Jesus returned to Galilee1 in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.215
He was teaching in their synagogues,3 and everyone praised him.
He went to Nazareth,4 where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue,5 as was his custom. He stood up to read,617
and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,7 because he has anointed me to proclaim good news8 to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."a920
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.10 The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.
He began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled11 in your hearing."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.1223
Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself !' And you will tell me, 'Do here in your hometown13 what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.' "1424"Truly I tell you," he continued, "prophets are not accepted in their hometowns.1525I 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.1626Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.1727And there were many in Israel with leprosyb in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed--only Naaman the Syrian."1828
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.
They got up, drove him out of the town,19 and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.
But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.20