Preaching of John the Baptist1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ a the Son of God. 2 b As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: c “Behold, I send My messenger ▼
▼ Lit before your faceahead of You,
Who will prepare Your way;
3 e The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.’”
4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness ▼ , g preaching a baptism of repentance for the h forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore i a leather belt around his waist, and ▼
▼ Lit he was eatinghis diet was locusts and wild honey. 7 And he was ▼ preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. 8 “I baptized you ▼
▼ The Gr here can be translated in, with or bywith water; but He will baptize you ▼
▼ The Gr here can be translated in, with or bywith the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus9 n In those days Jesus o came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens ▼
▼ Or being partedopening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11 and a voice came out of the heavens: q “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” 12 r Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. 13 And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by s Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.
Jesus Preaches in Galilee14 t Now after John had been ▼
▼ Lit delivered uptaken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee ▼ , w preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, x “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God ▼
▼ Lit has come nearis at hand; z repent and ▼
▼ Or put your trust inbelieve in the gospel.” 16 ab As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19 Going on a little farther, He saw ▼
▼ Or JacobJames the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away ▼
▼ Lit after Himto follow Him. 21 ae They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath af He entered the synagogue and began to teach. 22 ag They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying ah “What ▼
▼ Lit What to us and to You (a Heb idiom)business do we have with each other, Jesus ▼
▼ Lit the Nazareneof ak Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are— al the Holy One of God!” 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27 They were all am amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” 28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.
Crowds Healed29 an And immediately after they came ao out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with ▼
▼ Or JacobJames and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to ▼
▼ Lit HimJesus about her. 31 And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her, and she ▼
▼ Or servedwaited on them. 32 as When evening came at after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were au demon-possessed. 33 And the whole av city had gathered at the door. 34 And He aw healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was. 35 ax In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and ay was praying there. 36 Simon and his companions searched for Him; 37 they found Him, and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” 38 He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may ▼
▼ Or proclaimpreach there also; for that is what I came for.” 39 ba And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee ▼ preaching and casting out the demons. 40 bc And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and bd falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. 43 And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away, 44 and He said to him, be “See that you say nothing to anyone; but bf go, show yourself to the priest and bg offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 45 But he went out and began to bh proclaim it freely and to bi spread the news around, to such an extent that ▼
▼ Lit HeJesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but ▼
▼ Lit wasstayed out in unpopulated areas; and bl they were coming to Him from everywhere.
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