Mark 1



1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

2 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.*

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.*

4 John was baptizing in the wilderness, and preaching the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness* of sins.

5 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.

6 And John was wearing camel’s hair, and a leather belt around his loins, and ate locusts and wild honey;

7 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.

8 I indeed have baptized you with water, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

9 And it came·​·to·​·pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

10 And straightway going·​·up from the water, he* saw the heavens ripped open, and the Spirit as a dove descending on Him.

11 And there was a voice from the heavens, saying, Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well·​·pleased.

12 And straightway the Spirit casts Him out into the wilderness.

13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and was with the wild* beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

14 And after John was delivered·​·up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is near; repent ye, and believe in the gospel.

16 And walking by the sea of Galilee, He saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.

17 And Jesus said to them, Come ye after Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.

18 And straightway leaving their nets, they followed Him.

19 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.

20 And straightway He called them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with the hirelings, they went after Him.

21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbaths, coming·​·into the synagogue, He taught.

22 And they wondered at His teaching, for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.

23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

24 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.

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be·​·speechless and come·​·out of him.

26 And having convulsed him, the unclean spirit, having also cried with a great voice, came out of him.

27 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.

28 And straightway the report of·​·Him went·​·out into the whole countryside of Galilee.

29 And straightway, coming·​·out from the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30 But Simon’s mother-in-law lay·​·down sick of a fever, and straightway they tell Him of her.

31 And He came and raised her up, having taken hold of her hand, and straightway the fever left her, and she ministered to them.

32 And evening having come, when the sun set, they brought to Him all who had an illness, and the demon-possessed.

33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.

34 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.

35 And in·​·the·​·morning, far into·​·the·​·night, standing·​·up He came·​·out, and went·​·away into a deserted place, and·​·there prayed.

36 And Simon and they who were with him pursued·​·after Him.

37 And finding Him, they say to Him, All are seeking Thee.

38 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.

39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.

40 And a leper came to Him, imploring Him, and kneeling·​·before Him, and saying to Him, If Thou willest, Thou canst make me clean.

41 And Jesus, being moved·​·with·​·compassion*, stretching out His hand, touched him, and says to him, I am willing; be thou cleansed.

42 And having said this, straightway the leprosy went·​·away from him, and he was·​·cleansed.

43 And He admonished him, and straightway sent him away,

44 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.

45 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.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.