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Mark 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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John the Baptist Prepares the Way

(Mat 3:1–12; Luk 3:1–20; Jhn 1:19–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:1 - The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:2 - As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,[fn]
“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:3 - the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare[fn] the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:4 - John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:5 - And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:6 - Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:7 - And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:8 - I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

(Mat 3:13–17; Luk 3:21, 22; Jhn 1:29–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:9 - In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:10 - And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:11 - And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son;[fn] with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

(Mat 4:1–11; Luk 4:1–13 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:12 - The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:13 - And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

(Mat 4:12–17; Luk 4:14, 15 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:14 - Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:15 - and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;[fn] repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

(Mat 4:18–22; Luk 5:1–11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:16 - Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:17 - And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:18 - And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:19 - And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:20 - And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit

(Luk 4:31–37 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:21 - And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:22 - And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:23 - And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:24 - “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:25 - But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:26 - And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:27 - And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:28 - And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many

(Mat 8:14, 15; Luk 4:38, 39 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:29 - And immediately he[fn] left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:30 - Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:31 - And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
(Mat 8:16, 17; Luk 4:40, 41 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:32 - That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:33 - And the whole city was gathered together at the door.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:34 - And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

(Mat 4:23–25; Luk 4:42–44 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:35 - And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:36 - And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:37 - and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:38 - And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:39 - And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

(Mat 8:1–4; Luk 5:12–16 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:40 - And a leper[fn] came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:41 - Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:42 - And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:43 - And Jesus[fn] sternly charged him and sent him away at once,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:44 - and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 1:45 - But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
Some manuscripts in the prophets
Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness
Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
Or the kingdom of God has come near
The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women
Some manuscripts they
Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
Greek he; also verse 45

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