John the Baptist Prepares the Way

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, (A)the Son of God.[a]

(B)As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,[b]

(C)“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
    who will prepare your way,
(D)the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    (E)‘Prepare[c] the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

(F)John appeared, baptizing in (G)the wilderness and proclaiming (H)a baptism of (I)repentance (J)for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, (K)confessing their sins.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
  2. Mark 1:2 Some manuscripts in the prophets
  3. Mark 1:3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness

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