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Mark 1


 1 The (*) beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.


(*) He sheweth that John Baptist was the first preacher of the Gospel.


 2  (1) As it is written in the (a) Prophets, (*) Behold, (b) I send my (♣) messenger (c) before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.


(1) John goeth before Christ, as it was forespoken by the Prophets.
(a) This is the figure Metonymy, whereby is meant the books of the Prophets, Malachi and Isaiah.

(*) Malachi 3:1 .
(b) The Prophet useth the present tense, when he speaketh of a thing to come, being as a sure of it, as if he saw it.

() In Greek, Angel, or Ambassador.
(c) A metaphor taken from the usage of kings, which used to have ushers go before them.


 3  (*) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, is, (♣) Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.


(*) Isaiah 40:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:15 .

() Take away all lets, which might hinder Christ to come to you.


 4  (2) (*) John did baptize in the wilderness, and (♣) preached the (d) baptism of amendment of life, for remission of sins.


(2) The sum of John's doctrine, or rather Christ's, is remission of sins and amendment of life.

(*) Matthew 3:1 .

(♣) He did both baptize and preach, but preached first, and after baptized, as appeareth by Matthew 3:1; so that the order is here inverted, which thing is common in the Scriptures.
(d) The Jews used many kinds of washings; but here is spoken of a peculiar kind of washing, which hath all the parts of true baptism, amendment of life, and forgiveness of sins.


 5 And all the country of Judea, and they of Jerusalem went out unto him, and were all baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.


 6  (*) Now John was clothed with camelís hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins, and he did eat (♣) (♠) locusts and wild honey,


(*) Matthew 3:4 .

(♣) Leviticus 11:22 .

(♠) Or, grasshoppers.


 7  (*) (3) And preached, saying, A stronger than I cometh after me, whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to (e) stoop down, and unloose.


(*) Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16; John 1:26; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:4; Acts 11:16; Acts 19:4 .

(3) John and all ministers cast their eyes upon Christ the Lord.
(e) The Evangelist, his meaning was to express the condition of the basest servant.


 8 Truth it is, I have (f) baptized you with (*) water, but he will baptize you with the holy Ghost.


(f) He sheweth that all the force of baptism proceedeth from Christ, who baptizeth within.

(*) He declareth that he is but the minister of the outward sign, and that it is Jesus Christ that giveth the power and virtue.


 9  ∂ (*) (4) And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth, a city of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.


(*) Matthew 3:13; Luke 3:21; John 1:33 .

(4) Christ doth consecrate our baptism in himself.


 10  (5) And as soon as (g) (*) he was come out of the water, John saw the heavens cloven in twain, and the (♣) holy Ghost descending upon him like a dove.


(5) The vocation of Christ from heaven, as head of the Church.
(g) John that went down into the water with Christ.

(*) Or, Jesus.

(♣) This was done for the confirmation of John and them that stood by.


 11 Then there was a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved (*) Son, in whom I am (h) well pleased.


(*) The Father beareth witness that Christ is the very Son of God.

(h) See Matthew 3:17 .


 12  (*) (6) And immediately the (♣) Spirit (i) driveth him into the wilderness.


(*) Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1; Hebrews 2:18 .

(6) Christ being tempted, overcometh.

(♣) Or, the holy Ghost.
(i) Here is no violent and forcible driving out meant; but the divine power cladeth Christ (who had lived until this time as a private man) with a new person, and prepareth him to combat that was at hand, and to his ministry.


 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, and was (*) tempted of Satan; he was also with the wild beasts, and the Angels ministered unto him.


(*) Christ would be tempted to persuade us, that he will help them that are tempted, Hebrews 2:18 .


 14  ∂ (*) (7) Now after that John was committed to prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching (♣) the Gospel of the kingdom of God,


(*) Matthew 4:12; Luke 4:14; John 4:43 .

(7) After that John is taken, Christ sheweth himself fully.

(♣) By that which Gospel he will rule and reign over all.


 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the Gospel.


 16  ∂ (*) (8) And as he walked by the (♣) sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers.)


(*) Matthew 4:18; Luke 5:2 .

(8) The calling of Simon and Andrew.

(♣) Or, lake.


 17 Then Jesus said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you to be (*) fishers of men.


(*) To draw them from perdition.


 18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.


 19  (9) And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, as they were in the ship, mending their nets.


(9) The calling of James and John.


 20 And anon he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with his hired servants, and went their way after him.


 21  ∂ So (*) they entered into (k) Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the Synagogue, and taught.


(*) Matthew 4:13; Luke 4:31 .

(k) From the city Nazareth.


 22 And they were astonied at his doctrine, (*) for he taught them as one that had authority, and (♣) not as the Scribes.


(*) Matthew 7:28; Luke 4:32 .

(♣) Whose doctrine was dead, and nothing favored of the spirit.


 23  ∂ (10) And there was in their Synagogue a man (l) in whom was an unclean spirit, and he cried out,


(10) He preacheth the doctrine, by which alone Satan is driven out of the world, which also he confirmeth by a miracle.
(l) Word for word, a man in an unclean spirit, that is to say, possessed with an evil spirit.


 24 Saying, Ah, what have we to do with thee, O (m) Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee what thou art, even that (n) holy one of God.


(m) He was born in Bethlehem, but through the error of the people, he was called a Nazarene, because he was brought up in Nazareth.
(n) He alludeth to that name that was written in the golden plate which the high Priest wore; Exodus 28:36 .


 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, (*) Hold thy peace, and come out of him.


(*) Christ would not suffer the father of lies to bear witness to the truth.


 26 And the unclean spirit (o) tare him, and cried with a loud voice, and came out of him.


(o) Mark 9:20 .


 27 And they were all amazed, so that they demanded (p) one of another, saying, What thing is this? What (*) new doctrine is this? For he (q) commandeth even the foul spirits with authority, and they obey him.


(p) As men amazed.

(*) They refer the miracle to the kind of doctrine, and so marvel at it, as a new and strange thing, and do not consider the power of Christ, who is the author of the one and the other.
(q) By his own authority, or as a Lord.


 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region (r) bordering on Galilee.


(r) Not only into Galilee, but also into the countries bordering upon it.


 29  ∂ (*) (11) And as soon as they were come out of the Synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.


(*) Matthew 8:13; Luke 4:38 .

(11) By healing divers diseases, he sheweth that he hath brought true life into the world.


 30 And Simonís wifeís mother in law lay sick of a fever, and anon they told him of her.


 31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up, and the fever forsook her by and by, and she ministered unto them.


 32 And when even was come, and the sun was down, they brought to him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.


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


 34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and he cast out many devils, and (s) (*) suffered not the devils to say that they knew him.


(s) For it belongeth not to the devils to preach the Gospel, Acts 16:18 .

(*) Christ would not have such witness to preach him and his Gospel, so Paul was offended that the Pythoness should testify of him, Acts 16:18 .


 35 And in the morning very early (*) before day, Jesus arose and went out into a solitary place, and there prayed.


(*) Or, being yet nigh.


 36 And Simon, and they that were with him, followed after him.


 37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.


 38 Then he said unto them, Let us go into the (t) next towns, that I may preach there also; for I came out for that purpose.


(t) Villages which were as cities.


 39 And he preached in their Synagogues, throughout all Galilee, and cast the devils out.


 40  ∂ (*) (12) And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeled down unto him, and said to him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.


(*) Matthew 8:2; Luke 5:12 .

(12) By healing the leprous, he sheweth that he came for this cause, to wipe out the sins of the world with his touching.


 41 And Jesus had compassion, and put forth his hand, and touched him, and said to him, I will; be thou clean.


 42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.


 43 And after he had given him a straight (*) commandment, he sent him away forthwith,


(*) Forbidding him to tell any man, because as yet his time was not come to be known.


 44  (13) And said unto him, See thou say nothing to any man, but get thee hence, and shew thyself to (♣) the (u) (*) Priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a (♠) testimonial unto them.


(13) He witnesseth that he was not moved with ambition, but with the only desire for his Father's glory, and love toward poor sinners.

(♣) It belonged to the Priest to know if a man were healed of leprosy.
(u) All the posterity of Aaron might judge of a leper.

(*) Leviticus 14:4 .

(♠) To take all manner of excuse from them, and to condemn them of ingratitude.


 45 But when he was departed, (*) he began to tell many things, and to publish the matter, so that Jesus (♣) could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places; and they came to him from every quarter.


(*) Luke 5:15 .

(♣) The press was so great that he should have been thronged.




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