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Mark 6



 1 And (*) (1) he departed thence, and came into his own country, and his disciples followed him.


(*) Matthew 13:54; Luke 4:16 .

(1) The faithless world doeth no wit at all diminisheth the virtue of Christ, but willingly depriveth itself of the efficacy of it, being offered unto them.


 2 And when the Sabbath was come, he began to teach in the Synagogue, and many that heard him, were astonied, and said, (*) From whence hath he these things? And what wisdom is this that is given unto him, that even (♣) such (a) great works are done by his hands?


(*) Christ is neglected of his own friends, and kinsfolk.

(♣) Or, miracles.

(a) The word signifieth powers, or virtues, whereby are meant those wonderful works that Christ did, which shewed and set forth the virtue and power of his Godhead to all the world; Matthew 7:22 .


 3 Is not this that carpenter Maryís son, the (*) brother of James and Joses, and of Juda and Simon? And are not his (b) sisters here with us? And they were (♣) offended in him.


(*) Or, cousin.

(b) After the manner of the Hebrews, who by brethren and sisters, understand all their kinsfolks.

(♣) That which ought to move them to come to Christ, causeth them to go back from him, which cometh of their own wickedness.


 4 Then Jesus said unto them, A (*) Prophet is not without (c) honor, but in his own country, and among his own kindred, and in his own house.


(*) Matthew 13:57; Luke 4:24; John 4:44 .

(c) Not only that hath that honor which of right is due to him taken from him, but also evil spoken of and misreported.


 5 And (*) he (d) could there (♣) do no great works, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them,


(*) That is, he would not.

(d) That is, he would not; for we must need to have faith, if we will receive the works of God.

(♣) Lack of faith maketh us unable to receive Godís benefits.


 6 And he marveled at their unbelief, (*) and went about by the towns on every side, teaching.


(*) Matthew 4:23; Luke 13:22 .


 7  ∂ (*) (2) And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth two and two, and gave them power over unclean spirits,


(*) Mark 3:14-15; Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1 .

(2) The disciples are prepared to that general Apostleship, by a peculiar sending forth.


 8  (3) And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; neither (*) scrip, neither bread, neither money in their (♣) girdles;


(3) Faithful Pastors ought not to have their minds set, no not on things that are necessary for this life, if they may be a hindrance unto them, be it never so little.

(*) Christ only forbiddeth them to carry anything, which might be burdenous, or hinder their message.

(♣) Or, purses.


 9 But that they should be shod with (*) (e) (♣) sandals, and that they should not put on (f) two coats.


(*) Acts 12:8 .

(e) The word signifieth properly women's shoes.

(♣) Which were a kind of light shoes tied to the feet with strings.
(f) That is, they should take no change of garments with them, that they might be lighter for this journey, and make more speed.


 10 And he said unto them, Wheresoever ye shall enter into a house, (g) there abide till ye depart (*) thence.


(g) That is, change not your Inns in this short journey.

(*) He forbiddeth curiosity in changing their lodgings in this their speedy message.


 11  ∂  (4) And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, (♣) (*) shake off the dust that is under your feet, for a witness unto them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be easier for Sodom, or Gomorrah at the day of Judgment, than for that city.


(4) The Lord is a most severe revenger of his servants.

(♣) In token of execration, and of the horrible vengeance of God which shall light upon them.

(*) Matthew 10:14; Luke 9:5; Acts 13:51; Acts 18:6 .


 12  ∂ And they went out, and preached, that men should amend their lives.


 13 And they cast out many devils, and they (*) (h) anointed many that were sick, with (♣) oil, and healed them.


(*) James 5:14 .

(h) This oil was a token and a sign of his marvelous virtue; and seeing that the gift of healing is ceased a good while since, the ceremony which is yet resigned of some, is to no purpose.

(♣) The oil was a sign of this miraculous working, and not a medicine to heal diseases; so that the gift of miracles ceasing, the ceremony is to no use.


 14  ∂ (*) (5) Then King Herod heard of him (for his name was spread abroad) and said, John Baptist is risen again from the dead, and therefore great (i) works are wrought by him.


(*) Matthew 14:1; Luke 9:7 .

(5) The Gospel confirmeth the godly, and vexeth the wicked.
(i) This word signifieth Powers, whereby is meant the power of working miracles.


 15 Others said, It is Elijah. And some said, It is a Prophet, or as one of (k) the Prophets.


(k) Of the old Prophets.


 16  (*) So when Herod heard it, he said, It is John whom (l) I beheaded, he is (♣) risen from the dead.


(*) Luke 9:19 .

(l) Commanded to be beheaded.

(♣) They had then this common error, that they thought the souls being departed out of one body went straight into another.


 17 For Herod himself had sent forth, and had taken John, and bound him in prison for Herodiasí sake, which was his brother Philipís wife, because he had married her.


 18 For John said unto Herod, (*) It is not (♣) lawful for thee to have thy brotherís wife.


(*) Leviticus 18:16; Leviticus 20:21 .

(♣) The liberty that John used to reprove vice without acception or person, declareth how the true ministers ought to behave themselves.


 19 Therefore Herodias (m) laid wait against him, and would have killed him, but she could not;


(m) Sought all means to do him hurt.


 20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man, and a holy, and reverenced him, and when he heard him, he did many things, and (*) heard him (n) gladly.


(*) Such is the nature of Godís word, that it compelleth the very tyrants to reverence it; as no doubt the King had some good motions, but the seed fell in stony places and so took no root.

(n) The tyrant was very well content to hear sentence pronounced against him, but the seed fell upon stony places.


 21 But the time being convenient, when Herod on his birthday made a banquet to his princes and captains, and chief estates of Galilee;


 22 And the daughter (o) of the same Herodias came in, and (*) danced, and pleased Herod, and them that sat at table together, the King said unto the maid, Ask of me what thou wilt, and I will give it thee.


(o) Which the same Herodias had not by Herod Antipas, but by Philip and Josephus calleth her Salome.

(*) What inconvenience cometh by wanton dancing.


 23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, even unto the half of my kingdom.


 24  (*) So (p) she went forth, and said to her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, John Baptistís head.


(*) Matthew 14:8 .

(p) For women used not to sit at table with men.


 25 Then she came in straightway with haste unto the King, and asked, saying, I would that thou shouldest give me even now in a charger the head of John Baptist.


 26 Then the King was very sorry, yet for his oathís sake, and for their sakes which sat at table with him, he would not refuse her.


 27 And immediately the King sent the (q) hangman, and gave charge that his head should be brought in. So he went and beheaded him in the prison,


(q) The word signifieth one that beareth a dart, and the king's guard was so called, because they did bear darts.


 28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the (*) maid, and the maid gave it to her mother.


(*) Joseph calleth her name Salomen, the daughter of Philip, and Herodias.


 29 And when his disciples heard it, they came and took up his (*) body, and put it in a tomb.


(*) Or, carcass.


 30  ∂ (*) And the Apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and (♣) told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.


(*) Luke 9:10 .

(♣) The Apostles render count of their message, which is to declare their fidelity and obedience.


 31  (6) And he said unto them, Come ye apart into the wilderness, (*) and rest a while, for there were many comers and goers, that they had not leisure to eat.


(6) Such as follow Christ shall want nothing, no not in the wilderness, but shall have abundance. And how wicked a thing is it, not to look for this transitory life at the hands, who giveth everlasting life?

(*) Christ beareth with the infirmity of his servants, and bringeth them to quietness, that he may instruct them and make them strong against troubles.


 32  (*) So they went by ship out of the way into a desert place.


(*) Matthew 14:13; Luke 9:10 .


 33 But the people saw them when they departed, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and came thither before them, and assembled unto him.


 34  (*) Then Jesus went out, and saw a great multitude, and had compassion on them, because they were like (♠) sheep which had no shepherd; (♣) and he began to teach them many things.


(*) Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14 .

(♠) This declareth that there is a horrible disorder among the people, where the true preaching of Godís word wanteth.

(♣) Luke 9:12 .


 35  (*) And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, saying, This is a desert place, and now the day is far passed.


(*) Matthew 14:15


 36 Let them depart, that they may go into the country and towns about, and buy them bread, for they have nothing to eat.


 37 But he answered, and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said unto him, (r) Shall we go, and buy (s) (*) two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?


(r) This declareth that there is a horrible disorder among the people, where the true preaching of Godís word wanteth.
(s) Which is about five pounds sterling.

(*) Which is about five pounds sterling.


 38  (*) Then he said unto them, How many loaves have ye? Go and look. And when they knew it, they said, Five, and two fishes.


(*) Matthew 14:17; Luke 9:13; John 6:9 .


 39 So he commanded them to make them all sit down by (t) (*) companies upon the green grass.


(t) Word for word, by banquets, after the manner of the Hebrews, who have no distributives, Mark 6:7 . Now he calleth the rows of the sitters, banquets.

(*) Or, by tablefulls; for in every rank were as many as a table could hold.


 40 Then they sat down by (u) rows, by hundreds, and by fifties.


(u) The Greek word signifieth such beds as are made in a garden, so that the company, which were there set, might seem as rows or orders of beds in a garden.


 41 And he took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looked up to heaven, and gave thanks, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them, and the two fishes he divided among them all.


 42 So they did all eat, and were satisfied.


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


 44 And they that had eaten, were about five thousand men.


 45  ∂ (7) And straightway he caused his disciples to go into the ship, and to go before unto the other side unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.


(7) The faithful servants of God after their little labor, are subject to great tempest, which Christ doeth so moderate being present in power, although absent in body, that he bringeth them to a happy haven, at such time and by such means, as they looked not for; A lively image of the Church tossed to and fro in this world.


 46 Then as soon as he had sent (x) them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.


(x) His disciples.


 47  (*) And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.


(*) Matthew 14:23; John 6:15 .


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


(*) Which was about two or three hours before day.


 49 And when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out.


 50 For they all saw him, and were sore afraid. But anon he talked with them, and said unto them, Be (*) of good comfort; it is I, be not afraid.


(*) Christ assureth his and maketh them bold, both by his word and mighty power.


 51 Then he went up unto them into the ship, and the wind ceased, and they were (y) sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.


(y) They were so far from leaving to be amazed, when they knew that it was no spirit, that they were much more astonished than ever they were before, when they saw the wind and the seas obey his commandment.


 52  (*) For they had not (z) considered the matter of the loaves, because their hearts were hardened.


(*) They had forgot the miracle which was wrought with the five loaves.

(z) Either they perceived not, or had not well considered that miracle of the five loaves, in so much that the virtue of Christ was no less strange to them, than if they had not been present at that miracle which was done but a little before.


 53  ∂ (*) And they came over, and went into the land of Gennesaret, and arrived.


(*) Mark 14:34 .


 54  (8) So when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,


(8) Christ being rejected in his own country, and arriving upon a sudden amongst them of whom he was not looked for, is received to their profit.


 55 And ran about throughout all that region round about, and began to carry hither and thither in beds all that were sick, where they heard that he was.


 56 And whithersoever he entered into towns, or cities, or villages, they laid their sick in the (*) streets, and prayed him that they might touch at the least the (♣) edge of his garment. And as many as touched (a) him, were made whole.


(*) Or, markets.

(♣) Not for any such virtue that was in his garment, but for the confidence which they had in him.

(a) Or, the hem of the garment.




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