6約翰身穿駱駝毛的衣服，腰束皮帶，吃的是蝗蟲和野蜜。 7他傳道說：「在我之後，有一位能力比我更大的要來，我連彎腰替祂解鞋帶也不配。 8我是用水給你們施洗，但祂要用聖靈給你們施洗。」
9那時，耶穌從加利利的拿撒勒來約旦河接受約翰的洗禮。 10耶穌從水中一上來，就看見天開了，聖靈好像鴿子一樣降在祂身上， 11從天上有聲音說：「你是我的愛子，我甚喜悅你。」
16耶穌沿著加利利湖邊走，看見兩個漁夫——西門和他的弟弟安得烈正在湖上撒網捕魚。 17耶穌對他們說：「來跟從我！我要使你們成為得人的漁夫。」 18他們立刻拋下漁網，跟從了耶穌。
21他們到了迦百農，耶穌在安息日去會堂裡講道。 22那裡的人都很吃驚，因為祂教導他們時像個有權柄的人，不像律法教師。 23當時會堂裡有一個被污鬼附身的人喊道： 24「拿撒勒的耶穌啊，我們和你有什麼關係？你是來毀滅我們嗎？我知道你是誰，你是上帝的聖者！」
26污鬼使那人抽搐了一陣，大叫一聲，就出來了。 27在場的人十分驚訝，彼此議論說：「這是怎麼回事？真是充滿權柄的新教導啊！竟然連污鬼都服從祂的命令。」 28於是，耶穌的名聲立刻傳遍了整個加利利。
29耶穌同雅各和約翰離開會堂，來到西門和安得烈家。 30當時西門的岳母正發燒，躺在床上，他們立刻把這事告訴耶穌。 31耶穌走到她的床邊，拉著她的手扶她起來，她的燒立刻退了，便起來服侍他們。
32日落之後，有人把病人和被鬼附身的人都帶來見耶穌。 33全城的人都聚在門前。 34耶穌醫好了許多患各種疾病的人，又趕出很多鬼。祂不准鬼說話，因為鬼認識祂。
35第二天清早，天還沒亮，耶穌就起來獨自走到曠野去禱告。 36西門和同伴們四處尋找耶穌， 37找到了，便對祂說：「大家都在找你呢！」
41耶穌動了慈心，就伸手摸他，說：「我肯，你潔淨了吧！」 42那人的痲瘋病立即消失了，他就潔淨了。 43耶穌讓他回去並鄭重地叮囑： 44「不要把這事告訴別人，要去讓祭司察看你的身體，並照摩西的規定獻祭，向眾人證明你已經潔淨了。」
John the Baptist prepares the way
1The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,1:1 Or Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One. the Son of God,1:1 Some manuscripts do not have the Son of God. 2as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way’1:2 Mal. 3:1 –
3‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
“Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.” ’1:3 Isaiah 40:3
4And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptised by him in the River Jordan. 6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt round his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: ‘After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptise you with1:8 Or in water, but he will baptise you with1:8 Or in the Holy Spirit.’
The baptism and testing of Jesus
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’
12At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13and he was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted1:13 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested. by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Jesus announces the good news
14After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’
Jesus calls his first disciples
16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ 18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Jesus drives out an impure spirit
21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!’
25‘Be quiet!’ said Jesus sternly. ‘Come out of him!’ 26The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
27The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching – and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.’ 28News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.
Jesus heals many
29As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. 31So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
32That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all who were ill and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door, 34and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Jesus prays in a solitary place
35Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’
38Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so that I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ 39So he travelled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Jesus heals a man with leprosy
40A man with leprosy1:40 The Greek word traditionally translated leprosy was used for various diseases affecting the skin. came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’
41Jesus was indignant.1:41 Many manuscripts Jesus was filled with compassion He reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ 42Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.’ 45Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.