Matthew 4:12-17

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.
13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—
14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
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.”[a]
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 4:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
ESV
12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.
NLT
12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee.
MSG
12 When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned to Galilee.
CSB
12 When He heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee.

Matthew 4:12-17 In-Context

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee.
13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—
14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
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.”
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Cross References 6

  • 1. Matthew 14:3
  • 2. Mark 1:14
  • 3. Mark 1:21; Mark 9:33; Luke 4:23,31; John 2:12; John 4:46,47
  • 4. S Matthew 1:22
  • 5. Isaiah 9:1,2; Luke 2:32; Jn 1:4,5,9
  • 6. S Matthew 3:2

Footnotes 1

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