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I.  The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, Son of God,

2as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I send forth my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way;

3the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

4John came immersing in the wilderness, and preaching the immersion of repentance unto remission of sins.

5And there went out to him all the country of Judæa, and all they of Jerusalem; and they were immersed by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

6And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a leathern girdle about his loins, and ate locusts and wild honey.

7And he preached, saying: There comes after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.

8I indeed immersed you in water; but he will immerse you in the Holy Spirit.

9And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was immersed by John in the Jordan.

10And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens parted, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him.

11And there came a voice out of heaven: Thou art my beloved son; in thee I am well pleased.

12And immediately the Spirit drives him forth into the wilderness.

13And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.

14And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, publishing the good news of the kingdom of God,

15and saying: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the good news.

16And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon, and Andrew, Simon's brother, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.

17And Jesus said to them: Come after me, and I will cause you to become fishers of men.

18And immediately leaving the nets, they followed him.

19And going a little further, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending the nets.

20And straightway he called them; and leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, they went after him.

21And they enter into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath he went into the synagogue, and taught.

22And they were astonished at his teaching; for he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,

24saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus, Nazarene! Didst thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

25And Jesus rebuked him, saying: Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26And the unclean spirit, tearing him, and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

27And they were all amazed; so that they questioned among themselves, saying: What is this? A new teaching, with authority! And he commands the unclean spirits, and they obey him.

28And immediately his fame spread abroad into all the surrounding region of Galilee.

29And immediately, having come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30And the mother-in-law of Simon was lying sick with fever; and immediately they tell him concerning her.

31And he came and raised her up, taking hold of her hand; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.

32And evening having come, when the sun set, they brought to him all that were sick, and those possessed with demons.

33And all the city was gathered together at the door.

34And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35And rising very early, by night, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

36And Simon, and they who were with him, followed after him.

37And having found him, they say to him: All are seeking thee.

38And he says to them: Let us go elsewhere, into the neighboring towns, that I may preach there also; for, for this I came forth.

39And he was preaching in their synagogues, throughout all Galilee, and casting out the demons.

40And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying to him: If thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me.

41And Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched forth his hand and touched him, and says to him: I will; be thou cleansed.

42And immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

43And sternly charging him, he forthwith sent him away;

44and says to him: See thou say nothing to any one; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.

45But he, going forth, began to publish it much, and to spread abroad the report; so that he could no longer openly enter into a city, but was without in desert places. And they came to him from every quarter.

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