The Message

Mark 1

John the Baptizer

11-3 The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you;
He’ll make the road smooth for you.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!

4-6 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.

7-8 As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”

9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

God’s Kingdom Is Here

12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.

14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

16-18 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.

19-20 A dozen yards or so down the beach, he saw the brothers James and John, Zebedee’s sons. They were in the boat, mending their fishnets. Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.

Confident Teaching

21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.

23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”

25-26 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out.

27-28 Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. “What’s going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!” News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.

29-31 Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them.

32-34 That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and evil-afflicted people to him, the whole city lined up at his door! He cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.

The Leper

35-37 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.”

38-39 Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” He went to their meeting places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.

40 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.”

41-45 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: “Say nothing to anyone. Take the offering for cleansing that Moses prescribed and present yourself to the priest. This will validate your healing to the people.” But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone he met what had happened, spreading the news all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over.

Nkwa Asem

Marko 1

Yohane Osuboni asɛnka

1Asɛmpa a ɛfa Yesu Kristo, Onyankopɔn Ba no ho mfitiase ni:

Odiyifo Yesaia nhoma no mu no, Onyankopɔn kae se, ɔbɛsoma ne Ba aba asase so. Nanso ɔbɔfo bi bedi n’anim a, ɔno na obesiesie kwan ama no.

Saa ɔbɔfo yi bɛtena sare so, na wateɛm se, “Munsiesie Awurade akwan. Obiara nsiesie ne ho mfa ntwɛn Awurade ba no.”

Saa ɔbɔfo no, ɔne Yohane Osuboni. Ɔtenaa sare so, na ɔkyerɛkyerɛɛ wɔn se, wonnu wɔn ho wɔ wɔn bɔne ho, na wɔmma wɔmmɔ wɔn asu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a Onyankopɔn de wɔn bɔne befiri wɔn. Nnipa fifi Yerusalem ne Yudea nkurow so kohuu Yohane, tiee no. Na wɔkaa wɔn bɔne kyerɛɛ no no, ɔbɔɔ wɔn asu wɔ asubɔnten Yordan mu. Na Yohane hyɛ atade a wɔde aboa nhoma na apam a aboa nhoma abɔso nso bɔ mu. N’aduan yɛ mmoadabi ne ɛwo. Ne nkyerɛkyerɛ no mu, ɔkae se, “Ɛrenkyɛ koraa, obi bɛba a ɔwɔ tumi sen me a, ne mpaboa mpo ɛnsɛ sɛ mikita. Me de, mede nsu na ɛbɔ mo asu, na ɔno de, ɔde Onyankopɔn Honhom Kronkron na ɛbɛbɔ mo asu!”

Yesu asubɔ ne ne sɔhwɛ

Da bi, Yesu fii Nasaret a ɛwɔ Galileaman mu bae maa Yohane bɔɔ no asu wɔ asubɔnten Yordan mu. 10 Yesu fi nsu no mu sii koko so ara pɛ, ohui sɛ ɔsoro abue na Honhom Kronkron resian sɛ aborɔnoma aba ne so. Saa bere no ara mu, 11 ɛnne bi fi soro kae se, “Wone me dɔ Ba a wosɔ m’ani.”

12 Ɛhɔ ara, Honhom Kronkron de Yesu kɔɔ sare so. 13 Ɔtenaa hɔ adaduanan a, na obiara nka ne ho ka wuram mmoa nko ara. Ɛhɔ na ɔbonsam sɔɔ no hwɛe. Akyiri yi, abɔfo ba bɛsom no.

Asuafo baanan a wodi kan no frɛ

14 Ɔhene Herode kyeree Yohane akyi no, Yesu kɔɔ Galilea kɔkaa Asɛmpa no wɔ hɔ.

15 Ɔkae se, “Bere no awie du! Onyankopɔn Ahenni no abɛn. Monsakra mo adwene na munnye Asɛmpa no nni!”

16 Da bi a Yesu nam Galilea mpoano no, ohuu Simon ne ne nua Andrea sɛ wɔregu asau.

17 Yesu frɛɛ wɔn se, “Mummedi m’akyi! Na mɛma mo ayɛ nnipayifo.” 18 Ɛhɔ ara, wogyaw wɔn asau no guu hɔ bedii n’akyi.

19 Ɔkɔɔ n’anim kakra no, ohuu Sebedeo mma baanu a, wɔfrɛ ɔbaako Yohane, ɛnna ɔbaako nso Yakobo, sɛ wɔte ɔkorow mu renwene wɔn asau. 20 Ɔfrɛɛ wɔn nso sɛ wommedi n’akyi. Ntɛm ara, wogyaw wɔn agya Sebedeo ne n’apaafo hɔ wɔ ɔkorow no mu bedii n’akyi.

Yesu tu honhommɔne

21 Yesu ne n’akyidifo yi beduu Kapernaum. Na Homeda dui no, ɔkɔɔ asɔredan mu kɔkaa Asɛmpa no. 22 Nnipa no tee asɛm no no, wɔn ho dwiriw wɔn, efisɛ, ɔkasae te sɛ obi a ɔwɔ tumi, na mmom wankasa sɛ mmara no akyerɛkyerɛfo no.

23 Amonom hɔ ara, ɔbarima bi a honhommɔne bi hyɛ ne mu de nteɛteɛm puee wɔ Asɔredan mu hɔ se, 24 “Dɛn na wo Nasaretni Yesu wɔ ne yɛn yɛ? Woaba sɛ worebɛsɛe yɛn anaa? Minim wo sɛ wone Onyankopɔn Ba Kronkron no!”

25 Yesu teɛteɛɛ honhommɔne no se, “Mua w’ano! Fi ne mu kɔ!” 26 Honhommɔne no wosow saa ɔbarima no ma ɔteɛteɛɛm dennen na etu kɔe. 27 Nnipa no nyinaa ho dwiriw wɔn ma wobisabisaa wɔn ho wɔn ho se, “Nkyerɛkyerɛ foforo bɛn ni? Ahonhommɔne mpo tie ne nne!”

28 Saa anwonwade a ɔyɛɛ yi ho asɛm trɛw faa Galileaman mu nyinaa.

Yesu sa nyarewa

29 Wofi asɔredan no mu no, ɔne n’asuafo no kɔɔ Simon ne Andrea fi. 30 Wɔkɔtoo sɛ atiridii abɔ Simon asebea ma ɔda hɔ. 31 Yesu kɔɔ faako a ɔda hɔ, kosoo ne nsa ma ɔsɔre tenaa ase. Ɛhɔ ara, atiridii no tu fii ne so. Ɔsɔre noaa aduan maa wɔn.

32 Eduu anwummere no, nnipa no de ayarefo ne wɔn a wɔwɔ ahonhommɔne brɛɛ Yesu sɛ ɔnsa wɔn yare. 33 Nnipa bebree bɛboaa wɔn ho ano wɔ ofi no abobow ano, hwɛɛ nea ɛrekɔ so. 34 Saa anwummere no ara, Yesu saa ayarefo bebree yare.Otuu ahonhommɔne bebree nso. Nanso wamma ahonhommɔne no ankasa, efisɛ, na wonim no.

Yesu asɛnka wɔ Galilea

35 Ade kyee anɔpatutuutu no, Yesu nko ara kɔɔ sare so kɔbɔɔ mpae.

36 Akyiri yi, Simon ne ebinom nso fii adi kɔhwehwɛɛ no, 37 na wohuu no no, wɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Nnipa bebree rehwehwɛ wo.”

38 Ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Ɛsɛ sɛ yɛkɔ nkurow a aka no so, na mekɔka m’asɛm kyerɛ wɔn, efisɛ, ɛno nti na mebae.”

39 Enti ɔkɔɔ Galileaman mu baabiara kɔkaa Asɛmpa no wɔ hyiadan mu, tuu ahonhommɔne bebree nso.

Yesu sa ɔkwatani bi yare

40 Ɔkwatani bi bɛkotow no srɛɛ no sɛ, “Mesrɛ wo, sa me yare.”

41 Ɔkwatani no yɛɛ Yesu mmɔbɔ, enti ɔde ne nsa kaa no kae se, “Mɛsa wo yare! Wo ho ntɔ wo!” 42 Amonom hɔ ara, kwata no fii ne ho maa ne ho tɔɔ no!

43 Yesu bɔɔ n’ano denneenen se, 44 “Nka saa asɛm yi nkyerɛ obiara, na mmom fa wo ho kɔkyerɛ ɔsɔfo. Sɛ worekɔ a, fa w’afɔrebɔde a Mose ahyɛ sɛ akwatafo a wɔasa wɔn yare mfa nka wɔn ho nkɔ no, ka wo ho kɔ sɛnea ɛbɛma obiara ahu sɛ, wo ho atɔ wo bio.”

45 Nanso ɔrekɔ no nyinaa, na ɔde nteɛteɛm rebɔ n’ayaresa no ho dawuru. Esiane eyi nti, sɛ Yesu kɔ baabiara a, nnipadɔm betwa ne ho hyia. Ɛno nti, afei baabiara a ɔbɛkɔ no, onyi ne ho adi. Enti ɔtenaa sare so hɔ maa nnipa bebree baa ne nkyɛn wɔ hɔ.