1[The] beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ:2Just as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “(Look! I am sending forth my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way;)3listen! someone is crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of Jehovah, YOU people, make his roads straight,’”4John the baptizer turned up in the wilderness, preaching baptism [in symbol] of repentance for forgiveness of sins.5Consequently all the territory of Ju‧de′a and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem made their way out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, openly confessing their sins.6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather girdle around his loins, and was eating insect locusts and wild honey.7And he would preach, saying: “After me someone stronger than I am is coming; I am not fit to stoop and untie the laces of his sandals.8I baptized YOU with water, but he will baptize YOU with holy spirit.”
9In the course of those days Jesus came from Naz′a‧reth of Gal′i‧lee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.10And immediately on coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being parted, and, like a dove, the spirit coming down upon him;11and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you.”
12And immediately the spirit impelled him to go into the wilderness.13So he continued in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts, but the angels were ministering to him.
14Now after John was put under arrest Jesus went into Gal′i‧lee, preaching the good news of God15and saying: “The appointed time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Be repentant, YOU people, and have faith in the good news.”
16While walking alongside the sea of Gal′i‧lee he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting [their nets] about in the sea, for they were fishers.17So Jesus said to them: “Come after me, and I shall cause YOU to become fishers of men.”18And at once they abandoned their nets and followed him.19And after going a little farther he saw James the [son] of Zeb′e‧dee and John his brother, in fact, while they were in their boat mending their nets;20and without delay he called them. In turn they left their father Zeb′e‧dee in the boat with the hired men and went off after him.21And they went their way into Ca‧per′na‧um.
No sooner was it the sabbath than he entered into the synagogue and began to teach.22And they became astounded at his way of teaching, for there he was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.23Also, at that immediate time there was in their synagogue a man under the power of an unclean spirit, and he shouted,24saying: “What have we to do with you, Jesus you Naz‧a‧rene′? Did you come to destroy us? I know exactly who you are, the Holy One of God.”25But Jesus rebuked it, saying: “Be silent, and come on out of him!”26And the unclean spirit, after throwing him into a convulsion and yelling at the top of its voice, came on out of him.27Well, the people were all so astonished that they began a discussion among themselves, saying: “What is this? A new teaching! He authoritatively orders even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”28So the report about him spread out immediately in all directions through all the country round about in Gal′i‧lee.
29And immediately they went out of the synagogue and went into the home of Simon and Andrew with James and John.30Now Simon’s mother‐in‐law was lying down sick with a fever, and they at once told him about her.31And going to her he raised her up, taking her by the hand; and the fever left her, and she began ministering to them.
32After evening had fallen, when the sun had set, the people began bringing him all those who were ill and those demon‐possessed;33and the whole city was gathered right at the door.34So he cured many that were ill with various sicknesses, and he expelled many demons, but he would not let the demons speak, because they knew him to be Christ.
35And early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went outside and left for a lonely place, and there he began praying.36However, Simon and those with him hunted him down37and found him, and they said to him: “All are looking for you.”38But he said to them: “Let us go somewhere else, into the village towns nearby, that I may preach there also, for it is for this purpose I have gone out.”39And he did go, preaching in their synagogues throughout the whole of Gal′i‧lee and expelling the demons.
40There also came to him a leper, entreating him even on bended knee, saying to him: “If you just want to, you can make me clean.”41At that he was moved with pity, and he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him: “I want to. Be made clean.”42And immediately the leprosy vanished from him, and he became clean.43Furthermore, he gave him strict orders and at once sent him away,44and said to him: “See that you tell nobody a thing, but go show yourself to the priest and offer in behalf of your cleansing the things Moses directed, for a witness to them.”45But after going away the man started to proclaim it a great deal and to spread the account abroad, so that [Jesus] was no longer able to enter openly into a city, but he continued outside in lonely places. Yet they kept coming to him from all sides.