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1 Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert,
2 For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when the time was up he was hungry. 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The Devil, playing on his hunger, gave the first test: "Since you're God's Son, command this stone to turn into a loaf of bread." 3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."
4 Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: "It takes more than bread to really live." 4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.' "
5 For the second test he led him up and spread out all the kingdoms of the earth on display at once. 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6 Then the Devil said, "They're yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. I'm in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish. 6 And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
7 Worship me and they're yours, the whole works." 7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours."
8 Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: "Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness." 8 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.' "
9 For the third test the Devil took him to Jerusalem and put him on top of the Temple. He said, "If you are God's Son, jump. 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here.
10 It's written, isn't it, that 'he has placed you in the care of angels to protect you; 10 For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
11 they will catch you; you won't so much as stub your toe on a stone'?" 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.' "
12 "Yes," said Jesus, "and it's also written, 'Don't you dare tempt the Lord your God.'" 12 Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "
13 That completed the testing. The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity. 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
14 Jesus returned to Galilee powerful in the Spirit. News that he was back spread through the countryside. 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
15 He taught in their meeting places to everyone's acclaim and pleasure. 15 He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
16 He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
17 he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 God's Spirit is on me; he's chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
19 to announce, "This is God's year to act!" 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
20 He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the place was on him, intent. 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,
21 Then he started in, "You've just heard Scripture make history. It came true just now in this place." 21 and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
22 All who were there, watching and listening, were surprised at how well he spoke. But they also said, "Isn't this Joseph's son, the one we've known since he was a youngster?" 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. "Isn't this Joseph's son?" they asked.
23 He answered, "I suppose you're going to quote the proverb, 'Doctor, go heal yourself. Do here in your hometown what we heard you did in Capernaum.' 23 Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself ! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.' "
24 Well, let me tell you something: No prophet is ever welcomed in his hometown. 24 "I tell you the truth," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown.
25 Isn't it a fact that there were many widows in Israel at the time of Elijah during that three and a half years of drought when famine devastated the land, 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.
26 but the only widow to whom Elijah was sent was in Sarepta in Sidon? 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.
27 And there were many lepers in Israel at the time of the prophet Elisha but the only one cleansed was Naaman the Syrian." 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed--only Naaman the Syrian."
28 That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. 28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.
29 They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.
30 but he gave them the slip and was on his way. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
31 He went down to Capernaum, a village in Galilee. He was teaching the people on the Sabbath. 31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.
32 They were surprised and impressed - his teaching was so forthright, so confident, so authoritative, not the quibbling and quoting they were used to. 32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.
33 In the meeting place that day there was a man demonically disturbed. He screamed, 33 In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,
34 "Ho! What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you're up to. You're the Holy One of God and you've come to destroy us!" 34 "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God!"
35 Jesus shut him up: "Quiet! Get out of him!" The demonic spirit threw the man down in front of them all and left. The demon didn't hurt him. 35 "Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
36 That set everyone back on their heels, whispering and wondering, "What's going on here? Someone whose words make things happen? Someone who orders demonic spirits to get out and they go?" 36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!"
37 Jesus was the talk of the town. 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.
38 He left the meeting place and went to Simon's house. Simon's mother-in-law was running a high fever and they asked him to do something for her. 38 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.
39 He stood over her, told the fever to leave - and it left. Before they knew it, she was up getting dinner for them. 39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
40 When the sun went down, everyone who had anyone sick with some ailment or other brought them to him. One by one he placed his hands on them and healed them. 40 When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
41 Demons left in droves, screaming, "Son of God! You're the Son of God!" But he shut them up, refusing to let them speak because they knew too much, knew him to be the Messiah. 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.
42 He left the next day for open country. But the crowds went looking and, when they found him, clung to him so he couldn't go on. 42 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.
43 He told them, "Don't you realize that there are yet other villages where I have to tell the Message of God's kingdom, that this is the work God sent me to do?" 43 But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
44 Meanwhile he continued preaching in the meeting places of Galilee. 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.