Luke 4 (English Standard Version)

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The Temptation of Jesus

1 1And Jesus, 2full of the Holy Spirit, 3returned from the Jordan and was led 4by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for 5forty days, 6being tempted by the devil. 7And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, 8he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, "If you are 9the Son of God, command 10this stone to become bread." 4 And Jesus answered him, 11"It is written, 12'Man shall not live by bread alone.'" 5 13And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, "To you 14I will give all this authority and their glory, 15for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." 8 And Jesus answered him, 16"It is written, 17"'You shall worship the Lord your God, and 18him only shall you serve.'" 9 19And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are 20the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, 21"'He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,' 11 and 22"'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" 12 And Jesus answered him, "It is said, 23'You shall not 24put the Lord your God to the test.'" 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him 25until an opportune time.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 26And Jesus returned 27in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and 28a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And 29he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

16 30And he came to 31Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And 32as was his custom, 33he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up 34to read. 17 And 35the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 36"The Spirit of the Lord 37is upon me, because he has anointed me to 38proclaim good news to the poor. 39He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and 40recovering of sight to the blind, 41to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 42to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and 43sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were 44fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, "Today 45this Scripture 46has been fulfilled in your hearing." 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at 47the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, 48"Is not this 49Joseph's son?" 23 And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, 50'Physician, heal yourself.' What we have heard you did 51at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well." 24 And he said, "Truly, I say to you, 52no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when 53the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them 54but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And 55there were many lepersa in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, 56but only Naaman the Syrian." 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and 57drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But 58passing through their midst, he went away.

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Demon

31 59And he 60went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And 61he was teaching them 62on the Sabbath, 32 and 63they were astonished at his teaching, 64for his word possessed authority. 33 And 65in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 "Ha!b66What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? 67I know who you are--68the Holy One of God." 35 But Jesus 69rebuked him, saying, "Be silent and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And 70they were all amazed and said to one another, "What is this word? 71For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!" 37 And 72reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

Jesus Heals Many

38 73And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now 74Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and 75rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them. 40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and 76he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 77And demons also came out of many, 78crying, "You are 79the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and 80would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was 81the Christ.

Jesus Preaches in Synagogues

42 82And when it was day, he departed and went 83into a desolate place. And 84the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, 85"I must 86preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose." 44 And he was preaching 87in the synagogues of Judea.c
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