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 the road ready for the Lord! Make the paths straight for him!’”b
4John came baptizing in the desert and preaching a baptism as a sign of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5And the whole region of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, openly confessing their sins.
6John was clothed with camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7And he was preaching, saying, “After me comes one who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
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 split open and the spirit descending upon him like a dove,
11and a voice came out of the heavens, “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.”
12And immediately the spirit drove him out into the desert.
13And he was in the desert forty days being tempted by the Adversary.c And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
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,d for they were fishermen.
17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of people.”
18And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
19And going on a little further, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, 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 followed him.
21And they went into Capernaum. And immediately on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22And they were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority and not as the experts in the law.
23And immediately there was a man in their synagogue 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 who you are—the Holy One of God.”
25And Jesus subdued him, saying, “Be bound!” and “Come out of him!”
26And after throwing him into convulsions and crying out with a loud voice, the unclean spirit came out of him.
27And they were all amazed, so they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
28And the news about him immediately went out everywhere into all the surrounding region of Galilee.
29And immediately, after coming out of the synagogue, they went with James and John into the house of Simon and Andrew.
30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, sick with a fever, and immediately they told 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 brought 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 getting up very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he left the house and departed into a solitary place and prayed there.
36And Simon and those who were with him went searching for him,
37and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
38And he said 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 throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
40And a man with a serious skin diseasee came to him, kneeling down and pleading to him, and saying to him, “If you are willing, you are able to make me clean.”
41And being moved with compassion he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing. Be clean!”
42And immediately the skin disease left him and he was made clean.
43And after he sternly warned him, immediately he sent him away,
44and said to him, “See that you do not say anything to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest and offer the things that Moses commanded for your cleansing as a testimony to them.”
45But he went out and began to widely proclaim it and to spread the news, so that Jesusf was no longer able to openly enter into a city, but stayed outside in unpopulated areas, and yet they kept coming to him from everywhere.