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Mark 1:1-16

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

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

2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,2

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

who will prepare your way,

3the voice of one crying in the wilderness:

‘Prepare3 the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight,’”

4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And 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. 6Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And 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. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And 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. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son;4 with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

12The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13And 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

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

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

Footnotes

  • 1 1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
  • 2 1:2 Some manuscripts in the prophets
  • 3 1:3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness
  • 4 1:11 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved