| Quote #1
Jesus said to them, "The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day." (NRSV 2:19-20)
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber 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 away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. (KJV 2:19-20)
Mark's Jesus sure likes figures and veiled language. Wait, you want to decipher it? Then some big questions need to be answered. Who are the wedding guests and the bridegroom, really? When will the bridegroom be taken away? What event is in view here?
| Quote #2
When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." (NRSV 5:38-39)
And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." (KJV 5:38-39)
Don't try this at home. At least Jesus has the power to back it up.
| Quote #3
And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, "Surely, not I?" (NRSV 14:18-19)
And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? (KJV 14:18-19)
By now, we know that Jesus is an extremely accurate prophet (see 11:1-6 and 14:12-16), but the disciples just don't get it. It doesn't matter, though, because according to Mark, the prophecy has already been fulfilled (14:10-11).