Gospel of Mark Chapter Sixteen

16:1 When the Sabbath had passed, Mark Magdalene and Mary – the mother of James and Salome – brought spices in order to go there and anoint him.
16:2 Very early on the first day of the week, they arrived at the tomb at sunrise.
16:3 They were discussing between themselves: “Who can roll the stone away from the door of the tomb?”
16:4 They looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was huge.
16:5 Upon going into the tomb, they were astonished when they saw a youthful man sitting on the right in long, brilliant garments.
16:6 He told them, “Don’t be afraid. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been raised from the body; he isn’t here – just look at the place where they laid his body.
16:7 Now go and tell his disciples and Peter. He is going to meet you in Galilee – there you will see him, just as he told you.”
16:8 Thus they left quickly and ran from the tomb, because they were trembling and astonished. They were afraid to say anything to anyone.1


1. Verse 16:8. This is the last verse in the Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest known Canon manuscript. Early manuscripts that followed also ended with Mark 16:8 – but added to the end of 16:8 the following:
Then they quickly reported all these instructions to those around Peter. After this, Jesus himself also sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Amen.
After these early versions, additional text was added to Mark 16 centuries later (translated consistent with previous verses):
16:9 After he rose from his body on the first day of the week, he first appeared to Mary Magdalene – from whom he had cast out seven demons.
16:10 She left and told his followers as they were mourning and weeping.
16:11 When they heard that he was alive and she had seen him, they refused to believe it.
16:12 After that, he appeared in a different form to two of them as they were walking in the country.
16:13 They left and told the others – but they refused to believe them either.
16:14 After this, he appeared directly to the eleven as they were sitting at the table. He chastised them for their lack of faith and their hard hearts, because they hadn’t believed those who saw him after he had risen.
16:15 Then he said to them, “Go throughout the world and preach the gospel to all of creation.
16:16 Whoever believes and becomes immersed will be saved – but those who disbelieve will be condemned.
16:17 These signs will proceed from those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name; they will speak in new languages;
16:18 they will pick up snakes, and should they drink poison it will not hurt them; they will place their hands on the sick and they will be cured.”
16:19 Indeed, after the Master spoke with them he was taken up into the spiritual realm and took his position next to God.
16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere while the Master worked together with them and the teachings were confirmed by the signs that accompanied them.

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