The Meaning of Mark 13:23 Explained

Mark 13:23

KJV: But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

YLT: and ye, take heed; lo, I have foretold you all things.

Darby: But do ye take heed: behold, I have told you all things beforehand.

ASV: But take ye heed: behold, I have told you all things beforehand.

What is the context of Mark 13:23?

What does Mark 13:23 Mean?

Context Summary

Mark 13:14-37 - "watch!"
The fall of Jerusalem, Mark 13:14-23. This abomination had been predicted by Daniel, Daniel 9:27, Josephus says that the Romans brought their standards into the Temple, and offered sacrifices to them, and proclaimed Titus emperor. Probably there is to be a yet further fulfillment of these significant words. Houses in the East are, for the most part, provided with staircases outside the wall, so that the occupants, seeing the approach of danger, could flee without going through their homes, Mark 13:15. The ungodly owe more than they realize to the elect who dwell among them, Mark 13:20. Let us not be deceived by the appearance of false doctrines or teachers; there are also false Christs, Mark 13:22.
The second advent, Mark 13:24-27. These signs may refer to the disorganization of political rule, or to literal convulsions of the elements. The ministry of angels was very real to Jesus, and their function in the future ages is clearly defined. As Enoch was translated before the deluge, so will the saints be gathered before the final sorrows, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. It would seem as if Christ's coming is to bring summer to our world. This generation may refer to the fact that the Jewish people would remain as a distinct people. Our Lord had so emptied Himself, that in His human nature He knew not the hour, and was content to know only as the Father told Him. He has now resumed the glory of the knowledge which He had before all worlds. Have we each one found our work? Let us watch! [source]

Chapter Summary: Mark 13

1  Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple;
9  the persecutions for the gospel;
10  that the gospel must be preached to all nations;
14  that great calamities shall happen to the Jews;
24  and the manner of his coming to judgment;
32  the hour whereof being known to none, every man is to watch and pray

Greek Commentary for Mark 13:23

But take ye heed [υμεις δε βλεπετε]
Gullibility is no mark of a saint or of piety. Note emphatic position of you Credulity ranks no higher than scepticism. God gave us our wits for self-protection. Christ has warned us beforehand. [source]

What do the individual words in Mark 13:23 mean?

You however take heed I have foretold to you all things
ὑμεῖς δὲ βλέπετε προείρηκα ὑμῖν πάντα

δὲ  however 
Parse: Conjunction
Root: δέ  
Sense: but, moreover, and, etc.
βλέπετε  take  heed 
Parse: Verb, Present Imperative Active, 2nd Person Plural
Root: βλέπω  
Sense: to see, discern, of the bodily eye.
προείρηκα  I  have  foretold 
Parse: Verb, Perfect Indicative Active, 1st Person Singular
Root: προλέγω 
Sense: to say beforehand, to predict.
ὑμῖν  to  you 
Parse: Personal / Possessive Pronoun, Dative 2nd Person Plural
Root: σύ  
Sense: you.
πάντα  all  things 
Parse: Adjective, Accusative Neuter Plural
Root: πᾶς  
Sense: individually.