Mark 8:22-36 NIV

The Healing of a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 They came to Bethsaida,1 and some people brought a blind man2 and begged Jesus to touch him.

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23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit3 on the man's eyes and put his hands on4 him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?"

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24 He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around."
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
26 Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't go into the village.a "

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    • a 8:26 - Some manuscripts "Don't go and tell anyone in the village"

      Peter's Confession of Christ

      8:27-29pp -- Mt 16:13-16; Lk 9:18-20

      27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"

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          28 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist;5 others say Elijah;6 and still others, one of the prophets."

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          29 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ.b "7

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            • b 8:29 - Or "Messiah." "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One."
              30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.8

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              Jesus Predicts His Death

              8:31 -- 9:1pp -- Mt 16:21-28; Lk 9:22-27

              31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man9 must suffer many things10 and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law,11 and that he must be killed12 and after three days13 rise again.14

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              32 He spoke plainly15 about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

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              33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!"16 he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

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              34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.17

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              35 For whoever wants to save his lifec will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.18

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                • c 8:35 - The Greek word means either "life" or "soul "; also in verse 36.
                  36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?