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Mark 2:6

ESV Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
NIV Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,
NASB But some of the scribes were sitting there and thinking it over in their hearts,
CSB But some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts:
NLT But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves,
KJV But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,

What does Mark 2:6 mean?

In a crowded house in Capernaum, listening to Jesus teach, are scribes and Pharisees from Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem (Luke 5:17). In the Old Testament, scribes were responsible for recording the official records of military leaders, kings, and prophets (Jeremiah 36:4). Ezra was both a scribe and a priest (Ezra 7:6, 11). After the return from Babylon, scribes took more initiative, copying, translating, and teaching the Law of Moses. Because of their level of literacy and time studying the Torah, they were considered the educated class and authorities on religious matters. It is because of the scribes that we can be sure the Old Testament has been passed down complete and accurate.

Unfortunately, over time, scribes had also added to the Law, an expansion which often leads to arguments with Jesus. By this time, scribes are a subsect of the Pharisees. They monitor Jesus out of curiosity and to see if He teaches as they do. It is their job to question teaching, but it is also their job to know the Scriptures regarding the Messiah. The scribes so dissect, tear apart, and define their Scriptures that they miss what the Messiah is all about. And in their fear that the people's disobedience will prevent the Messiah from coming, they add so many rules that when Jesus the Messiah does come, He seems to them a blasphemous law-breaker and not the Chosen One of God.

Eventually, the scribes will play a major role in Jesus' crucifixion. The people who should have been best-equipped to identify the Messiah are party to His death.
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