The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, According to St. Mark (Author John Mark)

1:1¤ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

1:2As it is written in Isaias the prophet: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare the way before thee.

1:3A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight his paths.

1:4John was in the desert, baptizing and preaching the baptism of penance, unto remission of sins.

1:5And there went out to him all the country of Judea and all they of Jerusalem and were baptized by him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

1:6And John was clothed with camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and he ate locusts and wild honey.

1:7And he preached, saying: There cometh after me one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.

1:8I have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

1:9And it came to pass, in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in Jordan.

1:10And forthwith coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit as a dove descending and remaining on him.

1:11And there came a voice from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

1:12And immediately the Spirit drove him out into the desert.

1:13And he was in the desert forty days and forty nights, and was tempted by Satan. And he was with beasts: and the angels ministered to him.

1:14And after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

1:15And saying: The time is accomplished and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel:

1:16And passing by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother, casting nets into the sea for they were fishermen.

1:17And Jesus said to them: Come after me; and I will make you to become fishers of men.

1:18And immediately leaving their nets, they followed him.

1:19And going on from thence a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who also were mending their nets in the ship:

1:20And forthwith he called them. And leaving their father Zebedee in the ship with his hired men, they followed him.

1:21And they entered into Capharnaum: and forthwith upon the sabbath days going into the synagogue, he taught them.

1:22And they were astonished at his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the scribes.

1:23And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

1:24Saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know who thou art, the Holy One of God.

1:25And Jesus threatened him, saying: Speak no more, and go out of the man.

1:26And the unclean spirit, tearing him and crying out with a loud voice, went out of him.

1:27And they were all amazed insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying: What thing is this? What is this new doctrine? For with power he commandeth even the unclean spirits: and they obey him.

1:28And the fame of him was spread forthwith into all the country of Galilee.

1:29And immediately going out of the synagogue they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

1:30And Simon's wife's mother lay in a fit of a fever: and forthwith they tell him of her.

1:31And coming to her, he lifted her up, taking her by the hand; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

1:32And when it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all that were ill and that were possessed with devils.

1:33And all the city was gathered together at the door.

1:34And he healed many that were troubled with divers diseases. And he cast out many devils: and he suffered them not to speak, because they knew him.

1:35And rising very early, going out, he went into a desert place: and there he prayed.

1:36And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.

1:37And when they had found him, they said to him: All seek for thee.

1:38And he saith to them: Let us go into the neighbouring towns and cities, that I may preach there also; for to this purpose am I come.

1:39And he was preaching in their synagogues and in all Galilee and casting out devils.

1:40And there came a leper to him, beseeching him and kneeling down, said to him: If thou wilt thou canst make me clean.

1:41And Jesus, having compassion on him, stretched forth his hand and touching him saith to him: I will. Be thou made clean.

1:42And when he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him: and he was made clean.

1:43And he strictly charged him and forthwith sent him away.

1:44And he saith to him: See thou tell no one; but go, shew thyself to the high priest and offer for thy cleansing the things that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.

1:45But he being gone out, began to publish and to blaze abroad the word: so that he could not openly go into the city, but was without in desert places. And they flocked to him from all sides.

2:1¤ And again he entered into Capharnaum after some days. And it was heard that he was in the house.

2:2And many came together, so that there was no room: no, not even at the door. And he spoke to them the word.

2:3And they came to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was carried by four.

2:4And when they could not offer him unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was: and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay.

2:5And when Jesus had seen their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.

2:6And there were some of the scribes sitting there and thinking in their hearts:

2:7Why doth this man speak thus? He blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins, but God only?

2:8Which Jesus presently knowing in his spirit that they so thought within themselves, saith to them: Why think you these things in your hearts?

2:9Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise, take up thy bed and walk?

2:10But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy):

2:11I say to thee: Arise. Take up thy bed and go into thy house.

2:12And immediately he arose and, taking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all: so that all wondered and glorified God, saying: We never saw the like.

2:13And he went forth again to the sea side: and all the multitude came to him. And he taught them.

2:14And when he was passing by, he saw Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting at the receipt of custom; and he saith to him: Follow me. And rising up, he followed him.

2:15And it came to pass that as he sat at meat in his house, many Publicans and sinners sat down together with Jesus and his disciples. For they were many, who also followed him.

2:16And the scribes and the Pharisees, seeing that he ate with publicans and sinners, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

2:17Jesus hearing this, saith to them: They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. For I came not to call the just, but sinners.

2:18And the disciples of John and the Pharisees used to fast. And they come and say to him: Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast; but thy disciples do not fast?

2:19And Jesus saith to them: Can the children of the marriage fast, as long as the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.

2:20But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them: and then they shall fast in those days.

2:21No man seweth a piece of raw cloth to an old garment: otherwise the new piecing taketh away from the old, and there is made a greater rent.

2:22And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: otherwise the wine will burst the bottles, and both the wine will be spilled and the bottles will be lost. But new wine must be put into new bottles.

2:23And it came to pass again, as the Lord walked through the corn fields on the sabbath, that his disciples began to go forward and to pluck the ears of corn.

2:24And the Pharisees said to him: Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

2:25And he said to them: Have you never read what David did when he had need and was hungry, himself and they that were with him?

2:26How he went into the house of God, under Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the loaves of proposition, which was not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave to them who were with him?

2:27And he said to them: The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.

2:28Therefore the Son of man is Lord of the sabbath also.

3:1¤ And he entered again into the synagogue: and there was a man there who had a withered hand.

3:2And they watched him whether he would heal on the sabbath days, that they might accuse him.

3:3And he said to the man who had the withered hand: Stand up in the midst.

3:4And he saith to them: Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to destroy? But they held their peace.

3:5And looking round about on them with anger, being grieved for the blindness of their hearts, he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth: and his hand was restored unto him.

3:6And the Pharisees going out, immediately made a consultation with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

3:7But Jesus retired with his disciples to the sea; and a great multitude followed him from Galilee and Judea,

3:8And from Jerusalem, and from Idumea and from beyond the Jordan. And they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing the things which he did, came to him.

3:9And he spoke to his disciples that a small ship should wait on him, because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

3:10For he healed many, so that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had evils.

3:11And the unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him: and they cried, saying: Thou art the Son of God.

3:12And he strictly charged them that they should not make him known.

3:13And going up into a mountain, he called unto him whom he would himself: and they came to him.

3:14And he made that twelve should be with him, and that he might send them to preach.

3:15And he gave them power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.

3:16And to Simon he gave the name Peter:

3:17And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he named them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder.

3:18And Andrew and Philip, and Bartholomew and Matthew, and Thomas and James of Alpheus, and Thaddeus and Simon the Cananean:

3:19And Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. And they come to a house,

3:20And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

3:21And when his friends had heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him. For they said: He is become mad.

3:22And the scribes who were come down from Jerusalem, said: He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of devils he casteth out devils.

3:23And after he had called them together, he said to them in parables: How can Satan cast out Satan?

3:24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

3:25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

3:26And if Satan be risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but hath an end.

3:27No man can enter into the house of a strong man and rob him of his goods, unless he first bind the strong man, and then shall he plunder his house.

3:28Amen I say to you that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme:

3:29But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.

3:30Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit.

3:31And his mother and his brethren came; and standing without, sent unto him, calling him.

3:32And the multitude sat about him; and they say to him: Behold thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.

3:33And answering them, he said: Who is my mother and my brethren?

3:34And looking round about on them who sat about him, he saith: Behold my mother and my brethren.

3:35For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

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