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.
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.
Mark Chapter 14
|THE WORD.||THE INTERNAL SENSE.|
||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.)|
||Being withheld only by external considerations respecting themselves. (Verse 2.)|
||On which occasion preparation is made for the trial by a more intimate communication of Divine Good to the Human Principle. (Verse 3.)|
||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.)|
||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.)|
||Especially in the case of the glorification of the lord’s Human Essence. (Verses 7, 8.)|
||Therefore this ought to be known and remembered in the church with affection. (Verse 9.)|
||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.)|
||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.)|
||To celebrate which glorification the church is conducted by Divine Truth leading to Divine Good. (Verses 13—16.)|
||On which occasion the lord’s rejection by the Jewish nation is predicted. (Verses 17, 18.)|
||Exciting thus self-examination in the minds of those who are principled in goods and truths. (Verse 19.)|
||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.)|
||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.)|
||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.)|
||But that this truth cannot be fully received in this life, but in the other. (Verse 25.)|
||That the lord from His Divine Love predicted the last time of the Old Church, and the first of the New. (Verses 26—28.)|
||But that they who are in the science of truth, separate from obedience, do not believe this. (Verse 29.)|
||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.)|
||Nevertheless, they who are in faith alone, still insist that they do believe in the lord. (Verse 31.)|
||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.)|
||And attached Himself to the spiritual and celestial things of the church, yet afterwards removed Himself from them also. (Verses 33, 34.)|
||And enters by most grievous temptations into close union with the Divine Good, through the entire surrender of His Human principle. (Verses 35, 36.)|
||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.)|
||And teaching that charity and faith ought to be conjoined as the only security against infernal evils and falses. (Verse 38.)|
||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.)|
||Being entirely rejected by the Jewish nation, who, through falses and evils had destroyed in themselves all truth and good. (Verse 43.)|
||And thus had only external connection with Him, but no internal conjunction. (Verses 44, 45.)|
||On which account they did violence to the Word. (Verse 46.)|
||And no longer obeyed its truths, but perished in the falses which they believed. (Verse 47.)|
||Treating the Word with contumely, as if it deprived them of their natural rights and liberty. (Verse 48.)|
||And in so doing, fulfilling the Word. (Verses 49, 50.)|
||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.)|
||On which occasion they assault the Human Essence of the lord with all manner of false charges. (Verses 54—60.)|
||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.)|
||Which testimony is declared to be false, and is derided by those who are in evils and falses. (Verses 63—66.)|
||And is even denied by those who are principled in faith alone without charity. (Verse 66, to the end of the chapter.)|
- John 13-14 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
- Matthew 26 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
- Matthew 2:1-23, 3:1-17, 4:1-25 (vidblogdotcom.wordpress.com)
- Mark 14 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
- John Chapter 21 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- John Chapter 18 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- Matthew 26-27, KJV (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)