Then he went down to Capernaum,1 a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.
They were amazed at his teaching,2 because his message had authority.3
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,4 Jesus of Nazareth?5 Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are6--the Holy One of God!"7
"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly.8 "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
All the people were amazed9 and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority10 and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!"
And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.11
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.
So he bent over her and rebuked12 the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one,13 he healed them.14
Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!"15 But he rebuked16 them and would not allow them to speak,17 because they knew he was the Christ.
At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.
But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God18 to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.19