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MARK, 13
Do not be alarmed

13:1     And when he was going out of the Temple, one of his disciples said to him, Master, see, what stones and what buildings ! 2 And Jesus said to him, Do you see these great buildings ? there is not one stone here resting on another which will not be overturned.

13:3     And while he was seated on the Mountain of Olives opposite the Temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew said to him privately, 4 Say when these things will be, and what will be the sign when these things are all about to be done. 5 And Jesus said to them, Take care that you are not tricked by anyone. 6 People will come in my name, saying, I am he ; and a number will be turned from the true way. 7 And when you have news of wars and talk of wars, do not be troubled ; these things have to be, but it is still not the end. 8 Nation will go to war with nation, and kingdom with kingdom : there will be earth-shocks in different places ; there will be times when there is no food; these things are the first of the troubles.

13:9     But take care : for they will give you up to the Sanhedrins ; and in Synagogues you will be whipped ; and you will be taken before rulers and kings because of me, for a sign to them. 10 And the good news has first to be given to all the nations. 11 And when you are taken and given up to be judged, do not be troubled about what to say : but whatever is given to you in that hour, say : because it is not you who say it, but the Holy Spirit. :12 And brother will give up brother to death, and the father his child; and children will go against their fathers and mothers, and put them to death. 13 And you will be hated by all men, because of my name ; but he who goes through to the end will have salvation.

13:14     But when you see the unclean thing which makes destruction, in the place where it has no right to be (let this be clear to the reader), then let those who are in Judaea go quickly to the mountains : 15 And let him who is on the house-top not go down, or go in, to take anything out of his house : 16 And let not him who is in the field go back to take his coat. 17 And it will be hard for women who are with child and for her who has a baby at the breast in those days. 18 And say a prayer that it may not be in the winter. 19 For in those days there will be sorrow, such as there has not been from the time when God made the world till now, and will not ever be again. 20 And if the Lord had not made the time short, no flesh would have been kept from destruction ; but because of the saints he has made the time short. 21 And then if any man says to you, See, here is Christ ; or, See, there ; have no faith in it: 22 Because there will be false Christs and false prophets, and they will give signs and wonders in the hope of turning even the saints from the true way. 23 But take care ; see, I have made all things clear to you before the time.

13:24     But in those days, after that time of trouble, the sun will be made dark and the moon will not give her light, 25 And the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers which are in the heavens will be moved. 26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels, and will get together his saints from the four winds, from the farthest part of the earth to the farthest part of heaven.

13:28     Take an example from the fig-tree : when its branches become soft and put out their leaves, you see that the summer is near ; 29 Even so, when you see these things taking place, you may be certain that he is near, even at the doors. 30 Truly, I say to you, This generation will not come to an end till all these things are complete. 31 Heaven and earth will come to an end, but my words will not come to an end.

13:32     But of that day or that hour no one has knowledge, not even the angels in heaven, or the Son, but the Father. 33 Take care, keep watch with prayer : for you are not certain when the time will be. 34 It is as when a man who is in another country for a time, having gone away from his house, and given authority to his servants and to everyone his work, gives the porter an order to keep watch. 35 So you are to keep watch : because you are not certain when the master of the house is coming, in the evening, or in the middle of the night, or at the cock's cry, or in the morning ; 36 For fear that, coming suddenly, he sees you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all, Keep watch.

MARK, 14
The last supper

14:1     It was now two days before the feast of the Passover and the unleavened bread : and the chief priests and the scribes made designs how they might take him by deceit and put him to death : 2 But they said, Not while the feast is going on, for fear there may be trouble among the people.

14:3     And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, seated at table, there came a woman with a bottle of perfumed oil of great price ; and when the bottle was broken she put the perfume on his head. 4 But some of them were angry among themselves, saying, For what purpose has this oil been wasted ? 5 We might have got more than three hundred pence for it, and given the money to the poor. And they said things against her among themselves. 6 But Jesus said, Let her be ; why are you troubling her ? she has done a kind act to me. 7 The poor you have ever with you, and whenever you have the desire you may do them good : but me you have not for ever. 8 She has done what she was able : she has put oil on my body to make it ready for its last resting-place. 9 And truly I say to you, Wherever the good news goes out through all the earth, what this woman has done will be talked of in memory of her.

14:10     And Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests, so that he might give him up to them. 11 And hearing what he said, they were glad, and gave him their word to make him a payment of money. And he took thought how he might best give him up to them.

14:12     And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is put to death, his disciples said to him, Where are we to go and make ready for you to take the Passover meal ? 13 And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, Go into the town, and there will come to you a man with a vessel of water : go after him; 14 And wherever he goes in, say to the owner of the house, The Master says, Where is my guest-room, where I may take the Passover with my disciples ? 15 And he will take you up himself to a great room with a table and seats : there make ready for us. 16 And the disciples went out and came into the town, and saw that it was as he had said : and they made ready the Passover.

14:17     And when it was evening he came with the twelve. 18 And while they were seated taking food, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, One of you will be false to me, one who is taking food with me. 19 They were sad, and said to him one by one, Is it I ? 20 And he said to them, It is one of the twelve, one who is putting his bread with me into the same plate. 21 The Son of man goes, even as the Writings say of him : but cursed is that man through whom the Son of man is given up ! It would have been well for that man if he had never been given birth.

14:22     And while they were taking food, he took bread, and after blessing it, he gave the broken bread to them, and said, Take it : this is my body. 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given praise, he gave it to them : and they all had a drink from it. 24 And he said to them, This is my blood of the testament, which is given for men. 25 Truly I say to you, I will take no more of the fruit of the vine till the day when I take it new in the kingdom of God.

14:26     And after a song of praise to God they went out to the Mountain of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, You will all be turned away from me : for it is in the Writings, I will put the keeper of the sheep to death, and the sheep will be put to flight. 28 But after I have come back from the dead, I will go before you into Galilee. 29 But Peter said to him, Though the others may be turned away from you, I will not. 30 And Jesus said to him, Truly, I say to you that you, today, even this night, before the cock's second cry, will say three times that you have no knowledge of me. 31 But he said with passion, If I have to be put to death with you, I will not be false to you. And they all said the same.

14:32     And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane : and he said to his disciples, Be seated here while I say a prayer. 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and grief and great trouble came on him. 34 And he said to them, My soul is very sad, even to death : be here a little time, and keep watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and falling down on the earth, made request that, if possible, the hour might go from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; take away this cup from me : but even so let not my pleasure, but yours be done. 37 And he came, and saw them sleeping, and said to Peter, Simon, are you sleeping ? were you not able to keep watch one hour ? 38 Keep watch with prayer, so that you may not be put to the test; the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is feeble. 39 And again he went away, and said a prayer, using the same words. 40 And again he came and saw them sleeping, because their eyes were very tired ; and they had nothing to say in answer. 41 And he came the third time, and said to them, Go on sleeping now and take your rest : it is enough; the hour has come ; see, the Son of man is given up into the hands of evil men. 42 Get up, let us be going ; see, he who gives me up is near.

14:43     And straight away, while he was still talking, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great band with swords and sticks, from the chief priests and the scribes and those in authority. 44 Now he who had been false to him had given them a sign, saying, The one to whom I give a kiss, that is he ; take him, and get him away safely. 45 And when he had come, he went straight to him and said, Master; and gave him a kiss. 46 And they put their hands on him, and took him. 47 But a certain one of those who were near took out his sword, and gave the servant of the high priest a blow, cutting off his ear. 48 And Jesus said to them, Have you come out as against a thief, with swords and sticks to take me ? 49 I was with you every day in the Temple teaching, and you did not take me; but this is done so that the Writings may come true. 50 And they all went away from him in fear.

14:51     And a certain young man went after him, with only a linen cloth about his body; and they put their hands on him ; 52 But he got away unclothed, without the linen cloth.

14:53     And they took Jesus away to the high priest; and there came together with him all the chief priests and those in authority and the scribes. 54 And Peter had come after him at a distance, even into the house of the high priest; and he was seated with the captains, warming himself in the light of the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin were looking for witness against Jesus so that they might put him to death; and they were unable to get any. 56 For a number gave false witness against him and their witness was not in agreement. 57 Then some got up and gave false witness against him, saying, 58 He said in our hearing, I will put an end to this Temple which is made with hands, and in three days I will make another without hands. 59 And even so their witness was not in agreement. 60 And the high priest got up in the middle of them, and said to Jesus, Do you say nothing in answer ? what is it which these say against you ? 61 But he kept quiet and said nothing. Again the high priest questioning him said, Are you the Christ, the son of the Holy One ? 62 And Jesus said, I am : and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. 63 And the high priest, violently parting his robes, said, What more need have we of witnesses ? 64 His words against God have come to your ears : what is your opinion ? And they all said it was right for him to be put to death. 65 And some put shame on him and, covering his face, gave him blows and said to him, Now say what is to come : and the captains took him and gave him blows with their hands.

14:66     And while Peter was down in the open square of the building, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came ; 67 And seeing Peter warming himself by the fire, she gave him a look, and said, You were with this Nazarene, even Jesus. 68 But he said, I have no knowledge of him, or of what you are saying : and he went out into the doorway; and there came the cry of a cock. 69 And the girl saw him, and said again to those who were near, This is one of them. 70 But again he said it was not so. And after a little time, again those who were near said to Peter, Truly you are one of them; for you are a Galilaean. 71 But, with curses and oaths, he said, I have no knowledge of the man about whom you are talking. 72 And in the same minute, the cock gave a second cry. And it came to Peter's mind how Jesus had said to him, Before the cock's second cry, you will say three times that you have no knowledge of me. And at this thought he was overcome with weeping.

MARK, 15
The crucifixion

15:1     And the first thing in the morning the chief priests, with those in authority and the scribes and all the Sanhedrin, had a meeting, and put cords round Jesus, and took him away, and gave him up to Pilate. 15:2 And Pilate put a question to him, Are you the King of the Jews ? And he, answering, said to him, You say so. 3 And the chief priests said a number of things against him. 4 And Pilate again put a question, Do you say nothing in answer ? see how much evil they say you have done. 5 But Jesus gave no more answers, so that Pilate was full of wonder.

15:6     Now at the feast every year he let one prisoner go free at their request. 7 And there was one named Barabbas, in prison with those who had gone against the government and in the fight had taken life. 8 And the people went up, requesting him to do as he had done for them in other years. 9 And Pilate said in answer to them, Is it your desire that I let the King of the Jews go free ? 10 For he saw that the chief priests had given him up through envy. 11 But the people were moved by the chief priests to make him let Barabbas go free. 12 And Pilate again said in answer to them, What then am I to do to him to whom you give the name of the King of the Jews ? 13 And they said again loudly, To the cross with him ! 14 And Pilate said to them, Why, what evil has he done ? But their cry was the louder, To the cross ! 15 And Pilate, desiring to do what was pleasing to the people, let Barabbas go free, and gave up Jesus, when he had been whipped, to be put to death on the cross.

15:16     And the men of the army took him away into the square in front of the building which is the Praetorium, and they got together all the band. 17 And they put a purple robe on him, and twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on him; 18 And, as if honouring him, they said, Long life to the King of the Jews ! 19 And they gave him blows on the head with a stick and put shame on him and, going down on their knees, gave him worship. 20 And when they had made sport of him, they took the purple robe off him and put his clothing on him. And they took him out to put him to death on the cross.

15:21     And they made one, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was going by, coming from the country, go with them, so that he might take his cross. 22 And they took him to the place named Golgotha, which is, Dead Man's Head. 23 And they gave him wine mixed with myrrh ; but he did not take it. 24 And he was nailed to the cross; and they made a division of his clothing among them, putting to the decision of chance what everyone was to take. 25 And it was the third hour when they put him on the cross. 26 And the statement of his crime was put in writing on the cross, The King of the Jews. 27 And they put two thieves on crosses with him, one on his right side, and one on his left. 15:28   29 And those who went by made sport of him, shaking their heads, and saying, Ha ! you who give the Temple to destruction, and put it up again in three days, 30 Keep yourself from death, and come down from the cross. 31 In the same way the chief priests, laughing at him among themselves with the scribes, said, A saviour of others, he has no salvation for himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and have belief. And those who were put on crosses with him said evil things against him.

15:33     And when the sixth hour had come, it was dark over all the land till the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour, Jesus said in a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani ? which is, My God, my God, why are you turned away from me ? 35 And some of those who were near, hearing it, said, See, he is crying to Elijah. 36 And one of them went quickly and, getting a sponge full of bitter wine, put it on a rod, and gave it to him for drink, saying, Let be ; let us see if Elijah will come to take him down. 37 And Jesus gave a loud cry, and gave up his spirit. 38 And the curtain of the Temple was parted in two from end to end. 39 And when the captain, who was near, saw how he gave up his spirit, he said, Truly this man was a son of God.

15:40     And there were women watching from a distance : among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome, 41 Who went with him when he was in Galilee and took care of him ; and a number of other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

15:42     And when it was evening, because it was the time of getting ready, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 There came Joseph of Arimathaea, a responsible man in high honour, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God ; and he went in to Pilate without fear, and made a request for the body of Jesus. 44 And Pilate was surprised that he was dead ; and, sending for the captain, he put a question to see if he had been dead for long. 45 And when he had news of it from the captain, he let Joseph have the body. 46 And he got a linen cloth and, taking him down, put the linen cloth round him, and put him in a place for the dead which had been cut out of a rock ; and a stone was rolled against the door. 47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was put.

MARK, 16
He has come back

16:1     And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, got spices, so that they might come and put them on him. 2 And very early after dawn on the first day of the week, they came at the time of the coming up of the sun to the place where the body had been put. 3 And they were saying among themselves, Who will get the stone rolled away from the door for us ? 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back ; and it was of great size. 5 And when they went in, they saw a young man seated on the right side, dressed in a white robe ; and they were full of wonder. 6 And he said to them, Do not be troubled : you are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been put to death on the cross; he has come back from the dead ; he is not here : see, the place where they put him ! 7 But go, say to his disciples and to Peter, He goes before you into Galilee : there you will see him, as he said to you. 8 And they went out quickly from the place, because fear and great wonder had come on them : and they said nothing to anyone, because they were full of fear that . . . 16.8

16:9     Now when he came back from the dead early on the first day of the week, he went first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had sent out seven evil spirits. 10 She went and gave news of it to those who had been with him, while they were sorrowing and weeping. 11 And they, when it came to their ears that he was living, and had been seen by her, had no belief in it.

16:12     And after these things he was seen in another form by two of them, while they were walking on their way into the country. 13 And they went away and gave news of it to the rest ; and they had no belief in what was said.

16:14     And later he was seen by the eleven themselves while they were taking food ; and he said sharp words to them because they had no faith and their hearts were hard, and because they had no belief in those who had seen him after he had come back from the dead. 15 And he said to them, Go into all the world, and give the good news to everyone. 16 He who has faith and is given baptism will get salvation ; but he who has not faith will be judged. 17 And these signs will be with those who have faith : in my name they will send out evil spirits ; and they will make use of new languages ; 18 They will take up snakes, and if there is poison in their drink, it will do them no evil ; they will put their hands on those who are ill, and they will get well.

16:19     So then the Lord Jesus, after he had said these words to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out, preaching everywhere, the Lord working with them, and giving witness to the word by the signs which came after. So be it.

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