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The Gospel of St Mark

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Chapter 1

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the son of God, as it is written in the Prophets, behold I send my messenger before thy face which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of a crier in the wilderness: prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptise in the wilderness, and preach the *baptime of repentance, for the remission of sins. And all the land of *Jewrie and they of Jerusalem, went out unto him, and were all baptised of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
      John was clothed with camels hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins. And he did eat locusts and wild honey, and preached saying: a stronger then I cometh after me, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I have baptised you with water: but he shall baptise you with the holy ghost.
      And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth, a city of Galile: and was baptised of John in Jordan. And as soon as he was come out of the water, John saw heaven open, and the holy ghost descending upon him, like a dove. And there came a voice from heaven: Thou art my dear son in whom I delight.
      And immediately the spirit drove him into wilderness: and he was there in the wilderness forty days, and was tempted of Satan, and was with wild beasts. And the angels ministered unto him. After John was taken, Jesus came into Galile, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying: the time is come, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel.
      As he walked by the sea of Galile, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother, casting nets into the sea, for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them: follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And straight way, they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebede, and John his brother, even as they were in the ship mending their nets. And *anon he called them. And they left their father Zebede in the ship with his hired servants, and went their way after him.
      And they entered into Capernaum: and straight way on the Sabbath days, he entered into the synagogue and taught. And they marvelled at his learning. For he taught them as one that had power with him, and not as the Scribes.
      And there was in their Synagogue a man vexed with an unclean spirit, that cried saying: let be, what have we to do with thee thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee what thou art, even that holy of God. And Jesus rebuked him saying: hold thy peace and come out of him. And the unclean spirit *tare him, and cried with a loud voice, and came out of him. And they were all amazed, in so much that they demanded one of another among themselves saying: what thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For he commandeth the foul spirits with power, and they obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad through out all the region bordering on Galile.
      And forth with, as soon as they were come out of the Synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. And Simons mother in law lay sick of a fever. And *anon they told him of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up: and the fever forsook her by and by: and she ministered unto them. And at evening when the *son was down, they brought to him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city gathered together at the door, and he healed many that were sick of diverse diseases. And he cast out many devils, and suffered them not to speak, because they knew him.
      And in the morning very early, Jesus arose and went out into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him: all men seek for thee. And he said unto them: let us go in to the next towns, that I may preach there also: for truly I came out for that purpose. And he preached in their Synagogues, through out all Galile, and cast the devils out.
      And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeled down unto him, and said to him: if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus had compassion on him, and put forth his hand, touched him, and said to him: I will, be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and sent him away forthwith and said unto him: See thou say nothing to any man: but get thee hence and show thyself to the Priest, and offer for thy cleansing, those things which Moses commanded, for a testimonial unto them. But he (as soon as he was departed) began to tell many things, and to publish the deed: in so much that Jesus could no more openly enter in to the city, but was without in desert places. And they came to him from every quarter.

*baptime (baptism) *Jewrie (Jewry) *anon (shortly) *tare (tore)
*son: exactly as it appears sonne, elsewhere sun is written sunne.

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