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re-Ver(sing) Verses

Mark 12:42

Mark 12:42 | NIV (1984) | Other Versions | Context


The episode of the poor widow was recorded both in the gospels of Mark and Luke [Luke 20:45-21:4], with only slight variations in words. I chose the Mark variation to study mainly because I feel that it offers a slightly more detailed account in context. Jesus was teaching in the temple, and after that he sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury [Mark 12:41]. Many rich people came and threw in large amounts. In contrast, a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins. A small gesture that probably meant nothing to many, but Jesus saw it and praised that act of faith.

Analysis: Poor Widow

Widows in those days were poor in all sense of the…

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