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Mark Chapter 1

1 The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the prophets, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you:

3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make ready the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight!' "

4 John came baptising in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.

5 All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptised by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.

6 John was clothed with camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.

7 He preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen.

8 I baptised you in water, but he will baptise you in the Holy Spirit."

9 In those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptised by John in the Jordan.

10 Immediately coming up from the water, he saw the heavens parting, and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

11 A voice came out of the sky, "You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

12 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness.

13 He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals; and the angels were serving him.

14 Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of God's Kingdom,

15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and God's Kingdom is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News."

16 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.

17 Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you into fishers for men."

18 Immediately they left their nets, and followed him.

19 Going on a little further from there, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.

20 Immediately he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.

21 They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught.

22 They were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

23 Immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,

24 saying, "Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!"

25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"

26 The unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

27 They were all amazed, so that they questioned amongst themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching? For with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him!"

28 The report of him went out immediately everywhere into all the region of Galilee and its surrounding area.

29 Immediately, when they had come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30 Now Simon's wife's mother lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him about her.

31 He came and took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her immediately, and she served them.

32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who were sick, and those who were possessed by demons.

33 All the city was gathered together at the door.

34 He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. He didn't allow the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35 Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there.

36 Simon and those who were with him searched for him.

37 They found him and told him, "Everyone is looking for you."

38 He said to them, "Let's go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason."

39 He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.

40 A leper came to him, begging him, kneeling down to him, and saying to him, "If you want to, you can make me clean."

41 Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, "I want to. Be made clean."

42 When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.

43 He strictly warned him, and immediately sent him out,

44 and said to him, "See you say nothing to anybody, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing the things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."

45 But he went out, and began to proclaim it much, and to spread about the matter, so that Jesus could no more openly enter into a city, but was outside in desert places. People came to him from everywhere.


Verse 2 (Behold)
"Behold" means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
Verse 2
Malachi 3:1
Verse 3
Isaiah 40:3
Verse 4 (baptising)
or, immersing
Verse 8 (in)
The Greek word (en) translated here as "in" could also be translated as "with" in some contexts.
Verse 31 (immediately)
Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies critical text Greek New Testament omits "immediately".

Version: World English Bible

Mark Chapter 1 Guide

The introductory words of this Gospel according to Mark are characterized by brevity. Mark at once announces his theme, "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God," and then in rapid, clear sentences declares the mission and message of the forerunner.

The Man of God's will comes from the obedience of Nazareth to the obedience of the life of public ministry. As to words, how brief the story of the temptation, yet how much force and meaning are compressed into it. Four points are especially to be noticed.

  1. "The Spirit driveth Him."
  2. "He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan."
  3. "He was with the wild beasts."
  4. "The angels ministered unto Him."

The calling of two pairs of brothers is recorded. This was the call to service, "I will make you to become fishers of men."

A remarkable testimony to Jesus Christ was borne by a demon, "Thou art the Holy One of God." What a confession of the victory of Christ! In spite of all the attacks of hell, He was still untouched, unharmed of evil. From the synagogue our Lord passed to the home. His hand of gentle love and omnipotent force takes hold of the dry, fevered hand of a woman, and imparts the coolness of healing and the power to serve.

News of the two miracles spread, and the crowds gathered. With perfect ease our Lord healed many, and cast out many demons! Such pressure of the crowds made it necessary that He hold communion with the Father. Next morning, very early, while darkness still lingered, He rose before any of the others, and stole away to a desert place to commune with God.

The disciples told Him that all were seeking Him, and He immediately decided to go elsewhere. The story of the leper is full of a subtle charm that never loses its power over the hearts of men. The quick “I will” of Jesus, the touch proving at once His great tenderness toward the man, and His perfect confidence in Himself, are exquisite illustrations of the grace and tenderness of this "Servant of all."

From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.