The Good News According to Mark

chapter 1


verse #1

The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

verse #2

As it is written in the prophets, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you:

verse #3

the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight!’”

verse #4

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.

verse #5

All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.

verse #6

John was clothed with camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.

verse #7

He preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen.

verse #8

I baptized you in water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.”

verse #9

In those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

verse #10

Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

verse #11

A voice came out of the sky, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

verse #12

Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness.

verse #13

He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him.

verse #14

Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom,

verse #15

and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and God’s Kingdom is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News.”

verse #16

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

verse #17

Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men.”

verse #18

Immediately they left their nets, and followed him.

verse #19

Going on a little further from there, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.

verse #20

Immediately he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.

verse #21

They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught.

verse #22

They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

verse #23

Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,

verse #24

saying, “Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God!”

verse #25

Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”

verse #26

The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

verse #27

They were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!”

verse #28

The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.

verse #29

Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

verse #30

Now Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.

verse #31

He came and took her by the hand and raised her up. The fever left her immediately, and she served them.

verse #32

At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by demons.

verse #33

All the city was gathered together at the door.

verse #34

He healed many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons. He didn’t allow the demons to speak, because they knew him.

verse #35

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there.

verse #36

Simon and those who were with him searched for him.

verse #37

They found him and told him, “Everyone is looking for you.”

verse #38

He said to them, “Let’s go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason.”

verse #39

He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.

verse #40

A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, “If you want to, you can make me clean.”

verse #41

Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I want to. Be made clean.”

verse #42

When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him and he was made clean.

verse #43

He strictly warned him and immediately sent him out,

verse #44

and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”

verse #45

But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places. People came to him from everywhere.