The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK

THE beginning of the good news1 of Jesus Christ. As it is written in the prophet2 Isaiah, "Here I send my messenger on before you; He will prepare your way; Hark! Someone is shouting in the3 desert, 'Get the Lord's way ready, Make his paths straight,'"

John the baptizer appeared in the des-4 ert, and preached repentance and baptism in order to obtain the forgiveness of sins. And all Judea and everybody5 in Jerusalem went out to him there, and accepted baptism from him in the Jordan River, acknowledging their sins. John's clothing was made of hair cloth,6 and the belt around his waist was leather, and he lived on dried locusts and wild honey. And this was his message:7 "After me there is coming one stronger than I am, one whose shoes I am not fit to stoop down and untie. I have bap-8 tized you in water, but he will baptize you in the holy Spirit."

It was in those days that Jesus came9 from Nazareth in Galilee, and was hap tized by John in the Jordan. And just10 as he was coming up out of the water he saw the heavens torn open and the Spirit coming down like a dove to enter into him, and out of the heavens came11 a voice:

"You are my Son, my Beloved! You are my Chosen!" The spirit immediately drove him12 out into the desert. And he remained13 in the desert for forty days, and Satan tried to tempt him there; and he was among the wild animals; but the angels waited on him.

After John was arrested, Jesus went14 into Galilee proclaiming the good news 15 from God, saying,

"The time has come and the reign of God is near; repent, and believe this good news."

As he was passing along the shore of16 the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets in the sea, for they were fishermen. Jesus 17 said to them,

"Come, follow me, and I will make you fish for men."

They immediately abandoned their 18nets and followed him. He went on a 19 little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; they too were in their boat putting their nets in order. He immediately called them.20 And they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went off after him.

They proceeded to Capernaum, and 21 on the very first Sabbath he went to the synagogue and taught. And they were 22 amazed at his teaching, for he taught them like one who had authority, and not like the scribes. Just then there 23 was in their synagogue a man under the control of a foul spirit, and he cried out, "What do you want of us, Jesus, you 24 Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, you are God's holy One!"

Jesus reproved him, and said, 25 "Silence! Get out of him!" The foul spirit convulsed the man 26 and gave a loud cry and went out of him. And they were all so amazed that 27 they discussed it with one another, and said,

"What does this mean? It is a new teaching! He gives orders with authority even to the foul spirits, and they obey him!"

And his fame immediately spread in 28 all directions through the whole neighborhood of Galilee.

As soon as they left the synagogue, 29 they went with James and John to the house of Simon and Andrew. Simon's 30 mother-in-law was in bed, sick with a fever, and they immediately told him about her. And he went up to her, and 31 grasping her hand, he made her rise. And the fever left her, and she waited on them.

In the evening, after sunset, they 32 brought to him all who were sick or possessed by demons, and the whole 33

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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