Mark 12 Resources

      John Mark
       Acts 12:12+

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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at The resources are listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name and some include reviews of the particular resource. For hundreds of other commentaries and books that can be borrowed see Christian Commentaries Online

Note these are in no particular order of preference.

Be Diligent (Mark) by Wiersbe, Warren - His comments are usually excellent. (Or here - Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament

Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.

Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W - Very useful for teaching and preaching. 

Cyril Barber - This is a book of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.

With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe 

Windows on the Parables by Wiersbe, Warren

Mark in the Greek New Testament for the English reader by Wuest, Kenneth - He is always worth checking for practical insights on the Greek words.

James Rosscup - This is a verse-by-verse evangelical, expository work which deals with the Greek text but does so in a way which the English reader can follow though he does not know Greek. It is a good book to give to a layman who is serious about studying Mark, and also helpful to the pastor or teacher.

Invitation to Mark : a commentary on the Gospel of Mark, with complete text from the Jerusalem Bible by Achtemeier, Paul J

Exalting Jesus in Mark - Daniel L. Akin. Conservative. Evangelical. 

Exploring the Gospels : Mark - Jerry Vines. Well-known expository Baptist preacher and thus sounds like material that was preached in a series of sermons. Not bad, but not that deep. Generally verse by verse. Might give you some preaching or teaching ideas. Conservative. Evangelical. 

Read, Mark, learn by John Blanchard (Simple introduction to Gospel of Mark)


The Gospel according to Mark : an introduction and commentary by Cole, R. A. (R. Alan),

Cyril Barber - Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990. First published in 1961. A comparison of the expository sections of the two editions shows little change. The introduction, however, focuses on new work done in Markan studies over the last 30 years, and this is where Cole's contribution is truly remarkable. This commentary will continue to be of help to lay Bible students. Recommended.

James Rosscup - A minister in the Church of Southeast Asia wrote this evangelical study, concluding for Markan priority (p. 47) yet not for any direct literary dependence but Matthean, Markan and Lukan “use of the same, or similar tradition blocks” (p. 48). The commentary itself is provided with a 4-pp. outline set down at the outset and is terse but knowledgeable. Cole sees the Olivet Discourse as referring directly to the destruction of Jerusalem in A. D. 70, though he acknowledges that the meaning reaches on to later fulfillment also (p. 203), a double fulfillment of the same words.

Tim Challies - This is the most concise of the commentaries listed here (though it is still 340 pages) and will necessarily be limited by its size. However, smaller, more readable commentaries do have their place and the experts agree that this one is an excellent addition to any library. This or Edwards’ volume would likely be the best choice for the non-pastor.

Tim Matheson (Ligonier) - The Tyndale commentaries are non-technical and introductory-level commentaries, but they are surprisingly consistent in their high level of quality. Cole’s commentary on Mark is a good example.

The Gospel according to Saint Mark : an introduction and commentary by Cranfield, C. E. B

James Rosscup - One of the finer commentaries on Mark by the famous exegetical scholar from The University of Durham in Scotland. Cranfield is quite helpful on the Greek text, word meanings, customs etc., and is clear, insightful, and refreshing to those who believe in the historical veracity of words and events in Jesus’ ministry.

Tim Challies - This is the oldest commentary in the list (and do remember that I am focusing on newer commentaries since most of the older ones are now available for free). This one receives the highest commendation from Derek Thomas. Meanwhile, Westminster Seminary’s Dan McCartney summarizes what most people want us to know about it: “A little dated, but handy and dependable.” Carson points out that it speaks to a commentary’s quality when it remains in print fifty years after initial publication. Indeed.

The Gospel of Mark by Earle, Ralph 

James Rosscup (referring to Everyman’s Bible Commentary which is not the same one above) - Here is a brief conservative survey by a professor (then) at the Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO. Earle is usually helpful. At times he is overly general, not nailing things down as on the identity of the second and third soils in Mark 4; at other times he commits himself, as in expecting a yet future, final fulfillment of the “abomination of desolation” in Mark 13.

The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary : Matthew-Luke by Evans, Craig A -  This resource will give you very interesting insights and is worth checking on individual passages. 

The Gospel according to Mark by Edwards, James R - Only 44 pages. Not his highly regarded commentary on Mark.

Article by Edwards - The Authority of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark - JETS 37, 1994

The Gospel of Mark : an exposition by Erdman, Charles R.

Rosscup - Concise treatments are given to each of the N. T. books. The main value of the set lies in its clear synthesis which helps the student grasp the flow of thought as he moves through a book. Erdman possessed a lucid writing style. He was amillennial.

The Gospel of Mark : a Commentary on the Greek text by France, R. T (New International Greek Testament Commentary)

James Rosscup - A noted scholar has an apt comment beginning his Introduction, that a commentary should be on the biblical book, not about commentaries on Mark (1), issues in Mark and not all the issues scholars can raise. Still, his footnotes cite many where he can draw help. He assumes that Mark wrote this gospel (6–9). He packs in much learning to shine light on verses, but with all due respect his ideas have misguided him to have Christ’s enthronement to have kingly, universal and eternal dominion here and now be the meaning of texts that are about Christ’s coming at the Second Advent (8:38; 13:26; 14:62, cf. pp. 32, 342–43, 534–35, 610–13). France has a good summary of textual evidence for excluding Mark 16:9ff. (685–88).

Tim Challies ranks this his #1 on Mark - Most commentators on commentaries reserve the top spot for France’s volume (Note that he has also written a top-five commentary on Matthew). While the NIGTC is more scholary than most other series, and requires at least some knowledge of Greek, D.A. Carson says it is still “remarkably accessible and includes a healthy mix of history, theology, social context, even warmth.” By way of context, I have rudimentary knowledge of Greek (one year of university-level) and find that I am able to make my way through these commentaries, though with some difficulty at times

Tim Matheson (Ligonier) - In my opinion, R.T. France has not only written the best commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, he has also written the best commentary on the Gospel of Mark. The New International Greek Commentary series is technical and does require a knowledge of the Greek language. For those who need something less technical, I suggest the commentaries by Lane, Strauss, and Edwards listed below.

A Theology of Mark's Gospel : Good News About Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God by Garland, David E

Cyril Barber (this critique relates to the NIV Application Commentary by Garland) - The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966. Possesses the criteria of a good lay person’s commentary. Pays close attention to interpretative issues, and ably bridges the gap between the era of the NT Gentile church and our own time. Using the historic present tense, Garland causes the events in Christ’s life to take on a vivid, contemporary flair. Footnotes direct the student to both primary and secondary source material.

Mark : A Commentary on His Apology for the cross by Gundry, Robert H. 

Cyril Barber - This is one of the most detailed and technical commentaries on Mark’s gospel, and according to the publishers, the fullest and most precise in any language. It stresses the literary features of the text, but also states that Mark’s material stands somewhere toward the middle of the continuum between biography and mythology, between what is historically accurate and what is fictional. In approaching the text of Mark, Gundry turns from form- and redaction-criticism (both of which Gundry considers to be inappropriate when studying Mark) and treats the text as it stands. He pays close attention to a variety of literary devices: word order, chiasm, inclusio, asyndeton, and Mark’s use of the historic present tense. This work is remarkable for its erudition. It will be consulted by scholars for years to come. It is also hoped that preachers will be able to cull information from its 1069 pages.

James Rosscup - Cf. Gundry on Matthew for his view about midrash. Here, again, he offers prolific bibliography (32 pp.) and commentary so prolonged that details at times are user unfriendly for many, and it can be hard to locate individual verses in the pages of “Notes.” Gundry presents Jesus in His success yet in His self-denial and suffering unto the cross, a perspective so different from today’s health-and-wealth idea of discipleship (cf. 2–3). Explanation of details is ponderous, giving the patient much to consider. Frequent statements may be grasped only by an inner circle of scholars (cf. the first note on 39), and some will recoil at misleading claims such as one that Mark’s not mentioning disciples receiving the Spirit shows that Mark is “not interested in” this (38). A writer does not have to include every detail in which he has an interest! Gundry shows the future Second Advent context of certain predictions in Mark 13, but one must read with great alertness and sometimes re-reading to follow him. Overall, teachers, more studious pastors, and advanced students will find much stimulation in the thorough comments, as on issues in 4:26–29.

Mark : a Self-Study guide by Jensen, Irving - Master teacher in the area of inductive Bible study, therefore worth checking. 

Studies in the Gospel of Mark by Kent, Homer Austin

Book of Mark : a life-changing story by Lucado, Max

Mark : a new translation with introduction and commentary (The Anchor Bible) Mann, Christopher Stephen.

Cyril Barber - The author boldly champions the priority of Matthew and Luke, but errs in assuming that Mark's gospel is merely a digest of the former two. His Introduction is very thorough, and should stimulate fresh discussion on the theme of this gospel. Valuable philological data is included from a variety of sources, and O'Callahan's thesis is tested in the discussion of 6:53-56 and elsewhere. The comments on the text are very brief, but the notes are full and have bibliographic references interspersed throughout. Of particular value to seminarians.

James Rosscup - Basically a liberal work but often profitable in technical aspects and thoroughness. He surveys scholarly thinking on Mark and reviews approaches of recent years. His bibliographies are valuable, and he frequently has good input on Greek grammar, words, customs in Jesus’ day, etc. In his mind, Mark is the third gospel to be written, and all three synoptics date before A. D. 70.

Mark : the humanity of Christ by MacArthur, John - Only 132 pages - This is not his full commentary on the Gospel of Mark. (His sermons below closely parallel his commentary on Mark).

Mark, evangelist and theologian by Martin, Ralph P

Cyril Barber - A scholarly assessment of the scope of Mark's gospel with a suggestion for a new purpose and Sitz im leben.

The Communicator's Commentary. Mark by McKenna, David L. (Now published as Preacher's Commentary Series) Generally helpful for preaching and teaching.

The Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1994 edition - Abridged - New Testament

The Gospel according to Mark C F D Moule (1965)

The Servant Who Rules Mark 1-8 by Stedman, Ray C Always worth consulting his practical sound commentary. 

Cyril Barber -  An impressive treatment of Mark 1:1-8:26. Stedman stands in the tradition of Merrill Unger when it comes to hermeneutics and the application of the text to life. In this work Christ is presented as the believer's model, and through the unfolding of each scene in the narrative, Stedman shows how that may be accomplished. Recommended.

The Ruler Who Serves Commentary on Gospel of Mark by Stedman, Ray C. Always worth consulting his practical sound commentary. This work is volume 2 on Mark 8:27-16:20. 

Cyril Barber - A beautiful, thematic exposition of Mark 8:27-16:20. Well deserving of a place in every preacher's library. Warmly recommended

General Articles, Matthew, Mark by Turlington - Broadman Bible Commentary

Mark : a Study Guide commentary by Vos, Howard Frederic

Cyril Barber - A well-reasoned, thematic study that proves again that sometimes the most valuable things come in small packages. Of great value to laypeople who desire to obtain a good grasp of this material.


Interpreting the Parables by Blomberg, Craig

Chronological and Background Charts of the NEW TESTAMENT - Pdf - D Wayne House - outstanding compilation of charts - check this one out!. This book can also be borrowed = Chronological and background charts of the New Testament


Note: The first 4 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function: 

(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial.  User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings

Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective   user reviews 

The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.

(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.

(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial.  917 ratings

(4) The Wycliffe Bible Commentary - only the New Testament - Burdick, Donald W. “Mark,” in Wycliffe Bible Commentary, ed. C. F. Pfeiffer and E. F. Harrison. Chicago: Moody, 1962. 1,525 pp.  Strictly speaking not a study Bible, but short notes are similar. KJV text in left column, commentary notes in right column. The comments are generally verse by verse, short, conservative and to the point. Pre-millennial. (Borrow OT - Wycliffe Bible Commentary)

Rosscup on Burdick's commentary  - A careful New Testament scholar from Conservative Baptist Seminary, Denver, is the author. He has provided a solid, well-organized and knowledgeable study from a conservative, premillennial viewpoint. Though brief it is worth the time.

The MacArthur Study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes 

ESV Study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel 

HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps.

The David Jeremiah study bible - (2013) 2208 pages. - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."

NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages  - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit

NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. One hour limit 

The Ryrie Study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.  

The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes for well known creationist. 

Believer's Bible Commentary by MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Millennial. Often has devotional bent. 

Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. - "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen."

Warren Wiersbe - "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." 

Life Application Study Bible : New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes. 4,445 ratings

The Word in life Study Bible - Very interesting format. Not your routine study Bible. Worth checking the very informative notes. (e.g., here is a picture of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances.)

New Bible Commentary - (1994) See user reviews 

The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings

Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages.  424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion. 

NIV archaeological study Bible (2005) 2360 pages 950 ratings (See also Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT)

NIV cultural backgrounds study Bible. bringing to life the ancient world of scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)


Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews

Eerdmans' family encyclopedia of the Bible (1978) 344 pages

Eerdmans' handbook to the Bible (1983) 688 pages 

The Lion handbook to the Bible - (1999) 822 pages. This resource is absolutely loaded with very nice color pictures and charts.

Tyndale handbook of Bible charts & maps by Wilson, Neil  

Bible handbook and A-Z bible encyclopedia

International children's Bible field guide : answering kids' questions from Genesis to Revelation by Richards, Larry

The illustrated guide to Bible customs & curiosities by Knight, George W. (George William), 

Today's handbook of Bible times & customs by Coleman, William L

The Shaw pocket Bible handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.

"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking! 

Unger's Commentary on the Old Testament (Volume 2 - Isaiah - Malachi) by  Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909- (1981) 972 pages.

Zondervan illustrated Bible backgrounds commentary - New Testament - 552 pages. (2002) See user reviews.

The new Unger's Bible dictionary by Unger, Merrill Frederick, 1909-

Survey of the Bible : introductory insights, background studies, book-by- book survey by Unger, Merrill Frederick

The parallel New Testament and Unger's Bible handbook : produced for Moody monthly by Unger, Merrill  (1975) 744 pages 4 ratings

The Hodder Bible handbook by Unger, Merrill 

Nelson's expository dictionary of the Old Testament by Unger, Merrill 

Kregel Bible handbook : a full-color guide to every book of the Bible by Kerr, William 3 ratings

The new encyclopedia of Christian quotations by Water, Mark

Zondervan handbook to the Bible

Zondervan illustrated Bible backgrounds commentary  - Matthew, Mark, Luke

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical. 

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels

Dictionary of Paul and his letters   180 ratings IVP Series

Dictionary of the later New Testament & its developments 71 ratings IVP Series

Dictionary of New Testament background 79 ratings IVP Series


DANIEL AKIN - sermons

HENRY ALFORD The New Testament for English Readers

James Rosscup writes that Alford's series on the New Testament "contains much that is valuable in the Greek New Testament...though all of the Greek New Testament words have been changed to English throughout." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)



Spurgeon's critique - Alexander expounds Mark as an independent record, and does not constantly tell us to “see Matthew and Luke.” Hence the book is complete in itself, and the author’s learning and care have made it invaluable.

Hiebert - A comprehensive, conservative interpretation of Mark's gospel by a New Testament scholar who was one of the greatest of his day. Based on sound scholarship, the volume offers a careful unfolding of the meaning of the gospel text. Surprisingly fresh in spite of its age.

PAUL APPLE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark

WILLIAM BARCLAY Commentary on the Gospel of Mark Daily Study Bible

D Edmond Hiebert - Prints the author's own translation.  Valuable for its numerous helpful word studies and background material. Barclay holds that Christ's descent into Hades gave those who there heard Him a second chance.

Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".

ALBERT BARNES Commentary on the Gospel of Mark Notes on the New Testament

BRIAN BELL Sermons on Mark

  • Mark 12 -  sermon notes compiled


JOHANN BENGEL Gnomon of the New Testament

JOHANN BENGEL The Critical English Testament

Combination of Gnomon above + Comments by other expositors [in brackets] (Recommended if not conversant with Greek)


BIBLE.ORG RESOURCES Resources that Reference Mark

BRIAN BILL Sermons on Mark

Pastor Bill's sermons are recommended as they focus on Scripture with frequent illustrations, quotes and practical applications.


A B BRUCE The Expositor's Greek Testament Commentary




Rosscup writes - "This is an excellent liberal study of the book from the standpoint of the Greek. There are excellent cross-references on key words, and usually serious efforts to explain the meaning." (Ed note: The word "liberal" is cause for considerable discretion if you use this work by Alfred Plummer.)


JOHN CALVIN Commentary on the Gospel of Mark

Note: Calvin combines the synoptic Gospels and thus does not have a completely separate commentary on Mark

ALAN CARR Sermons on the Gospel of Mark - well done



ADAM CLARKE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark Click for caveat on Clarke

THOMAS CONSTABLE Expository Notes and Commentary Conservative, Millennial

RON DANIEL Sermon Notes on the Gospel of Mark

DEFENDER'S STUDY BIBLE Notes on the Gospel of Mark Dr Henry Morris


DAN DUNCAN Gospel of Mark Sermons


  • Mark Commentary - 12





DWIGHT EDWARDS - pithy and practical



FEFC WICHITA - sermons series, several pastors - audio and notes (usually several pages)


Mark Sermon Outlines - 79 messages - available titles:

  • Mark 12:41-44 Lessons From A Certain Poor Widow
  • Mark 12:35-44 Temple Teachings
  • Mark 12:28-34 "So Near Home, Yet Lost!"
  • Mark 12:18-27 The God Of The Living
  • Mark 12:13-17 Knowing Their Hypocrisy
  • Mark 12:1-12 "This Was The Lord's Doing, And It Is Marvelous In Our Eyes."


GENE GETZ - short video emphasizing principles

  • Mark 12:38-44; True Generosity: When we engage in various worship functions, we are to keep our motives pure. Video


RICHARD GLOVER - "A Teacher's Commentary" - an older work (1884), but with excellent devotional comments

Richard Glover (1837-1919) minister of Tyndale Baptist Church, Bristol has a very fine devotional commentary hidden under a bad title. “A Teachers Commentary on Matthew” (also a separate volume on Mark) is misleading, sounds D.O.A., and is easily passed over for something glossy. But as far as commentaries are concerned, Glover’s title is one of his only weaknesses. Glover writes with a deceptively simple style. He meditates on the text in front of him, looks for the heart, feeling, and experimental sense, gives instructive hints primarily for meditation but is wholly quotable. In a word, he is a fine example of expository writing,



GOTQUESTIONS - Related to the Gospel of Mark



DAVE GUZIK Commentary on the Gospel of Mark

JAMES HASTINGS Great Texts of the Bible



This expositional Bible study of the Gospel of Mark was written by Dr. Daniel Hill when he was the Pastor of Southwood Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He taught the complete book, verse by verse. These are well done and have frequent points of practical application.


DAVID HOLWICK SERMONS  Frequent illustrations.



ICC NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY Commentary on the Gospel of Mark E. P. Gould

LOWELL JOHNSON - well-done sermons providing a good template for your sermon

Click here for following sermons all on one page

  1. Pay What You Owe Mark 12:13-17
  2. God's Greatest Commandment Mark 12:28-34


Note - Has wonderful devotional and pragmatic flavor. 

Congregational preacher J.D. Jones brings out some of the most applicable lessons from Mark without dodging the difficult passages, and in doing so delivers what Warren Wiersbe calls “one of the best” commentaries on Mark." Now that is high praise! (from



J P LANGE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN Commentary on the Gospel of Mark


J P LANGE Commentary on the Gospel of Mark

DAVID LEGGE Sermons on the Gospel of Mark

JOHN LIGHTFOOT Commentary on the Gospel of Mark


Cyril J. Barber - “A suggestive, devotional commentary of real merit.” 

JOHN MACARTHUR Sermons on the Gospel of Mark

ALEXANDER MACLAREN Sermons on the Gospel of Mark

F B MEYER Our Daily Homily or Our Daily Walk


J VERNON MCGEE 'Thru the Bible'




J R MILLER - sermons and devotional




Cyril J. Barber - Emphasizes the concept of ‘service’ as the key to understanding this Gospel, and provides a fast-moving chronological exposition.  Morgan’s works should be in every preacher’s library.” 


Spurgeon - “A deeply learned work; we know of none more thorough.  Differing as we do from this author’s theology, we nevertheless set a high price upon this production.”

Cyril Barber - A very full, devotional treatment.  The overall strength of this exposition far outweighs its syntactical deficiencies.”



JAMES NISBET Church Pulpit Commentary

OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional and Sermon Illustrations

JOSEPH PARKER The People's Bible Commentary on the Gospel of Mark


The Christ and the Critics Mark  12 :13-27 Jesus; Christian Critics; Questions for Jesus; Salvation Franklin L. Kirksey




MATTHEW POOLE English Annotations on the Holy Bible


THE PULPIT COMMENTARY Gospel of Mark: Scroll Down Page for the Homilies



KIM RIDDLEBARGER - Downloads Pdf about 7 pages

A. T. ROBERTSON Word Pictures on the Gospel of Mark

DON ROBINSON Sermons on Mark

J C RYLE  Commentary on the Gospel of Mark




CHARLES SIMEON Sermons on the Gospel of Mark

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering

CHUCK SMITH Commentary and Sermon Notes


Click here for the following studies on the Gospel of Mark


  • Mark 7 Commentary  12



RAY STEDMAN Sermons on the Gospel of Mark




Rosscup writes - "Swete’s work is one of the best older conservative commentaries on the Greek text. Swete was an Anglican minister and a scholar in Latin, Greek, and theology, and taught at Cambridge. He does a fairly good job on the Messianic character of the suffering Servant."

D A Carson says that Swete's commentary is "dull and stodgy, in spite of its thorough scholarship." 

THIRD MILLENNIUM Notes on the the Gospel of Mark








MARVIN VINCENT New Testament Word Studies

STEVE ZEISLER Sermon on the the Gospel of Mark

SERMONS BY VERSE - Older expositions

Dishonest Tenants Alexander Maclaren Mark 12:1
A Guilty Conscience   Mark 12:1-12
Christ Ungratefully Treated   Mark 12:1-12
Cruelty to Christ D. L. Moody. Mark 12:1-12
God the Proprietor of All H. W. Beecher. Mark 12:1-12
God's Care of His Church G. Petter. Mark 12:1-12
God's Dealings with the Jews are Signified in This Parable G. Petter. Mark 12:1-12
God's Forbearance Otto Funcke. Mark 12:1-12
God's Longsuffering C. H. Spurgeon. Mark 12:1-12
God's Love in Sending His Son H. W. Beecher. Mark 12:1-12
Obligation to God   Mark 12:1-12
Parable of the Vineyard J.J. Given Mark 12:1-12
Pursued by God's Mercy Mother's Treasury Mark 12:1-12
Rejected and Chosen The Preacher's Monthly Mark 12:1-12
Rejection of Christ a Common, But Most Unreasonable Iniquity President Davies. Mark 12:1-12
Reverence Claimed for Christ J. Burns, D. D. Mark 12:1-12
The Builders Overruled by the Great Architect R. Finlayson, B. A. Mark 12:1-12
The Church Divinely Protected H. M. Luckock, D. D. Mark 12:1-12
The Evil Husbandmen E. Johnson Mark 12:1-12
The Head of the Corner C. S. Robinson, D. D. Mark 12:1-12
The Headstone of the Corner Anon. Mark 12:1-12
The Parable of the Vineyard H. M. Luckock, D. D. Mark 12:1-12
The Parable of the Vineyard A.F. Muir Mark 12:1-12
The Parable of the Vineyard; Or, Unfaithfulness and its Reward R. Green Mark 12:1-12
The Pleading of the Last Messenger C. H. Spurgeon. Mark 12:1-12
The Rejected Stone M. F. Sadler, M. A. Mark 12:1-12
The Reverence Due to the Son of God G. Phillips. Mark 12:1-12
The Son Rejected C. M. Southgate. Mark 12:1-12
The Stream of Mercy Directed into Another Course William Arnot. Mark 12:1-12
The Vineyard, or the Visible Church Transferred to the Gentiles E. N. Kirk, D. D. Mark 12:1-12
The World's Ingratitude M. Denton. Mark 12:1-12
They Will Reverence My Son H. Clay Trumbull. Mark 12:1-12
God's Last Arrow Alexander Maclaren Mark 12:6
Concerned Only to Do Right   Mark 12:13-14
Eastern Spies A Missionary's Notes. Mark 12:13-14
Moral Fearlessness   Mark 12:13-14
Question of the Tribute Money J.J. Given Mark 12:13-17
The Dialectic of Jesus E. Johnson Mark 12:13-17
The Politics of Christianity A.F. Muir Mark 12:13-17
The Tribute Money R. Green Mark 12:13-17
A Penny   Mark 12:15
Always a Hypocrite   Mark 12:15
Bring Me a Penny A.F. Muir Mark 12:15
Christ's Victory Over Cunning J. P. Lange, D. D. Mark 12:15
Hypocrisy Clerical Anecdotes Mark 12:15
Lessons in the Smallest Things G. Petter. Mark 12:15
The Roman Penny R. Glover. Mark 12:15
An Offence Against Caesar Biblical Museum Mark 12:17
God Before Caesar Dictionary of Illustrations Mark 12:17
Our Obligations to God and Man Dr. Payson. Mark 12:17
A Type of the Resurrection S. Cocks. Mark 12:18-27
Christ's Proof of Immortality R. Glover Mark 12:18-27
Congenial Occupation in Heaven W. Birch. Mark 12:18-27
Employment in Heaven W. Birch. Mark 12:18-27
Heaven Will Reveal Itself Christian Age Mark 12:18-27
Immortality and Love H. W. Beecher. Mark 12:18-27
Individual Relation to God Dean Church. Mark 12:18-27
Leisure in Heaven W. Birch. Mark 12:18-27
Like the Angels Pres. Dwight. Mark 12:18-27
Materialism and the Resurrection Thomas Binney. Mark 12:18-27
More in Scripture than as First Appears J. H. Newman. Mark 12:18-27
Our Knowledge of the Future State Imperfect Christian World Pulpit Mark 12:18-27
Progressive Knowledge of the Bible Norman Macleod, D. D. Mark 12:18-27
Question of the Sadducees Touching the Resurrection J.J. Given Mark 12:18-27
Sadducean Error E. Johnson Mark 12:18-27
The Error of the Sadducees F. Wagstaff. Mark 12:18-27
The Puzzle of the Sadducees A.F. Muir Mark 12:18-27
The Resurrection S. S. Teacher. Mark 12:18-27
The Resurrection from the Dead R. Green Mark 12:18-27
Sorces of Heresy A.F. Muir Mark 12:24
Question About the Greatest Commandment J.J. Given Mark 12:28-34
The Essence of Religion E. Johnson Mark 12:28-34
The Great Command R. Green Mark 12:28- 34
The Law Akin to the Gospel, But Inferior to it A.F. Muir Mark 12:28-34
Do You Love Jesus J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
How it is that We Love God J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
I Should Just Like to Point You to a Few Ways by Which We May Show Our Love to God J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
Love Anon. Mark 12:30
Love Buried J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
Love for God At the Bottom of Everything J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
Love for God Supreme J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
Love is the Most Important Thing Joseph Jowett, M. A. Mark 12:30
Love of God Peculiar to Christianity J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
Love to God H. Kollock, D. D. Mark 12:30
Love to God and Men A. H. Currier. Mark 12:30
Love to God Contrasted with not Loving Him Bishop Simpson. Mark 12:30
Love to God Secures All Blessings   Mark 12:30
Love to God the Supreme Feeling Thomas Brooks. Mark 12:30
Loving Those Like God J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
Of Loving God Samuel Clarke, D. D. Mark 12:30
On the Love of God J. Seed, D. D. Mark 12:30
Supreme Love to God Impossible Without a Saviour Christian Age Mark 12:30
Supreme Love to God, the Chief Duty of Man   Mark 12:30
The First and Great Commandment Charles Haddon Spurgeon Mark 12:30
The Great Commandment   Mark 12:30
The Great Commandment C. S. Robinson, D. D. Mark 12:30
The Life of Christian Consecration H. W. Beecher. Mark 12:30
The Mind's Love Isaac Williams, M. A. Mark 12:30
The Nature of Love to God John James. Mark 12:30
The Nature of Our Love to Christ C. H. Spurgeon. Mark 12:30
The Properties of Love G. Petter. Mark 12:30
The Two Great Commandments: All True Love is One Hamilton. Mark 12:30
Thy God J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:30
Love to Each Other Should He Constant Forbes. Mark 12:31
The Duty of Loving Our Neighbour as Ourselves Explained D. Waterland, D. D. Mark 12:31
The Nature of True Laudable Self-Love Thomas Whitty. Mark 12:31
The Proof of Brotherly Love Bishop Simpson. Mark 12:31
The Second Commandment John Summerfield, M. A. Mark 12:31
The Second Great Commandment, Love to Our Neighbour T. Dwight, D. D. Mark 12:31
The Divine Echo in the Human Heart The Pulpit Analyst Mark 12:32
The Unity of the Divine Being John Wesley Mark 12:32
Critical Hours H. W. Beecher. Mark 12:34
Crossing the Line John Ker, D. D. Mark 12:34
Danger of This State C. H. Spurgeon. Mark 12:34
For the Candid and Thoughtful C. H. Spurgeon. Mark 12:34
Indecision Dangerous J. Thornton. Mark 12:34
Lost Within Sight of Home   Mark 12:34
Mark Xii. 34 Thomas Arnold Mark 12:34
Mere Morality Alone is Remote from the Kingdom of God T. Horton, D. D. Mark 12:34
Near But not Secure T. Horton, D. D. Mark 12:34
Nearly a Christian T. De Witt Talmage, D. D. Mark 12:34
Nearness not Possession J. S. Swan. Mark 12:34
Need of Self-Examination G. Petter. Mark 12:34
Not Far and not In Alexander Maclaren Mark 12:34
Not Far from God's Kingdom J. N. Norton, D. D. Mark 12:34
Not Far from the Kingdom J. Vaughan, M. A. Mark 12:34
Not Far from the Kingdom of God John Ker, D. D. Mark 12:34
Not Far from the Kingdom of God A.F. Muir Mark 12:34
Not Far Off Seeds and Saplings. Mark 12:34
Not Quite in Time J. N. Norton, D. D. Mark 12:34
Not Quite Saved is Lost T. De Witt Talmage, D. D. Mark 12:34
Obedience to God the Way to Faith in Christ John Henry Newman Mark 12:34
On the Verge of the Kingdom D. Moore, M. A. Mark 12:34
Pharisaical Righteousness to be Exceeded T. Horton, D. D. Mark 12:34
Reasons Why a Man Who is Near the Kingdom Should Strive to Enter It John Ker, D. D. Mark 12:34
So Near C. H. Spurgeon. Mark 12:34
Some are in the Suburbs of the City of Refuge   Mark 12:34
David's Son E. Johnson Mark 12:35-37
Great David's Greater Son A.F. Muir Mark 12:35-37
The Counter-Question of Our Lord J.J. Given Mark 12:35-37
Common People Heard Him Gladly C. H. Spurgeon. Mark 12:37
Jesus and the Common People A. Peabody, LL. D. Mark 12:37
On Preaching to the Common People Dr. Chalmers. Mark 12:37
Other Gospels Hidden from the Common People Eastern Manners and Customs. Mark 12:37
Preaching So as to be Understood by the Common People   Mark 12:37
Study the People Rowland Hill. Mark 12:37
The Common People Heard Him Gladly A.F. Muir Mark 12:37
The Gospel and the Common People E. White. Mark 12:37
The Gospel and the Masses T. M'Cullagh. Mark 12:37
The Intuitions of the Multitude   Mark 12:37
The Model Preacher W. E. Griffith. Mark 12:37
Long Prayers. -- Prayers Judged by Weight, not Length John Trapp. Mark 12:38-40
Recklessness of Ambition Christian Age Mark 12:38-40
Traits of the Scribe E. Johnson Mark 12:38-40
Warner Against the Scribes and Pharisees J.J. Given Mark 12:38-40
Yielding the Preeminence Christian Age Mark 12:38-40
Jesus Lingering in the Temple A. Rowland Mark 12:41
All Her Living. -- Mr. Skelton's Devotion to the Poor   Mark 12:41-44
Alms-Giving, False and True H. R. Haweis, M. A. Mark 12:41-44
Christ Mindful of Our Love Service S. Martin. Mark 12:41-44
Consecrated Womanhood S. F. Leech, . D. D. Mark 12:41-44
Costly Gifts Anon. Mark 12:41-44
Covetousness Cornered   Mark 12:41-44
Give Till You Feel It Quarterly Journal Mark 12:41-44
Giving Her All to God Light and Life Mark 12:41-44
Giving in the Sanctuary S. Martin. Mark 12:41-44
Giving Ourselves in the Sacrifice Dr. Donne. Mark 12:41-44
Helpers of Sacred Institutions R. Collyer. Mark 12:41-44
Liberality of the Poor   Mark 12:41-44
Loving and Giving A. Barnes, D. D. Mark 12:41-44
Motive the Measure of the Acceptability of Gifts Francis Jacox. Mark 12:41-44
Offerings for God's Treasury T. T. Lynch. Mark 12:41-44
Over Against the Treasury Edward Dakin. Mark 12:41-44
Religion the First Thought   Mark 12:41-44
Small Gifts   Mark 12:41-44
The Due Proportion of Christian Benevolence T. Roffies, LL. D. Mark 12:41-44
The Duty of Giving in Proportion to Our Means   Mark 12:41-44
The Gift of Love C. P. Craig. Mark 12:41-44
The Gift of Poverty E. Johnson Mark 12:41-44
The Lord's Searching Eye J. Morison, D. D. Mark 12:41-44
The Poor Widow's Two Mites W. Waiters. Mark 12:41-44
The Power of Humble Fidelity H. W. Beecher. Mark 12:41-44
The Power of Mites When Combined Somerset Express. Mark 12:41-44
The Power of Pence W. Waiters. Mark 12:41-44
The Scene   Mark 12:41-44
The Treasury Test John Ross. Mark 12:41-44
The Two Mites R. Collyer. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Acceptable Offering R. Glover. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Donation J. A. James. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Farthing T. T. Lynch. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Gift S. Martin. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Gift R. Green Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Gift of Her Sons Handbook to Scripture Doctrines. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Mite J.J. Given Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Mites James Molt, M. A. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Mites Seeds and Saplings. Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Offering Evangelical Preacher Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Two Mites A.F. Muir Mark 12:41-44
The Woman Who Gave Her All T. Sherlock, B. A. Mark 12:41-44
Two Mites   Mark 12:41-44
The Widow's Mite A. Rowland Mark 12:42-44