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Mark 8


 1 In (*) those days, when there was a very great multitude, and had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him, and said unto them,


(*) Matthew 15:32 .


 2 I have (*) compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with me three days, and have nothing to eat.


(*) Christ provideth for his when they seem to be destitute and forsaken.


 3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they would (a) faint by the way; for some of them came from far.


(a) Word for word, they will fall in sunder, or be dissolved, for when men fall in a swoon, their sinews fall one from another.


 4 Then his disciples answered him, (*) How can a man satisfy these (♣) with bread here in the wilderness?


(*) Or, whence.

(♣) If bread were so hard to come by, it seemed impossible to obtain other meat.


 5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.


 6 Then he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, brake them, and gave to his disciples to set before them, and they did set them before the people.


 7 They had also a few small fishes; and when he had given thanks, he commanded them also to be set before them.


 8 So they did eat, and were sufficed, and they took up of the broken meat that was left, seven baskets full.


 9 (And they that had eaten, were about four thousand) so he sent them away.


 10  ∂ (*) And anon he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of (♣) Dalmanutha.


(*) Matthew 15:39 .

(♣) Which was near to Bethsaida, between the lake of Gennesaret and mount Tabor.


 11  (*) (1) And the Pharisees (b) came forth, and began to dispute with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, and tempting him.


(*) Matthew 16:1 .

(1) The stubborn enemies of the doctrine of the Gospel, giving no credit to the miracles already done require new; but Christ being angry with them, doeth utterly forsake them.
(b) A common kind of speech, which the Hebrews use, whereby is meant that the Pharisees went from their houses to purpose, to encounter with them.


 12 Then he (c) (*) sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, Why doeth this (♣) generation seek a sign? Verily I say unto you, (d) (♠) (♦) a sign shall not be given unto this generation.


(c) These sighs came even from the heart root, for the Lord was very much moved with these menís so great infidelity.

(*) Oh the incomprehensible love of Christ! How long shall we abuse his great mercies?

(♣) Christ goeth about by sharpness of speech to save them from willful destruction.
(d) Word for word, If a sign be given; It is a cutted kind of speech very common among the Hebrews; wherein some such words as these must be understood. Let me be taken for a liar, or some such like. And when they speak out the whole, they say, The Lord do thus and thus by me."

(♠) Or, if a sign be given.

(♦) As if he would say, if I shew them any sign, let me be a liar and deceiver.


 13  ∂ So he left them, and went into the ship again, and departed to the other side.


 14  ∂ (*) And they had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them, but one loaf.


(*) Matthew 16:5 .


 15  (2) And he charged them, saying, Take heed and beware of the (*) leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.


(2) We must especially take heed of them which corrupt the word of God, what degree soever they be of, either in the Church, or in civil policy.

(*) He willeth them to beware contagious doctrine and such subtil practices as the adversaries used to suppress his Gospel.


 16  (3) And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is, because we have no bread.


(3) They that have their minds fixed on earthly things, are utterly blind in heavenly things, although they be never so plainly set forth unto them.


 17 And when Jesus knew it, he said unto them, Why reason you thus, because ye have no bread? Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? Have ye your hearts yet hardened?


 18 Have ye eyes, and see not? And have ye ears, and hear not? And do ye not remember?


 19  (*) When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of broken meat took ye up? They said unto him, Twelve.


(*) John 6:13 .


 20 And when I brake seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of the leavings of broken meat took ye up? And they said, Seven.


 21 Then he said unto them, (e) (*) How is it that ye understand not?


(e) How cometh it to pass, that you understand not these things which are so plain and evident?

(*) Christ reproveth them because their minds are as yet upon the material leaven notwithstanding they had proven by divers miracles that he gave them their daily bread.


 22  (4) And he came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blind man unto him, and desired him to touch him.


(4) A true image of our regeneration, which Christ separating us from the world, worketh and accomplisheth by little and little in us.


 23 Then he took the blind by the hand, and led him out of the town, and spit in his eyes, and put his hands upon him, and asked him, if he saw ought.


 24 And he looked up, and said, I (f) see men, for I see them walking like trees.


(f) He perceived some moving of men, when he could not discern their bodies.


 25 After that, he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him (g) look again. And he was restored to his sight, and saw every man afar off clearly.


(g) He commanded him again, to try indeed, whether he could see well or not.


 26  (5) And he sent him home to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.


(5) Christ will not have his miracles to be separated from his doctrine.


 27  ∂ (*) (6) And Jesus went out, and his disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?


(*) Matthew 16:13; Luke 9:18 .

(6) Many praise Christ, who yet notwithstanding spoil him of his praise.


 28 And they answered, Some say, John Baptist; and some, Elijah; and some, one of the Prophets.


 29 And he said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Then Peter answered, and said unto him, Thou art the (*) Christ.


(*) He that is the anointed of God and fulfilled with all grace for manís salvation.


 30  (7) And he sharply (*) charged them, that concerning him they should tell no man.


(7) Christ hath appointed his times to the preaching of the Gospel; and therefore here defer it to a more commodious time, lest sudden haste should rather hinder than further the mystery of his coming.

(*) Differing it to a more commodious time, lest sudden haste should rather hinder than further the mystery of his coming.


 31  (8) Then he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and should be reproved of the Elders, and of the high Priests, and of the Scribes, and be slain, and within three days rise again.


(8) Christ suffered all that he suffered for us, not unwillingly neither unawares, but foreknowing it and willingly.


 32  (9) And he spake that thing plainly. Then Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him.


(9) None are more mad than they that are wise beside the word of God.


 33 Then he turned back and looked on his disciples, and rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, (*) Satan; for thou (h) understandest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.


(*) This word signifieth, Adversary, or Enemy; and he calleth him so, because he did as much as in him lay, to pull him from obeying God.

(h) This is not godly, but worldly wisdom.


 34  ∂ (10) And he called the people unto him with his disciples, and said unto them, (*) Whosoever will follow me, let him forsake himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.


(10) The disciples of Christ must bear stoutly what burden forever the Lord layeth upon them, and subdue the affections of the flesh.

(*) Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23; Luke 14:27 .


 35 For whosoever will (*) save his life, shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospelís, he shall (♣) save it.


(*) Matthew 10:39; Matthew 16:25; Luke 9:24; Luke 17:33 .

(♣) For mortality and corruption, he shall receive immorality and perfection.


 36  (11) For what shall it profit a man, though he should win the whole world, if he lose his soul?


(11) They are the most foolish of all men which purchase the enjoying of this life with the loss of everlasting bliss.


 37 Or what shall a man give for exchange of his soul?


 38  (*) For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words among this adulterous and sinful generation, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed also, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy Angels.


(*) Matthew 10:33; Luke 9:26; Luke 12:9 .





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