Chapter 4

Then the spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. 2After he fasted for forty days and nights he was very hungry. 3The Devil tempted him by saying, “If you’re God’s Son, then tell these stones to turn into bread.” 4But Jesus said, “The scriptures say, ‘Man won’t live only on bread, but on every word that comes from God’s mouth.’” 5Then the Devil takes Jesus to the Holy City, stood him on the very top of the temple, 6and says, “If you’re God’s son, jump down from here. After all, the scriptures say, ‘He’ll send his angels to your rescue,’ and, ‘they’ll lift you up by their hands so that you won’t even stub your toe on a stone.’” 7Jesus said to him, “Again the scriptures say, ‘you won’t tempt your Lord God.’” 8Then again the Devil takes Jesus to a mountain and shows him all the countries of the world and all their wealth 9and he says, “I’ll give you all these if you fall down and worship me.” 10Jesus says to him, “Get away from me, Satan! The scriptures say, ‘You’ll worship your Lord God, and you’ll only serve Him.’” 11So the Devil leaves, and angels come and serve Jesus.

12When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he went to Galilee. 13He left behind Nazareth and settled down in Capernaum along the sea, in the countries of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14So what was said through the prophet Isaiah could be fulfilled: 15"Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road along the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the nations, 16the people sitting in the dark see a great light, and light dawns on those sitting in death’s country and death’s shadow.”

17From that time, Jesus began to preach, “Change your ways! Heaven’s Empire is near!” 18As he was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (now called Peter) and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea. You see, they were fishermen. 19So Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I’ll make you fishers of men.” 20They immediately left their nets and followed him. 21When he left from there, he saw two more brothers, James, Zebedee’s son, and his brother John. They were in the boat with their father Zebedee mending their nets. He calls to them, too 22They quickly left the boat and their father and followed him.

23Jesus went all throughout Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the Empire, and healing all the people’s diseases and sicknesses. 24People were talking about him even throughout Syria. People brought to him loved ones with every kind of sickness and pain, the possessed, the epileptic, the lunatics, and the paralyzed, and he cured them all. 25Many crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem and Judea, and across the Jordan.

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