0 SAB Mark 9



The last generation

1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Jesus said to the people gathered,

Some of you will still be alive when the kingdom of God comes. [1]

The Transfiguration
9:2-13, Cf. Mt 17:1-9, Lk 9:28-36

2And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

Six days later [2], Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, where he was transfigured.

3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

His clothes were shining and white,

whiter than anything on earth. [3]

4 And there appeared unto them Elijah with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking to Jesus.

7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

A cloud covered them, and a voice came out of the cloud saying,

This is my beloved son. Hear him.

8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

Then they looked around, and Elijah and Moses had gone.

9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.

As they came down the mountain, Jesus told them not to tell anyone what they saw until after he had risen from the dead.

10And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.

And they kept talking to each other, wondering what Jesus meant by rising from the dead. [4]

Jesus: John the Baptist is Elijah
9:11-13, Cf. Mt 11:7-19, 17:1-3

11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elijah must first come?

They asked Jesus,

Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?

12 And he answered and told them, Elijah verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.

Jesus answered,

Elijah must come first and restore everything.

Then the Son of man must suffer.

13 But I say unto you, That Elijah is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.

Elijah came and they did to him what was prophesied. [5]

A boy with a dumb and deaf spirit
9:14-30, Cf. Mt 17:14-20, Lk 9:37-43

14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

When they came down, a large crowd met them.

17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

A man said to Jesus,

Here is my son. He has a dumb spirit.

18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

He foams and gnashes his teeth.

Your disciples tried to cast out the spirit,

but they couldn't do it.

19He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

Jesus said,

You faithless generation!

How long will I have to be with you?

Bring him to me.

20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

So they brought him to Jesus,

and the spirit made him fall on the ground foaming.

23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Jesus said to the father,

If you can believe, everything's possible.

24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

The father cried out in tears, saying,

I believe. Help my unbelief.

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

Jesus said to the foul spirit,

You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you to come out of him and don't go into him anymore. [6]

26And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

After the spirit cried and came out,

the boy looked like he was dead.

27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

But Jesus grabbed him by the hand,

and he stood up.

28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Later, when they were in the house, they asked Jesus,

Why couldn't we cast him out?

29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Jesus said,

You can't expel this kind of spirit unless you pray and fast. [7]

30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.

When they left, Jesus told them not to tell anyone.

Jesus foretells his death (again)

31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.

Jesus said to his disciples,

The Son of man will be killed. Then he'll rise on the third day. [8]

32But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

But they didn't understand, and were afraid to ask him about it.

Who's the greatest?
9:33-37, Cf. Mt 18:1-5, Lk 9:46-48

33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?

As they came to Capernaum, after entering the house, Jesus asked his disciples,

What were you arguing about?

34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

They didn't answer, since they'd been discussing who was the greatest.

35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Jesus said to them,

If you want to be first, you must be the last, and be a servant to everyone.

36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,

37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

And he took a child in his arms and said,

Whoever receives a child in my name, receives me and the one who sent me.

Who's for Jesus?
9:38-41, Cf. Lk 9:49-50

38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

John said to Jesus,

We saw someone casting out devils in your name. [9]

We told him to stop, since he doesn't follow us.

39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

40For he that is not against us is on our part.

41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Jesus said,

Don't tell him to stop.

Whoever does a miracle in my name, won't say bad things about me.

Whoever isn't against us, is for us. [10]

And whoever gives you a cup of water in my name, will be rewarded.

Cut off your hand and pluck out your eye
(if they offend you)
9:42-50, Cf. Mt 18:6-9

42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

Jesus said,

Whoever offends someone who believes in me will suffer a fate worse than drowning.

43And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

44Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

If your hand offends you, cut it off. [11]

It's better to live forever maimed,

than to have two hands in hell.

Where the worms never die and the fire never goes out. [12]

45And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

46Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

If your foot offends you, cut it off.

It's better to live forever maimed,

than to have two feet in hell.

Where the worms never die and the fire never goes out.

47And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

48Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

If your eye offends you, cut it off.

It's better to live forever maimed,

than to have two eyes in hell.

Where the worms never die and the fire never goes out.

Everyone will be salted with fire (salt is good)
9:49-40, Cf. Mt 5:13-16, Lk 14:49-50

49For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Everyone will be salted with fire.

50Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Salt is good.

But if it loses it's flavor, what will it be seasoned with?


Copyright © 1999-2024
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible

Send comments to Steve Wells
at swwells(at)gmail.com