New International Reader's Version

Mark 1

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1This is the beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. Long ago Isaiah the prophet wrote,

“I will send my messenger ahead of you.
    He will prepare your way.” (Malachi 3:1)
“A messenger is calling out in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
    Make straight paths for him.’ ” (Isaiah 40:3)

And so John the Baptist appeared in the desert. He preached that people should be baptized and turn away from their sins. Then God would forgive them. All the people from the countryside of Judea went out to him. All the people from Jerusalem went too. When they admitted they had sinned, John baptized them in the Jordan River. John wore clothes made out of camel’s hair. He had a leather belt around his waist. And he ate locusts and wild honey. Here is what John was preaching. “After me, there is someone coming who is more powerful than I am. I’m not good enough to bend down and untie his sandals. I baptize you with water. But he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus Is Baptized and Tempted

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. 10 Jesus was coming up out of the water. Just then he saw heaven being torn open. Jesus saw the Holy Spirit coming down on him like a dove. 11 A voice spoke to him from heaven. It said, “You are my Son, and I love you. I am very pleased with you.”

12 At once the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert. 13 He was in the desert 40 days. There Satan tempted him. The wild animals didn’t harm Jesus. Angels took care of him.

Jesus Preaches the Good News

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee. He preached the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Turn away from your sins and believe the good news!”

Jesus Chooses His First Disciples

16 One day Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. There he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake. They were fishermen. 17 “Come and follow me,” Jesus said. “I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

19 Then Jesus walked a little farther. As he did, he saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat preparing their nets. 20 Right away he called out to them. They left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men. Then they followed Jesus.

Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit

21 Jesus and those with him went to Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue. There he began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching. That’s because he taught them like one who had authority. He did not talk like the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue cried out. He was controlled by an evil spirit. He said, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the Holy One of God!”

25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus firmly. “Come out of him!” 26 The evil spirit shook the man wildly. Then it came out of him with a scream.

27 All the people were amazed. So they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching! And with so much authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits, and they obey him.” 28 News about Jesus spread quickly all over Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many People

29 Jesus and those with him left the synagogue. Right away they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever. They told Jesus about her right away. 31 So he went to her. He took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her. Then she began to serve them.

32 That evening after sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who were sick. They also brought all who were controlled by demons. 33 All the people in town gathered at the door. 34 Jesus healed many of them. They had all kinds of sicknesses. He also drove out many demons. But he would not let the demons speak, because they knew who he was.

Jesus Prays in a Quiet Place

35 It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed. 36 Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus. 37 When they found him, they called out, “Everyone is looking for you!”

38 Jesus replied, “Let’s go somewhere else. I want to go to the nearby towns. I must preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled all around Galilee. He preached in their synagogues. He also drove out demons.

Jesus Heals a Man Who Had a Skin Disease

40 A man who had a skin disease came to Jesus. On his knees he begged Jesus. He said, “If you are willing to make me ‘clean,’ you can do it.”

41 Jesus became angry. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing to do it,” Jesus said. “Be ‘clean’!” 42 Right away the disease left the man, and he was “clean.”

43 Jesus sent him away at once. He gave the man a strong warning. 44 “Don’t tell this to anyone,” he said. “Go and show yourself to the priest. Offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded. It will be a witness to the priest and the people that you are ‘clean.’ ” 45 But the man went out and started talking right away. He spread the news to everyone. So Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. He stayed outside in lonely places. But people still came to him from everywhere.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Marko 1

Mahubiri Ya Yohana Mbatizaji

1Huu ni mwanzo wa Habari Njema ya Yesu Kristo, Mwana wa Mungu. Kama alivyoandika nabii Isaya, Mungu alisema: “Namtuma mjumbe wangu akutangulie, ambaye ataandaa njia yako.” “Mtu aitaye kwa sauti kuu jangwani. ‘Mtengenezeeni Bwana njia; nyoosheni sehemu zote atakazopitia.’ ”

Yohana alitokea nyikani, akawabatiza watu huko na kuwahubi ria kwamba watubu, wabatizwe, ili wasamehewe dhambi zao. Watu kutoka eneo lote la Yudea na sehemu zote za Yerusalemu walikwenda kumsikiliza. Wakatubu dhambi zao, akawabatiza katika mto wa Yor dani. Yohana alivaa mavazi ya manyoya ya ngamia na mkanda wa ngozi kiunoni mwake. Chakula chake kilikuwa ni nzige na asali ya mwituni. Naye alihubiri akisema, “Baada yangu anakuja mwenye uwezo kunizidi, ambaye sistahili hata kuinama na kulegeza kamba za viatu vyake. Mimi nawabatiza kwa maji, lakini yeye atawaba tiza kwa Roho Mtakatifu.”

Yesu Abatizwa

Baadaye Yesu akaja kutoka Nazareti katika sehemu ya Gali laya, akabatizwa na Yohana katika mto wa Yordani. 10 Yesu alipo toka kwenye maji aliona mbingu zikifunuka na Roho wa Mungu anam shukia kama njiwa. 11 Na sauti kutoka mbinguni ikasema, “Wewe ni mwanangu mpendwa; nimependezwa nawe.”

Yesu Ajaribiwa Nyikani

12 Mara tu baada ya haya, Roho akamwongoza Yesu mpaka nyikani. 13 Akakaa huko nyikani kwa muda wa siku arobaini aki jaribiwa na shetani. Alikaa na wanyama wa porini na malaika wal imhudumia.

Yesu Aanza Kuhubiri

14 Yohana mbatizaji alipokamatwa na kutiwa gerezani, Yesu alikwenda Galilaya akaanza kutangaza Habari Njema za Mungu, 15 akisema, “Wakati umefika: Ufalme wa Mungu umewasili. Tubuni, muamini Habari Njema.”

Yesu Awaita Wanafunzi Wanne

16 Yesu alipokuwa akitembea kando kando ya Ziwa la Galilaya alimwona Simoni na Andrea ndugu yake wakivua samaki kwa kutumia nyavu; ndugu hawa wawili walikuwa wavuvi. 17 Yesu akawaambia, “Nifuateni, nami nitawafanya kuwa wavuvi wa watu.” 18 Wakaacha nyavu zao mara moja wakamfuata Yesu.

19 Alipokwenda mbele kidogo, akawaona Yakobo na Yohana, wana wa Zebedayo. Wao walikuwa katika mashua wakitengeneza nyavu zao. 20 Mara tu alipowaona akawaita, nao wakamwacha baba yao na wavuvi wa kuajiriwa, wakamfuata Yesu.

Yesu Afukuza Pepo Mchafu

21 Wakaenda mpaka Kapernaumu. Ilipofika siku ya sabato, Yesu akaenda katika sinagogi akaanza kufundisha. 22 Watu waliom sikiliza, walishangazwa sana na mafundisho yake. Yeye hakufund isha kama walimu wao wa sheria. Alifundisha kama mtu mwenye mam laka.

23 Wakati huo huo, mtu mmoja aliyekuwa na pepo 24 akapiga kelele humo katika sinagogi akasema, “Mbona unatuingilia, Yesu wa Nazareti? Umekuja kutuangamiza? Ninafahamu wewe ni nani! Wewe ni Mtakatifu wa Mungu.” 25 Lakini Yesu akamkemea akamwambia, “Kaa kimya! Mtoke!” 26 Yule pepo mchafu akamtikisa yule mtu kwa nguvu kisha akamtoka akipiga kelele.

27 Watu wakashangaa, wakaanza kuulizana, “Haya ni mambo gani? Ni mafundisho mapya? Huyu mtu anatoa amri kwa mamlaka na hata pepo wanamtii!”

28 Sifa zake zikaenea upesi kila mahali katika mkoa wote wa

Yesu Amponya Mama Mkwe Wa Simoni

29 Yesu na wanafunzi wake walipoondoka katika sinagogi, walikwenda moja kwa moja hadi nyumbani kwa Simoni na Andrea. Wanafunzi wengine waliokuwepo ni Yakobo na Yohana. 30 Mama mkwe wake Simoni alikuwa kitandani, ana homa. Na mara Yesu alipofika wakamweleza. 31 Yesu akaenda karibu na kitanda, akamshika yule mama mkono, akamwinua; homa ikamtoka, akawahudumia.

Yesu Aponya Wengi

32 Jioni ile, baada ya jua kutua, watu wakawaleta wagonjwa wote na wengine waliopagawa na pepo kwa Yesu. 33 Watu wote wa mji huo wakakusanyika mbele ya nyumba hiyo. 34 Yesu akawaponya watu wengi waliokuwa na magonjwa ya kila aina. Akawatoa pepo wengi; lakini hakuwaruhusu pepo hao wazungumze, kwa sababu wal ifahamu yeye ni nani.

Yesu Aondoka Kapernaumu Na Kwenda Galilaya

35 Kesho yake alfajiri, kabla hapajapambazuka, Yesu akaamka akaenda mahali pa faragha, akaomba. 36 Simoni na wenzake wakaenda kumtafuta. 37 Walipomwona wakamwambia, “Kila mtu ana kutafuta!”

38 Yesu akawajibu, “Twendeni kwenye vijiji vingine vya jirani nikahubiri huko pia; kwa sababu hicho ndicho kilicho nileta.” 39 Kwa hiyo akazunguka Galilaya nzima akihubiri katika masinagogi na kuponya watu waliopagawa na pepo.

Yesu Amponya Mtu Mwenye Ukoma

40 Akaja mtu mwenye ukoma, akapiga magoti mbele ya Yesu akamsihi, “Ukitaka, unaweza kunitakasa.” 41 Yesu akamwonea huruma, akanyoosha mkono wake akamgusa, akamwambia, “Nataka upone, takasika.” 42 Mara ukoma wote ukaisha akapona kabisa. 43 Yesu akamruhusu aende lakini 44 akamwonya, “Usimwambie mtu ye yote habari hizi; bali nenda ukajionyeshe kwa kuhani, na utoe sadaka ya utakaso kama alivyoamuru Musa, iwe ushuhuda kwa watu.”

45 Lakini yule mtu alikwenda akatangaza habari za kuponywa kwake kila mahali. Kwa hiyo Yesu hakuweza tena kuingia katika vijiji na miji waziwazi isipokuwa alikaa sehemu zisizo na watu, nao wakamfuata huko kutoka pande zote.