Mark 8:11-30

The Pharisees Demand a Sign

11 1The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, 2seeking from him 3a sign from heaven 4to test him.
12 And 5he sighed deeply 6in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."
13 And 7he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod

14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
15 And he cautioned them, saying, "Watch out; 8beware of 9the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of 10Herod."[a]
16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread.
17 And 11Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? 12Do you not yet perceive 13or understand? 14Are your hearts hardened?
18 15Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?
19 When I broke 16the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They said to him, "Twelve."
20 "And 17the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to him, "Seven."
21 And he said to them, "Do you not yet understand?"

Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 And they came 18to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.
23 And 19he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when 20he had 21spit on his eyes and 22laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?"
24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, but they look like trees, walking."
25 Then Jesus[b] laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
26 And he sent him to his home, saying, 23"Do not even enter the village."

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

27 24And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
28 And they told him, 25"John the Baptist; and others say, 26Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."
29 And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, 27"You are 28the Christ."
30 29And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

Mark 8:11-30 In-Context

9 And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away.
10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.
11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."
13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.
14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
15 And he cautioned them, saying, "Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread.
17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?
19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They said to him, "Twelve."
20 "And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to him, "Seven."
21 And he said to them, "Do you not yet understand?"
22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.
23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?"
24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, but they look like trees, walking."
25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
26 And he sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village."
27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
28 And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."
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.

Cross References 29

  • 1. For ver. 11-21, see Matthew 16:1-12
  • 2. 1 Corinthians 1:22; See Matthew 12:38
  • 3. Luke 11:16; Luke 21:11
  • 4. John 8:6
  • 5. Mark 7:34
  • 6. John 11:33
  • 7. Matthew 4:13; Matthew 21:17
  • 8. Luke 12:1
  • 9. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Galatians 5:9
  • 10. [Mark 3:6; Mark 12:13]
  • 11. Matthew 26:10
  • 12. Mark 7:18
  • 13. Mark 6:52
  • 14. Mark 6:52
  • 15. Jeremiah 5:21; Ezekiel 12:2; [Isaiah 42:18, 19; Isaiah 43:8; Matthew 13:13]
  • 16. Mark 6:41, 44
  • 17. ver. 6, 9
  • 18. See Mark 6:45
  • 19. Mark 7:33
  • 20. Mark 7:33
  • 21. John 9:6
  • 22. See Mark 5:23
  • 23. ver. 23; [Matthew 8:4]
  • 24. For ver. 27-29, see Matthew 16:13-16; Luke 9:18-20
  • 25. Mark 6:14; Matthew 14:2; Luke 9:7
  • 26. Luke 9:8; [Mark 9:11; Matthew 17:10; John 1:21]
  • 27. John 11:27
  • 28. Mark 14:61, 62; See Matthew 1:17
  • 29. Matthew 16:20; Luke 9:21; See Matthew 12:16

Footnotes 2

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