Mark 1:23-45 Bible in Basic English

23  And there was in their Synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he gave a cry, 24  Saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? have you come to put an end to us? I see well who you are, the Holy One of God. 25  And Jesus said to him sharply, Be quiet, and come out of him. 26  And the unclean spirit, shaking him violently, and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27  And they were all greatly surprised, so that they put questions to one another, saying, What is this? a new teaching! with authority he gives orders even to the unclean spirits, and they do what he says. 28  And news of him went out quickly everywhere into all parts of Galilee round about.

Jesus Heals Simon's Mother-in-Law

29  And when they came out of the Synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30  Now Simon's wife's mother was ill, with a burning heat; and they gave him word of her: 31  And he came and took her by the hand, lifting her up; and she became well, and took care of their needs.

Jesus Heals Many at Evening

32  And in the evening, at sundown, they took to him all who were diseased, and those who had evil spirits. 33  And all the town had come together at the door. 34  And a number, who were ill with different diseases, he made well, and sent out evil spirits; but he did not let the evil spirits say anything, because they had knowledge of him.

Jesus Departs on a Preaching Tour

35  And in the morning, a long time before daylight, he got up and went out to a quiet place, and there he gave himself up to prayer. 36  And Simon and those who were with him came after him. 37  And when they came up with him, they said to him, Everyone is looking for you. 38  And he said to them, Let us go to other parts into the nearest towns, so that I may give teaching there, because for this purpose I came. 39  And he went into their Synagogues in every part of Galilee, preaching and driving out evil spirits.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40  And a leper came to him and, going down on his knees before him, made a request, saying, If it is your pleasure, you have the power to make me clean. 41  And being moved with pity, he put out his hand, and touching him said to him, It is my pleasure; be made clean. 42  And straight away the disease went from him, and he was made clean. 43  And he sent him away, saying to him very sharply, 44  See that you say nothing to any man: but go and let the priest see you, and make yourself clean by an offering of the things ordered by Moses, for a witness to them. 45  But he went out, and made it public, giving an account of it everywhere, so that Jesus was no longer able to go openly into a town, but was outside in the waste land; and they came to him from every part.


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