Mark 8:34
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New International Version
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

New Living Translation
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.

English Standard Version
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

New American Standard Bible
And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.

King James Bible
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, "If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.

International Standard Version
Then Jesus called the crowd to himself along with his disciples and told them, "If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continuously,

NET Bible
Then Jesus called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua called the crowds with his disciples, and he said to them, “Whoever is willing to come after me, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and let him come after me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus called the crowd to himself along with his disciples. He said to them, "Those who want to follow me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And calling the multitude unto him with his disciples, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross {Gr. stauros – stake} and follow me.

King James 2000 Bible
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

American King James Version
And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, he said to them, Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

American Standard Version
And he called unto him the multitude with his disciples, and said unto them, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And calling the multitude together with his disciples, he said to them: If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Darby Bible Translation
And having called the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.

English Revised Version
And he called unto him the multitude with his disciples, and said unto them, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, he said to them, Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Weymouth New Testament
Then calling to Him the crowd and also His disciples, He said to them, "If any one is desirous of following me, let him ignore self and take up his cross, and so be my follower.

World English Bible
He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, "Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Young's Literal Translation
And having called near the multitude, with his disciples, he said to them, 'Whoever doth will to come after me -- let him disown himself, and take up his cross, and follow me;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:34-38 Frequent notice is taken of the great flocking there was to Christ for help in various cases. All are concerned to know this, if they expect him to heal their souls. They must not indulge the ease of the body. As the happiness of heaven with Christ, is enough to make up for the loss of life itself for him, so the gain of all the world in sin, will not make up for the ruin of the soul by sin. And there is a day coming, when the cause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some now think it mean and contemptible. May we think of that season, and view every earthly object as we shall do at that great day.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 34. - He called unto him the multitude with his disciples. This shows that there was an interval between what had just taken place and what is now recorded. Our Lord now, without any further special reference to St. Peter, delivers a lesson of universal application; although, no doubt, he had Peter in his mind. If any man would (εἴ τις θέλει) come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. This self-denial ought to extend to everything, even to life itself, which we ought to be willing to resign, if need be, for the sake of Christ. Take up his cross. It is as though he said, "Let him take up his cross, as I have borne my cross, that I might be the standard-bearer and Leader of all cross-bearers - I, who carried the cross on which I was to be crucified to the mount of Calvary." St. Luke (Luke 9:23) adds the words (καθ ἡμέραν), "daily:" "let him take up his cross daily;" thus showing that "every day," and often "at every hour," something occurs which it becomes us to bear patiently and bravely, and so on continually through our whole life. He takes up his cross who is crucified to the world. But he to whom the world is crucified follows his crucified Lord. This cross assumes various forms; such as persecution and martyrdom, affliction and sorrow of whatever kind, appointed by God; temptations of Satan, permitted by God for our trial, to increase our humility and virtue, and to make brighter our crown.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when he had called the people unto him,.... Who, it seems, followed him out of Galilee, from Bethsaida, and these parts; for it was in the way from thence to Caesarea Philippi, that Christ had this conversation with his disciples; who walked together alone, the multitude following at some distance; and the private conversation being ended, Christ called, or beckoned to the people, to come nearer to him:

with his disciples also; for what he was about to say, concerned them both:

whosoever will come after me; in a spiritual sense, as this multitude did in a natural one, and which is the same as to be a disciple of his:

let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me; signifying, that his followers must deny themselves of worldly advantages, and suffer many things, as well as he, which he had been but just before acquainting his disciples with; See Gill on Matthew 16:24.



Mark 8:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
Take up Your Cross
34And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:38
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Luke 9:23
Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Luke 14:27
And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Treasury of Scripture

And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, he said to them, Whoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

called.

Mark 7:14 And when he had called all the people to him, he said to them, Listen …

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny …

Luke 20:45 Then in the audience of all the people he said to his disciples,

Whosoever.

Mark 9:43-48 And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to …

Matthew 5:29,30 And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you…

Matthew 7:13,14 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Luke 14:27,33 And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple…

Romans 15:1-3 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

1 Corinthians 8:13 Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while …

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant …

Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should …

take.

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, One thing you …

Matthew 10:38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: …

John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body …

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our LORD, I die daily.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections …

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord …

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

2 Thessalonians 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, …

1 Peter 4:1,13 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

follow.

Numbers 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and …

1 Kings 14:8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it you: …

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, …

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 13:36,37 Simon Peter said to him, Lord, where go you? Jesus answered him, …

John 21:19,20 This spoke he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And …

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

2 Peter 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our …

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

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