Mark 14:1-72


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Mark 14

1After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

2But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

3And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

4And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

5For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.

6And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

7For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

8She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

9Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

10And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

12And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?

13And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.

14And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

15And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.

16And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

17And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.

18And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.

19And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?

20And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.

21The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.

24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

26And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

27And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

28But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

29But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

30And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

31But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

34And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?

38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

39And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

40And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him.

41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

42Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

43And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

45And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.

46And they laid their hands on him, and took him.

47And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

48And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?

49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

50And they all forsook him, and fled.

51And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:

52And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

53And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

54And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.

55And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.

56For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.

57And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,

58We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

59But neither so did their witness agree together.

60And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

61But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

62And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

63Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?

64Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

66And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:

67And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.

68But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.

69And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.

70And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.

71But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.

72And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Mark.

The Gospel of Mark, the shortest, is also held by most to be the first of the Gospels to be written. A tradition dating from the 2nd century ascribes this book to John Mark, a companion of Peter and also of Paul and Barnabas in their missionary endeavors. The preaching of Peter may well have been the source of most of Mark’s material. Mark accounts for the ministry of Jesus from His Baptism to His Ascension. Most commentaries agree Mark’s purpose was neither biographical nor historical, but theological: to present Jesus as the Christ, the mighty worker rather than great teacher. Hence, Mark makes fewer references to the Parables and discourses, but meticulously records each of Jesus’ “mighty works” as evidence of His divine power. Mark contains 20 specific miracles and alludes to others. Bible scholars quite generally agree that Mark wrote his Gospel in Rome for the gentiles.

THE WORD. THE INTERNAL SENSE.
  1. after two days was the [feast of the] passover and unleavened bread: and the chief Priests and the Scribes sought how, having taken Him by craft, they might put [Him] to death.
that at the very time of celebrating representatively their deliverance from damnation bv the Divine Human Principle of the lord, the Jewish nation sought to destroy that Principle. (Verse 1.)
  1. But they said, Not on the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.
Being withheld only by external considerations respecting themselves. (Verse 2.)
  1. And when He was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster-box of ointment of pure spikenard, very precious; and having broken the box, she poured it on His head.
On which occasion preparation is made for the trial by a more intimate communication of Divine Good to the Human Principle. (Verse 3.)
  1. And there were some who had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
  2. For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor; and they murmured against her.
But this process appears needless to those who are in external good and truth, and who suppose that the Divine Good is communicable to all alike, without regard to their capacity of reception. (Verses 4, 5.)
  1. But Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble you her? She has worked a good work on Me.
Until they are instructed that a more interior affection and communication of Divine Good is needful to prepare for final combat and victory. (Verse 6.)
  1. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will, you may do them good: but Me you have not always.
  2. She has done what she could: she has beforehand anointed My body to the burying.
Especially in the case of the glorification of the lord’s Human Essence. (Verses 7, 8.)
  1. Verily I say to you, Wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached through the whole world, what she also has done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
Therefore this ought to be known and remembered in the church with affection. (Verse 9.)
  1. And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief Priests, to betray Him to them.
  2. And when they heard, they rejoiced, and promised to give him money; and he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.
That the lord’s merit, together with the redemption and salvation worked by Him, were held in small estimation by the Jewish nation, therefore He was rejected by them. (Verses 10, 11.)
  1. And on the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the passover, His disciples said to Him, Where will You that we go and prepare that You may eat the passover?
And this at the time that all things were preparing by the lord for the glorification of His Human principle, and for their liberation from infernal falses. (Verse 12.)
  1. And He sends forth two of His disciples, and saith to them, Go you into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
  2. And wherever he shall go in, say to the master of the house, The Teacher saith, Where is the guest-chamber [or inn], where I may eat the passover with My disciples?
  3. And he will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.
  4. And His disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as He had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
To celebrate which glorification the church is conducted by Divine Truth leading to Divine Good. (Verses 13—16.)
  1. And when it was evening, He comes with the twelve.
  2. And as they reclined and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say to you, That one of you who eats with Me shall betray Me.
On which occasion the lord’s rejection by the Jewish nation is predicted. (Verses 17, 18.)
  1. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, Is it I? and another [said], Is it I?
Exciting thus self-examination in the minds of those who are principled in goods and truths. (Verse 19.)
  1. But He answering, said unto them, It is one of the twelve that dips with Me in the dish.
Whereby they discover that the rejection of the lord is an effect of self-love, which does not distinguish between Divine power and human. (Verse 20.)
  1. The Son of Man goes indeed, as it is written of Him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It were good for that man if he had never been born.
And thus fulfills what had been predicted, and plunges itself into a total separation from all good and truth, which is rendered the more terrible by reason of the previous admission of the knowledges of what is good and true. (Verse 21.)
  1. And as they did eat, Jesus taking bread, and having blessed it, break it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is My body.
  2. And taking the cup, when He had given thanks, He gave [it] to them: and they all drank of it.
  3. And He said to them, This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many.
That the lord taught by representatives that all saving good and truth are from Himself, and are communicated by Him to those who are in a state of reception. (Verses 22—24.)
  1. Verily I say to you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
But that this truth cannot be fully received in this life, but in the other. (Verse 25.)
  1. And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.
  2. And Jesus says to them, All you shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
  3. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
That the lord from His Divine Love predicted the last time of the Old Church, and the first of the New. (Verses 26—28.)
  1. But Peter said to Him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.
But that they who are in the science of truth, separate from obedience, do not believe this. (Verse 29.)
  1. And Jesus says to him, Verily I say to you, That today, in this night, before the cock crow twice, you shall deny Me thrice.
Therefore they are instructed, that it is the last time of the church, when the truth of faith is indeed taught, but is not believed, and when there is no faith in the lord, because no charity. (Verse 30.)
  1. But he said the more vehemently, If I should die with You, I will not deny Thee. In like manner said they all.
Nevertheless, they who are in faith alone, still insist that they do believe in the lord. (Verse 31.)
  1. And they came to a place called Gethsemane: and He says to His disciples, Sit you here, whilst I pray
That the lord’s Divine rational principle prepared itself to undergo the most grievous and cruel temptations, on which occasion He separated the former rational principle. (Verse 32.)
  1. And He takes with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be amazed and to be depressed.
  2. And He says to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful to death: tarry you here, and watch.
And attached Himself to the spiritual and celestial things of the church, yet afterwards removed Himself from them also. (Verses 33, 34.)
  1. And going forward a little, He fell upon the earth, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
  2. And He said, Abba, Father, all things are possible to You; remove this cup from Me: yet not what I will, but what You [will].
And enters by most grievous temptations into close union with the Divine Good, through the entire surrender of His Human principle. (Verses 35, 36.)
  1. And He comes and findeth them sleeping, and says to Peter, Simon, sleepest you? couldest you not watch one hour?
And from that union communicates with those who are “principled in the goods and truths of the church, cautioning them especially against separating faith from charity. (Verse 37.)
  1. Watch you and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
And teaching that charity and faith ought to be conjoined as the only security against infernal evils and falses. (Verse 38.)
  1. And again going away, He prayed, saying the same word.
  2. And when He returned, He found them again sleeping, (for their eyes were heavy), and they knew not what to answer Him.
  3. And He comes the third time, and says to them, Sleep on now, and take rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
  4. Arise, let us go; be hold, he that betrays Me is at hand.
Thus through a process of successive temptations, until it was complete, the lord united His Human Essence to the Divine, and by subduing the hells, restored order to heaven and the church. (Verses 39—43.)
  1. And immediately, while He yet spoke, comes Judas, being one of the twelve, and with him much multitude with swords and staves, from the chief Priests and the Scribes and the Elders.
Being entirely rejected by the Jewish nation, who, through falses and evils had destroyed in themselves all truth and good. (Verse 43.)
  1. But he that betrayed Him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, the same is He; take Him, and lead [Him] away safely.
  2. And coming, [and] immediately going up to Him, he says, Rabbi, Rabbi; and kissed Him.
And thus had only external connection with Him, but no internal conjunction. (Verses 44, 45.)
  1. And they laid their hands on Him, and took Him.
On which account they did violence to the Word. (Verse 46.)
  1. And one of them that stood by, drawing a sword, smote a servant of the High Priest, and cut off his ear.
And no longer obeyed its truths, but perished in the falses which they believed. (Verse 47.)
  1. And Jesus answering, said to them, Are you come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves to take Me?
Treating the Word with contumely, as if it deprived them of their natural rights and liberty. (Verse 48.)
  1. I was with you daily in the temple teaching, and you laid no hold on Me; but the Scriptures must be fulfilled.
  2. And forsaking Him, they all fled.
And in so doing, fulfilling the Word. (Verses 49, 50.)
  1. And there followed Him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about [his] naked [body]; and the young men laid hold on him:
  2. But he, leaving the linen cloth, fled from them naked.
  3. And they led Jesus away to the High Priest: and with him were assembled all the High Priests and the Elders and the Scribes.
Insomuch that they divested themselves even of its external truth, so as to have no covering for their natural evils and falses. (Verses 51, 52.)
  1. And Peter followed Him afar off, even into the palace of the High Priest; and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
  2. But the High Priests and the whole council sought for witness against Jesus to put Him to death, and found none.
  3. For many bare false witness against Him, but their witnesses were not alike.
  4. And certain persons standing up, bare false witness against Him, saying,
  5. We heard Him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
  6. But neither did their testimony agree.
On which occasion they assault the Human Essence of the lord with all manner of false charges. (Verses 54—60.)
  1. And the High Priest standing up in the midst, asked Jesus, saying, Answerest You nothing? What [is it which] these witness against You?
  2. But He was silent, and answered nothing. Again the High Priest asked Him, and says to Him, Art You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
  3. But Jesus said, I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.
Although He was Himself the purest Innocence, and only testified, in His defence, the union of His Human Essence with the Divine by temptation-combats, and the exaltation of His Human Essence to Omnipotence, and His manifestation of Himself in the internal sense of the Word. (Verses 60—62.)
  1. Then the High Priest rending his clothes, says, What need we any further witnesses?
  2. You have heard the blasphemy, what think you? And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.
  3. And some began to spit upon Him, and to cover His face, and to buffet Him, and to say to Him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike Him with the palms of their hands.
Which testimony is declared to be false, and is derided by those who are in evils and falses. (Verses 63—66.)
  1. And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there comes one of the maids of the High Priest:
  2. And seeing Peter warming himself, looking at him, she says, And you also were with Jesus of Nazareth.
  3. And he denied, saying, I know not, neither under stand I what you say. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
  4. And the maid seeing him again, began to say to those who stood by, This is one of them.
  5. And he again denied; and a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Truly you are [one] of them: for you are a Galilean, and your speech agrees [thereto].
  6. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom you speak.
  7. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter remembered the saying which Jesus said to him, Before the cock crow twice, you shall deny Me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
And is even denied by those who are principled in faith alone without charity. (Verse 66, to the end of the chapter.)

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