Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mark 1

The following is my translation of Mark 1 using the Nestle-Aland 27th edition of the Greek text. Where I was unsure of how to translate a particular section, I relied heavily on the NASB and ESV for guidance.

I have chosen to translate Mark for the sole purpose of improving my Greek comprehension, NOT because I have something better to offer than the many excellent versions on today's market. As such, I encourage you to read my translation alongside a more scholarly, trusted version.


The Gospel According to Mark

Chapter 1

1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ - [the Son of God].

One Prophet Predicts Another
2 Just as it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold I send my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way.

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness,

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

Make his paths straight.’”

4 John [the] baptizer appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel hair and a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached saying,

After me comes one who is mightier than I, one who I’m not even able to bend down and loosen the strap of his sandals. 8 I baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

Baptism of Jesus Christ
9 And it came about in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately, coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens open and the Spirit, as a dove, descending upon him. 11 And a voice came from heaven

“You are my beloved son, I am very pleased with you.”

Temptation of Jesus Christ
12 And immediately the Spirit cast him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to him.

Disciples, Fishing, and Galilee
14 Now after John had been arrested, Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of God 15 saying,

“The time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near - Repent! Believe in the gospel!”

16 Passing alongside the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net into the sea (they were fisherman). 17 And Jesus said to them,

Follow me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”

18 And immediately they left the nets and followed him. 19 After going a little way he saw James the son of Zebedee and John (his brother), who were in their boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Jesus in Capernaum
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered into the synagogue to teach. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,

24 “What do you want with us? Jesus of Nazareth? You’ve come to destroy us? I know who you are - the Holy One of God....”

25 But Jesus rebuked him saying,

Silence! Come out of him!”

26 And the unclean spirit, shaking him to and fro, cried out with a great voice, and came out of him. 27 And they were all astonished to the point that they debated among themselves saying,

“What is this?! A new teaching with authority! He commands the unclean spirits and they obey him.”

28 And immediately, the report about him went everywhere throughout all the neighboring regions of Galilee.

Jesus Heals One
29 And immediately after they departed from the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law, suffering with a fever, was lying down, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came, took her by the hand, and raised her up - and the fever left her, and she began waiting on them.

Jesus Heals Many
32 When evening had come, when the sun had set, they brought to him all who had an ailment, and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city was gathered at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. And because they knew him, he would not allow the demons to speak.

“Everyone is Looking for You”
35 And in the morning, while it was mostly dark, he arose, departed, and went out to a deserted place and began to pray there. 36 And Simon and his companions searched for him. 37 And they found him and said to him,

“Everyone is looking for you.”

38 And he said to them,

“Let us go elsewhere, into the nearby towns, in order that I may preach there, for that is why I came out.”

39 And he went into their synagogues throughout all of Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.

Unavoidable Popularity
40 And a leper came to him [and falling on his knees] and beseeching him he said to him,

“If you so desire, you are able to cleanse me.”

41 And moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him,

“I do so desire, be cleansed.”

42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he sternly warned him and immediately sent him off. 44 And he said to him,

“See to it that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

45 But he went out and began to talk all about it and spread the word around, so that he {Jesus} could no longer openly come into a city, but was outside in deserted places; and they were coming to him from every direction.



(Words in the Greek text I viewed as parenthetical)
{Words not in the Greek text I added for clarity}
[The authenticity of these words are in question]


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