4 Then 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River 2 and was led by the Spirit 3 in 4 the wilderness, 5 2 where for forty days he endured temptations 6 from the devil. He 7 ate nothing 8 during those days, and when they were completed, 9 he was famished. 3 The devil said to him, “If 10 you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 11 4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man 12 does not live by bread alone.’” 13
5 Then 14 the devil 15 led him up 16 to a high place 17 and showed him in a flash all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he 18 said to him, “To you 19 I will grant this whole realm 20 – and the glory that goes along with it, 21 for it has been relinquished 22 to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. 7 So then, if 23 you will worship 24 me, all this will be 25 yours.” 8 Jesus 26 answered him, 27 “It is written, ‘You are to worship 28 the Lord 29 your God and serve only him.’” 30
9 Then 31 the devil 32 brought him to Jerusalem, 33 had him stand 34 on the highest point of the temple, 35 and said to him, “If 36 you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 37 11 and ‘with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 38 12 Jesus 39 answered him, 40 “It is said, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” 41 13 So 42 when the devil 43 had completed every temptation, he departed from him until a more opportune time. 44
14 Then 45 Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 46 returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 47 throughout the surrounding countryside. 48 15 He 49 began to teach 50 in their synagogues 51 and was praised 52 by all.
16 Now 53 Jesus 54 came to Nazareth, 55 where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 56 on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 57 He 58 stood up to read, 59 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 60 unrolled 61 the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed 62 me to proclaim good news 63 to the poor. 64
He has sent me 65 to proclaim release 66 to the captives
and the regaining of sight 67 to the blind,
to set free 68 those who are oppressed, 69
19 to proclaim the year 70 of the Lord’s favor.” 71
20 Then 72 he rolled up 73 the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on 74 him. 21 Then 75 he began to tell them, “Today 76 this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 77 22 All 78 were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They 79 said, “Isn’t this 80 Joseph’s son?” 23 Jesus 81 said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ 82 and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, 83 do here in your hometown too.’” 24 And he added, 84 “I tell you the truth, 85 no prophet is acceptable 86 in his hometown. 25 But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, 87 when the sky 88 was shut up three and a half years, and 89 there was a great famine over all the land. 26 Yet 90 Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 91 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, 92 yet 93 none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 94 28 When they heard this, all the people 95 in the synagogue were filled with rage. 29 They got up, forced 96 him out of the town, 97 and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that 98 they could throw him down the cliff. 99 30 But he passed through the crowd 100 and went on his way. 101
31 So 102 he went down to Capernaum, 103 a town 104 in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people. 105 32 They 106 were amazed 107 at his teaching, because he spoke 108 with authority. 109
33 Now 110 in the synagogue 111 there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean 112 demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! Leave us alone, 113 Jesus the Nazarene! Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One 114 of God.” 35 But 115 Jesus rebuked him: 116 “Silence! Come out of him!” 117 Then, after the demon threw the man 118 down in their midst, he came out of him without hurting him. 119 36 They 120 were all amazed and began to say 121 to one another, “What’s happening here? 122 For with authority and power 123 he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 So 124 the news 125 about him spread into all areas of the region. 126
38 After Jesus left 127 the synagogue, he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus 128 to help her. 129 39 So 130 he stood over her, commanded 131 the fever, and it left her. Immediately 132 she got up and began to serve 133 them.
40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any relatives 134 sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus. 135 He placed 136 his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 Demons also came out 137 of many, crying out, 138 “You are the Son of God!” 139 But he rebuked 140 them, and would not allow them to speak, 141 because they knew that he was the Christ. 142
42 The next morning 143 Jesus 144 departed and went to a deserted place. Yet 145 the crowds were seeking him, and they came to him and tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But Jesus 146 said to them, “I must 147 proclaim the good news of the kingdom 148 of God to the other towns 149 too, for that is what I was sent 150 to do.” 151 44 So 152 he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 153
5 Now 1 Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and the crowd was pressing around him 3 to hear the word of God. 2 He 4 saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into 5 one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 6 Jesus 7 sat down 8 and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 9 your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon 10 answered, 11 “Master, 12 we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 13 I will lower 14 the nets.” 6 When 15 they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 16 7 So 17 they motioned 18 to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. 19 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 20 for I am a sinful man!” 21 9 For 22 Peter 23 and all who were with him were astonished 24 at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. 25 Then 26 Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 27 you will be catching people.” 28 11 So 29 when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 30 him.
12 While 31 Jesus 32 was in one of the towns, 33 a man came 34 to him who was covered with 35 leprosy. 36 When 37 he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 38 and begged him, 39 “Lord, if 40 you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 So 41 he stretched out his hand and touched 42 him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Then 43 he ordered the man 44 to tell no one, 45 but commanded him, 46 “Go 47 and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 48 for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 49 as a testimony to them.” 50 15 But the news about him spread even more, 51 and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 52 and to be healed of their illnesses. 16 Yet Jesus himself 53 frequently withdrew 54 to the wilderness 55 and prayed.
17 Now on 56 one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 57 and teachers of the law 58 sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 59 and the power of the Lord was with him 60 to heal. 18 Just then 61 some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 62 on a stretcher. 63 They 64 were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 65 19 But 66 since they found 67 no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 68 and let him down on the stretcher 69 through the roof tiles 70 right 71 in front of Jesus. 72 20 When 73 Jesus 74 saw their 75 faith he said, “Friend, 76 your sins are forgiven.” 77 21 Then 78 the experts in the law 79 and the Pharisees began to think 80 to themselves, 81 “Who is this man 82 who is uttering blasphemies? 83 Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 When Jesus perceived 84 their hostile thoughts, 85 he said to them, 86 “Why are you raising objections 87 within yourselves? 23 Which is easier, 88 to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 24 But so that you may know 89 that the Son of Man 90 has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man 91 – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 92 and go home.” 93 25 Immediately 94 he stood up before them, picked 95 up the stretcher 96 he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 97 God. 26 Then 98 astonishment 99 seized them all, and they glorified 100 God. They were filled with awe, 101 saying, “We have seen incredible 102 things 103 today.” 104
27 After 105 this, Jesus 106 went out and saw a tax collector 107 named Levi 108 sitting at the tax booth. 109 “Follow me,” 110 he said to him. 28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 111 behind. 112
29 Then 113 Levi gave a great banquet 114 in his house for Jesus, 115 and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 116 at the table with them. 30 But 117 the Pharisees 118 and their experts in the law 119 complained 120 to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 121 31 Jesus 122 answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 123 32 I have not come 124 to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 125
33 Then 126 they said to him, “John’s 127 disciples frequently fast 128 and pray, 129 and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 130 but yours continue to eat and drink.” 131 34 So 132 Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 133 fast while the bridegroom 134 is with them, can you? 135 35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 136 at that time 137 they will fast.” 36 He also told them a parable: 138 “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 139 it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 140 the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 141 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 142 If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 143 39 144 No 145 one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” 146
6 Jesus 1 was going through the grain fields on 2 a Sabbath, 3 and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, 4 rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 5 2 But some of the Pharisees 6 said, “Why are you 7 doing what is against the law 8 on the Sabbath?” 3 Jesus 9 answered them, 10 “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – 4 how he entered the house of God, took 11 and ate the sacred bread, 12 which is not lawful 13 for any to eat but the priests alone, and 14 gave it to his companions?” 15 5 Then 16 he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord 17 of the Sabbath.”
6 On 18 another Sabbath, Jesus 19 entered the synagogue 20 and was teaching. Now 21 a man was there whose right hand was withered. 22 7 The experts in the law 23 and the Pharisees 24 watched 25 Jesus 26 closely to see if 27 he would heal on the Sabbath, 28 so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 8 But 29 he knew 30 their thoughts, 31 and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” 32 So 33 he rose and stood there. 9 Then 34 Jesus said to them, “I ask you, 35 is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” 10 After 36 looking around 37 at them all, he said to the man, 38 “Stretch out your hand.” The man 39 did so, and his hand was restored. 40 11 But they were filled with mindless rage 41 and began debating with one another what they would do 42 to Jesus.
12 Now 43 it was during this time that Jesus 44 went out to the mountain 45 to pray, and he spent all night 46 in prayer to God. 47 13 When 48 morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 49 14 Simon 50 (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 51 15 Matthew, Thomas, 52 James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 53 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, 54 who became a traitor.
17 Then 55 he came down with them and stood on a level place. 56 And a large number 57 of his disciples had gathered 58 along with 59 a vast multitude from all over Judea, from 60 Jerusalem, 61 and from the seacoast of Tyre 62 and Sidon. 63 They came to hear him and to be healed 64 of their diseases, 18 and those who suffered from 65 unclean 66 spirits were cured. 19 The 67 whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power 68 was coming out from him and healing them all.
20 Then 69 he looked up 70 at his disciples and said:
“Blessed 71 are you who are poor, 72 for the kingdom of God belongs 73 to you.
21 “Blessed are you who hunger 74 now, for you will be satisfied. 75
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 76
22 “Blessed are you when people 77 hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 78 on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 79 your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 80 did the same things to the prophets. 81
24 “But woe 82 to you who are rich, for you have received 83 your comfort 84 already.
25 “Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 85 now, for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you 86 who laugh 87 now, for you will mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you 88 when all people 89 speak well of you, for their ancestors 90 did the same things to the false prophets.
27 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 91 do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 92 you. 29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 93 offer the other as well, 94 and from the person who takes away your coat, 95 do not withhold your tunic 96 either. 97 30 Give to everyone who asks you, 98 and do not ask for your possessions 99 back 100 from the person who takes them away. 31 Treat others 101 in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 102
32 “If 103 you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 104 love those who love them. 105 33 And 106 if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 107 sinners 108 do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 109 what credit is that to you? Even sinners 110 lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 111 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 112 Then 113 your reward will be great, and you will be sons 114 of the Most High, 115 because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 116 36 Be merciful, 117 just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do 118 not judge, 119 and you will not be judged; 120 do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 121 and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 122 will be poured 123 into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 124
39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 125 Won’t they both fall 126 into a pit? 40 A disciple 127 is not greater than 128 his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 Why 129 do you see the speck 130 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 131 the beam of wood 132 in your own? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
43 “For 133 no good tree bears bad 134 fruit, nor again 135 does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known 136 by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 137 from thorns, nor are grapes picked 138 from brambles. 139 45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 140 heart 141 produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 142 produces evil, for his mouth speaks 143 from what fills 144 his heart.
46 “Why 145 do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 146 and don’t do what I tell you? 147
47 “Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 148 – I will show you what he is like: 48 He is like a man 149 building a house, who dug down deep, 150 and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 151 a flood came, the river 152 burst against that house but 153 could not shake it, because it had been well built. 154 49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 155 is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 156 the river burst against that house, 157 it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed!” 158