Book of Mark
They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.
The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
Just then a man who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out,
“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
“Be quiet! Come out of him!”
The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this?
A new teaching—and with authority!
He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.”
News about him spread quickly over the whole region.
As soon as they left the synagogue, they went to the home of Peter.
His mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her.
So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.
That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.
The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing.”
Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.
They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
Some men came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them.
Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Which is easier: to say to this paralysed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?
But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.
Get up, take your mat and go home.”
He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.
This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there.
“Stand up in front of everyone.”
“Stretch out your hand.”
He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him.
For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.
Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted.
He appointed twelve and sent them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him.
This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him.
Jesus said to him, ‘Come out of this man, you evil spirit!’
The people went out to see what had happened.
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man.
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.
‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’
So the man went away and began to tell how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake.
Then one of the synagogue leaders came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet.
‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’
So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed round him.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought,
‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’
Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
Jesus realised that power had gone out from him.
‘Who touched my clothes?’
3‘You see the people crowding against you,’ and yet you ask, “Who touched me?”’
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth.
‘Daughter, your faith has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.’
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of the synagogue leader. ‘Your daughter is dead.
‘Why bother the teacher anymore?’
Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’
He took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was.
He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up!
Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old).
At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.
‘Take nothing for the journey except a staff.
No bread, no bag, no money in your belts.
Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town’.
They went out and preached that people should repent.
They drove out many demons and anointed with oil many people who were sick and healed them.
As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognised Jesus.
They ran throughout that whole region and carried those who were sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.
And wherever he went – into villages, towns or countryside – they placed the sick in the market-places.
They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.
He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.
A woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet.
She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
‘For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.’
She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
He spat on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him,
‘Do you see anything?’
‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes.
Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
‘Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.
‘Bring the boy to me.’
‘How long has he been like this?’
‘It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him.
But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.’
“If you can”?
‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’
‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. ‘You deaf and mute spirit.
I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.’
The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out.
Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
‘This kind can come out only by prayer.’
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, was sitting by the roadside begging.
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to shout, ‘Jesus, have mercy on me!’
‘Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.’
Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
‘What do you want me to do for you?
Rabbi, I want to see.’
‘Go, ‘your faith has healed you.’
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating;
He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.