Mark 16:18

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They shall take vp serpents, and if they drinke any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sicke, and they shall recouer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly {poison,} it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

they shall take up serpents; and if they should drink any deadly thing it shall not injure them; they shall lay hands upon the infirm, and they shall be well.
- Darby Bible

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
- Webster's Bible

They shall take up venomous snakes, and if they drink any deadly poison it shall do them no harm whatever. They shall lay their hands on the sick, and the sick shall recover."
- Weymouth Bible

they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
- World English Bible

thei schulen do awei serpentis; and if thei drynke ony venym, it schal not noye hem. Thei schulen sette her hondis on sijk men, and thei schulen wexe hoole.
- Wycliffe Bible

serpents they shall take up; and if any deadly thing they may drink, it shall not hurt them; on the ailing they shall lay hands, and they shall be well.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 16:18


16:18 If they drink any deadly thing - But not by their own choice. God never calls us to try any such experiments.


Discussion for Mark 16

  • Judith Douglas
    May God help our unbelief.may the body of Christ go forth and do the great commission Jesus instructed his followers to do.
  • Anne
    The book of Mark 16 elaborate on the resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as the great commission from the Lord to the belivers to preach the gospel to every creation of the world. Everyone is called to evangelise unto all regardless their culture or creed. Tell the world of the love of God that He gave His only son to die at the cross to take away our sins and there is life or judgement to all.
  • MockingBird
    I cannot go into all the world : I have no means as of now to do that : So I believe that this scripture is telling me to go into all of the world into the part that I am in now. I truly believe that Jesus Christ should be made known through the life that I am living : Not only to speak of Him to others : But to be as He is and I am still working on that : I can only tell and do for as much as I know. I am growing a little bit every day . Praise God ! Being able to tell of Jesus on this comment section of the King James Version is also my world and what I tell all of you. What also all of you tell me !!! No telling of whom is receiving this over the Enternet ! Probably all over the world !!!! Pretty Cool : Huh !!!
  • Tarat
    We are all responsible to speak God's Word and spread the gospel good news far and wide. The image shown shows a man with a fist indicating a forceful approach - he should have an open hand indicating an invitation or a gentler approach . This image, although he is excited makes it look like go's going to force it.
  • Joyce
    This a profound chapter, if it was not for the Lord on our side where would we b.He gave us power that we have to have in order to live. He got up for me and you!! Amen
  • Fayth jacobs
    May the Lord be with you and let him save you from your sins.Lord God made you for who you are and always remember that he will always be right beside you and he will always keep an eye on you.He will always forgive you for your sins he is your father obey him and you will go to heaven!God loves you he never ever says he hates you he is the light he is the alpha and the omega he is the lord.Amen.!

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