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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.
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1The beginning of the Good News of Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of God:
2It is written in the prophet Yesha‘yahu,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare the way before you.”
3“The voice of someone crying out:
‘In the desert prepare the way for Adonai!
Make straight paths for him!’”
4So it was that Yochanan the Immerser appeared in the desert, proclaiming an immersion involving turning to God from sin in order to be forgiven. 5People went out to him from all over Y’hudah, as did all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. Confessing their sins, they were immersed by him in the Yarden River. 6Yochanan wore clothes of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed: “After me is coming someone who is more powerful than I — I’m not worthy even to bend down and untie his sandals. 8I have immersed you in water, but he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh.”
9Shortly thereafter, Yeshua came from Natzeret in the Galil and was immersed in the Yarden by Yochanan. 10Immediately upon coming up out of the water, he saw heaven torn open and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11then a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, whom I love; I am well pleased with you.”
12Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness, 13and he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by the Adversary. He was with the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.
14After Yochanan had been arrested, Yeshua came into the Galil proclaiming the Good News from God:
15“The time has come,
God’s Kingdom is near!
Turn to God from your sins
and believe the Good News!”
16As he walked beside Lake Kinneret, he saw Shim‘on and Andrew, Shim‘on’s brother, casting a net into the lake; for they were fishermen. 17Yeshua said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you into fishers for men!” 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19Going on a little farther, he saw Ya‘akov Ben-Zavdai and Yochanan, his brother, in their boat, repairing their nets. 20Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zavdai in the boat with the hired men and went after Yeshua.
21They entered K’far-Nachum, and on Shabbat Yeshua went into the synagogue and began teaching. 22They were amazed at the way he taught, for he did not instruct them like the Torah-teachers but as one who had authority himself.
23In their synagogue just then was a man with an unclean spirit in him, who shouted, 24“What do you want with us, Yeshua from Natzeret? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!” 25But Yeshua rebuked the unclean spirit, “Be quiet and come out of him!” 26Throwing the man into a convulsion, it gave a loud shriek and came out of him. 27They were all so astounded that they began asking each other, “What is this? A new teaching, one with authority behind it! He gives orders even to the unclean spirits, and they obey him!” 28And the news about him spread quickly through the whole region of the Galil.
29They left the synagogue and went with Ya‘akov and Yochanan to the home of Shim‘on and Andrew. 30Shim‘on’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever, and they told Yeshua about her. 31He came, took her by the hand and lifted her onto her feet. The fever left her, and she began helping them.
32That evening after sundown, they brought to Yeshua all who were ill or held in the power of demons, 33and the whole town came crowding around the door. 34He healed many who were ill with various diseases and expelled many demons, but he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.
35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Yeshua got up, left, went away to a lonely spot and stayed there praying. 36But Shim‘on and those with him went after him; 37and when they found him, they said, “Everybody is looking for you.” 38He answered, “Let’s go somewhere else — to the other villages around here. I have to proclaim the message there too — in fact this is why I came out.” 39So he traveled all through the Galil, preaching in their synagogues and expelling demons.
40A man afflicted with tzara‘at came to Yeshua and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with pity, Yeshua reached out his hand, touched him and said to him, “I am willing! Be cleansed!” 42Instantly the tzara‘at left him, and he was cleansed. 43Yeshua sent him away with this stern warning: 44“See to it that you tell no one; instead, as a testimony to the people, go and let the cohen examine you, and offer for your cleansing what Moshe commanded.” 45But he went out and began spreading the news, talking freely about it; so that Yeshua could no longer enter a town openly but stayed out in the country, where people continued coming to him from all around.