Matthew 4

The Temptation of Jesus

1 Then a Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. b 2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, c He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” d

4 But He answered, “It is written:

Man must not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes
from the mouth of God. e , f

5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city,
= Jerusalem
had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, h
6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

He will give His angels i orders concerning you,
and they will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.” j , k

7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God. l , m

8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
Or and pay me homage

10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away,
Other mss read Get behind Me
Satan! For it is written:

Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only p Him. q

11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him. r

Ministry in Galilee

12 When He heard that John had been arrested, s He withdrew into Galilee. t 13He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum u by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

15 Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
along the sea road, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles!
16 The people who live in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those living in the shadowland of death,
light has dawned.
Lit dawned on them
w , x

17From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven y has come near!

The First Disciples

18 As z He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, aa He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. 19 “Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for
Lit you fishers of
20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

21Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.

Teaching, Preaching, and Healing

23 Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their
synagogue(s): A place where the Jewish people met for prayer, worship and teaching of the Scriptures
synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every
Or every kind of
disease and sickness among the people. af
24 Then the news about Him spread throughout Syria. ag So they brought to Him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics. ah And He healed them. 25 Large crowds followed Him from Galilee,
Decapolis: Originally a federation of 10 Gentile towns east of the Jordan River
Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. aj
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