Matthew 4 (English Standard Version)

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The Temptation of Jesus

1 1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness 2to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting 3forty days and forty nights, he 4was hungry. 3 And 5the tempter came and said to him, "If you are 6the Son of God, command 7these stones to become loaves of bread." 4 But he answered, 8"It is written, 9"'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" 5 10Then the devil took him to 11the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 12"'He will command his angels concerning you,'and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" 7 Jesus said to him, "Again 13it is written, 14'You shall not 15put the Lord your God to the test.'" 8 16Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, 17Satan! For 18it is written, 19"'You shall worship the Lord your God and 20him only shall you serve.'" 11 Then the devil left him, and behold, 21angels came and were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12 Now when he heard that 22John had been arrested, 23he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving 24Nazareth he went and lived in 25Capernaum by 26the sea, in the territory of 27Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 28so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 29"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-- 16 30the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and 31shadow of death, on them a light has dawned." 17 32From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, 33"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18 34While walking by 35the 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. 19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you 36fishers of men." 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And 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. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds

23 37And he went throughout all Galilee, 38teaching in their synagogues and 39proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and 40healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all 41Syria, and 42they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and 43pains, 44those oppressed by demons, 45epileptics, and 46paralytics, and he healed them. 25 47And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the 48Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.
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