Living_Oracles(i) 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the Prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before thee, who shall prepare thy way:" 3 "The voice of one proclaiming in the wilderness, Prepare a way for the Lord, make for him a straight passage:" 4 thus came John immersing in the wilderness, and publishing the immersion of reformation for the remission of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, resorted to him, and were immersed by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John's clothing was of camel's hair, tied around his waist with a leather girdle: and he lived upon locusts and wild honey. 7 And he proclaimed, saying, One mightier than I comes after me, whose shoe-latchet I am unworthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I, indeed, have immersed you in water; but he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit. 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee to the Jordan, and was immersed by John. 10 As soon as he arose out of the water, he saw the sky part asunder, and the Spirit descend upon him like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven, which said, Thou art my Son, the beloved, in whom I delight. 12 Immediately after this, the spirit conveyed him into the wilderness; 13 and he continued in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan; and was among the wild beasts; and the heavenly messengers ministered to him. 14 But after John's imprisonment, Jesus went to Galilee, proclaiming the good tidings of the Reign of God. 15 The time, he said, is accomplished, the Reign of God approaches; reform, and believe the good tidings. 16 Then walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew, Simon's brother, casting a drag net into the sea, for they were fishers. 17 Jesus said to them, Come with me, and I will cause you to be fishers of men. 18 Immediately they left their nets, and followed him. 19 Passing on a little, and seeing James, son of Zebedee, with John his brother, who were mending their nets in a bark, 20 he immediately called them; and leaving their father Zebedee in the bark with the hired servants, they accompanied him. 21 And they went to Capernaum; and on the Sabbath he repaired directly to the synagogue, and instructed the people, 22 who were filled with admiration at his manner of teaching; for he taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Now there was in their synagogue a man possessed with an unclean spirit, who cried out, 24 Ah! Jesus of Nazareth, what hast thou to do with us? Art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 Jesus rebuking him, said, Be silent, and come out of him. 26 Then the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions; and, raising loud cried, came out of him: 27 at which they were all so amazed, that they asked one another, What does this mean? For he commands with authority even the unclean spirits, and they obey him. 28 And thenceforth his fame spread through all the region of Galilee. 29 As soon as they were come out of the synagogue, they went with James and John into the house of Simon and Andrew, 30 where Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, of which they immediately acquainted Jesus. 31 And he came, and taking her by the hand, raised her; instantly the fever left her, and she entertained them. 32 In the evening, after sunset, they brought to him all the sick, and the demoniacs; 33 the whole city being assembled at the door. 34 And he healed many persons affected with various diseases, and expelled many demons, whom he permitted not to speak, because they knew him. 35 On the morrow, having risen before dawn, he went out, and retired to a solitary place, and prayed there. 36 And Simon and his company went in quest of him, 37 and having found him, said to him, Every person seeks you. 38 Jesus said, Let us go to the neighboring boroughs, to make proclamation there also: for I came out with this design. 39 Accordingly he proclaimed in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and expelled demons. 40 And a leper came to him, and on his knees entreated him, saying, If you will, you can cleanse me. 41 Jesus had compassion, and stretching out his hand and touching him, said, I will, be you clean. 42 This he had no sooner uttered, than the leprosy departed from the man, and he was cleansed. 43 Then Jesus strictly charging him, and dismissing him, 44 said, See you tell nothing of this to any man; but go, show yourself to the priest; and offer for your cleansing the things prescribed by Moses, that it may be notified to the people. 45 But the man, as soon as he was gone, began to blaze this story, talking openly everywhere, insomuch that Jesus could no longer publicly appear in the city; but remained without in solitary places, whither the people resorted to him from all parts.