VIN(i) 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way.” 3 “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’” 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness, and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 People went out to him from all of Jerusalem and the countryside of Judea. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John's clothes were of camel's hair and he had a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he began to proclaim: “After me will come One more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan; 10 Just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens split open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." 12 And directly the Spirit casts him, out into the desert. 13 and He was there for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels ministered to Him. 14 After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the good news from God, 15 "The time is ripe and the kingdom of God is near; repent and believe in the good news." 16 As he passed along by the lake of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 Going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John in their boat, mending their net. 20 He immediately called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. 21 They went into Capernaum, and as soon as the first Sabbath came, He went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught them like one who had authority, and not like the Teachers of the Law. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man [possessed] by an unclean spirit, and he cried out 24 "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!" 25 Jesus rebuking him, said, Be silent, and come out of him. 26 The evil spirit shook the man hard, gave a loud scream, and 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 the news about Jesus spread quickly through the whole region of Galilee. 29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the house of Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever. At once they told Jesus about her. 31 So He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32 That evening, after sunset, people brought to Him all who were sick and demon-possessed, 33 and the whole town gathered at the door. 34 And Jesus healed many who were ill with various diseases and drove out many demons. But He would not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who He was. 35 Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for Him, 37 and, when they found him, they exclaimed: "Every one is looking for you!" 38 And he words to them, We go to the nearby villages, to preach there also: for this I have come. 39 So he went throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 40 Then a leper came to Jesus, begging on his knees: “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said, “Be clean.” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 43 Jesus promptly sent him away with a stern warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering Moses prescribed for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 However he went out and began to proclaim it freely, spreading the news, so that He was no longer able to enter a town openly, but remained outside in deserted places; yet they kept coming to Him from all over.