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John the Baptist Prepares the Way

11The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, athe Son of God.1

See Matt. 14:33

Some manuscripts omit the Son of God

2bAs it is written in Isaiah the prophet,2

c“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

  who will prepare your way,

3dthe voice of one crying in the wilderness:

e‘Prepare3 the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight,’”

Luke 1:76

John 1:23; Cited from Isa. 40:3

Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness

Matt. 11:10; Luke 1:17, 76; 7:27; Cited from Mal. 3:1

For 2-8, see Matt. 3:1-11; Luke 3:2-16

Some manuscripts in the prophets

4fJohn appeared, baptizing in gthe wilderness and proclaiming ha baptism of irepentance jfor the forgiveness of sins.

Matt. 26:28; [Luke 1:77]


Acts 2:38

Josh. 15:61; [Judg. 1:16]

John 1:6

5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, kconfessing their sins.

Acts 19:18

6Now John was lclothed with camels hair and lwore a leather belt around his waist and ate mlocusts and nwild honey.

1 Sam. 14:26

Lev. 11:22

[2 Kgs. 1:8; Zech. 13:4; Heb. 11:37]

7And he preached, saying, o“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.

John 1:15, 27; 3:30; Acts 13:25

8pI have baptized you with water, but qhe will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

See John 1:33

John 1:26; Acts 1:5; 11:16

The Baptism of Jesus

9rIn those days Jesus scame from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

Matt. 2:23

For 9-11, see Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:21; [John 1:32-34]

10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he tsaw uthe heavens being torn open vand the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

John 1:32; [Luke 4:18, 21; Acts 10:38]

Isa. 64:1

Acts 7:56

11And wa voice came from heaven, x“You are my beloved Son;4 with you I am well pleased.”

[9:7; Ps. 2:7; Isa. 42:1; Eph. 1:6; Col. 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:17; 1 John 5:9]

John 12:28

Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved

The Temptation of Jesus

12yThe Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

See Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13

13yAnd he was in the wilderness forty days, being ztempted by aSatan. And he was with the wild animals, and bthe angels were ministering to him.

Matt. 26:53; Luke 22:43

See 1 Chr. 21:1

[Heb. 2:18; 4:15]

[See 12 above]

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14cNow after John was arrested, Jesus dcame into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,

Matt. 4:17, 23

Matt. 4:12; 14:3; Luke 3:20; [John 3:24]

15and saying, e“The time is fulfilled, and fthe kingdom of God is at hand; grepent and believe in the gospel.”

Acts 19:4; 20:21; Heb. 6:1

See Matt. 3:2

Dan. 9:25; Gal. 4:4; Eph. 1:10; [Luke 21:8; John 7:8]

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16hPassing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

For 16-20, see Matt. 4:18-22; [Luke 5:2-11; John 1:40-42]

17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become ifishers of men.”5

Matt. 13:47

The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women

18And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.

20And 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

21jAnd they went into Capernaum, and immediately kon the Sabbath lhe entered the synagogue and was teaching.

39; See Matt. 4:23

See 6:2

Matt. 4:13; For 21-28, see Luke 4:31-37

22And mthey were astonished at his teaching, mfor he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.

See Matt. 7:28

23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,

24n“What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? oI know who you arepthe Holy One of God.”

John 6:69; Acts 3:14; Rev. 3:7; [Luke 1:35; Heb. 7:26; 1 John 2:20]

[34; Acts 19:15; James 2:19]

See Matt. 8:29

25But Jesus qrebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”

See Matt. 12:16

26And the unclean spirit, rconvulsing him and scrying out with a loud voice, came out of him.

5:7; Acts 8:7


27And they were all tamazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? uA new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”

Acts 17:19

[Matt. 8:27]

28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many

29vAnd immediately he6 wleft the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

21, 23

For 29-34, see Matt. 8:14-16; Luke 4:38-41

Some manuscripts they

30Now xSimons mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.

1 Cor. 9:5

31And he came and ytook her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

9:27; Acts 3:7; 9:41

32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or zoppressed by demons.

See Matt. 4:24

33And the whole city was gathered together at the door.

34aAnd he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And bhe would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

3:11; [Acts 16:17]

See Matt. 4:23

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

35cAnd rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and dthere he prayed.

Luke 5:16; See Matt. 14:23

For 35-38, see Luke 4:42

36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him,

37and they found him and said to him, e“Everyone is looking for you.”

[John 12:19]

38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for fthat is why I came out.”

Isa. 61:1

39gAnd hhe went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.


[Luke 4:44]

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40iAnd a leper7 came to him, imploring him, and jkneeling said to him, k“If you will, you can make me clean.”

[9:22; Matt. 9:28]

10:17; Matt. 17:14; 27:29

For 40-44, see Matt. 8:2-4; Luke 5:12-14

Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13

41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”

42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

43And lJesus8 sternly charged him and sent him away at once,

Matt. 9:30

Greek he; also verse 45

44and said to him, m“See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, nshow yourself to the priest and ooffer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, pfor a proof to them.”

6:11; Luke 9:5; James 5:3

Lev. 14:2-32

Luke 17:14

34; 5:43; 7:36; 8:26; Matt. 9:30; 17:9; See Matt. 12:16

45qBut he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter ra town, but was out in rdesolate places, and speople were coming to him from every quarter.

2:2, 13; 3:7; [John 6:2]

2 Cor. 11:26

7:36; Matt. 9:31; [Luke 5:15]