Etheridge(i) 1 THE beginning of the Gospel of Jeshu Meshicha, the Son of Aloha. 2 As it is written in Eshaia the prophet: - Behold, I send my angel before thy face, who shall make straight [Or, prepare.] thy way. 3 The voice which crieth in the desert, prepare the way of the Lord, make level his paths. 4 Juchanon was in the desert, baptizing, and proclaiming the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 And all the region of Jehud and all the sons of Urishlem went out to him; and he baptized them in Jurdan the river, while they were confessing their sins. 6 But Juchanon himself was clothed with a garment of the hair of camels, and engirded with a belt of leather upon his loins; and his food was locusts and wilderness honey. 7 And he proclaimed and said, Behold, (One) cometh after me, who is mightier than I; he, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to bow myself to unloose. 8 I have baptized you with waters; but he shall baptize you with the Spirit of Holiness. 9 And it was in those days that Jeshu came from Natsrath of Galila, and was baptized in Jurdan by Juchanon. 10 And as soon as he had ascended from the waters, he saw the heavens part asunder, and the Spirit, as a dove, descend upon him. 11 And the voice was from the heavens, Thou art my Son, the Beloved: in thee I have delighted. 12 And immediately the Spirit led him forth into the desert. 13 And he was there in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satana: and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him. 14 BUT after Juchanon was delivered up,[Or, perfected.] Jeshu came to Galila, and proclaimed the annunciation of the kingdom of Aloha. 15 And he said, The time is complete; the kingdom of Aloha cometh: repent, and believe the gospel.[Or, the annunciation.] 16 And while he walked about the sea of Galila, he saw Shemun and Andreas his brother, who were casting nets into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jeshu said to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of the sons of men. 18 And at once they forsook their nets, and went after him. 19 And when he had passed on a little, he saw Jakub bar Zabdai and Juchanon his brother; and they also were in a vessel, preparing their nets. 20 And he called them; and forthwith they left Zabdai their father with the hirelings, and went after him. 21 And when they were come to Kapher-nachum, he forthwith taught on the sabbaths in their assemblies. 22 And they wondered at his doctrine; for he taught them as having power, and not as their Sophree. 23 And there was in their assembly a man who had an unclean spirit: 24 and he cried and said, What to us and to thee, Jeshu Natsroya? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of Aloha. 25 And Jeshu restrained him, and said, Close thy mouth, and come forth from him. 26 And the impure spirit threw him down, and cried with a high voice, and went forth from him. 27 And all wondered, and questioned one with another, Who is this? and what is this new doctrine? because with authority he commandeth the impure spirits, and they obey him. 28 And his fame soon went out through all the region of Galila. 29 And he proceeded from the assembly, and came to the house of Shemun and Andreas with Jacub and Juchanon. 30 And the mother-in-law of Shemun was lying in a fever; and they told him concerning her. 31 And he approached, took her by her hand; and she arose, and at once the fever left her, and she served them. 32 Then in the evening at sun-setting they brought to him all those who were grievously affected and demoniacs. 33 And the whole city was assembled at the gate: 34 and he healed multitudes who were grievously affected with various diseases, and cast out many demons, and would not permit the demons to speak; for they knew him. 35 AND in the morning he arose long before (day), and went into a solitude, and there prayed. 36 And Shemun and (they) who (were) with him sought for him; 37 and when they had found him, they said to him, All men are seeking thee. 38 He said to them, Proceed you to the neighbouring towns and cities; for there also I will preach, because for this am I come. 39 And he preached in all their assemblies in all Galila, and cast out devils. 40 And a leper came to him, and fell at his feet, and besought him, and said to him, If thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me. 41 And Jeshu had compassion on him, and stretched forth his hand, touched him, and said, I will, be clean. 42 And in that very hour his leprosy went from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he restrained him, and led him forth, 44 and said to him, See lest thou tell any one; but go, show thyself to the priests, and offer the oblation for thy purification as Musha commanded for their testimony. 45 But he, when he was gone forth, began to announce it much, and so divulged the matter as that Jeshu could not go openly in the city, but was without in a solitary part: and they came to him from every place.