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Mark 8:31

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

31 1And he began to teach them that 2the Son of Man must 3suffer many things and 4be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and 5after three days rise again.

Mark 8:31 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 8:31

And he began to teach them
For as yet he had said nothing to them about his sufferings and death, at least in express terms; but now they being firmly established in the faith of him, as the Messiah, he thought it proper to inform them,

that the son of man must suffer many things;
meaning himself, as that he should be betrayed, apprehended, and bound, should be smitten, spit upon, buffeted, and scourged; and which things must be done, and he suffer them, because it was so determined by God, and foretold in the Scriptures:

and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests and Scribes;
which composed the grand sanhedrim of the nation, and are the builders that were prophesied of by whom he should be rejected, ( Psalms 118:22 ) ,

and be killed;
in a violent manner; his life be taken away by force, without law, or justice:

and after three days rise again:
not after three days were ended, and on the fourth day, but after the third day was come; that is, "on the third day", as the Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read; and even the Pharisees themselves thus understood Christ, ( Matthew 27:63 Matthew 27:64 ) , so the phrase, "after eight days", is used for the eighth day, being come, or that same day a week later; see ( Luke 9:28 ) compared with ( Matthew 17:1 ) ( John 20:26 ) .

Mark 8:31 In-Context

29 And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."
30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man."

Cross References 5

  • 1. For ch. 8:31 - 9:1, see Matthew 16:21-28; Luke 9:22-27
  • 2. Mark 10:33; [Luke 13:33]
  • 3. Mark 9:30, 31; Matt. 17:12, 22, 23; Luke 24:7
  • 4. Luke 17:25; 1 Peter 2:4; [Mark 12:10]
  • 5. Mark 10:34; Matthew 27:63; [Matthew 12:40]; See John 2:19
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