ALT(i) 1 Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God's Son. 2 As it has been written in the prophets, "Look! I am sending My messenger before Your face [fig., ahead of You], who will prepare Your way before You." [Mal 3:1] 3 "A voice of [one] shouting in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of [the] LORD! Be making His paths straight!'" [Isaiah 40:3] 4 John came baptizing [or, immersing, and throughout book] in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism [or, immersion, and throughout book] of repentance for [or, because of] forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the region of Judea was going out to him, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and they were all baptized in the Jordan River by him, they themselves confessing their sins [or, after they themselves confessed their sins]. 6 Now John had clothed himself with camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist. And he eats locusts and wild honey. 7 And he began proclaiming, saying, "He is coming after me, the [One] greater than I, of whom I am not worthy, having stooped down, to untie the strap of His sandals! 8 "I indeed baptize youp in water [or, with water, and throughout book], but He will baptize youp in [the] Holy Spirit!" 9 And it happened in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and He was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately coming up from the water, he [i.e. John] saw the heavens being parted and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him. 11 And a voice came out of the heavens, "You are My Son— the Beloved— in whom I am well-pleased!" 12 Then immediately the Spirit drives Him out into the wilderness. 13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And He was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to Him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, "The time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God has come near! Be repenting and believing [or, trusting] in the Gospel!" 16 Now walking about by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother, [that is] of Simon, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, "Come after Me, and I will make youp to become fishers of people." 18 Then immediately, having left their nets, they followed Him. 19 And having gone on from there a little, he saw James, the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, and they [were] in the boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately He called them. Then having left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers, they went away after Him. 21 And they are going into Capernaum. And immediately on the Sabbaths having gone into the synagogue, He was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And [there] was in their synagogue a person with an unclean [or, defiling] spirit. And it cried out, 24 saying, "Away! What to us and to You [fig., What have we to do with You], Jesus the Nazarene? You came to destroy us! I know You, who You are, the Holy [One] of God!" 25 And Jesus rebuked it saying, "Be silenced, and come out from him!" 26 Then the unclean [or, defiling] spirit, having torn him back and forth [fig., having thrown him into convulsions] and having cried out with a loud voice, came out from him. 27 And they were all shocked, so as to be disputing among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new teaching [or, doctrine] [is] this, that with authority even the unclean [or, defiling] spirits He commands, and they obey Him?" 28 So the news of Him went out immediately into the whole surrounding region of Galilee. 29 Then immediately, having come out from the synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now the mother-in-law of Simon was lying down, being sick with a fever. And immediately they tell Him about her. 31 And having come near, He raised her up, having taken hold of her hand. And the fever immediately left her! Then she began serving them. 32 Now evening having come, when the sun set, they began bringing to Him all the ones having it badly [fig., who were sick] and the ones being demon-possessed [or, oppressed by demons]. 33 And the whole city had been gathered together near the door. 34 And He healed many having it badly [fig., who were sick] with various diseases, and He cast out many demons. But He did not allow the demons to be speaking, because they knew Him. 35 Then early in the morning, while it was still quite dark, having risen, He went out and went away into a deserted place, and He was there praying. 36 Then Simon and those with him searched eagerly for Him. 37 And having found Him, they say to Him, "All are seeking You." 38 Then He says to them, "Let us be going into the neighboring market towns, so that there I shall also preach, for this [reason] I have come forth." 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues, in all Galilee, and He is casting out the demons. 40 Then there comes to Him a leper [or, one with a skin disease], calling on Him and kneeling before Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You are able to cleanse me." 41 So Jesus having been moved with compassion, having stretched out His hand, took hold of him and says to him, "I am willing. Be cleansed!" 42 And He having spoken [this], immediately the leprosy [or, skin disease] went away from him, and he was cleansed! 43 Then having sternly warned him, immediately He sent him away, 44 and He says to him, "See [that] you say nothing to anyone; but be going, show yourself to the priest and bring as an offering for your purification the things Moses directed, as a testimony to them." [Lev 14:2-32] 45 But that one, having gone out, began to be proclaiming [it] much and to be spreading widely the news, with the result that no longer was He able to openly enter into the city, but He was outside in deserted places, and they kept coming to Him from all directions.