The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
as it is written in the Prophets, Behold◦, I◦ send◦ My messenger before Thy face, who shall make··ready Thy way in··front··of Thee.*
The voice of one crying◦ in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.*
John was◦ baptizing in the wilderness, and preaching the baptism of repentance for◦ the forgiveness* of sins.
And all the country of Judea went··out to him, and they of··Jerusalem, and were all baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
And◦ John was wearing camel’s hair, and a leather belt around his loins, and ate◦ locusts and wild honey;
and preached, saying, There comes one stronger than I after◦ me, the strap of whose shoes I am not worthy◦ to stoop··down and loose.
I◦ indeed have baptized you with water, but◦ He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
And it came··to··pass in those▵ days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
And straightway going··up from the water, he* saw◦ the heavens ripped open, and the Spirit as a dove descending on Him.
And there was◦ a voice from the heavens, saying, Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well··pleased.
And straightway the Spirit casts Him out into the wilderness.
And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and was with the wild* beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
And◦ after John was delivered··up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is near; repent ye, and believe in the gospel.
And◦ walking by the sea of Galilee, He saw◦ Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net◦ in the sea; for◦ they were fishermen.
And Jesus said◦ to them, Come▵ ye after◦ Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.
And straightway leaving their nets, they followed Him.
And advancing a··little◦ from thence, He saw◦ James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship, mending* the nets.
And straightway He called them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with the hirelings, they went▵ after Him.
And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbaths, coming··into the synagogue, He taught.
And they wondered at His teaching, for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
saying, Ah◦! What is there to us and to Thee*, Jesus of Nazareth! Hast Thou come to destroy us? I know◦ Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God.
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be··speechless and come··out of him.
And having convulsed him, the unclean spirit, having also cried with a great voice, came out of him.
And they were· all ·astonished, so that they disputed among themselves, saying, What thing is this? What new teaching is this? For with authority He orders◦ even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.
And◦ straightway the report◦ of··Him went··out▵ into the whole countryside of Galilee.
And straightway, coming··out from◦ the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
But◦ Simon’s mother-in-law lay··down sick of a fever, and straightway they tell◦ Him of her.
And He came and raised her up, having taken hold of her hand, and straightway the fever left her, and she ministered to them.
And◦ evening having come, when the sun set◦, they brought to Him all who had an illness, and the demon-possessed.
And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
And He cured many who had an illness of different diseases, and cast out many demons; and He let not the demons speak, because they knew◦ Him.
And in··the··morning, far▵ into··the··night, standing··up He came··out, and went··away◦ into a deserted place, and··there prayed.
And Simon and they who were with him pursued··after Him.
And finding Him, they say to Him, All are seeking Thee.
And He says to them, Let us go◦ into the neighboring towns that◦ I may preach there··also, because◦ for◦ this purpose I came··forth.
And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
And a leper came to Him, imploring Him, and kneeling··before Him, and saying to Him, If Thou willest, Thou canst make me clean.
And◦ Jesus, being moved··with··compassion*, stretching out His hand, touched him, and says to him, I am willing; be thou cleansed.
And having said◦ this, straightway the leprosy went··away◦ from him, and he was··cleansed.
And He admonished him, and straightway sent him away,
and says to him, See▵ thou say◦ nothing◦ to anyone*, but go··thy··way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for▵ thy purification what Moses directed, for◦ a testimony to them.
And◦ he, having gone··out▵, began to preach many things and to make· the word ·public, so··that◦ He* could no··more◦ manifestly come··into the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from everywhere.