John the Baptist Prepares the Way1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, athe Son of God. ▼
▼Some manuscripts omit the Son of God2 cAs it is written in Isaiah the prophet ▼
▼Some manuscripts in the prophetse“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
3 fthe voice of one crying in the wilderness:
▼Or crying: Prepare in the wildernessthe way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
4 iJohn appeared, baptizing in jthe wilderness and proclaiming ka baptism of lrepentance mfor the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan nconfessing their sins. 6Now John was oclothed with camel’s hair and pwore a leather belt around his waist and ate qlocusts and rwild honey. 7And he preached, saying s“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 tI have baptized you with water, but uhe will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus9 vIn those days Jesus wcame from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he xsaw ythe heavens being torn open zand the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And aaa voice came from heaven ab“You are my beloved Son; ▼
▼Or my Son, my (or the) Belovedwith you I am well pleased.”
The Temptation of Jesus12 adThe Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 aeAnd he was in the wilderness forty days, being aftempted by agSatan. And he was with the wild animals, and ahthe angels were ministering to him.
Jesus Begins His Ministry14 aiNow after John was arrested, Jesus ajcame into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, ak“The time is fulfilled, and althe kingdom of God is at hand; amrepent and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus Calls the First Disciples16 anPassing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become aofishers of men.” ▼
▼The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit21 aqAnd they went into Capernaum, and immediately aron the Sabbath ashe entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And atthey were astonished at his teaching aufor he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 av“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? awI know who you are— axthe Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus ayrebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit azconvulsing him and bacrying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all bbamazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? bcA new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Jesus Heals Many29 bdAnd immediately he ▼
▼Some manuscripts theybfleft the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now bgSimon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31And he came and bhtook her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or bioppressed by demons. 33And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 bjAnd he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And bkhe would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
Jesus Preaches in Galilee35 blAnd rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and bmthere he prayed. 36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him bn“Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for bothat is why I came out.” 39 bpAnd bqhe went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper40 brAnd a leper ▼
▼Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13came to him, imploring him, and btkneeling said to him bu“If you will, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43And bvJesus ▼
▼Greek he; also verse 45sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44and said to him, bx“See that you say nothing to anyone, but go byshow yourself to the priest and bzoffer for your cleansing what Moses commanded cafor a proof to them.” 45 cbBut he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter cca town, but was out in cddesolate places, and cepeople were coming to him from every quarter.
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