New Heart English Bible
1The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Look, I send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way.
3The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his highways straight.'"
4John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins. 6And John was clothed with camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist. He 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 loosen. 8I baptized you in water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit."
9And it happened in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came out of the sky, "You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased."
14Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God, 15and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is near. Repent, and believe in the Good News."
16And 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. 17Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men." 18And immediately they left the nets, and followed him. 19And going on a little further, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.
21And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes. 23And just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted, 24saying, "What do we have to do with you, Jesus, Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God." 25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him." 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And 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." 28And at once the news of him went out everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.
29And Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31And he came and took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she served them.
32At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick, and those who were possessed by demons. 33And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35And early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there. 36And Simon and those who were with him followed after him; 37and they found him, and told him, "Everyone is looking for you." 38And he said to them, "Let us go somewhere else into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason." 39And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.
40And a leper came to him, begging him, and knelt down and said to him, "If you want to, you can make me clean." 41And being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing. Be cleansed." 42And immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean. 43And he strictly warned him, and immediately sent him out, 44and said to him, "See you say nothing to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them." 45But he went out, and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places: and they came to him from everywhere.