Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted1 by the devil.2
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After fasting forty days and forty nights,3 he was hungry.
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The tempter4 came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God,5 tell these stones to become bread."
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Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "6
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Then the devil took him to the holy city7 and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
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"If you are the Son of God,"8 he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.' "9
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Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "10
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Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan!11 For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' "12
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Then the devil left him,13 and angels came and attended him.14
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When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison,15 he returned to Galilee.16
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Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum,17 which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali--
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to fulfill18 what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
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"Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles--
the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."19
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From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven20 is near."
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As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee,21 he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter22 and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
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"Come, follow me,"23 Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
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At once they left their nets and followed him.24
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Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.25 They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,
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and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.26
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Jesus went throughout Galilee,27 teaching in their synagogues,28 preaching the good news29 of the kingdom,30 and healing every disease and sickness among the people.31
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News about him spread all over Syria,32 and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed,33 those having seizures,34 and the paralyzed,35 and he healed them.
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Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.36
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