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The Gospel of St Mark

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The 1st Chapter

     The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the son of God, as it is written in the Prophets, behold I send my messenger before your face which shall prepare your way before you. The voice of a crier in the wilderness: prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptise in the wilderness, and preach the *baptime of repentance, for the remission of sins. And all the land of *Jewrie and they of Jerusalem, went out unto him, and were all baptised of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
     John was clothed with camels hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins. And he did eat locusts and wild honey, and preached saying: a stronger then I comes after me, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I have baptised you with water: but he shall baptise you with the holy ghost.
     And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth, a city of Galile: and was baptised of John in Jordan. And as soon as he was come out of the water, John saw heaven open, and the holy ghost descending upon him, like a dove. And there came a voice from heaven: You are my dear son in whom I delight.
     And immediately the spirit drove him into wilderness: and he was there in the wilderness forty days, and was tempted of Satan, and was with wild beasts. And the angels ministered unto him. After John was taken, Jesus came into Galile, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying: the time is come, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel.
     As he walked by the sea of Galile, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them: follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And straight way, they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little further from that place, he saw James the son of Zebede, and John his brother, even as they were in the ship mending their nets. And at once he called them. And they left their father Zebede in the ship with his hired servants, and went their way after him.
     And they entered into Capernaum: and straight way on the Sabbath days, he entered into the synagogue and taught. And they marvelled at his learning. For he taught them as one that had power with him, and not as the Scribes.
     And there was in their Synagogue a man vexed with an unclean spirit, that cried saying: let be, what have we to do with you Jesus of Nazareth? are you come to destroy us? I know you what you are, even that holy of God. And Jesus rebuked him saying: hold your peace and come out of him. And the unclean spirit *tare him, and cried with a loud voice, and came out of him. And they were all amazed, in so much that they demanded one of another among themselves saying: what thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For he commands the foul spirits with power, and they obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad through out all the region bordering on Galile.
     And forth with, as soon as they were come out of the Synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. And Simons mother in law lay sick of a fever. And at once they told him of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up: and the fever forsook her by and by: and she ministered unto them. And at evening when the *son was down, they brought to him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city gathered together at the door, and he healed many that were sick of diverse diseases.
     And in the morning very early, Jesus arose and went out into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him: all men seek for you. And he said unto them: let us go in to the next towns, that I may preach there also: for truly I came out for that purpose. And he preached in their Synagogues, through out all Galile, and cast the devils out.
     And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeled down unto him, and said to him: if you will, you can make me clean. And Jesus had compassion on him, and put forth his hand, touched him, and said to him: I will, be you clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and sent him away forthwith and said unto him: See you say nothing to any man: but get you from here, now and show yourself to the Priest, and offer for your cleansing, those things which Moses commanded, for a testimonial unto them. But he (as soon as he was departed) began to tell many things, and to publish the deed: in so much that Jesus could no more openly enter in to the city, but was without in desert places. And they came to him from every quarter.


*baptime (baptism) *Jewrie (Jewry) *anon (shortly) *tare (tore)
*son: exactly as it appears sonne, elsewhere sun is written sunne.




The 2nd Chapter

     After a few days, he entered into Capernaum again, and it was noised that he was in a house. And *anon many gathered together, in so much that now there was no room to receive them, no not so much as about the door. And he preached the word unto them. And there came unto him that brought one sick of the palsy borne of four men. And because they could not come near unto him for press, they uncovered the roof of the house where he was. And when they had broken it open, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick of the palsy, son your sins are forgiven you.
     And there were certain of the Scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts: how does this fellow so blaspheme? Who can forgiven sins, but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned in themselves, he said unto them: why think you such things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, your sins are forgiven you: or to say, arise take up your bed, and walk? That you may know that the son of man has power in earth to forgive sins, he spoke unto the sick of the palsy: I say unto you, arise and take up your bed, and get you from here, now into your own house. And by and by he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all: in so much that they were all amazed, and glorified God saying: we never saw it on this fashion.
     And he went again unto the sea, and all the people resorted unto him, and he taught them. And as Jesus passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphey sit at the receipt of custom and said unto him: follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat at meat also with Jesus and his disciples. For there were many that followed him. And when the Scribes and Pharisees saw him eat. with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples: how is it, that he eats and drinks with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard that, he said unto them. The whole have no need of the Physician, but the sick. I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance.
     And the disciples of John and the Pharisees did fast: and therefore came and said unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, and your disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them: can the children of a wedding fast, while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them and then shall they fast in those days.
     Also no man sows a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for then takes he away the new piece from the old, and so is the rent worse. In like wise, no man pours new wine into old vessels: for if he do, the new wine breaks the vessels, and the wine runs out, and the vessels are marred. But new wine must be poured into new vessels.
     And it chanced that he went through the corn fields on the Sabboth day: and his disciples as they went in their way, began to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him: behold, why do they on the Sabboth days that which is not lawful? And he said to them: have you never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungered both he and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high Priest, and did eat the hallowed loaves, which is not lawful to eat, but for the Priests only: and gave also to them which were with him? And he said to them the Sabboth day was made for man, and not man for the Saboth. Wherefore the son of man is Lord even of the Sabboth day.


*anon (soon)




The 3rd Chapter

     And he entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him to see, whether he would heal him on the Saboth day, that they might accuse him. And he said unto the man which had the withered hand: arise and stand in the midst. And he said to them: whether is it lawful to do a good deed on the sabboth days, or an evil? to save life or kill? But they held their peace. And he looked round about on them angerly, mourning on the blindness of their hearts, and said to the man, stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it out. And his hand was restored, even as whole as the other.
     And the Pharisees departed, and straight way gathered a counsel, with them that belonged to Herode, against him, that they might destroy him. And Jesus avoided with his disciples to the sea. And a great multitude followed him from Galilee and from *Jurie, and from Jerusalem, and from Jdumea, and from beyond Jordan, and they that dwelled about Tyre and Sidon a great multitude: which when they had heard what things he did, came unto him.
     And he commanded his disciples, that a ship should wait on him, because of the people, least they should throng him. For he had healed many, in so much that they pressed upon him, for to touch him as many as had plagues. And when the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him, and cried saying: you are the son of God. And he straightly charged them that they should not utter him.
     And he went up into a mountain, and called unto him whom he would, and they came unto him. And he ordained the twelve that they should be with him, and that he might send them to preach: and that they might have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. And he gave Simon, to name Peter. And he called James the son of Zebedee and John, James brother, and gave them Bonargs to name, which is to say the sons of thunder. And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartelemew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphey and Taddeus, and Simon of Cane, and Judas Iscarioth, which same also betrayed him.
     And they came unto house, and the people assembled together again, so greatly that they had not leisure so much as to eat bread. And when they that longed unto him heard of it, they went out to hold him. For they thought he had been beside himself. And the Scribes which came from Jerusalem, said: he has Belzebub, and by the power of the chief devil, casts out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in similitudes.
     How can Satan drive out Satan? For if a realm be divided against itself, that realm cannot endure. Or if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot continue: So if Satan make insurrection against himself and be divided, he cannot continue, but is at an end. No man can enter into a strong mans house, and take away his goods, except he first bind that strong man, and then spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, all sins shall be forgiven unto mens children and blasphemy wherewith they blaspheme. But he that blasphemes the holy ghost, shall never have forgiveness: but is in danger of eternal damnation: because they said, he had an unclean spirit. Then came his mother and his brethren, and stood without, and sent unto him and called him. And the people sat about him, and said unto him: behold your mother and your brethren seek for you without. And he answered them saying: who is my mother and my brethren? And he looked round about on his disciples, which sat in compass about him, and said: behold my mother and my brethren. For whosoever does the will of God, he is my brother, my sister, and mother.


 *Jurie (Jewry),




The 4th Chapter

     And he began again to teach by the sea side. And there gathered together unto him much people, so greatly that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea, and all the people was by the sea side on the shore. And he taught them many things in similitudes and said unto them in his doctrine. Hearken to: behold, there went out a sower to sow. And it fortuned as he sowed, that some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Some fell on stony ground where it had not much earth: and by and by sprang up, because it had not depth of earth: but as soon as the sun was up it caught heat, and because it had not rooting, withered away.
     And some fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, so that it gave no fruit. And some fell upon good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang and grew, and brought forth: some thirty fold some sixty fold, and some an hundred fold. And he said unto them: he that has ears to hear, let him hear.
     And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked him of the similitude. And he said unto them. To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. But unto them that are without, shall all things be done in similitudes: that when they see, they shall see, and not discern: and when they hear they shall hear, and not understand: least at any time they should turn, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them: perceive you not this similitude? how then should you understand all other similitudes?
     The sower sows the word. And they that are by the ways side, where the word is sown, are they to whom as soon as they have heard it, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. And likewise they that are sown on the stony ground, are they: which when they have heard the word, at once receive it with gladness, yet have no roots in themselves, and so endure but a time: and *anon as trouble and persecution arises for the words sake, they fall immediately. And they that are sown among the thorns, are such as hear the word: and the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things, enter in and choke the word, and it is made unfruitful. And those that were sown in good ground, are they that hear the word and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold some sixty fold, some an hundred fold.
     And he said unto them: is the candle lighted to be put under a bushel, or under the table, and not rather to be put on a candlestick? For there is nothing so *privy, that shall not be opened: neither so secret, but that it shall come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them: take heed what you hear. With what measure you *mete, with the same shall it be measured unto you again. And unto you that hear, shall more be given. For unto him that has, shall it be given: and from him that has not, shall be taken away, even that he has.
     And he said: so is the kingdom of God, even as if a man should sow seed in the ground, and should sleep and rise up night and day: and the seed should spring and grow up, he not ware. For the earth brings forth fruit of herself: first the blade, then the ears, after that full corn in the ears. And as soon as the fruit is brought forth, *anon he thrusts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
     And he said: whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustardseed, which when it is sown in the earth, is the least of all seeds that be in the earth: but after that it is sown, it grows up, and is greatest of all herbs: and bears great branches, so that the fowls of the air may dwell under the shadow of it.
     And with many such similitudes he preached the word unto them, after as they might hear it. And without similitude spoke he nothing unto them. But when they were apart, he expounded all things to his disciples. And the same day when evening was come, he said unto them: let us pass over unto the other side. And they left the people, and took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other ships.
     And there arose a great storm of wind, and dashed the waves into the ship, so that it was full. And he was in the stern asleep on a pillow. And they awoke him, and said to him: Master, care you not that we perish? And he rose up, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea: peace and be still. And the wind *allayed, and there followed a great calm. And he said unto them: why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another: what fellow is this? For both wind and sea obey him.


 *anon (shortly) *privy ( private, secret) *mete (worthiness;use for a measure) *allayed (settled down),




The 5th Chapter

     And they came over to the other side of the sea into the country of the Gaderenites. And when he was come out of the ship, there met him out of the graves a man possessed of an unclean spirit, which had his abiding among the graves. And no man could bind him: no not with chains, because that when he was often bound with fetters and chains, he plucked the chains asunder, and brake the fetters in pieces. Neither could any man tame him. And always both night and day he cried in the mountains and in the graves, and beat himself with stones. When he had spied Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice and said: what have I to do with you Jesus the son of the most highest God? I require you in the name of God that you torment me not. For he had said unto him: come out of the man you foul spirit. And he asked him: what is your name and he answered saying: my name is Legion, for we are many. And he prayed him instantly, that he would not send them away out of the country.
     And there was there near unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding, and all the devils besought him saying: send us into the herd of swine, that we may enter into them. And at once Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out and entered into the swine. And the herd startled, and ran headlong into the sea. They were about two thousand swine, and they were drowned in the sea. And the swine herders fled and told it in the city, and in the country. And they came out for to see what had happened: and came to Jesus, and saw him that was vexed with the fiend and had the Legion, sit, both clothed and in his right mind, and were afraid. And they that saw it told them, how it had happened unto him that was possessed with the devil: and also of the swine. And they began to pray him, that he would depart from their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had the devil, prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus would not *suffer him, but said unto him: go home into your own house and to your friends, and show them what great things the Lord has done unto you, and how he had compassion on you. And he departed, and began to publish in the ten cities, what great things Jesus had done unto him, and all men did marvel.
     And when Jesus was come over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered to him, and he was near unto the sea. And behold, there came one of the rulers of the Synagogue, whose name was Jairus: and when he saw him, he fell down at his feet, and besought him greatly saying: my daughter lies at point of death, I would you wouldst come and lay your hand on her, that she might be safe and live. And he went with him, and much people followed him, and thronged him.
     And there was a certain woman, which was diseased of an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and felt none amendment at all, but waxed worse and worse. When she had heard of Jesus: she came into the press behind him, and touched his garment. For she thought: if I may but touch his clothes, I shall be whole. And straight way her fountain of blood was dried up, and she felt in her body, that she was healed of the plague.
     And Jesus immediately felt in himself, the vertue that went out of him, and turned him round about in the press, and said: who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him: see you the people thrust you, and yet ask, who did touch me? And he looked round about, for to see her that had done that thing. The woman feared and trembled (for she knew what was done within her) and she came and fell down before him, and told him the truth of everything. And he said to her: Daughter your faith has made you whole: go in peace, and be whole of your plague.
     While he yet spoke, there came from the ruler of the Synagogues house, certain which said: your daughter is dead: why disease you the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard that word spoken, he said unto the ruler of the Synagogue: be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him more than Peter and James and John the brother of James. And he came unto the house of the ruler of the Synagogue, and saw the wondering: and them that wept and wailed greatly, and went in and said unto them: why make you this ado and weep? The maiden is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed him to scorn. Then he put them all out and took the father and the mother of the maiden, and them that were with him, and entered in where the maiden lay, and took the maiden by the hand, and said unto her: Tabitha, cumi: which is by interpretation: maiden I say unto you, arise. And straight the maiden arose, and went on her feet. For she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished at it out of measure. And he charged them straitly that no man should know of it, and commanded to give her meat.


*suffer (allow)




The 6th Chapter

     And he departed from that place, and came into his own country, and his disciples followed him. And when the Saboth day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue. And many that heard him were astonished, and said: From from where has he these things? and what wisdom is this that is given unto him: and such virtues that are wrought by his hands? Is not this that carpenter Marys son, the brother of James and Joses and of Juda and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended by him. And Jesus said unto them: a Prophet is not despised but in his own country, and among his own kin, and among them that are of the same household. And he could there show no miracles, but laid his hands upon a few sick folk and healed them and he marvelled at their unbelief.
     And he went about by the towns that lay on every side, teaching. And he called the twelve, and began to send them two and two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. And commanded them, that they should take nothing unto their journey, save a rod only, neither scrip, neither bread, neither money in their purses, but should be shod with sandals. And that they should not put on two coats. And he said unto them: wheresoever you enter in to an house, there abide till you depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from that place, shake off the dust that is under your feet, for a witness unto them. I say verily unto you, it shall be easier for Sodom and Gomor at the day of judgement, than for that city. And they went out and preached, that they should repent: and they cast out many devils. And they anointed many that were sick with oil, and healed them.
     And king Herode heard of him (for his name was spread abroad) and said: John Baptist is risen again from death, and therefore miracles are wrought by him. Other said, it is *Helias: and some said: it is a Prophet or as one of the Prophets. But when Herode heard of him, he said: it is John whom I beheaded, he is risen from death again. For Herode himself had sent forth and had taken John, and bound him and cast him into prison for Herodias sake which was his brother Philips wife. For he had married her. John said unto Herode: It is not lawful for you to have your brothers wife. Herodias laid wait for him, and would have killed him, but she could not. For Herode feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy: and gave him reverence: and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
     But when a convenient day was come: Herode on his birthday made a supper to the lords, captains, and chief estates of Galile. And the daughter of the said Herodias came in and danced, and pleased Herode and them that sat at board also. Then the king said unto the maiden: ask of me what you will, and I will give it you. And he sware unto her, whatsoever you shall ask of me, I will give it you, even unto the one half of my kingdom. And she went forth and said to her mother: what shall I ask? And she said: John Baptists head. And she came in straight way with haste unto the king, and asked saying: I will: that you give me by and by in a *charger the head of John Baptist. And the king was sorry: how be it for his oaths sake, and for their sakes which sat at supper also, he would not put her beside her purpose. And immediately the king sent the hangman and commanded his head to be brought in. And he went and beheaded him in the prison and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the maiden and the maiden gave it to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his body, and put it in a tomb.
     And the Apostles gathered themselves together to Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them: come you apart into the wilderness, and rest awhile. For there were many comers and goers, that they had no leisure so much as to eat. And he went by ship out of the way into a desert place. But the people spied them when they departed: and many knew him, and ran afoot over there out of all cities, and came over there before them, and came together unto him. And Jesus went out and saw much people, and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep which had no shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
     And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him saying: this is a desert place, and now the day is far passed, let them depart, that they may go into the country round about, and into the towns, and buy them bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them: give you them to eat. And they said unto him: shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He said unto them: how many loaves have ye? Go and look. And when they had searched, they said: five and two fishes. And he commanded them to make them all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down here a row and there a row, by hundreds and by fifties. And he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looked up to heaven and blessed and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to put before them: and the fishes he divided among them all. And they all did eat, and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the *gobbets and of the fishes. And they that ate were about five thousand men.
     And straight way he caused his disciples to go into the ship, and to go over the water before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And as soon as he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
     And when evening was come the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land, and he saw them troubled in rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them. And about the fourth quarter of the night, he came unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. When they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were afraid. And *anon he talked with them and said unto them: be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship, and the wind ceased, and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marvelled. For they remembered not, of the loaves, because their hearts were blinded.
     And they came over, and went into the land of Genezareth, and drew up into the haven. And as soon as they were come out of the ship, straight they knew him, and ran forth through out all the region round about, and began to carry about in beds all that were sick, to the place where they heard tell that he was. And whither soever he entered into towns, cities or villages, they laid their sick in the streets, and prayed him that they might touch, and it were but the edge of his vesture. And as many as touched him were safe.


*charger (platter, dish) *Helias (Elias). *gobbets (pieces). *anon (shortly)


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