John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, #See Matt. 14:33the Son of God.#1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
2 # For ver. 2-8, see Matt. 3:1-11; Luke 3:2-16 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,#1:2 Some manuscripts in the prophets
Matt. 11:10; Luke 1:17, 76; 7:27; Cited from Mal. 3:1 “Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
John 1:23; Cited from Isa. 40:3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare#1:3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
John 1:6, 7 John appeared, baptizing in #Josh. 15:61; [Judg. 1:16] the wilderness and proclaiming #Acts 2:38 a baptism of #ver. 15 repentance #Matt. 26:28; [Luke 1:77]for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, #Acts 19:18confessing their sins. 6Now John was #[2 Kgs. 1:8; Zech. 13:4; Heb. 11:37] clothed with camel’s hair and #[2 Kgs. 1:8; Zech. 13:4; Heb. 11:37] wore a leather belt around his waist and ate #Lev. 11:22 locusts and #1 Sam. 14:26wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, #John 1:15, 27; 3:30, 31; Acts 13:25“After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8#John 1:26; Acts 1:5; 11:16 I have baptized you with water, but #See John 1:33he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus
9 # For ver. 9-11, see Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:21, 22; [John 1:32-34] In those days Jesus #Matt. 2:23came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he #Acts 7:56 saw #Isa. 64:1 the heavens being torn open #John 1:32, 33; [Luke 4:18, 21; Acts 10:38]and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And #John 12:28 a voice came from heaven, #[ch. 9:7; Ps. 2:7; Isa. 42:1; Eph. 1:6; Col. 1:13; 2 Pet. 1:17; 1 John 5:9]“You are my beloved Son;#1:11 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved with you I am well pleased.”
The Temptation of Jesus
12 # See Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13#[See ver. 12 above] And he was in the wilderness forty days, being #[Heb. 2:18; 4:15] tempted by #See 1 Chr. 21:1 Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and #Matt. 26:53; Luke 22:43the angels were ministering to him.
Jesus Begins His Ministry
Matt. 4:12; 14:3; Luke 3:20; [John 3:24] Now after John was arrested, Jesus #Matt. 4:17, 23came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, #Dan. 9:25; Gal. 4:4; Eph. 1:10; [Luke 21:8; John 7:8] “The time is fulfilled, and #See Matt. 3:2 the kingdom of God is at hand;#1:15 Or the kingdom of God has come near#Acts 19:4; 20:21; Heb. 6:1repent and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
16 # For ver. 16-20, see Matt. 4:18-22; [Luke 5:2-11; John 1:40-42] Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become #Matt. 13:47fishers of men.”#1:17 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit
Matt. 4:13; For ver. 21-28, see Luke 4:31-37 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately #See ch. 6:2 on the Sabbath #ver. 39; See Matt. 4:23he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22And #See Matt. 7:28, 29they were astonished at his teaching, #See Matt. 7:28, 29for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24#See Matt. 8:29 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? #[ver. 34; Acts 19:15; James 2:19] I know who you are—#John 6:69; Acts 3:14; Rev. 3:7; [Luke 1:35; Heb. 7:26; 1 John 2:20]the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus #See Matt. 12:16rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, #ch. 9:26 convulsing him and #ch. 5:7; Acts 8:7crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27And they were all #[Matt. 8:27] amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? #Acts 17:19A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Jesus Heals Many
29 # For ver. 29-34, see Matt. 8:14-16; Luke 4:38-41 And immediately he#1:29 Some manuscripts they #ver. 21, 23left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now #1 Cor. 9:5Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31And he came and #ch. 9:27; Acts 3:7; 9:41took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or #See Matt. 4:24oppressed by demons. 33And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34#See Matt. 4:23 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And #ch. 3:11, 12; [Acts 16:17, 18]he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
Jesus Preaches in Galilee
35 # For ver. 35-38, see Luke 4:42, 43 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and #Luke 5:16; See Matt. 14:23there he prayed. 36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him, #[John 12:19]“Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for #Isa. 61:1that is why I came out.” 39#[Luke 4:44] And #ver. 21he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
40 # For ver. 40-44, see Matt. 8:2-4; Luke 5:12-14 And a leper#1:40 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 came to him, imploring him, and #ch. 10:17; Matt. 17:14; 27:29 kneeling said to him, #[ch. 9:22, 23; Matt. 9:28]“If you will, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43And #Matt. 9:30Jesus#1:43 Greek he; also verse 45 sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44and said to him, #ver. 34; ch. 5:43; 7:36; 8:26; Matt. 9:30; 17:9; See Matt. 12:16 “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, #Luke 17:14 show yourself to the priest and #Lev. 14:2-32 offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, #ch. 6:11; Luke 9:5; James 5:3for a proof to them.” 45#ch. 7:36; Matt. 9:31; [Luke 5:15, 16] But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter #2 Cor. 11:26 a town, but was out in #2 Cor. 11:26 desolate places, and #ch. 2:2, 13; 3:7; [John 6:2]people were coming to him from every quarter.