Mark 14:49 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 14:49, NIV: "Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.'"

Mark 14:49, ESV: "Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.”"

Mark 14:49, KJV: "I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled."

Mark 14:49, NASB: "Every day I was with you within the temple grounds teaching, and you did not arrest Me; but this has taken place so that the Scriptures will be fulfilled.'"

Mark 14:49, NLT: "Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.'"

Mark 14:49, CSB: "Every day I was among you, teaching in the temple, and you didn't arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.""

What does Mark 14:49 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

If the world were the least bit righteous, none of this should happen. Jesus should not be betrayed by a thief who claims to be His disciple. If the Sanhedrin truly believed Jesus' teaching was blasphemous, they should have arrested Him while He was teaching. Jesus' more devoted followers should have the integrity to acknowledge their loyalty to Him instead of fleeing into the night and denying Him. And Jesus, the only sinless Man, should never have had to take our sins. But behind the logic of the situation's "should," Jesus made a choice before the world was formed that this would happen.

The Scriptures that Jesus is referring to include a few passages from the Old Testament, primarily, the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. The chapter prophetically covers Jesus' rejection, sorrow, grief, and affliction. It mentions how He was pierced with the nails on the cross and abandoned by those who should follow Him. It likens Him to the Passover lamb and prophesies His silence before King Herod. It even predicts that He will be buried in a rich man's grave. But Isaiah 53 also notes that God will be satisfied by Jesus' sacrifice. By bearing our iniquities, Jesus allows us to be accounted righteous.

The immediate Scripture that is fulfilled here was written by David in Psalm 55:12–14. Like David, Jesus is betrayed by a companion, a friend with whom He walked in God's house. The ultimate prophecy that Jesus is looking forward to is that Satan's head will be crushed (Genesis 3:15), and we will be freed.