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The Messiah’s Herald
1The beginning#Jn 1:1; Php 4:15 of the gospel#Mt 3:1-12; Lk 3:1-18 of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.#1:1 Some mss omit the Son of God#Jn 5:19; Heb 1:2 2As it is written in Isaiah#Mt 3:3; 4:14; 12:17 the prophet:#1:2 Other mss read in the prophets#Lk 16:29
See, I am sending my messenger # Mt 13:49 ahead of you;
he will prepare your way. # 1:2 Other mss add before you # 1:2 Mal 3:1 # Mal 3:1
3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: # Jn 1:23
Prepare the way for the Lord; # Lk 10:1; 17:5
make his paths straight! # 1:3 Is 40:3 # Is 40:3
4John came baptizing#1:4 Or John the Baptist came#Lk 7:29; Ac 22:16 in the wilderness#Rv 12:6 and proclaiming a baptism of repentance#Lk 3:3; Ac 13:24; 19:4; 26:20 for the forgiveness#Mt 9:2; Lk 24:47 of sins.#Jn 15:22; Ac 26:18 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem#Mt 23:37; Jn 11:36 were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan#Gn 13:10; Ps 114:3; Lk 3:3 River, confessing#Ac 19:18 their sins.#Jn 15:22; Rm 6:23; 1Pt 4:1 6John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts#Rv 9:3,7 and wild honey.#Rv 10:9-10
7He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful#Rv 18:8 than I am is coming after me.#Jn 1:15 I am not worthy#Mt 3:11 to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals.#Lk 3:16; Ac 13:23-25 8I baptize you with#1:8 Or in water,#Jn 1:26,31,33; Ac 1:5; 8:36; 11:16 but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”#Jn 1:33
The Baptism of Jesus
9In#Mt 3:13-17; Lk 3:21-23 those days Jesus came from Nazareth#Mt 2:23; 4:13; 21:11; Lk 1:26; 2:4,39,51; 4:16; Jn 1:45-46 in Galilee#Mt 17:22 and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10As soon as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens#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 voice#Jn 5:37 came from heaven:#Rv 14:13 “You are my beloved#Lk 20:13; Eph 1:6; Phm 1 Son;#Ps 2:7 with you I am well-pleased.”#Is 42:1
The Temptation of Jesus
12Immediately#Mt 4:1-11; Lk 4:1-13 the Spirit#Jn 1:33 drove#3Jn 10 him into the wilderness.#Mt 3:1; Rv 12:6 13He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted#Jms 1:13 by Satan.#Mt 4:1,10; Ac 13:10 He was with the wild animals,#Rv 6:8 and the angels#Mt 13:49; Ac 5:19; Rv 14:6 were serving him.
Ministry in Galilee
14After#Mt 4:17; Jn 4:45 John was arrested,#Mt 3:12; Lk 3:20; 9:7-9; Jn 3:24 Jesus went to Galilee,#Mt 17:22 proclaiming#Mk 13:10 the good news#1:14 Other mss add of the kingdom#1:14 Or gospel#Mk 1:1 of God:#Rm 15:16; 1Th 2:2,8-9 15“The time#Ps 37:39; Lk 20:10; Jn 7:8 is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God#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 come#Mk 9:1 near.#Rm 13:11; 1Pt 4:7 Repent#Ac 3:19; 26:20 and believe#Mk 11:24; Jn 3:16; Ac 10:43; Rm 10:9; 1Pt 1:8-10 the good news!”
The First Disciples
16As#Mt 4:18-22; Lk 5:1-11 he passed alongside the Sea of Galilee,#Mt 4:18; 15:29; Jn 6:1 he saw Simon#Mt 16:17 and Andrew,#Jn 6:8 Simon’s brother, casting a net into the sea#Mk 7:31  — for they were fishermen. 17“Follow me,” #Mt 4:19 Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for#1:17 Or you to become fishers of#Mt 4:18-19; Lk 5:2 people.”#Mt 4:19 18Immediately they left their nets and followed#Lk 5:11; Jn 8:12 him.#Lk 18:28 19Going on a little farther, he saw James#Ac 12:2 the son of Zebedee#Jn 21:2 and his brother John#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.#Lk 18:28
Driving Out an Unclean Spirit
21They#Lk 4:31-35 went into Capernaum,#Lk 10:15 and right away he entered the synagogue#Mk 3:1; Jms 2:2 on the Sabbath#Mk 2:23; Lk 13:10 and began to teach.#Mt 28:20; Ac 4:2; 2Tm 4:11 22They were astonished#Mk 6:2 at his teaching#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 unclean#2Co 6:17 spirit#Lk 11:24 was in their synagogue.#Jms 2:2 He cried out,  24“What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?#Mk 14:67 Have you come to destroy#Jn 6:27 us? I know who you are — the Holy#1Co 7:14 One of God!” #Lk 4:34; Jn 6:69; Eph 4:30
25Jesus rebuked#2Tm 4:2 him saying, “Be silent,#Mt 22:12 and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions,#Mk 9:26; Lk 9:39 shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.
27They were all amazed,#Mk 10:24,32 and so they began to ask#Mk 8:11 each other: “What is this? A new teaching#Mk 11:18; Ac 2:42 with authority!#1:27 Other mss read “What is this? What is this new teaching? For with authority#Jd 25 He commands even the unclean#2Co 6:17 spirits,#Lk 11:24 and they obey him.” 28At once the news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.#Mt 17:22
Healings at Capernaum
29As#Mt 8:14-15; Lk 4:38-39 soon as they left the synagogue,#Jms 2:2 they went into Simon#Mt 16:17 and Andrew’s#Jn 6:8 house#Mk 9:33 with James#Ac 12:2 and John.#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.#Mk 5:41 The fever#Lk 4:38 left her,#1:31 Other mss add at once and she began to serve#Phm 13 them.#Rm 12:13
32When#Mt 8:16-17; Lk 4:40-41 evening came, after the sun had set, they brought to him all those who were sick#Lk 5:31 and demon-possessed.#Mt 9:32 33The whole town was assembled at the door, 34and he healed#Ac 8:7 many who were sick with various diseases#Ac 19:12 and drove out#3Jn 10 many demons.#Rv 9:20; 18:2 And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.#Mk 3:11-12; 5:7
Preaching in Galilee
35Very#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;#Mt 14:13; Mk 6:31-32; Lk 4:42; 9:12; Rv 12:6 and there he was praying.#Mt 5:44; Ac 12:12 36Simon#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 preach#Mk 1:4 there too. This is why I have come.”
A Man Cleansed
39He went into all of Galilee,#Mt 17:22 preaching in their synagogues#Mk 3:1 and driving out demons. 40Then#Mt 8:2-4; Lk 5:12-14 a man with leprosy#1:40 Gk lepros; a term for various skin diseases, also in v. 42; see Lv 13–14#Mt 11:5 came to him and, on his knees,#1:40 Other mss omit on his knees#Mt 17:14 begged him: “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”#1Jn 1:7 41Moved with compassion,#1:41 Other mss Moved with indignation#Lk 15:20 Jesus reached out his hand and touched#Jn 20:17 him. “I am willing,” he told him. “Be made clean.” 42Immediately the leprosy#Lk 5:12 left him, and he was made clean. 43Then he sternly warned#Mt 9:30; Mk 14:5; Jn 11:33,38 him and sent him away#3Jn 10 at once, 44telling him, “See that you say nothing to anyone;#Mk 5:43; 7:36; 8:26,30; 9:9; 16:8; Lk 5:14 but go and show#Rv 1:1 yourself to the priest,#Ac 4:1 and offer#Heb 5:1; 8:3 what Moses commanded for your cleansing,#Lv 13:1—14:57; Heb 1:3 as a testimony#Mk 6:11; 1Tm 2:6 to them.”#1:44 Or against them 45Yet he went out and began to proclaim#Mk 1:4; Jn 18:32 it widely and to spread the news,#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.
1 The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it has been written by the prophet Isaiah: "Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.
3 The voice of one crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths."
4 John was in the desert, baptizing and preaching a baptism of repentance, as a remission of sins.
5 And there went out to him all the region of Judea and all those of Jerusalem, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
6 And John was clothed with camel's hair and with a leather belt around his waist. And he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 And he preached, saying: "A stronger one comes after me. I am not worthy to reach down and loosen the laces of his shoes.
8 I have baptized you with water. Yet truly, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
9 And it happened that, in those days, Jesus arrived from Nazareth of Galilee. And he was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And immediately, upon ascending from the water, he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit, like a dove, descending, and remaining with him.
11 And there was a voice from heaven: "You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased."
12 And immediately the Spirit prompted him into the desert.
13 And he was in the desert for forty days and forty nights. And he was tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the Angels ministered to him.
14 Then, after John was handed over, Jesus went into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 and saying: "For the time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the Gospel."
16 And passing by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishermen.
17 And Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
18 And at once abandoning their nets, they followed him.
19 And continuing on a little ways from there, he saw James of Zebedee and his brother John, and they were mending their nets in a boat.
20 And immediately he called them. And leaving behind their father Zebedee in the boat with his hired hands, they followed him.
21 And they entered into Capernaum. And entering into the synagogue promptly on the Sabbaths, he taught them.
22 And they were astonished over his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one who has authority, and not like the scribes.
23 And in their synagogue, there was a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24 saying: "What are we to you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God."
25 And Jesus admonished him, saying, "Be silent, and depart from the man."
26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, departed from him.
27 And they were all so amazed that they inquired among themselves, saying: "What is this? And what is this new doctrine? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him."
28 And his fame went out quickly, throughout the entire region of Galilee.
29 And soon after departing from the synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
30 But the mother-in-law of Simon lay ill with a fever. And at once they told him about her.
31 And drawing near to her, he raised her up, taking her by the hand. And immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.
32 Then, when evening arrived, after the sun had set, they brought to him all who had maladies and those who had demons.
33 And the entire city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many who were troubled with various illnesses. And he cast out many demons, but he would not permit them to speak, because they knew him.
35 And rising up very early, departing, he went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
36 And Simon, and those who were with him, followed after him.
37 And when they had found him, they said to him, "For everyone is seeking you."
38 And he said to them: "Let us go into the neighboring towns and cities, so that I may preach there also. Indeed, it was for this reason that I came."
39 And he was preaching in their synagogues and throughout all of Galilee, and casting out demons.
40 And a leper came to him, begging him. And kneeling down, he said to him, "If you are willing, you are able to cleanse me."
41 Then Jesus, taking pity on him, reached out his hand. And touching him, he said to him: "I am willing. Be cleansed."
42 And after he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
43 And he admonished him, and he promptly sent him away.
44 And he said to him: "See to it that you tell no one. But go and show yourself to the high priest, and offer for your cleansing that which Moses instructed, as a testimony for them."
45 But having departed, he began to preach and to disseminate the word, so that he was no longer able to openly enter a city, but had to remain outside, in deserted places. And they were gathered to him from every direction.