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Chapter 4

1Then Jesus was guided by the Spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. 2And he fasted forty days and nights, and after it he was famished. 3And the tempter came up and said to him,

“If you are God’s son, tell these stones to turn into bread!”

4But he answered,

“The Scripture says, ‘Not on bread alone is man to live, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God!’ ”

5Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the summit of the Temple, 6and said to him,

“If you are God’s son, throw yourself down, for the Scripture says,

“ ‘He will give his angels orders about you,

And they will lift you up with their hands

So that you may never strike your foot against a stone!’ ”

7Jesus said to him,

“The Scripture also says, ‘You shall not try the Lord your God.’ ”

8Again the devil took him to a very high mountain, and he showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, 9and said to him,

“I will give all this to you, if you will fall on your knees and do homage to me.”

10Then Jesus said to him,

“Begone, Satan! For the Scripture says, ‘You must do homage to the Lord your God, and worship him alone!’ ”

11Then the devil left him, and angels came and waited on him.

12But when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he retreated to Galilee. 13And he left Nazareth and went and settled in Capernaum, by the sea, in the district of Zebulon and Naphtali, 14in fulfilment of what was said by the prophet Isaiah,

15“Zebulon’s land, and Naphtali’s land,

Along the road to the sea, across the Jordan,

Galilee of the nations!

16The people that were living in darkness

Have seen a great light,

And on those who were living in the land of the shadow of death

A light has dawned!”

17From that time Jesus began to preach and say,

“Repent! for the Kingdom of Heaven is coming!”

18As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was afterward called Peter, and his brother, Andrew, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19He said to them,

“Come and follow me, and I will make you fish for men!”

20They immediately dropped their nets and went with him. 21And he went on a little farther and saw two other men who were brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother, John, in the boat with Zebedee, their father, putting their nets in order, and he called them. 22And they immediately left the boat and their father, and went with him.

23Then he went all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing any disease or sickness among the people. 24Word went all through Syria about him, and people brought to him all who were suffering with any kind of disease, or who were in great pain—demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics—and he cured them. 25Great crowds followed him about, from Galilee and the Ten Towns and Jerusalem and Judea and from the other side of the Jordan.

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