1 The beginning of the gospel 1 of Jesus Christ, 2 the Son of God. 3 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, 4
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way, 5
3 the voice of one shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make 6 his paths straight.’” 7
4 In the wilderness 8 John the baptizer 9 began preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 10 5 People 11 from the whole Judean countryside and all of Jerusalem 12 were going out to him, and he was baptizing them 13 in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. 6 John wore a garment made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 14 7 He proclaimed, 15 “One more powerful than I am is coming after me; I am not worthy 16 to bend down and untie the strap 17 of his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 Now 18 in those days Jesus came from Nazareth 19 in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. 20 10 And just as Jesus 21 was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens 22 splitting apart and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 23 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my one dear Son; 24 in you I take great delight.” 25 12 The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, 26 enduring temptations from Satan. He 27 was with wild animals, and angels were ministering to his needs. 28
14 Now after John was imprisoned, 29 Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel 30 of God. 31 15 He 32 said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God 33 is near. Repent and believe the gospel!” 16 As he went along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 34 17 Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 35 18 They left their nets immediately and followed him. 36 19 Going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother in their 37 boat mending nets. 20 Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
21 Then 38 they went to Capernaum. 39 When the Sabbath came, 40 Jesus 41 went into the synagogue 42 and began to teach. 22 The people there 43 were amazed by his teaching, because he taught them like one who had authority, 44 not like the experts in the law. 45 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, 46 and he cried out, 47 24 “Leave us alone, 48 Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 49 of God!” 25 But 50 Jesus rebuked him: 51 “Silence! Come out of him!” 52 26 After throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him. 27 They were all amazed so that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands the unclean spirits and they obey him.” 28 So 53 the news about him spread quickly throughout all the region around Galilee.
29 Now 54 as soon as they left the synagogue, 55 they entered Simon and Andrew’s house, with James and John. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down, sick with a fever, so 56 they spoke to Jesus 57 at once about her. 31 He came and raised her up by gently taking her hand. Then the fever left her and she began to serve 58 them. 32 When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered by the door. 34 So 59 he healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. 60 But 61 he would not permit the demons to speak, 62 because they knew him. 63
35 Then 64 Jesus 65 got up early in the morning when it was still very dark, departed, and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer. 66 36 Simon and his companions searched for him. 37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 He replied, 67 “Let us go elsewhere, into the surrounding villages, so that I can preach there too. For that is what I came out here to do.” 68 39 So 69 he went into all of Galilee preaching in their synagogues 70 and casting out demons.
40 Now 71 a leper 72 came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If 73 you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said. 41 Moved with compassion, 74 Jesus 75 stretched out his hand and touched 76 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” 42 The leprosy left him at once, and he was clean. 43 Immediately Jesus 77 sent the man 78 away with a very strong warning. 44 He told him, 79 “See that you do not say anything to anyone, 80 but go, show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering that Moses commanded 81 for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 82 45 But as the man 83 went out he began to announce it publicly and spread the story widely, so that Jesus 84 was no longer able to enter any town openly but stayed outside in remote places. Still 85 they kept coming 86 to him from everywhere.
2 Now 1 after some days, when he returned to Capernaum, 2 the news spread 3 that he was at home. 2 So many gathered that there was no longer any room, not even by 4 the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some people 5 came bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 6 4 When they were not able to bring him in because of the crowd, they removed the roof 7 above Jesus. 8 Then, 9 after tearing it out, they lowered the stretcher the paralytic was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their 10 faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 11 6 Now some of the experts in the law 12 were sitting there, turning these things over in their minds: 13 7 “Why does this man speak this way? He is blaspheming! 14 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Now 15 immediately, when Jesus realized in his spirit that they were contemplating such thoughts, 16 he said to them, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? 17 9 Which is easier, 18 to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up, take your stretcher, and walk’? 10 But so that you may know 19 that the Son of Man 20 has authority on earth to forgive sins,” – he said to the paralytic 21 – 11 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 22 12 And immediately the man 23 stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
13 Jesus 24 went out again by the sea. The whole crowd came to him, and he taught them. 14 As he went along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax booth. 25 “Follow me,” he said to him. And he got up and followed him. 15 As Jesus 26 was having a meal 27 in Levi’s 28 home, many tax collectors 29 and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the experts in the law 30 and the Pharisees 31 saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 32 17 When Jesus heard this he said to them, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 33 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
18 Now 34 John’s 35 disciples and the Pharisees 36 were fasting. 37 So 38 they came to Jesus 39 and said, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples don’t fast?” 19 Jesus 40 said to them, “The wedding guests 41 cannot fast while the bridegroom 42 is with them, can they? 43 As long as they have the bridegroom with them they do not fast. 20 But the days are coming when the bridegroom will be taken from them, 44 and at that time 45 they will fast. 21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear becomes worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; 46 otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine is poured into new wineskins.” 47
23 Jesus 48 was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and his disciples began to pick some heads of wheat 49 as they made their way. 24 So 50 the Pharisees 51 said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?” 25 He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry – 26 how he entered the house of God when Abiathar was high priest 52 and ate the sacred bread, 53 which is against the law 54 for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to his companions?” 55 27 Then 56 he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for people, 57 not people for the Sabbath. 28 For this reason the Son of Man is lord 58 even of the Sabbath.”
3 Then 1 Jesus 2 entered the synagogue 3 again, and a man was there who had a withered 4 hand. 2 They watched 5 Jesus 6 closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, 7 so that they could accuse him. 3 So he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Stand up among all these people.” 8 4 Then 9 he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath, or evil, to save a life or destroy it?” But they were silent. 5 After looking around 10 at them in anger, grieved by the hardness of their hearts, 11 he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 12 6 So 13 the Pharisees 14 went out immediately and began plotting with the Herodians, 15 as to how they could assassinate 16 him.
7 Then 17 Jesus went away with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him. 18 And from Judea, 8 Jerusalem, 19 Idumea, beyond the Jordan River, 20 and around Tyre 21 and Sidon 22 a great multitude came to him when they heard about the things he had done. 9 Because of the crowd, he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him so the crowd 23 would not press toward him. 10 For he had healed many, so that all who were afflicted with diseases pressed toward him in order to touch him. 11 And whenever the unclean spirits 24 saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But 25 he sternly ordered them not to make him known. 26
13 Now 27 Jesus went up the mountain 28 and called for those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He 29 appointed twelve (whom he named apostles 30 ), 31 so that they would be with him and he could send them to preach 15 and to have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed twelve: 32 To Simon 33 he gave the name Peter; 17 to James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee, 34 he gave the name Boanerges (that is, “sons of thunder”); 18 and Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, 35 Matthew, Thomas, 36 James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, 37 Simon the Zealot, 38 19 and Judas Iscariot, 39 who betrayed him. 40
20 Now 41 Jesus 42 went home, and a crowd gathered so that they were not able to eat. 21 When his family 43 heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 The experts in the law 44 who came down from Jerusalem 45 said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” 46 and, “By the ruler 47 of demons he casts out demons.” 23 So 48 he called them and spoke to them in parables: 49 “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If 50 a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom will not be able to stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan rises against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand and his end has come. 27 But no one is able to enter a strong man’s 51 house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his house. 52 28 I tell you the truth, 53 people will be forgiven for all sins, even all the blasphemies they utter. 54 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin” 55 30 (because they said, “He has an unclean spirit” 56 ).
31 Then 57 Jesus’ 58 mother and his brothers 59 came. Standing 60 outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, “Look, your mother and your brothers 61 are outside looking for you.” 33 He answered them and said, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 62 34 And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, “Here 63 are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is 64 my brother and sister and mother.”