The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, 1the Son of God.
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "3BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY;
4THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.' "
John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness 5preaching a baptism of repentance for the 6forgiveness of sins.
And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
John was clothed with camel's hair and wore 7a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey.
And he was preaching, and saying, "After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.
"I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
8In those days Jesus 9came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;
and a voice came out of the heavens: "10You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."
11Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness.
And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by 12Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.
13Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, 14preaching the gospel of God,
and saying, "15The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; 16repent and believe in the gospel."
17As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.
Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.
18They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath 19He entered the synagogue and began to teach.
20They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
saying, "21What business do we have with each other, Jesus of 22Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are-23the Holy One of God!"
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"
Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.
They were all 24amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him."
Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee.
25And immediately after they came 26out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Now Simon's mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Jesus about her.
And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her, and she waited on them.
27When evening came, 28after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were 29demon-possessed.
And the whole 30city had gathered at the door.
And He 31healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.
32In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and 33was praying there.
Simon and his companions searched for Him;
they found Him, and said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You."
He said to them, "Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for."
34And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons.
35And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and 36falling on his knees before Him, and saying, "If You are willing, You can make me clean."
Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed."
Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away,
and He said to him, "37See that you say nothing to anyone; but 38go, show yourself to the priest and 39offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
But he went out and began to 40proclaim it freely and to 41spread the news around, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and 42they were coming to Him from everywhere.