Mark 1:1-13 ESV

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, 1the Son of God.a

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    • a 1:1 - Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
      2 2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,b3"Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,

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        • b 1:2 - Some manuscripts in the prophets
          3 4the voice of one crying in the wilderness: 5'Preparec the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'"

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            • c 1:3 - Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness
              4 6John appeared, baptizing in 7the wilderness and proclaiming 8a baptism of 9repentance 10for the forgiveness of sins.

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              5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, 11confessing their sins.

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              6 Now John was 12clothed with camel's hair and 13wore a leather belt around his waist and ate 14locusts and 15wild honey.

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              7 And he preached, saying, 16"After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.

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              8 17I have baptized you with water, but 18he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

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              The Baptism of Jesus

              9 19In those days Jesus 20came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

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              10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he 21saw 22the heavens being torn open 23and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

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              11 And 24a voice came from heaven, 25"You are my beloved Son;d with you I am well pleased."

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                • d 1:11 - Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved

                  The Temptation of Jesus

                  12 26The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

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                  13 27And he was in the wilderness forty days, being 28tempted by 29Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and 30the angels were ministering to him.

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