1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way.
1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
1:4 John baptized in the wilderness, and preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
1:5 And there went out to him all the land of Judaea, and all those of Jerusalem, and they were all baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a leather girdle about his waist; and he ate locusts and wild honey;
1:7 And preached, saying, After me there comes one mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
1:8 I have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
1:10 And immediately as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
1:12 And immediately the Spirit drove him into the wilderness.
1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.
1:14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel [of the kingdom] of God,
1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent and believe the gospel.
1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishermen.
1:17 And Jesus said to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.
1:18 And immediately they forsook their nets, and followed him.
1:19 And when he had gone a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were in their boat mending their nets.
1:20 And immediately he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.
1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
1:22 And they were astonished at his teaching: for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
1:24 Saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.
1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold your peace, and come out of him.
1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried out with a loud voice, it came out of him.
1:27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, What is this? what a new teaching this is! for with authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.
1:28 And immediately his fame spread throughout all the region around Galilee.
1:29 And as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
1:30 Now Simon's mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her.
1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she waited upon them.
1:32 And at evening, when the sun set, they brought to him all who were diseased, and those who were possessed by devils.
1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
1:34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many devils; and did not permit the devils to speak, because they knew him.
1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed to a solitary place, and there he prayed.
1:36 And Simon, and those who were with him, hunted for him.
1:37 And when they found him, they said to him, Everyone is seeking for you.
1:38 And he said to them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for that is why I have come.
1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
1:40 And a leper came to him, begging him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him, If you will, you can make me clean.
1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and said to him, I will; be clean.
1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
1:43 And he sternly charged him, and immediately sent him away;
1:44 He said to him, See that you say nothing to any man: but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.
1:45 But he went out, and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter abroad, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a city, but stayed out in lonely places: and they came to him from every quarter.
2:1 And he entered Capernaum again after some days; and it was reported that he was in the house.
2:2 And immediately many gathered together, so that there was no room to receive them, no, not even around the door: and he preached the word to them.
2:3 And they came, bringing a paralytic, who was borne by four men.
2:4 And when they could not come near to him because of the crowd, they made a hole in the roof where he was: and when they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.
2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Son, your sins are forgiven.
2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, who reasoned in their hearts,
2:7 Why does this man speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
2:8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
2:9 Which is easier to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up your mat, and walk?
2:10 But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (he said to the paralytic,)
2:11 I say to you, Arise, and take up your mat, and go home.
2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the mat, and went forth before them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw anything like this.
2:13 And he went forth again on the seashore; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.
2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office, and said to him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus reclined at table in his house, many tax gatherers and sinners also sat together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with tax gatherers and sinners, they said to his disciples, How is it that he eats and drinks with tax gatherers and sinners?
2:17 When Jesus heard it, he said to them, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners [to repentance].
2:18 Now the disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting: and they came and said to him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?
2:19 And Jesus said to them, Can the attendants of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast.
2:21 No man sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment: because the new patch pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse.
2:22 And no man puts new wine into old wineskins: because the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined: but new wine must be put into new wineskins.
2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the grainfields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the heads of grain.
2:24 And the Pharisees said to him, Behold, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath day?
2:25 And he said to them, Have you never read what David did, when he had need, and was hungry, he, and those who were with him?
2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave also to them who were with him?
2:27 And he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
2:28 Therefore, the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there who had a withered hand.
3:2 And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
3:3 And he said to the man who had the withered hand, Stand and come here.
3:4 And he said to them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
3:5 And when he had looked around on them with anger, grieved at the hardness of their hearts, he said to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored.
3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
3:7 But Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; and also from Judaea,
3:8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond the Jordan, and from around Tyre and Sidon; a great multitude, when they heard the many things he did, came to him.
3:9 And he told his disciples that a boat should be ready for him because of the multitude, lest they should crowd him.
3:10 For he had healed many; so as many as had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.
3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried out, saying, You are the Son of God.
3:12 And he sternly commanded them that they should not make him known.
3:13 And he went up to the mountain, and called to him those he wanted: and they came to him.
3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
3:15 And to have authority to cast out devils:
3:16 Simon, whom he called Peter;
3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; to whom he gave the surname Boanerges, which means, Sons of thunder:
3:18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot,
3:19 And Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. And they went into a house.
3:20 And the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
3:21 And when his family heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
3:22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, He is possessed by Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils he casts out devils.
3:23 And he called them to himself, and said to them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
3:26 And if Satan rises up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end.
3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; and then he will plunder his house.
3:28 Truly I say to you, All sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they shall speak:
3:29 But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit shall never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin:
3:30 Because they said, He has an unclean spirit.
3:31 Then his brothers and mother came, and, standing outside, sent to him, calling him.
3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said to him, Behold, your mother and your brothers are outside seeking for you.
3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brothers?
3:34 And he looked around at those who sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers!
3:35 For whoever shall do the will of God is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
4:1 And again he began to teach by the seaside: and a great multitude gathered around him, so that he entered into a boat, and sat in it; and the whole multitude was on the shore.
4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his teaching,
4:3 Listen; Behold, a sower went out to sow:
4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of soil:
4:6 But when the sun came up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
4:8 And other seed fell on good ground, and yielded fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundredfold.
4:9 And he said to them, He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
4:10 And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him about the parable.
4:11 And he said to them, To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to those who are outside, all these things are done in parables:
4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest they should be converted, and their sins be forgiven.
4:13 And he said to them, Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
4:14 The sower sows the word.
4:15 And these are the ones by the wayside, where the word is sown; when they have heard, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in them.
4:16 And likewise, these are the ones who are like seed sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
4:17 But have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution arises for the word's sake, they immediately fall away.
4:18 And these are the ones who are like seed sown among thorns; they hear the word,
4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust for other things enter in, and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
4:20 And these are the ones who are like seed sown on good ground; they hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundredfold.
4:21 And he said to them, Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a lampstand?
4:22 For there is nothing hidden, which shall not be revealed; nor is anything kept secret that shall not come to light.
4:23 If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.
4:24 And he said to them, Take heed what you hear: with the measure you use, it shall be measured to you: and more besides.
4:25 For he who has, to him shall more be given: and he who has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has.
4:26 And he said, The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the ground;
4:27 And goes to sleep and rises, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows up, though he does not know how.
4:28 For the earth brings forth fruit by itself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full grain in the ear.
4:29 But when the grain is ripe, immediately he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.
4:30 And he said, To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? or what parable shall we use for it?
4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which is the smallest seed planted in the ground:
4:32 But when it is sown, it grows up, and becomes greater than all garden herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the birds of the air may nest under the shadow of it.
4:33 And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.
4:34 And he did not speak to them without a parable: and when they were alone, he explained all things to his disciples.
4:35 And the same day, when evening had come, he said to them, Let us pass over to the other side.
4:36 And when they had sent the multitude away, they took him just as he was in the boat. And there were also with him other boats.
4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was almost swamped.
4:38 And he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke him, and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we perish?
4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
4:40 And he said to them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith?
4:41 And they were exceedingly fearful, and said to one another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?