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Mark 16


 1 And (*) when the Sabbath day was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought sweet ointments, that they might come and anoint him.


(*) Luke 24:1; John 20:1 .


 2 Therefore early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher, when the sun was now risen.


 3 And they said one to another, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?


 4 And when they (a) looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away (for it was a very great one.)


(a) When they cast their eyes toward the sepulcher.


 5  (*) So they went into the (b) sepulcher, and saw (♣) a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a long white robe; and they were afraid.


(*) Matthew 28:1; John 20:12 .

(b) Into the cave where the sepulcher was cut out.

(♣) The Angel of God in the likeness of a young man.


 6 But he said unto them, Be not so afraid, ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which hath been crucified: he is risen, he is not here; behold the place where they put him.


 7 But go your way, and tell his disciples, and (♣) Peter, that he will go before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him (*) as he said unto you.


(♣) He especially maketh mention of Peter to comfort him, because he had fallen into greater danger than the rest.

(*) Mark 14:28; Matthew 26:32 .


 8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulcher, for they trembled, and were amazed; neither said they anything to any man, for they were afraid.


 9  (1) And when Jesus was risen again, early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, (*) out of whom he had cast seven devils;


(1) Christ himself appeareth to Mary Magdalene to upbraid the disciple's incredulity.

(*) John 20:16; Luke 8:2 .


 10 And she went and told them that had been with him, which mourned and wept.


 11 And when they heard that he was alive, and had appeared to her, they (*) believed it not.


(*) They had soon forgotten that which Christ had foretold them of his resurrection.


 12  (*) (2) After that, he appeared unto two of them in another form, as they walked and went into the country.


(*) Luke 24:13 .

(2) Christ appeareth to two other disciples, and at length to the eleven.


 13 And they went and told it to the remnant, but they believed them not.


 14  (*) (c) Finally, he appeared unto the eleven as they (♣) sat together, and reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him, being risen up again.


(*) Luke 24:36; John 20:19 .

(c) The Evangelist considered not the order of time, but the course his history, which he divided into three parts; The first sheweth how he appeared to the women, the second, to his Disciples, the third, to his Apostles, and therefore he saith, Finally.

(♣) Mourning and praying.


 15  (3) And he said unto them, (*) Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to (d) (♣) every creature.


(3) The Apostles are appointed, and their office is limited unto them, which is to preach that which they heard of him, and to minister the Sacraments, which Christ hath instituted, having besides power to do miracles.

(*) Matthew 28:19 .
(d) Not to the Jews only, nor in Judea only, but to all men, and everywhere; and so must all the Apostles do.

(♣) As well Gentile as Jew.


 16 He that shall believe and be baptized, shall be saved; (*) but he that will not believe, shall be damned.


(*) John 12:48 .


 17 And these (♠) tokens shall follow them that believe, (*) In my Name they shall cast out devils, and (♣) shall speak with (e) (♦) new tongues,


(♠) This gift was but for a time to cause men the more willingly to receive the Gospel which as yet was not evidently known.

(*) Acts 16:18 .

() Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46 .

(e) Strange tongues, such as they knew not before.

(♦) With other and divers, as Luke saith.


 18  (*) And shall take away serpents, and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; (♣) they shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.


(*) Acts 28:5 .

(♣) Acts 28:8 .


 19  (*) (4) So after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received into heaven, and sat at the right hand of God.


(*) Luke 24:51 .

(4) Christ, having accomplished his office on earth, ascendeth into heaven, from whence (the doctrine of his Apostles being confirmed with signs) he will govern his Church, unto the world's end.


 20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere. And the (*) Lord wrought with them, and confirmed (f) the word with (♣) signs that followed. Amen.


(*) Hebrews 2:4 .

(f) To wit, the doctrine; therefore doctrine must go before, and signs must follow after.

                        (♣) The miracles and signs follow the doctrine, as certain seals, so that if the doctrine be false, the miracles                            can be no better, Deuteronomy 13:3 .



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