Bible: Lk 4

The Temptation of Jesus

4:1 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  4:2 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. 4:3 The devil said to him, “If 10  you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 11  4:4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man 12  does not live by bread alone.’ 13 

4:5 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. 4:6 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. 4:7 So then, if 23  you will worship 24  me, all this will be 25  yours.” 4:8 Jesus 26  answered him, 27 It is written, ‘You are to worship 28  the Lord 29  your God and serve only him.’” 30 

4:9 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, 4:10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 37  4:11 andwith their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ 38  4:12 Jesus 39  answered him, 40 It is said, ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’ 41  4:13 So 42  when the devil 43  had completed every temptation, he departed from him until a more opportune time. 44 

The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee

4:14 Then 45  Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 46  returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 47  throughout the surrounding countryside. 48  4:15 He 49  began to teach 50  in their synagogues 51  and was praised 52  by all.

Rejection at Nazareth

4:16 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  4:17 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,

4:18The 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 

4:19 to proclaim the year 70  of the Lord’s favor.” 71 

4:20 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. 4:21 Then 75  he began to tell them, “Today 76  this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 77  4:22 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? 4:23 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.’ 4:24 And he added, 84 I tell you the truth, 85  no prophet is acceptable 86  in his hometown. 4:25 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. 4:26 Yet 90  Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 91  4:27 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  4:28 When they heard this, all the people 95  in the synagogue were filled with rage. 4:29 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  4:30 But he passed through the crowd 100  and went on his way. 101 

Ministry in Capernaum

4:31 So 102  he went down to Capernaum, 103  a town 104  in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people. 105  4:32 They 106  were amazed 107  at his teaching, because he spoke 108  with authority. 109 

4:33 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, 4:34 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.” 4:35 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  4:36 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! 4:37 So 124  the news 125  about him spread into all areas of the region. 126 

4:38 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  4:39 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.

4:40 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. 4:41 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 

4:42 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. 4:43 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  4:44 So 152  he continued to preach in the synagogues of Judea. 153 

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