Mark 1:23-45 The Message Bible

23  Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, 24  "What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you're up to! You're the Holy One of God, and you've come to destroy us!" 25  Jesus shut him up: "Quiet! Get out of him!" 26  The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly - and got out. 27  Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. "What's going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!" 28  News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.

Jesus Heals Simon's Mother-in-Law

29  Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew's house, accompanied by James and John. 30  Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. 31  He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them.

Jesus Heals Many at Evening

32  That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, 33  the whole city lined up at his door! 34  He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn't let them say a word.

Jesus Departs on a Preaching Tour

35  While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. 36  Simon and those with him went looking for him. 37  They found him and said, "Everybody's looking for you." 38  Jesus said, "Let's go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I've come." 39  He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40  A leper came to him, begging on his knees, "If you want to, you can cleanse me." 41  Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, "I want to. Be clean." 42  Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. 43  Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: 44  "Say nothing to anyone. Take the offering for cleansing that Moses prescribed and present yourself to the priest. This will validate your healing to the people." 45  But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone he met what had happened, spreading the news all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over.

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