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Mark 16 - An Understandable Version (2005 edition)

Jesus Has Risen

1. Now when the Sabbath day was over [i.e., after sunset on Saturday evening], Mary from Magdala; Mary the mother of James [i.e., the “other Mary” of Matt. 28:1, who was probably Jesus’ mother. See Matt. 27:56]; and Salome [i.e., the mother of James and John and wife of Zebedee. See Matt. 27:56], bought spices [i.e., consisting of aloes and other aromatic perfumes] in order to apply them to His body [i.e., as a means of embalming].

2. And very early on the first day of the week, after sunrise [i.e., on Sunday morning], they went to the grave site.

3. They were questioning among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance of the cave for us?”

4. And when they looked up, they saw that the stone had [already been] rolled away, and it was very large.

5. As they were entering the cave, they were amazed when they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting at the right side of the entrance.

6. He said to them, “Do not be amazed. You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was crucified, [are you not]? He has risen from the dead. He is not here. Look at the place where they laid Him.

7. So, go and tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there, just as He told you.’”

8. So, they left, running out of the cave, [and] trembling with amazement. And they said nothing to anyone about this for they were afraid.

9. Now when Jesus arose from the dead early on the first day of the week [i.e., Sunday morning], He appeared first to Mary from Magdala, from whom He had driven out seven evil spirits.

10. Then she went and told those disciples who had been with Him what had happened. They were sorrowful and began to cry.

11. And when they heard that Jesus was alive and had been seen by Mary from Magdala, they refused to believe it.

12. After these things happened, Jesus showed Himself in a different form to two disciples [Note: One was named Cleopas. See Luke 24:13-18], as they were walking out into the countryside [i.e., to the village of Emmaus, about seven miles northwest of Jerusalem. See Luke 24:13].

13. And these two men went and told about their encounter with Jesus to the rest of the disciples, but they did not believe them either.

14. Later on Jesus showed Himself to the eleven apostles as they sat [i.e., reclined. See Matt. 23:6], eating a meal. He scolded them for their lack of faith and stubbornness because they refused to believe those who had seen Him [alive] after His resurrection.

15. Then He said to them, “You [men] go into the entire world and preach the good news to every person.

16. The person who believes [i.e., the Gospel] and is immersed will be saved [i.e., from condemnation], but whoever does not believe it will be condemned.

17. And these [miraculous] signs will attend [the conversion of] those who believe. [Note: This refers to the supernatural miracles performed by the apostles and their associates during the apostolic age. See verse 20 and Acts 2:43]. In my name [i.e., by my authority], they will drive out evil spirits; they will speak in languages [supernaturally];

18. they will pick up snakes [i.e., without being harmed]; and if they happen to drink anything poisonous, it will not harm them; they will place hands on sick people [i.e., with prayer] and they will be healed.”

19. So then, after the Lord Jesus had spoken to them He was taken up to heaven, where He sat down at the right side of God.

20. And the apostles [See verses 14-15] went out and preached everywhere. The Lord worked with them and confirmed the message [i.e., verified that it was true] by means of the [miraculous] signs which accompanied their ministry. May it be so.






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