The New Word According toMark Chapter 1-4
1[1-8] This is the beginning of the New Word of Yeshua the Christ, the Child of God. As the Word says in the great preachers, “I send my messenger before you, which will get your way ready for you. The voice of one calling out in the countryside will get the way of Yahweh God ready, and make the way plain.” John baptized in the countryside, and preached the baptism of a changed life to save people from their sins. All the land of Judea, and those of Jerusalem, went out to John and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, admitting their sins. And John was clothed with camel’s fur, and wore a leather belt around his waist; and ate locusts and wild honey. John preached, saying, “Someone is coming after me who is greater than I am, the buckle of whose shoes I am not even worthy to stoop down and unbuckle. Yes, I have baptized you with water: but the Christ will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
[9-13] At that time Yeshua came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan River. And as soon as Yeshua came up out of the water, John saw the heavens open up, and the Spirit of God coming down on the Christ like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, saying, “You’re My dear loved One, who I am so pleased with.” And suddenly the Spirit led Yeshua into the countryside. And the Christ was there in the countryside forty days, being tempted by Satan; and was with the wild animals; and the angels ministered to the Christ.
[14-20] Now after John was put in prison, Yeshua came into Galilee, preaching the New Word of the realm of God saying, “The time is now, the realm of God is here: change your evil ways, and believe the New Word.” As the Christ walked by the sea of Galilee, Yeshua saw Simon and Andrew, who were brothers, casting a net into the sea because they were fishers. Yeshua said to them, “Follow Me, and I’ll make you fishers for souls.” They suddenly left their nets, and followed along. And when they had gone a little farther, they saw James, the Child of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in a ship fixing their nets. And then the Christ called out to them: and they left their father, Zebedee, in the ship with the hired workers, and followed along.
[21-28] They went into Capernaum; and then on a Day of Worship, the Christ went in the place of worship, and began teaching. The people were amazed at the teachings of Yeshua, because the Christ taught them as One who had power, and not as the religious leaders. And there was someone full of evil spirits in their worship service, who hollered out, saying, “Leave us alone; we don’t want anything to do with you, Yeshua of Nazareth. Have you come to get rid of us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” And Yeshua scolded them, saying, “Be quiet, and get out of him.” And when the evil spirits left the man, they hollered out with a loud voice, and came out of him. And everyone was amazed, so that they asked among themselves, “What is this? What New Word is this? This person orders even the evil spirits with such power that even they obey.” And suddenly Yeshua became famous throughout the whole region around Galilee.
[29-31] And then, when they had come out of the place of worship, Yeshua went in the house of Simon and Andrew, along with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a fever, so they told the Christ about her. And the Christ came and took her by the hand and lifted her up; and suddenly the fever left her, and she served them all.
[32-34] And at evening, when the sun had set, they brought all that were diseased, and those who were overcome by evil spirits to the Christ. And the whole city gathered together at the door. And the Christ healed many that were sick of different diseases, and put out many evil spirits; and wouldn’t let the evil spirits speak, because they knew that Yeshua was the Christ.
[35-39] And in the morning, getting up a great while before the day, the Christ went out to a solitary place to pray. And Simon and those who were with them followed after the Christ. And when they had found Yeshua, they said, all the others are looking for you. And the Christ answered, “Let’s go to the other towns, so that I can preach there also, because this is why I came.” And the Christ preached in their worship services throughout all Galilee, and put out many evil spirits.
[40-45] And someone who was a leper came, kneeling down, and begged the Christ saying, “If you want to, you can make me well.” And Yeshua, who great care, reached out, and touched the person, saying, “I do want to; get well.” And as soon as the Christ had spoken, the leprosy disappeared, and the person was healed. And the Christ clearly warned the person, and then sent them away, saying, “Don’t tell anyone: but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer whatever Moses told you to for your healing, as a witness to them.” But that person went out, and told it to everyone, spreading it everywhere, so that Yeshua couldn’t go into the city openly anymore, but stayed out in countryside: and the people came to the Christ from everywhere.
2[1-12] And they went to Capernaum again after a few days. Soon everyone found out the Christ was in the house, and quickly gathered together, so that there wasn’t any room to get in, no, not even room at the door. So as the Christ preached the Word to them, four people came carrying a paralyzed person. And when they couldn’t get near the Christ for the crowd, they tore open the roof where the Christ was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed with the paralyzed person in it. When Yeshua saw their faith, the Christ said to the one who was paralyzed, “Child, your sins are forgiven you.” But there were some of the religious leaders sitting there, and questioning in their hearts, “Why does this person speak disrespectfully of God? Who can forgive sins but God?” And suddenly when the Christ’s Spirit realized that they questioned it within themselves, Yeshua answered, “Why do you question Me in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed, Your sins are forgiven you; or to say, Get up, and pick up your bed, and walk? But so that you can know that I have the power on earth to forgive sins, (the Christ said to the paralyzed,) I tell you, get up, and pick up your bed, and go home.” The paralyzed person got up quickly, picked up the bed, and walked out in front of them all. Everyone was so amazed, and praised God, saying, We’ve never seen anything like this!
[13-17] And they went out again to the seashore; and the whole crowd followed along, and the Christ taught them. As they passed by, the Christ saw Matthew, the child of Alphaeus, sitting where the taxes were collected, saying, “Follow Me.” So Matthew got up and followed Yeshua. Then, as Yeshua was eating a meal in the home of Matthew, many tax collectors and sinners sat together with Yeshua and the followers because there were many, and they had all followed along. And when the religious leaders and the ministers from the religious sects saw them eat with tax collectors and sinners, they said to the followers, “Why does Yeshua eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” So when Yeshua heard it, the Christ answered, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but only those who are sick. I didn’t come to those who are good, but to call sinners to change their ways.”
[18-22] And the followers of John and of the religious leaders would go without food for a religious reason, so they came to ask, “Why do we, the followers of John, and the religious leaders go without food, but your followers don’t? And Yeshua answered, “Can the friends of the bridal party go without food, while the bridal party is with them? As long as the bridal party is with them, they can’t go without food. But the time will come, when the bridal party will be gone, and then they’ll go without and pray at that time. No one sews a piece of new cloth on old clothing: or else the new piece that covered up the hole would shrink and tear the old, and the hole would be worse than before. And no one puts new wine into old bottles: or else the new wine would burst the bottles, spilling the wine, and breaking the bottles. New wine must be put into new bottles.”
[23-28] And then, as they went through the corn fields on a Day of Worship; the followers began to take the ears of corn as they went along. And the religious leaders said, “Why do they do what isn’t right to do on a Day of Worship?” And the Christ answered, “Haven’t you ever read what David and those who were with him did, when they had need, and were hungry? How they went into the House of God in the days of Abiathar, the leading priest, and ate the bread, which isn’t right for anyone to eat but the priests?” And the Christ said, “The Seventh Day was made for people, and not people for the Seventh Day: So I have power over the Seventh Day also.”
3[1-6] then they came again into the place of worship; and there was someone there who had a deformed hand. And they watched to see whether Yeshua would heal them on a Day of Worship; because they wanted something to accuse the Christ with. And the Christ said to the person who had the deformed hand, “Stand up.” And Yeshua asked, “Is it right to do good on Days of Worship, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?” But they didn’t say anything. And when the Christ had looked around at them all with anger, being upset by their uncaring hearts, the Christ said to the person, “Stretch out your hand.” And the person stretched it out: and their hand was made just like the other. And the religious leaders went out, and quickly made a plan against Yeshua with Herod’s people, deciding how to kill the Christ.
[7-12] So Yeshua left with the followers to go to the sea. A great crowd from Galilee followed along, with those from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumaea, from beyond Jordan; and those around Tyre and Sidon also. A great crowd came out to Yeshua, when they had heard what great things the Christ did. And the Christ spoke to the followers, telling them that a small ship should wait near by, in case the crowd began to overtake them. Yeshua had healed many; and all those who were sick crowded forward to try to touch the Christ. And whenever evil spirits came near the Christ, they bowed down, and hollered out, saying, “You’re the Child of God.” And the Christ strictly told them not to say that.
[13-21] And the Christ went up on a mountain, calling the people to come up one at a time. Then whoever the Christ wanted came up. Later, Yeshua set apart twelve followers, to come along, and sent them out to preach, and gave them the power to heal sicknesses, and to put out evil spirits: Simon, who was called Peter; James, the child of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James, who they nicknamed Boanerges, which means the children of thunder: Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, the child of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon, from Canaan, and Judas Iscariot, who later handed over the Christ. Then they all went into a house, but the crowd came together again, so that they couldn’t even eat a meal. And when Yeshua’s own family heard it, they went out to take the Christ, because they thought that Yeshua was crazy.
[22-30] And the religious leaders who came down from Jerusalem said, “The devil is in this One, and by the ruler of the evil spirits, this One puts out evil spirits.” And the Christ called them over, saying to them, using stories, “How can Satan put out Satan? If a country is divided against itself, that country won’t stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house won’t stand. And if Satan comes against Satan, and is divided, then the devil won’t stand and will come to an end. No one can come into a strong person’s house, and take their things, unless they first tie up the strong person; and then they’ll take their things. The truth is, all sins will be forgiven humanity, even being disrespectful to God, no matter how they dishonor and disrespect God: But whoever disrespects the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is in danger of being damned forever.” The Christ had said this because they said that Yeshua had an evil spirit.
[31-35] Then Yeshua’s family came, and standing outside, they sent word to the Christ to come there. And the crowd sat around Yeshua, so someone said, your family is outside looking for you. And Yeshua answered, “Who is my family?” And the Christ looked around at those who sat around, saying, “See, this is my family! Whoever does the will of God is my family.”
4[1-9] And then the Christ began to teach on the seashore again, and a great crowd gathered around, so that they had to get into a ship, and sit in the sea; and the whole crowd was on the seashore. And the Christ taught them many things through stories, saying to them in these teachings, “Listen carefully; a farmer went out to plant: And then, as the farmer sowed, some seeds fell beside the rows, and the birds of the air came and ate it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it didn’t have much earth; and it sprang up quickly, because it wasn’t very deep: But when the sun came up, it scorched because the root wasn’t deep enough, and wilted away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked them, and they made no fruit. And others fell on good ground, and made fruit that grew big and increased; and made more fruit, some thirty times as much, and some sixty times as much, and some a hundred times as much.” And the Christ said, “If anyone will accept this, let them accept it.”
[10-13] And when they were alone, the twelve and a few other followers asked the Christ about the story. And Yeshua answered, “You’re allowed to know the secrets of the realm of God: but to those who are outside of it, all this is told in stories: So that seeing they will see, but not realize what they see; and hearing they will hear, but not understand what they hear; in case they at some time would change their ways, and their sins be forgiven them.” Then Yeshua said, “Don’t you understand this story? Then how will you ever understand all the rest of My stories?
[14-20] The farmer is the one who spreads the New Word. And the ones that fell beside the rows are those who the Word was sown in; but when they’ve heard it, Satan came quickly, and took the Word away that was sown in their hearts. And the ones which are sown on stony ground are those who, when they’ve heard the Word, gladly accept it at first; But they have no root in themselves, and so only last for a little while: and later, when suffering or discrimination comes up for the Word’s sake, they’re , suddenly offended. And the ones who are sown among thorns are those who hear the Word, but the worries of this world, and the falseness of riches, and the wants of other things are let in, and choke the Word out, and it becomes unfruitful. And those who are sown on good ground are the ones who hear the Word, and accept it, and make fruit, some thirty times as much, some sixty times as much, and some a hundred times as much.”
[21-29] Then Christ Yeshua said, “Is a candle brought out only to be put somewhere it can’t be seen? No, it’s to be set on a candle holder. There isn’t anything hid, which won’t become plain; nor anything kept secret, that won’t come out. If anyone will accept this, let them accept it.” Then Yeshua said, “Be sure to use what you hear: because with whatever measure you use it, it’ll be measured to you again. To you that hear, that much more will be given to you. Whoever uses what they have, more will be given to them: and whoever doesn’t use what they have, even what they have will be taken from them.” And then Yeshua said, “So the realm of God is like when someone puts seed in the ground; But while they are going to sleep at night and awaking by day, the seed springs up and grows, without anyone knowing how. because the earth makes fruit by itself; first the leaf, then the stalk, after that the ear of corn. But when the fruit’s ripe, the crop is harvested suddenly, because the fruit’s ready.”
[30-36] And then the Christ asked, “What can we compare the realm of God to? Or with what story can we compare it? It’s like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it’s sown in the earth, is the smallest of all the seeds in the earth: But when it’s sown, it grows up, and gets bigger than all the other herbs, and grows big branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shadow.” And Yeshua spoke the New Word to them with many stories like this, as they were able to understand it. Yeshua never spoke to them without a story: but when the Christ was alone with the followers, everything was explained to them.
[35-41] And this same day, when the evening came, the Christ said, “Let’s go over to the other side.” And when Yeshua had sent the crowd away, they took the Christ over in the ship. And there were other little ships with them, too. Then a great windstorm came up, and the waves beat so hard into the ship, that it began to fill up. And the Christ was in the back of the ship, sleeping on a pillow, so they awoke Yeshua, and saying, “Christ, don’t you care if we drown?” And the Christ got up, and ordered the wind and the sea, saying, “Calm down and be still!” And suddenly the wind stopped, and a great calm came. And the Christ said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Don’t you have any faith?” And they were very afraid, saying to one another, “What kind of person is this, who even the wind and the sea obey?”