Verses 9- 20 “9Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
10And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
11And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
12After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
13And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”
Modern textual critics and most new English versions do not accept the last 12 verses of this Gospel as genuine Scripture.Â Some translations leave the verses out altogether and some mark out these verses in some way, such as with asterisks, brackets, and/or footnotes questioning the authenticity of the passage.Â Basically, there are two manuscripts that are appealed to that leave out the verses, and those two manuscripts (the Vatican and the Sinai) are decidedly inferior, both coming from the same source and not being two independent witnesses at all.Â Even though these two manuscripts were copied by the same people, in the same place, and at the same time, they differ from each other in thousands of places. They show evidence of having been hastily and carelessly copied.Â They are almost certainly two of fifty Bibles that Constantine ordered from Eusebius, during the first half of the Fourth Century.Â The evidence for the authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 is that the multiplicity of Greek manuscripts have the verses; many ancient versions have the verses; all of the lectionaries on the passage have the verses.Â The verses are quoted by such early church fathers as Papias, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, and Tertullian, in the Second Century; and some of the verses are quoted by Hippolytus in the Third Century; and Eusebius, Chrysostom, Jerome, and Augustine quote them in the Fourth Century.Â Add to all of this the fact that the conclusion of the Gospel would be far too abrupt if it ended after Verse 8.Â There was a blank space left in the Vatican manuscript where the verses could be placed, which leads us to the conclusion that the scribe knew about the existence of the twelve verses but that the last leaf of the Gospel was missing from the document being copied by the scribe. John Burgon made the case for the twelve verses, in 1871, in a book of 375 pages, and no textual critic to this date has ever been able to answer Burgon’s defense.Â Nevertheless, critics slavishly follow the Vatican manuscript and continue to reject this genuine portion of God’s Holy Word.