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MARK 1:1–1:45 ©

The Gospel of Mark 1

1This is the beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, who is the Son of God. 2This good news began just as the prophet Isaiah said that it would when he wrote long ago, “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you. He will make people ready for when you come. 3He will be a voice calling out in the desolate place to anyone who hears him, saying,

‘Make yourselves ready to welcome the Lord. Get everything organized for his coming.’”

4The messenger that Isaiah wrote about was John. People called him “The Baptizer.” John was in a desolate area near the Jordan River. He was baptizing people and proclaiming to them that if they repent, then he will baptize them, and God will forgive their sins. 5A great number of people from the region of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to the wilderness to hear John speak. Many of those who heard him agreed that they had sinned. Then John baptized them in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothes made of camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist. He ate grasshoppers and honey that he found in that desolate area. 7He was preaching, “Very shortly one will come who is very great. I am nothing compared to him. I am not even worthy to stoop down and untie his sandals. 8I baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9During the time when John was preaching, Jesus came from Nazareth, a town in the Galilee region. He went to where John was preaching, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven tearing open and the Spirit of God descending on him. The Spirit of God came down from heaven like a dove. 11Then God spoke from heaven and said, “You are my Son, the one whom I love dearly. I am very pleased with you.” 12Then the Spirit of God sent Jesus out into the desolate area. 13Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. During that time, Satan was tempting him. There were wild animals in that place, and angels were taking care of him.

14Later, after the governor, Herod Antipas, put John the Baptizer in prison, Jesus went to the Galilee region. In Galilee, he was preaching God’s good news. 15He was saying, “The time has come at last. God will soon show that he is king. Repent and believe the good news.”

16One day while Jesus was walking along the coast of the sea of Galilee, he saw two men, Simon and Simon’s brother, Andrew. They were casting their fishing net into the sea to catch fish. They earned money by catching and selling fish. 17Then Jesus said to them, “Just like you have been gathering fish, come with me, and I will teach you how to gather people to be my disciples.” 18Immediately after Jesus said this, they stopped working, and they went with him. 19After they had gone on a little further, Jesus saw two other men, James and James’ brother, John. They were the sons of a man named Zebedee. They were all in a boat fixing their fishing nets. 20As soon as Jesus saw them, he told them to come with him. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat with his servants, and they went away with Jesus.

21Jesus, along with Peter, Andrew, James, and John, went into the nearby town of Capernaum. There, Jesus began teaching in the Jewish meeting place on the Sabbath. 22Those who were listening were amazed at the way he taught. He taught like a teacher who relies on what he himself knows. He did not teach like those who taught the Jewish laws, who repeated the different things that other men had taught. 23In the Jewish preaching place where Jesus taught, there was a man who was controlled by an evil spirit. The man with the evil spirit began shouting, 24“Hey! Jesus, from Nazareth! We evil spirits have nothing to do with you! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the Holy One from God!” 25Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, saying, “Be quiet and come out of that man!” 26The evil spirit shook the man violently. It screamed loudly, and then it came out of the man and left. 27All the people who were in the synagogue were amazed. As a result, they discussed this among themselves, saying, “This is something we have never seen before! Not only does he teach in a new and authoritative way, but he also commands the evil spirits, and they obey him!” 28The people very soon told many others throughout the entire Galilee region what Jesus had done.

29After they left the Jewish preaching place, Jesus, Simon, and Andrew, along with James and John, went directly to the house of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed because she was feeling sick; she had a fever. Right away someone told Jesus about her being sick. 31Jesus went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. She immediately recovered from the fever and began serving them.

32That evening, after the sun had gone down, people from the surrounding area brought to Jesus many others who were sick and those whom evil spirits controlled. 33It seemed as though everyone who lived in the town had gathered at the doorway of Simon’s house. 34Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases. He also forced many evil spirits to come out from people. He did not allow the evil spirits to tell people about him, because they knew that he was the Holy One from God.

35Jesus got up very early the next morning while it was still dark. He left the house and went away from the town to a place where there were no people. Then he prayed. 36Simon and his companions searched for him. 37When they found him they said, “Everyone in town is looking for you.” 38Jesus said to them, “We need to go to the other towns in this region so that I can preach there as well. This is the reason I came here.” 39So they went throughout Galilee region. As they went, Jesus would preach in the Jewish preaching places and force evil spirits to come out from people.

40One day a man who had a bad skin disease called leprosy came to Jesus. He knelt down in front of Jesus and pleaded with him, saying, “Please make me clean, because you are able to make me clean if it is your will!” 41Jesus felt compassion for him. He reached out his hand and touched the man. Then he said to him, “It is my will to heal you, so be healed!” 42Immediately the man was healed! He was no longer a leper! 43Jesus gave the man a warning as he was sending him away, 44saying, “Do not tell anyone what just happened. Instead, go to a priest, and show yourself to him so that he may examine you and see that you no longer have leprosy. Then make the offering that Moses commanded for people whom God has healed from leprosy. This will be the testimony to the community that you no longer have leprosy.” 45The man did not follow Jesus’ instruction. He began telling many people about how Jesus had healed him. As a result, Jesus was no longer able to enter towns publicly, because the crowds of people would surround him. Instead, he remained outside the towns in places where no one lived. But people kept coming to him from all over that region.

MARK 1:1–1:45 ©