All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.
They got up, drove him out of the town,1 and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.
But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.2
Then he went down to Capernaum,3 a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.
They were amazed at his teaching,4 because his message had authority.5
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,
"Ha! What do you want with us,6 Jesus of Nazareth?7 Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are8--the Holy One of God!"9
"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly.10 "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
All the people were amazed11 and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority12 and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!"
And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.13
Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.