Saturday, 7 June 2014

St Mark 13: 1-10

Today's section of St Mark is 13:1-11:

1 Et cum egrederetur de templo, ait illi unus ex discipulis suis: Magister, aspice quales lapides, et quales structuræ. 2 Et respondens Jesus, ait illi: Vides has omnes magnas ædificationes? Non relinquetur lapis super lapidem, qui non destruatur. 3 Et cum sederet in monte Olivarum contra templum, interrogabant eum separatim Petrus, et Jacobus, et Joannes, et Andreas: 4 Dic nobis, quando ista fient? et quod signum erit, quando hæc omnia incipient consummari? 5 Et respondens Jesus cœpit dicere illis: Videte ne quid vos seducat: 6 multi enim venient in nomine meo, dicentes quia ego sum: et multos seducent. 7 Cum audieritis autem bella, et opiniones bellorum, ne timueritis: oportet enim hæc fieri: sed nondum finis. 8 Exsurget enim gens contra gentem, et regnum super regnum, et erunt terræmotus per loca, et fames. Initium dolorum hæc. 9 Videte autem vosmetipsos. Tradent enim vos in consiliis, et in synagogis vapulabitis, et ante præsides et reges stabitis propter me, in testimonium illis. 10 Et in omnes gentes primum oportet prædicari Evangelium. 11 Et cum duxerint vos tradentes, nolite præcogitare quid loquamini: sed quod datum vobis fuerit in illa hora, id loquimini: non enim vos estis loquentes, sed Spiritus Sanctus.

And as he was going out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him: Master, behold what manner of stones and what buildings are here. [2] And Jesus answering, said to him: Seest thou all these great buildings? There shall not be left a stone upon a stone, that shall not be thrown down. [3] And as he sat on the mount of Olivet over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him apart: [4] Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall begin to be fulfilled? [5] And Jesus answering, began to say to them, Take heed lest any man deceive you.
[6] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am he; and they shall deceive many. [7] And when you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, fear ye not. For such things must needs be, but the end is not yet. [8] For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and famines. These things are the beginning of sorrows. [9] But look to yourselves. For they shall deliver you up to councils, and in the synagogues you shall be beaten, and you shall stand before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony unto them. [10] And unto all nations the gospel must first be preached.[11] And when they shall lead you and deliver you up, be not thoughtful beforehand what you shall speak; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye. For it is not you that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

Commentary (de Lapide)

Christ foretelleth the destruction of the temple: the persecutions for the gospel: that the gospel must be preached to all nations: that great calamities shall happen to the Jews: and the manner of his coming to judgment: the hour whereof being known to none, every man is to watch and pray, that we be not found unprovided, when he cometh to each one, particularly by death. 

Ver. 6. Saying, 1 am (Vulg.). That is, "I am Christ or Messias," as S. Matthew has (xxiv. 5). 

Ver. ii. Be not thoughtful beforehand what you shall speak. Gr. veopegifjuare, i.e., do not think anxiously beforehand. The Greek and Syriac add, neither do ye meditate, after what manner or arrangement ye shall speak and answer governors and tyrants. But whatsoever shall be given you (i.e., shall be suggested to you by the Holy Spirit) in that hour, that speak ye. The Arabic has, because ye shall be given in that hour what ye shall speak. 


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