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Mark 1:1–11

Preaching of John the Baptist

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, athe Son of God.

2 aAs it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

bBehold, I send My messenger 1ahead of You,

Who will prepare Your way;

3 aThe voice of one crying in the wilderness,

Make ready the way of the Lord,

Make His paths straight.’ ”

4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness 1apreaching a baptism of repentance for the bforgiveness of sins.

5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore aa leather belt around his waist, and 1his diet was locusts and wild honey.

7 And he was 1preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.

8 “I baptized you 1with water; but He will baptize you 1with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

9 aIn those days Jesus bcame from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

10 Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens 1opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;

11 and a voice came out of the heavens: “aYou are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”

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