Mark 6:5

“And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he could there doe no mightie worke, saue that he laid his hands vpon a few sicke folke, and healed them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he was unable to do any work of power there, but only to put his hands on one or two persons who were ill, and make them well.
- Basic English Bible

And he could not do any work of power there, save that laying his hands on a few infirm persons he healed [them].
- Darby Bible

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick persons, and healed them.
- Webster's Bible

And He could not do any miracle there, except that He laid His hands on a few who were out of health and cured them; and
- Weymouth Bible

He could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people, and healed them.
- World English Bible

And he myyte not do there ony vertu, saue that he helide a fewe sijk men, leiynge on hem hise hoondis.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he was not able there any mighty work to do, except on a few infirm people having put hands he did heal [them];
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 6:5

6:5 He could do no miracle there - Not consistently with his wisdom and goodness. It being inconsistent with his wisdom to work them there, where it could not promote his great end; and with his goodness, seeing he well knew his countrymen would reject whatever evidence could be given them. And therefore to have given them more evidence, would only have increased their damnation.

People's Bible Notes for Mark 6:5

Mr 6:5 He could there do no mighty work. Matthew states the reason: "Because of their unbelief" (Mt 13:58). It was not from want of power, but of the conditions that he required. Those in need of help must either have faith enough to seek his help, or their friends must have faith. As faith is the condition of the salvation of the soul, so Christ required it as a condition of the salvation of the body from disease or death.

Discussion for Mark 6

  • BSP
    Verse 11 tells us how to react when people reject our message. We are simply to shake the dust off our feet and leave. There is no need to argue.
  • Joe
    Jesus preformed only a few miracles in his own country because of unbelief due to the fact that the people knew him and his family. However, if we think about this, it is just another testimony that Jesus was indeed the Christ having received the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove after John baptised him - totally transformed from the boy man that the locals knew.
  • Rev. LaDonna for verse 11
    When you are passing through a place whether you have been there or not before and the light of God and his truth was upon you and the people did not hear you... let this be your testimony that your were not received. Did they relate to you when you were among them in the past, present, or future? Then you need to not return or share the ground that they tread on because they are not right with the Lord. Pray for such as these because they did not heed nor do they want to because they are self-centered and will be subjected to judgement of the "Most High!"
  • Bob corrigan for verse 11
    When the Jews traveled back to Israel from lands they considered pagan. they would shake off the dust of the pagan lands as it was considered unholy and rejected by God. So, when Jesus commanded to shake the dust off the feet when a village or city rejected the disciples, it was a statement that God would reject and condemn that village or city. In Acts 13:49-51, we see Paul and Barnabas, "shaking the dust off their feet" toward the Jews stirring up trouble.
  • Ace
    Avsje Lazarus believed in his lifetime, therefore Jesus accepted his faith and rose him from the dead. The demon-possessed man would have believed if he were not in his situation, as evidenced by his request to be a disciple. It's different when a person has faith and is just incapacitated - Jesus honors that. It's unbelief that makes him not want to perform miracles. The conditions aren't right. Of course, he could, but he has a requirement and will not extend his grace to those who do not deserve it.
  • Jesus did not do mighty miracles because of their lack of faith in Him. He raised Lazarus from the dead when no one had faith, neither did Lazarus because he was dead. Jesus casted out demons when the man had no faith, for the demon had taken over and was in full control. There was always a reason why Jesus did what he did. Of course, Jesus has the power to heal the world, but while in his home town, he marveled at their unbelief. For by faith are we made whole. So, does our lack of faith prevent Jesus from healing or does it prevent our bodies from being healed?

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