Mark 1:1-7

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b]
2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”[c]
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”[d]
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
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.
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.

Cross References 9

  • 1. S Matthew 4:3
  • 2. Malachi 3:1; Matthew 11:10; Luke 7:27
  • 3. Isaiah 40:3; John 1:23
  • 4. S Matthew 3:1
  • 5. ver 8; John 1:26,33; Acts 1:5,22; 11:36; Acts 13:24; Acts 18:25; Acts 19:3,4
  • 6. Luke 1:77
  • 7. 2 Kings 1:8
  • 8. Leviticus 11:22
  • 9. Acts 13:25

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Or "Jesus Christ." "Messiah" (Hebrew) and "Christ" (Greek) both mean "Anointed One."
  • [b]. Some manuscripts do not have "the Son of God."
  • [c]. Mal. 3:1
  • [d]. Isaiah 40:3
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