Mark 1:1-8 NIV

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,a the Son of God,b

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    • a 1:1 - Or "Jesus Christ." "Messiah" (Hebrew) and "Christ" (Greek) both mean "Anointed One."
    • b 1:1 - Some manuscripts do not have "the Son of God."
      2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”c

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      3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”d

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      4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

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      5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
      6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

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      7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.

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      8 I baptize you withe water, but he will baptize you withf the Holy Spirit.”

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        • e 1:8 - Or "in"
        • f 1:8 - Or "in"