Mark 8

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

8:1 In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. So1 Jesus2 called his disciples and said to them, 8:2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days, and they have nothing to eat. 8:3 If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way, and some of them have come from a great distance.” 8:4 His disciples answered him, “Where can someone get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” 8:5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven.” 8:6 Then3 he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. After he took the seven loaves and gave thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples to serve. So4 they served the crowd. 8:7 They also had a few small fish. After giving thanks for these, he told them to serve these as well. 8:8 Everyone5 ate and was satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 8:9 There were about four thousand6 who ate.7 Then he dismissed them.8 8:10 Immediately he got into a boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.9

The Demand for a Sign

8:11 Then the Pharisees10 came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for11 a sign from heaven12 to test him. 8:12 Sighing deeply in his spirit he said, “Why does this generation look for a sign? I tell you the truth,13 no sign will be given to this generation.” 8:13 Then14 he left them, got back into the boat, and went to the other side.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod

8:14 Now15 they had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 8:15 And Jesus16 ordered them,17 “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees18 and the yeast of Herod!” 8:16 So they began to discuss with one another about having no bread.19 8:17 When he learned of this,20 Jesus said to them, “Why are you arguing21 about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Have your hearts been hardened? 8:18 Though you have eyes, don’t you see? And though you have ears, can’t you hear?22 Don’t you remember? 8:19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied, “Twelve.” 8:20 “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you pick up?” They replied,23 “Seven.” 8:21 Then24 he said to them, “Do you still not understand?”25

A Two-stage Healing

8:22 Then26 they came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to Jesus27 and asked him to touch him. 8:23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him outside of the village. Then28 he spit on his eyes, placed his hands on his eyes29 and asked, “Do you see anything?” 8:24 Regaining his sight30 he said, “I see people, but they look like trees walking.” 8:25 Then Jesus31 placed his hands on the man’s32 eyes again. And he opened his eyes,33 his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 8:26 Jesus34 sent him home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”35

Peter’s Confession

8:27 Then Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi.36 On the way he asked his disciples,37 “Who do people say that I am?” 8:28 They said,38 “John the Baptist, others say Elijah,39 and still others, one of the prophets.” 8:29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him,40 “You are the Christ.”41 8:30 Then42 he warned them not to tell anyone about him.43

First Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

8:31 Then44 Jesus45 began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer46 many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law,47 and be killed, and after three days rise again. 8:32 He spoke openly about this. So48 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 8:33 But after turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.”49

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