Mark Chapter 6 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Christ is contemned of his countreymen. 7 He giueth the twelue power ouer vncleane spirits. 14 Diuers opinions of Christ. 18 Iohn Baptist is beheaded, 29 and buried. 30 The Apostles returne from preaching. 34 The miracle of fiue loaues and two fishes. 45 Christ walketh on the Sea: 53 And healeth all that touch him.
2 And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the Synagogue: and many hearing him, were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? And what wisedome is this which is giuen vnto him, that euen such mightie workes are wrought by his hands?
11 And whosoeuer shall not receiue you, nor heare you, when yee depart thence, shake off the dust vnder your feet, for a testimonie against them: Uerely I say vnto you, it shalbe more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of iudgement, then for that citie.11
22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod, and them that sate with him, the king said vnto the damosell, Aske of me whatsoeuer thou wilt, and I will giue it thee.
41 And when he had taken the fiue loaues, and the two fishes, he looked vp to heauen, and blessed, and brake the loaues, and gaue them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes diuided he among them all.
56 And whithersouer he entred, into villages, or cities, or countrie, they laide the sicke in the streetes, & besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him, were made whole.56
View Wesley's Notes for Mark Chapter 6
6:1 #Mt 13:54|; Lu 4:16.
6:3 Is not this the carpenter? - There can be no doubt, but in his youth he wrought with his supposed father Joseph.
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.
6:6 He marvelled - As man. As he was God, nothing was strange to him.
6:7 #Mt 10:1|; Lu 9:1.
6:8 He commanded them to take nothing for their journey - That they might be always unincumbered, free, ready for motion. Save a staff only - He that had one might take it; but he that had not was not to provide one, #Matt 10:9|. #Lu 9:3|.
6:9 Be shod with sandals - As you usually are. Sandals were pieces of strong leather or wood, tied under the sole of the foot by thongs, something resembling modern clogs. The shoes which they are in St. Matthew forbidden to take, were a kind of short boots, reaching a little above the mid - leg, which were then commonly used in journeys. Our Lord intended by this mission to initiate them into their apostolic work. And it was doubtless an encouragement to them all their life after, to recollect the care which God took of them, when they had left all they had, and went out quite unfurnished for such an expedition. In this view our Lord himself leads them to consider it, #Luke 22:35:| When I sent you forth without purse or scrip, lacked ye any thing?
6:10 #Mt 10:11|; Lu 9:4.
6:12 #Lu 9:6|.
6:13 They anointed with oil many that were sick - Which St. James gives as a general direction, #Jas 5:14|,15, adding those peremptory words, And the Lord shall heal him - He shall be restored to health: not by the natural efficacy of the oil, but by the supernatural blessing of God. And it seems this was the great standing means of healing, desperate diseases in the Christian Church, long before extreme unction was used or heard of, which bears scarce any resemblance to it; the former being used only as a means of health; the latter only when life is despaired of.
6:14 #Mt 14:1|; Lu 9:7.
6:15 A prophet, as one of the prophets - Not inferior to one of the ancient prophets.
6:16 But Herod hearing thereof - Of their various judgments concerning him, still said, It is John.
6:20 And preserved him - Against all the malice and contrivances of Herodias. And when he heard him - Probably sending for him, at times, during his imprisonment, which continued a year and a half. He heard him gladly - Delusive joy! While Herodias lay in his bosom.
6:21 A convenient day - Convenient for her purpose. His lords, captains, and principal men of Galilee - The great men of the court, the army, and the province.
6:23 To the half of my kingdom - A proverbial expression.
6:26 Yet for his oath's sake, and for the sake of his guests - Herod's honour was like the conscience of the chief priests, #Matt 27:6|. To shed innocent blood wounded neither one nor the other.
6:30 #Lu 9:10|.
6:31 #Mt 14:13|; John 6:1.
6:32 They departed - Across a creek or corner of the lake.
6:34 Coming out - of the vessel.
6:40 They sat down in ranks - The word properly signifies a parterre or bed in a garden; by a metaphor, a company of men ranged in order, by hundreds and by fifties - That is, fifty in rank, and a hundred in file. So a hundred multiplied by fifty, make just five thousand.
6:43 Full of the fragments - of the bread.
6:45 He constrained his disciples - Who did not care to go without him. #Mt 14:22|.
6:46 #Mt 14:23|; John 6:15.
6:48 And he saw them - For the darkness could veil nothing from him. And would have passed by them - That is, walked, as if he was passing by.
6:52 Their heart was hardened - And yet they were not reprobates. It means only, they were slow and dull of apprehension.
6:53 #Mt 14:34|; John 6:21.
Mark Chapter 6 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
4 Iohn 4.4.
6 Mat.9.35 luke 13.22.
8 The word signifieth a piece of brasse money, in value somewhat lesse then a farthing, mat. 10.9. but here it is taken in generall for mony.
11 Mat.10.14 , Act.13.51
19 Or, an inward grudge
20 Or, kept him or saued him.
27 Or, one of his guard.
35 Matth. 14.15.
37 The Rom. penie is seuen pence halfe penie as Mat.18.28
45 Or, ouer against Bethsaida.
56 Or, it.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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