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The Gospel According to Mark

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Mark 1

        1Beginning of the Gospel [or, Good News, and throughout book] of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

            2As it has been written in the prophets, “Look! I am sending My messenger before Your face [fig., ahead of You], who will prepare Your way before You.” [Mal 3:1] 3“A voice of [one] shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of [the] LORD! Be making His paths straight!’” [Isaiah 40:3, LXX]

            4John came baptizing [or, immersing, and throughout book] in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism [or, immersion, and throughout book] of repentance to [or, for; or, because of] forgiveness of sins. 5And all the region of Judea was going out to him, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and they were all baptized in the Jordan River by him, they themselves confessing their sins [or, after they themselves confessed their sins]. 6Now John had clothed himself with hairs of a camel and a leather belt around his waist. And he eats locusts and wild honey.

            7And he began proclaiming, saying, “He is coming after me, the [One] greater than I, of whom I am not worthy, having stooped down, to untie the strap of His sandals! 8I indeed baptize you* in water [or, with water, and throughout book], but He will baptize you* in [or, with] [the] Holy Spirit!”

            9And it happened in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and He was baptized by John in the Jordan [River]. 10And immediately coming up from the water, he [i.e., John] saw the heavens being parted and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him. 11And a voice came out of the heavens, “You are My Son--the Beloved--in whom I am well-pleased!”

            12Then immediately the Spirit drives Him out into the wilderness. 13And He was there in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And He was with the wild animals, and the angels [or, messengers [of the Lord], and throughout book] were ministering to Him.

            14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom of God 15and saying, “The time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near! Be repenting and be believing [or, trusting] in the Gospel!”

            16Now walking about by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother, [that is] Simon’s, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Come after Me, and I will make you* to become fishers of people.” 18Then immediately, having left their nets, they followed Him. 19And having gone on from there a little [further], he saw James, the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, and they [were] in the boat mending the nets. 20And immediately He called them. Then having left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers, they went away after Him.

            21And they are going into Capernaum. And immediately on [one of] the Sabbaths having gone into the synagogue, He was teaching. 22And they were astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

            23And [there] was in their synagogue a person with an unclean [or, defiling] spirit. And it cried out, 24saying, “Away! What to us and to You [fig., What have we to do with You], Jesus the Nazarene? You came to destroy us! I know You, who You are, the Holy [One] of God!” 25And Jesus rebuked it saying, “Be silenced, and come out from him!” 26Then the unclean [or, defiling] spirit, having torn him back and forth [fig., having thrown him into convulsions] and having cried out with a loud voice, came out from him! 27And they were all shocked, so as to be disputing among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new teaching [or, doctrine] [is] this, that with authority even the unclean [or, defiling] spirits He commands, and they obey Him?” 28So the news of Him went out immediately into the whole surrounding region of Galilee.

            29Then immediately, having come out from the synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now the mother-in-law of Simon was lying down, being sick with a fever. And immediately they tell Him about her. 31And having come near, He raised her up, having taken hold of her hand. And the fever immediately left her! Then she began serving them.

            32Now evening having come, when the sun set, they began bringing to Him all the ones having it badly [fig., who were sick] and the ones being demon-possessed [or, oppressed by demons]. 33And the whole city had been gathered together near the door. 34And He healed many having it badly [fig., who were sick] with various diseases, and He cast out many demons! But He did not allow the demons to be speaking, because they knew Him.

            35Then early in the morning, while it was still quite dark, having risen, He went out and went away into a deserted place, and He was there praying. 36Then Simon and those with him searched eagerly for Him. 37And having found Him, they say to Him, “All are seeking You.” 38Then He says to them, “Let us be going into the neighboring market towns, so that there I shall also preach, for this [reason] I have come forth.” 39And He was preaching in their synagogues, in all Galilee, and He is casting out the demons.

            40Then there comes to Him a leper [or, a person with a skin disease], calling on Him and kneeling before Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You are able to cleanse me.” 41So Jesus having been moved with compassion, having stretched out His hand, took hold of him and says to him, “I am willing. Be cleansed!” 42And He having spoken [this], immediately the leprosy [or, skin disease] went away from him, and he was cleansed!

        43Then having sternly warned him, immediately He sent him away, 44and He says to him, “See [that] you say nothing to anyone; but be going, show yourself to the priest and bring as an offering for your purification the things Moses directed, as a testimony to them.” [see Lev 14:1-32] 45But that one, having gone out, began to be proclaiming [it] much and to be spreading widely the news, with the result that no longer was He able to openly enter into the city, but He was outside in deserted places, and they kept coming to Him from all directions.


Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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