Mark 16:20

20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while 1the Lord worked with them and confirmed 2the message 3by accompanying signs.]]

Mark 16:20 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 16:20

And they went forth
After this the apostles went forth, from Galilee to Jerusalem; and on the day of pentecost, they appeared publicly, and preached the Gospel in divers languages; and after the death of Stephen, and the persecution raised upon that, they went forth from Jerusalem; see ( Isaiah 2:3 ) .

And preached every where;
not only in Judea, and in the neighbouring countries, but all over the world, in process of time:

the Lord working with them;
making their ministry useful, for the conviction and conversion of large multitudes, and for the forming and settling abundance of Gospel churches, and for the comfort and edification of the saints; all which was done, by the power and grace of Christ, without whom they could do nothing; see ( 1 Corinthians 3:9 ) .

And confirming the word with signs following;
the Arabic version adds "them"; or "which they did", as the Syriac and Persic versions render it; not by their own power, but, as the latter of these versions adds, "by the help of our Lord"; see ( Hebrews 2:4 ) ; to all which, the evangelist puts his

so let it be, or so it shall be, and so it was.

Mark 16:20 In-Context

18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]

Cross References 3

  • 1. Hebrews 2:3, 4; See 1 Corinthians 3:9
  • 2. See Mark 4:14
  • 3. See Acts 5:12
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