Matthew 4

The Temptation of Jesus

1 a  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness b  to be tempted by the devil. 2And after fasting c  forty days and forty nights, he d  was hungry. 3And e  the tempter came and said to him, “If you are f  the Son of God, command g  these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, h  “It is written,

i  “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 j  Then the devil took him to k  the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

l  “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’

and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

7Jesus said to him, Again m  it is written n  ‘You shall not o  put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 p  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone q  Satan! For r  it is written,

s  “‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and t  him only shall you serve.’”

11Then the devil left him, and behold u  angels came and were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12Now when he heard that v  John had been arrested w  he withdrew into Galilee. 13And leaving x  Nazareth he went and lived in y  Capernaum by z  the sea, in the territory of aa  Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 ab  so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15 ac  “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles
16 ad  the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and ae  shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.”

17 af  From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ag  Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18 ah  While walking by ai  the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you aj  fishers of men.”
The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women
20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds

23 al  And he went throughout all Galilee am  teaching in their synagogues and an  proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and ao  healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24So his fame spread throughout all ap  Syria, and aq  they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and ar  pains as  those oppressed by demons at  epileptics, and au  paralytics, and he healed them. 25 av  And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the aw  Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

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