1 The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophets, "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face which shall prepare thy way before thee;" 3 "The voice of a crier in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."
4 John did baptise in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins. 5 And all the land of Jewry, and they of Jerusalem went out unto him, and were all baptised of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a beast's skin about his loins. And he did eat locusts and wild honey, 7 and preached, saying, "A stronger than I cometh after me, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. 8 I have baptised you with water: but he shall baptise you with the holy ghost."
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth, a city of Galilee, and was baptised of John in Jordan. 10 And as soon as he was come out of the water, John saw the heavens open, and the holy ghost descending upon him like a dove. 11 And there came a voice from heaven, "Thou art my dear son, in whom I delight."
12 And immediately the spirit drove him into a wilderness: 13 and he was there in the wilderness forty days, and was tempted of Satan, and was with wild beasts. And the angels ministered unto him.
14 After that John was taken, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, "The time is full come, and the kingdom of God is even at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel."
16 As he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew his brother, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishers.
17 And Jesus said unto them, "Follow me, and I will make you to be fishers of men." 18 And they straightway forsook their nets, and followed him. 19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, even as they were in the ship mending their nets. 20 And anon he called them. And they left their father Zebedee in the ship with his hired servants, and went their way after him.
21 And they entered into Capernaum, and straightway on the Sabbath days he entered into the synagogue and taught. 22 And they marveled at his learning. For he taught them as one that had power with him, and not as the scribes did.
23 And there was in their synagogue, a man vexed with an unclean spirit, and that cried 24 saying, "Let me be: what have we to do with thou, Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee, what thou art, thou art even that holy man promised of God."
25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Hold thy peace and come out of him." 26 And the unclean spirit tare him, and cried out with a loud voice, and came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they demanded one of another among themselves, saying, "What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For he commandeth the foul spirits with power, and they obey him." 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region bordering on Galilee.
29 And forthwith, as soon as they were come out of the Synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. 30 And Simon's mother-in-law lay sick of a fever, and anon they told him of her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever forsook her by and by: And she ministered unto them.
32 And at even, when the sun was down, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils, 33 and all the city gathered together at the door, 34 and he healed many that were sick of divers diseases. And he cast out many devils; and suffered them not to speak, because they knew him.
35 And in the morning, very early, Jesus arose and went out into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, "All men seek for thee."
38 And he said unto them, "Let us go in to the next towns, that I may preach there also: for truly I came out for that purpose. 39 And he preached in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee, and cast the devils out.
40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeled down unto him, and said unto him, "If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."
41 And Jesus had compassion on him, and put forth his hand, touched him, and said unto him, "I will, be thou clean." 42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he charged him and sent him away forthwith 44 and said unto him, "See that thou say nothing to any man, but get thee hence and show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimonial unto them." 45 But he, as soon as he was departed, began to tell many things and to publish the deed, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places, and they came to him from every quarter.