1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Look!, I am sending my messenger before your face, who will prepare the road for you.a
3A voice of one calling out in the desert, “Make ready the road of the Lord! Make his paths straight!”b
4John came baptizing in the desert and preaching a baptism that symbolized repentance that resulted in the forgiveness of sins.
5And the whole country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem, were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, publicly confessing their sins.
6And John was clothed with camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7And he preached, saying, “After me comes one who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
8I baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with holy spirit.”
9And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10And immediately as he was stepping up out of the water, he saw the heavens being torn open and the spirit descending upon him like a dove,
11and a voice came out of the heavens, “You are my Son, the beloved, in you I am well pleased.”
16And as he was passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew (the brother of Simon), casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
17And Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you become fishers of people.”
18And immediately they left the nets and followed him.
19And going on a little further, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, and they 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 went after him.
21And they went into Capernaum. And immediately on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and taught.
22And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the experts in the law.
23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
24saying, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know you, who you are—the Holy One of God.”
25And Jesus subdued him, saying, “Be bound!” and “Come out of him!”
26And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.
27And they were all so amazed that they disputed among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
28And immediately the news about him went out everywhere into all the surrounding region of Galilee.
29And immediately, having come out of the synagogue, they went with James and John into the house of Simon and Andrew.
30Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they spoke to him about her.
31And he came and took her by the hand and raised her up, and the fever left her and she began to serve them.
32And when evening came, after the sun had set, they began to bring to him everyone who was sick and those who were afflicted by demons.
33And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
34And 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 him.
35And in the morning, a great while before day, he got up and went out and departed into a solitary place and prayed there.
36And Simon and those who were with him followed after him,
37and they found him and say to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
38And he says to them, “Let’s go somewhere else, into the nearby towns, so that I can preach there also, for that is why I came.”
39And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.
40And a man with a serious skin diseased comes to him, begging him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him, “If you want to, you are able to make me clean.”
41And he, being moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and says to him, “I want to. Be clean!”
42And immediately the skin disease departed from him and he was made clean.
43And he sternly warned him and immediately sent him away,
44and says to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest, and for your cleansing offer the things that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
45But he went out and began to widely proclaim it and to spread abroad the matter, so that Jesus was not able to openly enter into a city anymore, but was outside in unpopulated areas, and they came to him from everywhere.