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1 This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began
The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God,
2 just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way.
as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” —
3 He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the LORD ’s coming! Clear the road for him!’ ”
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”
4 This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven.
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5 All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.
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 His clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.
John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals.
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.
8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River.
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove.
Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
12 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness,
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness,
13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.
and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News.
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.
15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.
At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets.
When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.
20 He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
21 Jesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach.
They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22 The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.
The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
23 Suddenly, a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit began shouting,
Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out,
24 “Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
25 Jesus cut him short. “Be quiet! Come out of the man,” he ordered.
“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”
26 At that, the evil spirit screamed, threw the man into a convulsion, and then came out of him.
The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
27 Amazement gripped the audience, and they began to discuss what had happened. “What sort of new teaching is this?” they asked excitedly. “It has such authority! Even evil spirits obey his orders!”
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.”
28 The news about Jesus spread quickly throughout the entire region of Galilee.
News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
29 After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home.
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew.
30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away.
Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her.
31 So he went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.
So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32 That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.
33 The whole town gathered at the door to watch.
The whole town gathered at the door,
34 So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak.
and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him.
Simon and his companions went to look for him,
37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
38 But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
39 So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons.
So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said.
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”
Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed.
Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43 Then Jesus sent him on his way with a stern warning:
Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
44 “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”
“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
45 But the man went and spread the word, proclaiming to everyone what had happened. As a result, large crowds soon surrounded Jesus, and he couldn’t publicly enter a town anywhere. He had to stay out in the secluded places, but people from everywhere kept coming to him.
Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
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