< Mark 1 >1 A beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God!
2 As it is written in the prophets —“Take note, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.”
3 “A voice calling out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight!’”—
4 John started baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.
5 Well, the whole Judean countryside and the Jerusalemites started going out to him, and were all being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist; and he was eating locusts and wild honey.
7 And he was proclaiming: “After me my Superior is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen.
8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with Holy Spirit.”
9 Well it happened in those days that Jesus came from Natsareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And immediately upon coming up from the water He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him.
11 And a Voice came from the heavens: “You are my Son, the beloved, in whom I am well pleased!”
12 Immediately the Spirit impelled Him into the wilderness.
13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days being tested by Satan, and was with the wild animals; and the angels were ministering to Him.
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God,
15 and saying: “The time has been fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has approached. Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
16 Then, as He was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother, of Simon, casting a circular net onto the water, for they were fishermen.
17 So Jesus said to them: “Come, follow me and I will turn you into fishers of men.”
18 At once they left their nets and followed Him.
19 And going on from there a little ways He saw James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John; they were in their boat mending their nets.
20 Right away He called them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men they followed Him.
21 Then they went into Capernaum. The very next Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach.
22 And they kept on being amazed at His teaching, because He was teaching them as one having authority, and not like the scribes.
23 Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24 saying: “Hey, what do you want with us, Jesus Natsarene?! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
25 So Jesus rebuked him saying: “Shut up and get out of him!”
26 The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.
27 And all were astounded, so that they questioned among themselves, saying: “What is this? What can this new doctrine be? Because with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!”
28 So His fame spread directly into the whole surrounding area of Galilee.
29 Immediately upon exiting the synagogue they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 Simon's mother-in-law was lying down with a fever, so without delay they told Him about her.
31 So He went and grasping her hand lifted her up; immediately the fever left her and she began to serve them.
32 That evening, when the sun had set, they started bringing to Him all who were sick and the demonized.
33 So much so that the whole town was gathered at the door,
34 and He healed many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew He was Messiah.
35 Now very early, still night, He got up, slipped out, and went off to a solitary place, where He was praying.
36 Simon and those with him hunted for Him,
37 and upon finding Him they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
38 But He said to them: “Let us go to the neighboring towns, so I can preach there also; that is why I have come.”
39 He was constantly preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and also casting out demons.
40 A leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling before Him and saying to Him, “If you want to, you are able to cleanse me.”
41 So being moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him: “I want to; be cleansed!”
42 And when He said this, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
43 And He sent him away at once, sternly warning him,
44 by saying: “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing the things that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
45 However he went out and began to proclaim it freely, spreading the news, so that He was no longer able to enter a town openly, but remained outside in deserted places; yet they kept coming to Him from all over.