is passing by on his way in from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.  22  And they bring him to a place called Golgotha, which means “the Place of the Skull”.  23  And they were giving to him wine mixed with the drug myrrh, which he would not take.  24  And they crucify him and divide out his clothing, casting lots to decide what each should take.

15.25  It was nine o’clock in the morning and they crucified him.  26  And the notice giving the charge against him had been inscribed: “The King of the Jews”.  27  And they crucify two bandits with Jesus, one on either side.  29  And those passing by were blaspheming him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha!  You would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days!   30  Save yourself! Come down from the cross.”  31  So also the chief priests were mocking him to one another with the scribes saying, “He saved others, himself he is not able to save! Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross so that we may see and believe!”  And those who were crucified with him were also taunting him.

15.33  And darkness covered the whole country from noon till three in the afternoon.  34  And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”, which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  35  And when some of them who were standing there heard this, they were saying, “Listen, he is calling Elijah!”  36  One of them ran and soaked a sponge in cheap wine, put it on a stick and gave it to him to drink,  saying, “Let us see if Elijah will come and take him down.”  37  Jesus gave out a loud cry and died.  38  And the veil of the temple was ripped in two from top to bottom.  39  When the centurion standing in front of him saw how he died, he said, “This man really was Son of God!”  40  There were also women looking on from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome, 41 who were following him and ministering to him when he was in Galilee.  And many other women who came up to Jerusalem with him were also there.

15.42  And when evening had already come, since it was the day of Preparation (that is, the day before the sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council who himself was also waiting for the realm of God, summoned up courage and went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  44  But Pilate was amazed that he was already dead; and summoning the centurion asked him if he really was already dead; 45 and when he learned so from the centurion he presented the body to Joseph.  46  And he bought a linen cloth and, taking him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb, which had been hewn out of the rock, and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.  47  But Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

16. 1 And when the sabbath was over Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought aromatic spices in order that they might come and anoint him.  2  And very early on the first day of the sabbath they come to the tomb at sunrise.  3  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb?”  4  And when they looked up they see that the stone has been rolled away, for the stone was very heavy.  5  And entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right hand side clothed in a long white robe, and they were alarmed.  6  But he says to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are seeking Jesus the Nazarene who has been crucified; he has been raised, he is not here; look—the place where they laid him.  7  But go and tell his disciples, and Peter, that he is going before you into Galilee, there you will see him just as he told you.”  8  And they went out and fled from the tomb, for they were trembling and ecstatic; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were fearful.

© Gill/Dyer 1991/1998/1999

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