The Temptation of Jesus
1Then4:1–11 Mk 1:12–13; Lk 4:1–13 Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.4:1 Jos 15:61; Jdg 1:16; Jn 1:6–7; Jms 1:14
2After he had fasted forty days and forty nights,4:2 Ex 34:28; 1Kg 19:8; Jn 9:4 he was hungry.
3Then the tempter approached him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”4:3 Mk 3:11; 5:7; Lk 1:35; 4:41; Jn 1:34,49; Ac 9:20
4He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.4:4 Dt 8:34:4 Dt 8:3
5Then the devil took him to the holy city, had him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,4:5 Neh 11:1,18; Dn 9:24; Mt 27:53
6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:
He will give his angels 4:6 Gn 16:7; Mt 13:49; Lk 1:11; Ac 5:19; Rv 14:6 orders concerning you,
and they will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.4:6 Ps 91:11–124:6 Ps 91:11–12; 1Pt 2:8
7Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.4:7 Dt 6:164:7 Dt 6:16; 1Sm 7:3; 1Ch 21:1
8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
9And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me.”4:9 Or and pay me homage
10Then Jesus told him, “Go away,4:10 Other mss read “Get behind me Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.4:10 Dt 6:134:10 Dt 6:13; 1Ch 21:1
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and began to serve him.4:11 Mt 26:53; Lk 22:43; Heb 1:14
Ministry in Galilee
12When he heard that John had been arrested,4:12 Mt 14:3; Mk 1:14; Lk 3:20; Jn 3:24 he withdrew into Galilee.4:12 Lk 4:14; Jn 1:43; 2:11
13He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum4:13 Mk 1:21; 2:1; Lk 4:23; Jn 2:12; 4:46 by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.
14This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
15 Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
along the road by the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles.
16 The people who live in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those living in the land of the shadow of death,
a light has dawned. 4:16 Lit dawned on them 4:15–16 Is 9:1–2 4:15–16 Is 9:1–2; 42:7; Lk 2:32
17From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven4:17 Mt 3:2; 5:3,10,19–20; 7:21; 8:11; Mk 1:14 has come near.”
The First Disciples
18As4:18–22 Mk 1:16–20; Lk 5:2–11; Jn 1:40–42 he was walking along the Sea of Galilee,4:18 Mt 15:29; Mk 7:31; Lk 5:1; Jn 6:1 he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter), and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen.
19“Follow me,” he told them, “and I will make you fish for4:19 Or you fishers of people.”
20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
21Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, preparing their nets, and he called them.
22Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Teaching, Preaching, and Healing
23Now Jesus began to go all over Galilee,4:23–25 Mk 1:35–39; Lk 4:42–44 teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every4:23 Or every kind of disease and sickness4:23 Or physical ailment among the people.4:23 Mt 13:54; 24:14; Ac 10:38
24Then the news about him spread throughout Syria.4:24 Lk 2:2; Ac 15:23; Gl 1:21 So they brought to him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics.4:24 Mt 8:16; 9:32; Mk 5:15; Jn 10:21 And he healed them.
25Large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.4:25 Mk 3:7; 5:20; Lk 6:17