Mark 1 New American Standard Bible

The Preaching of John the Baptist

1 1  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ , the Son of God . 2  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet : " BEHOLD , I SEND MY MESSENGER [1]AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY ; 3  THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS , 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE Lord , MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT .' " 4  John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness [2] preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins . 5  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 . 6  John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist , and [3]his diet was locusts and wild honey . 7  And he was [4]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 . 8  "I baptized you [5]with water ; but He will baptize you [5]with the Holy Spirit ."

The Baptism of Jesus

9  In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan . 10  Immediately coming up out of the water , He saw the heavens [7]opening , and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11  and a voice came out of the heavens : " You are My beloved Son , in You I am well-pleased ."

The Temptation of Jesus

12  Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness . 13  And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan ; and He was with the wild beasts , and the angels were ministering to Him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14  Now after John had been [8]taken into custody , Jesus came into Galilee , [9] preaching the gospel of God , 15  and saying , " The time is fulfilled , and the kingdom of God [10]is at hand ; repent and [11]believe in the gospel ."

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

16  As 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 . 17  And Jesus said to them, "Follow e Me, and I will make you become fishers of men ." 18  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19  Going on a little farther , He saw [12]James the son of Zebedee , and John his brother , who were also in the boat mending the nets . 20  Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants , and went away [13]to follow Him.

A Man with an Unclean Spirit

21  They went into Capernaum ; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach . 22  They were amazed at His teaching ; for He was teaching them as one having authority , and not as the scribes .

23  Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit ; and he cried out, 24  saying , " What [14]business do we have with each other, Jesus [15]of Nazareth ? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are- the Holy One of God !" 25  And Jesus rebuked him, saying , "Be quiet , and come out of him!" 26  Throwing him into convulsions , the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27  They were all amazed , 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." 28  Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere into all the surrounding district of Galilee .

Jesus Heals Simon's Mother-in-Law

29  And immediately after they came out of the synagogue , they came into the house of Simon and Andrew , with [16]James and John . 30  Now Simon's mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever ; and immediately they spoke to [17]Jesus about her. 31  And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand , and the fever left her, and she [18]waited on them.

Jesus Heals Many at Evening

32  When evening came , after the sun had set , they began bringing to Him all who were ill e and those who were demon-possessed . 33  And the whole city had gathered at the door . 34  And He healed many who were ill e with various diseases , and cast out many demons ; and He was not permitting the demons to speak , because they knew who He was.

Jesus Departs on a Preaching Tour

35  In the early morning , while it was still dark , Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place , and was praying there . 36  Simon and his companions e searched for Him; 37  they found Him, and said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You." 38  He said to them, "Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby , so that I may [19]preach there also ; for that is what I came for." 39  And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee , [20]preaching and casting out the demons .

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40  And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying , "If You are willing , You can make me clean ." 41  Moved with compassion , Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing ; be cleansed ." 42  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed . 43  And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away , 44  and He said to him, " See that you say nothing to anyone ; but go , show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded , as a testimony to them." 45  But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around , to such an extent that [21]Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city , but [22]stayed out in unpopulated areas ; and they were coming to Him from everywhere .


[1] 1:2 Lit "before your face"

[2] 1:4 Or "proclaiming"

[3] 1:6 Lit "he was eating"

[4] 1:7 Or "proclaiming"

[5] 1:8 The Gr here can be translated "in, with" or "by"

[6] 1:8 The Gr here can be translated "in, with" or "by"

[7] 1:10 Or "being parted"

[8] 1:14 Lit "delivered up"

[9] 1:14 Or "proclaiming"

[10] 1:15 Lit "has come near"

[11] 1:15 Or "put your trust in"

[12] 1:19 Or "Jacob"

[13] 1:20 Lit "after Him"

[14] 1:24 Lit "What to us and to You" (a Heb idiom)

[15] 1:24 Lit "the Nazarene"

[16] 1:29 "Or Jacob"

[17] 1:30 Lit "Him"

[18] 1:31 Or "served"

[19] 1:38 Or "proclaim"

[20] 1:39 Or "proclaiming"

[21] 1:45 Lit "He"

[22] 1:45 Lit "was"

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