Mark 1:1-22 Bible in Basic English

The Preaching of John the Baptist

1 1  The first words of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2  Even as it is said in the book of Isaiah the prophet, See, I send my servant before your face, who will make ready your way; 3  The voice of one crying in the waste land, Make ready the way of the Lord, make his roads straight; 4  John came, and gave baptism in the waste land, preaching baptism as a sign of forgiveness of sin for those whose hearts were changed. 5  And there went out to him all the people of Judaea, and all those of Jerusalem, and they were given baptism by him in the river Jordan, saying that they were sinners. 6  And John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather band about him; and his food was locusts and honey. 7  And he said to them all, There is one coming after me who is greater than I, whose shoes I am not good enough to undo. 8  I have given you baptism with water, but he will give you baptism with the Holy Spirit.

The Baptism of Jesus

9  And it came about in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was given baptism by John in the Jordan. 10  And straight away, coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens broken open and the Spirit coming down on him as a dove: 11  And a voice came out of heaven, You are my dearly loved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

The Temptation of Jesus

12  And straight away the Spirit sent him out into the waste land. 13  And he was in the waste land for forty days, being tested by Satan; and he was with the beasts; and the angels took care of him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14  Now after John had been put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news of God, 15  And saying, The time has come, and the kingdom of God is near: let your hearts be turned from sin and have faith in the good news.

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

16  And going by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew, the brother of Simon, putting a net into the sea: for they were fishermen. 17  And Jesus said to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. 18  And they went straight from their nets, and came after him. 19  And going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were in their boat stitching up their nets. 20  And he said, Come after me: and they went away from their father Zebedee, who was in the boat with the servants, and came after him.

A Man with an Unclean Spirit

21  And they came to Capernaum; and on the Sabbath he went into the Synagogue and gave teaching. 22  And they were full of wonder at his teaching, because he gave it as one having authority, and not like the scribes.


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