Mark 1:1-22 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 .


[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"

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