Mark 1-3 American Standard Version

The Preaching of John the Baptist

1 1  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2  Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way. 3  The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight; 4  John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins. 5  And there went out unto him all the country of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem; And they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6  And John was clothed with camel's hair, and [had] a leathern girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey. 7  And he preached, saying, There cometh after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8  I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

The Baptism of Jesus

9  And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in the Jordan. 10  And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens rent asunder, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him: 11  And a voice came out of the heavens, Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased.

The Temptation of Jesus

12  And straightway the Spirit driveth him forth into the wilderness. 13  And he was in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; And he was with the wild beasts; And the angels ministered unto him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14  Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15  and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel.

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

16  And passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishers. 17  And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18  And straightway they left the nets, and followed him. 19  And going on a little further, he saw James the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending the nets. 20  And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.

A Man with an Unclean Spirit

21  And they go into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22  And they were astonished at his teaching: For he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

23  And straightway there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24  saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25  And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26  And the unclean spirit, tearing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27  And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What is this? a new teaching! with authority he commandeth even the unclean spirits, and they obey him. 28  And the report of him went out straightway everywhere into all the region of Galilee round about.

Jesus Heals Simon's Mother-in-Law

29  And straightway, when they were come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30  Now Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; and straightway they tell him of her: 31  and he came and took her by the hand, and raised her up; and the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

Jesus Heals Many at Evening

32  And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons. 33  And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34  And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Jesus Departs on a Preaching Tour

35  And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed. 36  And Simon and they that were with him followed after him; 37  and they found him, and say unto him, All are seeking thee. 38  And he saith unto them, Let us go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also; for to this end came I forth. 39  And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40  And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 41  And being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou made clean. 42  And straightway the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. 43  And he strictly charged him, and straightway sent him out, 44  and saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 45  But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to spread abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

Jesus Heals a Palsied Man

2 1  And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was noised that he was in the house. 2  And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room [for them], no, not even about the door: and he spake the word unto them. 3  And they come, bringing unto him a man sick of the palsy, borne of four. 4  And when they could not come nigh unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay. 5  And Jesus seeing their faith saith unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven. 6  But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7  Why doth this man thus speak? he blasphemeth: who can forgive sins but one, [even] God? 8  And straightway Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, saith unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9  Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy), 11  I say unto thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thy house. 12  And he arose, and straightway took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

The Call of Levi

13  And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. 14  And as he passed by, he saw Levi the [son] of Alphaeus sitting at the place of toll, and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. 15  And it came to pass, that he was sitting at meat in his house, and many publicans and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16  And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with the sinners and publicans, said unto his disciples, [How is it] that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17  And when Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

The Question about Fasting

18  And John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting: and they come and say unto him, Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? 19  And Jesus said unto them, Can the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20  But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then will they fast in that day. 21  No man seweth a piece of undressed cloth on an old garment: else that which should fill it up taketh from it, the new from the old, and a worse rent is made. 22  And no man putteth new wine into old wineskins; else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine perisheth, and the skins: but [they put] new wine into fresh wine-skins.

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath

23  And it came to pass, that he was going on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears. 24  And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? 25  And he said unto them, Did ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he, and they that were with him? 26  How he entered into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the showbread, which it is not lawful to eat save for the priests, and gave also to them that were with him? 27  And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28  so that the Son of man is lord even of the sabbath.

The Man with a Withered Hand

3 1  And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there who had his hand withered. 2  And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. 3  And he saith unto the man that had his hand withered, Stand forth. 4  And he saith unto them, Is it lawful on the sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? to save a life, or to kill? But they held their peace. 5  And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their heart, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and his hand was restored. 6  And the Pharisees went out, and straightway with the Herodians took counsel against him, how they might destroy him.

A Multitude at the Seaside

7  And Jesus with his disciples withdrew to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and from Judaea, 8  and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and beyond the Jordan, and about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing what great things he did, came unto him. 9  And he spake to his disciples, that a little boat should wait on him because of the crowd, lest they should throng him: 10  for he had healed many; insomuch that as many as had plagues pressed upon him that they might touch him. 11  And the unclean spirits, whensoever they beheld him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. 12  And he charged them much that they should not make him known.

Jesus Chooses the Twelve

13  And he goeth up into the mountain, and calleth unto him whom he himself would; and they went unto him. 14  And he appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 15  and to have authority to cast out demons: 16  and Simon he surnamed Peter; 17  and James the [son] of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and them he surnamed Boanerges, which is, Sons of thunder: 18  and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the [son] of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19  and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. And he cometh into a house.

A Divided House Cannot Stand

20  And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21  And when his friends heard it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

22  And the scribes that came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and, By the prince of the demons casteth he out the demons. 23  And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 24  And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25  And if a house be divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26  And if Satan hath rise up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. 27  But no one can enter into the house of the strong [man], and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong [man]; and then he will spoil his house. 28  Verily I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and their blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29  but whosoever shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin: 30  because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

Jesus' Mother and Brethren

31  And there come his mother and his brethren; and, standing without, they sent unto him, calling him. 32  And a multitude was sitting about him; and they say unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. 33  And he answereth them, and saith, Who is my mother and my brethren? 34  And looking round on them that sat round about him, he saith, Behold, my mother and my brethren! 35  For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.


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