Gospel of Mark chapter 1

Reading and Commentary by Vic Alexander

From the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures

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Mark 1

1. The beginning of the Revelation* of Eashoa the Messiah,* Son of Allaha. 2. As it was written by Isaiah the Prophet, that, “Behold, I shall send my messenger before your face, to lay out your path. 3. “The voice that cries in the wilderness, 'Consecrate the path of Maryah, and lay down his avenues.’“ 

4. There was John in the wilderness, and he preached the Baptism of Grace for the forgiveness of sins. 5. And there came out to him all the inhabitants of Judea and the children of Jerusalem, and he baptized them in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. 

6. John wore clothes made from camel hair and tied a leather belt on his back, and his food was the grasshoppers and honey of the wilderness. 7. And he preached and said, “Behold, there comes one after me, who is mightier than me, whom I am not even worthy of untying the belts of his sandals.* 8. “I baptize you with water, however he will baptize you by the Holy Spirit. 

9. And it happened in those days, Eashoa came from Nazareth of Galilee,* and he was baptized in the Jordan River by John. 10. And at once when he rose from the water, he saw the heaven split open and the Spirit like a dove descending over him. 11. And the voice from heaven, “You are my beloved Son, in you I am fulfilled.” 12. And at once the spirit drove him to the wilderness. 13. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, as he was tempted by Satan, and he was with beasts, and the angels ministered to him. 

14. After John was betrayed, Eashoa came to Galilee, and preached the Hope of the Kingdom of Allaha, 15. And he said, “The Age has ended,* and the Kingdom of Allaha has arrived. Repent and believe in the Hope [of the Kingdom.] 16. And as he traveled around the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, throwing their nets in the sea. For they were fishermen.* 17. And Eashoa told them, “Follow me, and I will make you hunters of men.” 18. And at once they left their fishing and followed after him. 19. And after a little, he saw James, son of Zebedee, and they were also in their fishing boat, pulling in their catch. 20. And he called them. And at once they left their father Zebedee with the hired help and went after him. 21. And as they entered Capernaum, at once he began teaching at their synagogue, 22. And they were amazed at his knowledge, for he taught as an authority and not as their scribes. 

23. And there was a man in their synagogue who was possessed by a demon,* and he cried out, 24. And said, “What do we have to do with you, Eashoa the Nazarene?* Have you come to vanquish us? I know who you are, holy One of Allaha.” 25. And Eashoa rebuked him and said, “Shut your mouth and get out of him.” 26. And the demon wracked him and cried out in a loud voice and emerged out of him. 27. And they were all amazed and they asked one another and said, “Who is this? And what is this new knowledge, that with authority he commands even the demons and they obey him?”

28. And at once his name became known* in all* of Galilee. 29. And they went out of the synagogue and came to the house of Simon and Andrew, together with James and John. 30. And Simon's mother-in-law was bedridden* with fever, and they told him about her. 31. And he approached, took her by the hand and raised her, and at once the fever left her, and she ministered to them. 32. In the evening, at sunset, there came to him those who were terribly ill and the demon possessed, 33. And the whole town had gathered at the door. 34. And he healed many who were wracked by various serious illnesses and he cast out many demons, and he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was. 

35. And before it was quite morning, he went to the wilderness and there he prayed. 36. And Simon and those with him were searching for him. 37. And as they found him, they said to him, “Everybody* is looking for you.” 38. He told them, “Let us go back to the village and nearby towns, so I may preach there as well, for this is what I have come for.” 39. And he preached in all their synagogues, in all of Galilee, casting out demons. 40. And a leper came to him and fell at his feet, and he prayed and said to him, “If you wish, you can heal me.” 41. Eashoa was merciful to him, and extended his hand and touched him and said, “I do wish it, be cleansed.” 42. And within the hour, the leprosy left him. 43. And he admonished him and let him go. 44. And he told him, “Tell no human being, except go and show yourself to the high priests, and make an offering on behalf of your cleansing, as Moses commanded, in testimony.” 45. However, when he went out, he began preaching everywhere*, and the word was out, so that Eashoa was not able to enter the towns openly, except he had to stay out in the desert, and they came to him from everywhere. 

Footnotes:: *1:1. 1 Aramaic name: “Awon-galee-yoon,” or He Reveals. *1:1. 2 Aramaic name “Eashoa',” meaning “The Life-Giving, Living Branch,” and, “M'shee-khah, “The Anointed One.” For simplicity, then, in the proper English syntax “The Anointed Life-Giver.” -- *1:7 Aramaic expression retained: “...not worthy of being his servant.” -- *1:9 Aramaic names, “Nussrat d'Ga-lee-la,” meaning, “Victorious Revelation.” -- *1:15 Figure of speech: “The season is finished,” “Time is up,” or in other words, “The Age of the Old Testament is over.” -- *1:16 “Hunters.” -- *1:23 “He had in him an unclean spirit.” -- *1:24 Aramaic meaning: “Victorious.” -- *1:28. 1 “Emerged.” -- *1:28. 2 Figure of speech: “Country.” Or: Galilee and its countryside. -- *1:30 Figure of speech: “Thrown in bed.” -- *1:37 Literal expression: “Every human being is looking for you.” -- *1:45 Figure of speech: “Much.”

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