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Matthew 4:16-25 (New International Version)

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16 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."a1 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven2 is near."

The Calling of the First Disciples

4:18-22pp -- Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:2-11; Jn 1:35-42

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee,3 he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter4 and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 "Come, follow me,"5 Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.6 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.7 They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.8

Jesus Heals the Sick

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee,9 teaching in their synagogues,10 preaching the good news11 of the kingdom,12 and healing every disease and sickness among the people.13 24 News about him spread all over Syria,14 and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed,15 those having seizures,16 and the paralyzed,17 and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,b Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.18
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