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Mark 1:1-20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Messiah’s Herald

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:[a]

Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You,
who will prepare Your way.[b]
A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make His paths straight![c]

John came baptizing[d] in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance[e] for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. He was preaching: “Someone more powerful than I will come after me. I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of His sandals. I have baptized you with[f] water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10 As soon as He came up out of the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending to Him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven:

You are My beloved Son;
I take delight in You![g]

The Temptation of Jesus

12 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness 40 days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels began to serve Him.

Ministry in Galilee

14 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news[h][i] of God:[j] 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”

The First Disciples

16 As He was passing along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, Simon’s brother. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen.

17 “Follow Me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for[k] people!” 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19 Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in their boat mending their nets. 20 Immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.


  1. Mark 1:2 Other mss read in the prophets
  2. Mark 1:2 Other mss add before You
  3. Mark 1:3 Is 40:3; Mal 3:1
  4. Mark 1:4 Or John the Baptist came, or John the Baptizer came
  5. Mark 1:4 Or a baptism based on repentance
  6. Mark 1:8 Or in
  7. Mark 1:11 Or In You I am well pleased
  8. Mark 1:14 Other mss add of the kingdom
  9. Mark 1:14 Or gospel
  10. Mark 1:14 Either from God or about God
  11. Mark 1:17 Lit you to become fishers of

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