Mark 13:8

8 For 1nation will rise against nation, and 2kingdom against kingdom. There will be 3earthquakes in various places; there will be 4famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

Mark 13:8 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 13:8

For nation shall rise against nation
The nations of the world one against another, and the Romans against the Jews, and the Jews against them:

and kingdom against kingdom;
which is a synonymous phrase with the former, and what the Jews call, (twnwv twlm) , "different words", expressing the same thing, often used in their commentaries:

and there shall be earthquakes in divers places;
of the world:

and there shall be famines:
especially in Judea, as in the times of Claudius Caesar, and at the siege of Jerusalem:

and troubles;
public ones of various sorts, as tumults, seditions, murders This word is omitted in the Vulgate Latin, and Ethiopic versions.

These are the beginnings of sorrows;
as of a woman with child, as the word signifies; whose pains before, though they are the beginnings and pledges of what shall come after, are not to be compared with those that immediately precede, and attend the birth of the child: and so all those troubles, which should be some time before the destruction of Jerusalem, would be but small, but light afflictions, the beginning of sorrows, in comparison of what should immediately go before, and attend that desolation; (See Gill on Matthew 24:7), (See Gill on Matthew 24:8).

Mark 13:8 In-Context

6 Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray.
7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet.
8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 "But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.

Cross References 4

  • 1. 2 Chronicles 15:6; [Revelation 6:4]
  • 2. Isaiah 19:2
  • 3. Revelation 6:12
  • 4. Acts 11:28; Revelation 6:8
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