The Ministry of John the Baptist1 [This is the] beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, son of God1, 2 just as it is written in the prophets23:
Behold I send my messenger before your face,
Which will prepare your way,
3 [A] voice in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of [the] Lord,
Make straight his paths.
4 John appeared, the [one] baptizing in the wilderness preaching baptism of repentance for remission of sins. 5 And all the Judea region and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going forth to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan river confessing their sins. 6 And John had clothed himself [with] camel's hairs and [a] leather belt [about] his loins, and eating locusts and wild honey. 7 And he was preaching saying: [The one] mightier [than] me comes after me, of whom I am not sufficient having stooped down to loose the thong of his sandals. 8 I baptized you with water, but he himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus9 And it came to pass in those days [that] Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee came and was baptized in the Jordan by John. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being rent and the spirit as [a] dove coming down to him. 11 And [a] voice came to be out of the heavens: You are my agape-beloved son, in you I am well pleased. 12 And straightway the spirit drives him into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days being tested by Satan, and he was with the beasts, and the angels were serving him.
Preaching in Galilee and the Call of the Disciples14 And after John was handed over, Jesus came to Galilee preaching the good news of the kingdom of God4, 15 and saying: The time5 has been completed and the kingdom of God is at hand. Be repenting and be believing in the good news. 16 And passing by the side of the sea of Galilee he saw Simon and Andrew the brothers of Simon casting nets in the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them: Follow after me, and I will make you to become fishermen of men. 18 And straightway having left [their] nets they followed him. 19 And having gone forward [a] little he saw James the [son] of Zebedee and John his brother and [saw] them in the ship mending the nets 20 And straightway he called them, and having left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants they went after him.
Jesus's Authority21 And they go into Capernaum and straightway on the Sabbath having gone into the synagogue he was teaching. 22 And they were being amazed concerning his teaching, for he was teaching them as having authority and not as the scribes. 23 And straightway there was in their synagogue [a] man in [an] unclean spirit and he cried out 24 saying: What [is in common] to us and to you, Jesus the Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the holy [one] of God! 25 And Jesus admonished him saying: Be silenced and go out of him. 26 And the unclean spirit, having convulsed him and having cried out with [a] loud voice, he went out of him. 27 And all were astonished, so that they were discussing saying: Who is this? [Here is] new teaching according to authority, and [to] the unclean spirits he commands, and they obey him. 28 And straightway the report of him went out everywhere to all the surrounding region of Galilee.
Healings at Simon's House29 And straightway having gone out of the synagogue he went to Simon's and Andrew's house with James and John. 30 But Simon's mother-in-law being ill of [a] fever was lying down, and straightway they speak to him concerning her. 31 And having drawn near he raised her, having taken hold of her hand; and the fever went from her, and she was serving him. 32 But evening having come, when the sun had set, they were bringing to him all those having [it] evil-ly, and the [ones] being possessed, 33 and the whole city was gather at the door. 34 And he healed many having [it] evil-ly with various diseases, and he cast out many demons, and he was not permitting the demons to be speaking, because they had known him6.
Praying and Preaching35 And very early by night having risen up, he came out and went away to [a] deserted place, and there he was praying. 36 And Simon and those with him pursued him closely, 37 and found him and say to him that all look for him. 38 And he says to them: Let us go elsewhere to the near country towns in order that I also preach there; for I came for this. 39 And he came preaching in their synagogues in all Galilee and casting out demons.
Cleansing a Leper40 And [a] leper comes to him calling him and falling down before him saying to him: If you be wishing, you are able to be making me clean. 41 And having felt compassion and having stretched out his hand he laid hold [of him] and says to him: I wish [it], be cleansed. 42 And straightway the leprosy came out from him and he was cleansed. 43 And having sternly admonished him he sent him away, 44 and says to him: Be seeing [that] to no one may you say anything, but be departing, show yourself to the priest and offer concerning your cleansing [that] which Moses prescribed beforehand, for a witness to them. 45 But having gone out he began to be preaching much and to be spreading around the word, so that [he] no longer [was] able to openly enter into [a] city, but was outside at wilderness places; and they were coming to him from all sides.
1"son of God": BDW vg K; omit: ℵ few
2"the prophets": KW many; "Isaiah the prophet": H few
3A composite quotation: Mal.3:1, Isa.40:3
4"good-news of the kingdom of God" DWKvg many; "good-news of God": ℵB few
5KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'
6text: ℵD K vg; "to be the Christ": BW