The Messiah’s Herald
1The beginning1:1 Jn 1:1; Php 4:15 of the gospel1:1–8 Mt 3:1–12; Lk 3:1–18 of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.1:1 Some mss omit the Son of God1:1 Jn 5:19; Heb 1:2
2As it is written in Isaiah1:2 Mt 3:3; 4:14; 12:17 the prophet:1:2 Other mss read in the prophets1:2 Lk 16:29
See, I am sending my messenger 1:2 Mt 13:49 ahead of you;
he will prepare your way. 1:2 Other mss add before you 1:2 Mal 3:1 1:2 Mal 3:1
3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 1:3 Jn 1:23
Prepare the way for the Lord; 1:3 Lk 10:1; 17:5
make his paths straight! 1:3 Is 40:3 1:3 Is 40:3
4John came baptizing1:4 Or John the Baptist came1:4 Lk 7:29; Ac 22:16 in the wilderness1:4 Rv 12:6 and proclaiming a baptism of repentance1:4 Lk 3:3; Ac 13:24; 19:4; 26:20 for the forgiveness1:4 Mt 9:2; Lk 24:47 of sins.1:4 Jn 15:22; Ac 26:18
5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem1:5 Mt 23:37; Jn 11:36 were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan1:5 Gn 13:10; Ps 114:3; Lk 3:3 River, confessing1:5 Ac 19:18 their sins.1:5 Jn 15:22; Rm 6:23; 1Pt 4:1
6John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts1:6 Rv 9:3,7 and wild honey.1:6 Rv 10:9–10
7He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful1:7 Rv 18:8 than I am is coming after me.1:7 Jn 1:15 I am not worthy1:7 Mt 3:11 to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals.1:7 Lk 3:16; Ac 13:23–25
8I baptize you with1:8 Or in water,1:8 Jn 1:26,31,33; Ac 1:5; 8:36; 11:16 but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”1:8 Jn 1:33
The Baptism of Jesus
9In1:9–11 Mt 3:13–17; Lk 3:21–23 those days Jesus came from Nazareth1:9 Mt 2:23; 4:13; 21:11; Lk 1:26; 2:4,39,51; 4:16; Jn 1:45–46 in Galilee1:9 Mt 17:22 and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
10As soon as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens1:10 Mt 24:35; Lk 12:33; Ac 17:24; Eph 6:9; Rv 21:10 being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
11And a voice1:11 Jn 5:37 came from heaven:1:11 Rv 14:13 “You are my beloved1:11 Lk 20:13; Eph 1:6; Phm 1 Son;1:11 Ps 2:7 with you I am well-pleased.”1:11 Is 42:1
The Temptation of Jesus
12Immediately1:12–13 Mt 4:1–11; Lk 4:1–13 the Spirit1:12 Jn 1:33 drove1:12 3Jn 10 him into the wilderness.1:12 Mt 3:1; Rv 12:6
13He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted1:13 Jms 1:13 by Satan.1:13 Mt 4:1,10; Ac 13:10 He was with the wild animals,1:13 Rv 6:8 and the angels1:13 Mt 13:49; Ac 5:19; Rv 14:6 were serving him.
Ministry in Galilee
14After1:14–15 Mt 4:17; Jn 4:45 John was arrested,1:14 Mt 3:12; Lk 3:20; 9:7–9; Jn 3:24 Jesus went to Galilee,1:14 Mt 17:22 proclaiming1:14 Mk 13:10 the good news1:14 Other mss add of the kingdom1:14 Or gospel1:14 Mk 1:1 of God:1:14 Rm 15:16; 1Th 2:2,8–9
15“The time1:15 Ps 37:39; Lk 20:10; Jn 7:8 is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God1:15 Mt 3:2; 6:33; 12:28; 19:24; 21:31,43; Mk 4:11; 9:1; 10:14; 12:34; 14:25; 15:43 has come1:15 Mk 9:1 near.1:15 Rm 13:11; 1Pt 4:7 Repent1:15 Ac 3:19; 26:20 and believe1:15 Mk 11:24; Jn 3:16; Ac 10:43; Rm 10:9; 1Pt 1:8–10 the good news!”
The First Disciples
16As1:16–20 Mt 4:18–22; Lk 5:1–11 he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee,1:16 Mt 4:18; 15:29; Jn 6:1 he saw Simon1:16 Mt 16:17 and Andrew,1:16 Jn 6:8 Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea1:16 Mk 7:31 — for they were fishermen.
17“Follow me,” 1:17 Mt 4:19 Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for1:17 Or you to become fishers of1:17 Mt 4:18–19; Lk 5:2 people.”1:17 Mt 4:19
18Immediately they left their nets and followed1:18 Lk 5:11; Jn 8:12 him.1:18 Lk 18:28
19Going on a little farther, he saw James1:19 Ac 12:2 the son of Zebedee1:19 Jn 21:2 and his brother John1:19 Jn 21:7 in a boat putting their nets in order.
20Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.1:20 Lk 18:28
Driving Out an Unclean Spirit
21They1:21–26 Lk 4:31–35 went into Capernaum,1:21 Lk 10:15 and right away he entered the synagogue1:21 Mk 3:1; Jms 2:2 on the Sabbath1:21 Mk 2:23; Lk 13:10 and began to teach.1:21 Mt 28:20; Ac 4:2; 2Tm 4:11
22They were astonished1:22 Mk 6:2 at his teaching1:22 Mt 7:28; 22:33; Mk 11:18; Lk 4:32; Ac 2:42; 17:19 because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes.
23Just then a man with an unclean1:23 2Co 6:17 spirit1:23 Lk 11:24 was in their synagogue.1:23 Jms 2:2 He cried out, 
24“What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?1:24 Mk 14:67 Have you come to destroy1:24 Jn 6:27 us? I know who you are — the Holy1:24 1Co 7:14 One of God!” 1:24 Lk 4:34; Jn 6:69; Eph 4:30
25Jesus rebuked1:25 2Tm 4:2 him saying, “Be silent,1:25 Mt 22:12 and come out of him!”
26And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions,1:26 Mk 9:26; Lk 9:39 shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.
27They were all amazed,1:27 Mk 10:24,32 and so they began to ask1:27 Mk 8:11 each other, “What is this? A new teaching1:27 Mk 11:18; Ac 2:42 with authority!1:27 Other mss read “What is this? What is this new teaching? For with authority1:27 Jd 25 He commands even the unclean1:27 2Co 6:17 spirits,1:27 Lk 11:24 and they obey him.”
28At once the news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.1:28 Mt 17:22
Healings at Capernaum
29As1:29–31 Mt 8:14–15; Lk 4:38–39 soon as they left the synagogue,1:29 Jms 2:2 they went into Simon1:29 Mt 16:17 and Andrew’s1:29 Jn 6:8 house1:29 Mk 9:33 with James1:29 Ac 12:2 and John.1:29 Jn 21:7
30Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once.
31So he went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up.1:31 Mk 5:41 The fever1:31 Lk 4:38 left her,1:31 Other mss add at once and she began to serve1:31 Phm 13 them.1:31 Rm 12:13
32When1:32–34 Mt 8:16–17; Lk 4:40–41 evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick1:32 Lk 5:31 and demon-possessed.1:32 Mt 9:32
33The whole town was assembled at the door,
34and he healed1:34 Ac 8:7 many who were sick with various diseases1:34 Ac 19:12 and drove out1:34 3Jn 10 many demons.1:34 Rv 9:20; 18:2 And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.1:34 Mk 3:11–12; 5:7
Preaching in Galilee
35Very1:35–38 Mt 4:23–25; Lk 4:42–44 early in the morning, while it was still dark, he got up, went out, and made his way to a deserted place;1:35 Mt 14:13; Mk 6:31–32; Lk 4:42; 9:12; Rv 12:6 and there he was praying.1:35 Mt 5:44; Ac 12:12
36Simon1:36 Mt 16:17 and his companions searched for him,
37and when they found him they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
38And he said to them, “Let’s go on to the neighboring villages so that I may preach1:38 Mk 1:4 there too. This is why I have come.”
A Man Cleansed
39He went into all of Galilee,1:39 Mt 17:22 preaching in their synagogues1:39 Mk 3:1 and driving out demons.
40Then1:40–44 Mt 8:2–4; Lk 5:12–14 a man with leprosy1:40 Gk lepros; a term for various skin diseases, also in v. 42; see Lv 13–141:40 Mt 11:5 came to him and, on his knees,1:40 Other mss omit on his knees1:40 Mt 17:14 begged him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”1:40 1Jn 1:7
41Moved with compassion,1:41 Other mss Moved with indignation1:41 Lk 15:20 Jesus reached out his hand and touched1:41 Jn 20:17 him. “I am willing,” he told him. “Be made clean.”
42Immediately the leprosy1:42 Lk 5:12 left him, and he was made clean.
43Then he sternly warned1:43 Mt 9:30; Mk 14:5; Jn 11:33,38 him and sent him away1:43 3Jn 10 at once,
44telling him, “See that you say nothing to anyone;1:44 Mk 5:43; 7:36; 8:26,30; 9:9; 16:8; Lk 5:14 but go and show1:44 Rv 1:1 yourself to the priest,1:44 Ac 4:1 and offer1:44 Heb 5:1; 8:3 what Moses commanded for your cleansing,1:44 Lv 13:1–14:57; Heb 1:3 as a testimony1:44 Mk 6:11; 1Tm 2:6 to them.”1:44 Or against them
45Yet he went out and began to proclaim1:45 Mk 1:4; Jn 18:32 it widely and to spread the news,1:45 Mk 4:14 with the result that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. But he was out in deserted places, and they came to him from everywhere.