Mark 9:30-50

Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection

30 1They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know,
31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, 2after three days he will rise."
32 3But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Who Is the Greatest?

33 And 4they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house 5he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?"
34 But they kept silent, for on the way 6they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, 7"If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and 8taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 9"Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and 10whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."

Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us

38 11John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone 12casting out demons in your name,[a] and 13we tried to stop him, because he was not following us."
39 But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.
40 14For the one who is not against us is for us.
41 For truly, I say to you, 15whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

Temptations to Sin

42 16"Whoever causes one of 17these little ones who believe in me to sin,[b]18it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
43 19And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to 20hell,[c] to 21the unquenchable fire.[d]
45 22And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into 23hell.
47 24And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into 25hell,
48 'where 26their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.'
49 For everyone will be salted with fire.[e]
50 27Salt is good, 28but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? 29Have salt in yourselves, and 30be at peace with one another."

Mark 9:30-50 In-Context

28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?"
29 And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer."
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know,
31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?"
34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."
38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us."
39 But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.
40 For the one who is not against us is for us.
41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,
48 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.'
49 For everyone will be salted with fire.
50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

Cross References 30

  • 1. For ver. 30-32, see Matthew 17:22, 23; Luke 9:43-45; [Mark 8:31; Mark 10:32-34]
  • 2. See Mark 8:31
  • 3. Mark 6:52; Luke 2:50; Luke 18:34; Luke 24:25; John 10:6; John 12:16; John 16:17-19; [ver. 10]
  • 4. Matthew 17:24
  • 5. For ver. 33-37, see Matthew 18:1-5; Luke 9:46-48; [Mark 10:35-45]
  • 6. Luke 22:24; [ver. 50]
  • 7. Mark 10:43, 44; Matthew 20:26, 27; Matthew 23:11, 12; Luke 22:26
  • 8. Mark 10:16
  • 9. [Matthew 10:40, 42]
  • 10. [Matthew 10:40, 42]
  • 11. For ver. 38-40, see Luke 9:49, 50
  • 12. Mark 16:17; Matthew 7:22; Luke 10:17; Acts 19:13; [Matthew 12:27]
  • 13. [Numbers 11:28]
  • 14. [Matthew 12:30; Luke 11:23]
  • 15. See Matthew 10:42
  • 16. Matthew 18:6; Luke 17:2; [1 Corinthians 8:12]
  • 17. [Zechariah 13:7]
  • 18. [Mark 14:21]
  • 19. Matthew 5:30; Matthew 18:8
  • 20. See Matthew 5:22, 29
  • 21. ver. 48; Matthew 3:12; See Matthew 25:41
  • 22. Matthew 18:8
  • 23. [See ver. 43 above]
  • 24. Matthew 5:29; Matthew 18:9
  • 25. See Matthew 5:22, 29
  • 26. Isaiah 66:24
  • 27. Luke 14:34
  • 28. Matthew 5:13
  • 29. Ezekiel 43:24; Colossians 4:6; [Ephesians 4:29]
  • 30. Romans 12:18; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:13; [ver. 34]; See Romans 14:19

Footnotes 5

  • [a]. Some manuscripts add who does not follow us
  • [b]. Greek to stumble; also verses 43, 45, 47
  • [c]. Greek Gehenna; also verse 47
  • [d]. Some manuscripts add verses 44 and 46 (which are identical with verse 48)
  • [e]. Some manuscripts add and every sacrifice will be salted with salt
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