Mark 13:9

9 1"But 2be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten 3in synagogues, and you will stand before 4governors and 5kings for my sake, 6to bear witness before them.

Mark 13:9 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 13:9

But take heed to yourselves
This does not so much regard their doctrine and conversation, they were to take heed to; in which sense this phrase is sometimes used; but the security of their persons and lives; and the advice is, to take care of them selves, as much as in them lay, how they came into the hands of the persecuting Jews, and exposed themselves to danger, when at any time it could be avoided:

for they shall deliver you up to councils;
their greater and lesser sanhedrim; the one consisting of seventy one persons, the other of twenty three, and the least of three only; and before the greater of these, Peter and John were brought, quickly, after the ascension of Christ:

and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten;
with forty stripes, save one, as the Apostle Paul was, five, times:

and ye shall be brought before rulers;
governors of Roman provinces, as the same apostle was, before Gallio, Festus, and Felix:

and kings for my sake;
for the sake of professing Christ, and preaching his Gospel; as some of the apostles were, before Herod, Agrippa, Nero, Domitian, and others:

for a testimony against them:
both against the rulers and kings before whom they should be brought, and bear a testimony for Christ, and against the Jews, who should bring them thither; (See Gill on Matthew 10:17), (See Gill on Matthew 10:18).

Mark 13:9 In-Context

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.
11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

Cross References 6

  • 1. For ver. 9, 11-13, [Matthew 10:17-22; Luke 12:11, 12]
  • 2. ver. 5; 2 John 8
  • 3. See Matthew 23:34
  • 4. Acts 17:6; Acts 18:12; Acts 24:1; Acts 25:6
  • 5. [Acts 27:24]
  • 6. See Matthew 8:4
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