Matthew 4:12-25 ESV

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12 Now when he heard that 1John had been arrested, 2he withdrew into Galilee.

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13 And leaving 3Nazareth he went and lived in 4Capernaum by 5the sea, in the territory of 6Zebulun and Naphtali,

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14 7so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

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15 8"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles--

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      16 9the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and 10shadow of death, on them a light has dawned."

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      17 11From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, 12"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

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      Jesus Calls the First Disciples

      18 13While walking by 14the 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.

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          19 And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you 15fishers of men."

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          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 16And he went throughout all Galilee, 17teaching in their synagogues and 18proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and 19healing every disease and every affliction among the people.

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          24 So his fame spread throughout all 20Syria, and 21they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and 22pains, 23those oppressed by demons, 24epileptics, and 25paralytics, and he healed them.

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              25 26And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the 27Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

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