An artificially inflicted sign on the body in the form of incision, tattoo, brand, or stamp. 1 The mark of Cain (Gen 4:15), given as a protection, making the person of Cain inviolable. 2 The mark of the prophet (1Kgs 20:41), possibly an incision on the forehead. 3 Circumcision (Gen 17:14; 1Cor 7:18), the most prominent mark identifying Jews as belonging to God (Isa 44:5; Isa 49:16). 4 The mark of a slave who did not wish to leave his master—the earlobe was pierced by an awl (Exod 21:6; Deut 15:17). 5 The “marks of Jesus” that Paul bore (Gal 6:17); these could have been scars from his sufferings for Christ (Acts 14:19; 2Cor 11:23-27). Paul, who called himself a “slave of Jesus” (Rom 1:1), may also have had in mind the custom of branding a slave. 6 The “mark of the beast” (Rev 13:16-18; Rev 14:9-11; Rev 16:2). The number 666 is thought to conceal the emperor Nero’s name and the “mark” of the official imperial seal, necessary to conduct business. Accepting this mark was apostasy (Rev 3:12; Rev 7:3; Rev 14:1; Rev 22:4; Ezek 9:4).

Gen 4:15

15Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold vengeance.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him w ... View more

1Kgs 20:41

41Then he quickly took the bandage away from his eyes. The king of Israel recognized him as one of the prophets.

Gen 17:14

14Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

1Cor 7:18

18Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised ... View more

Isa 44:5

5This one will say, “I am the Lord's,”
another will be called by the name of Jacob,
yet another will write on the hand, “The Lord's,”
and adopt the name of Isra ... View more

Isa 49:16

16See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.

Exod 21:6

6then his master shall bring him before God. He shall be brought to the door or the doorpost; and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serv ... View more

Deut 15:17

17then you shall take an awl and thrust it through his earlobe into the door, and he shall be your slave forever.
You shall do the same with regard to your fema ... View more

Gal 6:17

17From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.

Acts 14:19

19But Jews came there from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds. Then they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.

2Cor 11:23-27

23Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman—I am a better one: with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and oft ... View more

Rom 1:1

1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Rev 13:16-18

16Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,17so that no one can buy or ... View more

Rev 14:9-11

9Then another angel, a third, followed them, crying with a loud voice, “Those who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on t ... View more

Rev 16:2

2So the first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and a foul and painful sore came on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its image.

Rev 3:12

12If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the cit ... View more

Rev 7:3

3saying, “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads.”

Rev 14:1

The Lamb and the 144,000
1Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and ... View more

Rev 22:4

4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

Ezek 9:4

4and said to him, “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are commit ... View more

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