Mark 1:14-20

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 1Now after John was arrested, Jesus 2came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
15 and saying, 3"The time is fulfilled, and 4the kingdom of God is at hand; 5repent and believe in the gospel."

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 6Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
17 And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become 7fishers of men."
18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.
20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

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Mark 1:14-20 Meaning and Commentary


This is the title of the book, the subject of which is the Gospel; a joyful account of the ministry, miracles, actions, and sufferings of Christ: the writer of it was not one of the twelve apostles, but an evangelist; the same with John Mark, or John, whose surname was Mark: John was his Hebrew name, and Mark his Gentile name, Ac 12:12,25, and was Barnabas's sister's son, Col 4:10, his mother's name was Mary, Ac 12:12. The Apostle Peter calls him his son, 1Pe 5:13, if he is the same; and he is thought to have wrote his Gospel from him {a}, and by his order, and which was afterwards examined and approved by him {b} it is said to have been wrote originally in Latin, or in the Roman tongue: so say the Arabic and Persic versions at the beginning of it, and the Syriac version says the same at the end: but of this there is no evidence, any more, nor so much, as of Matthew's writing his Gospel in Hebrew. The old Latin copy of this, is a version from the Greek; it is most likely that it was originally written in Greek, as the rest of the New Testament.

{a} Papias apud Euseb. Hist. l. 3. c. 39. Tertull. adv. Marcion. l. 4. c. 5. {b} Hieron. Catalog. Script. Eccles. p. 91. sect. 18.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Matthew 4:12; Matthew 14:3; Luke 3:20; [John 3:24]
  • 2. Matthew 4:17, 23
  • 3. Daniel 9:25; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:10; [Luke 21:8; John 7:8]
  • 4. See Matthew 3:2
  • 5. Acts 19:4; Acts 20:21; Hebrews 6:1
  • 6. For ver. 16-20, see Matthew 4:18-22; [Luke 5:2-11; John 1:40-42]
  • 7. Matthew 13:47
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