Bible: Luke 4:14-30

The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee

4:14 Then 1  Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, 2  returned to Galilee, and news about him spread 3  throughout the surrounding countryside. 4  4:15 He 5  began to teach 6  in their synagogues 7  and was praised 8  by all.

Rejection at Nazareth

4:16 Now 9  Jesus 10  came to Nazareth, 11  where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 12  on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 13  He 14  stood up to read, 15  4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 16  unrolled 17  the scroll and found the place where it was written,

4:18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed 18  me to proclaim good news 19  to the poor. 20 

He has sent me 21  to proclaim release 22  to the captives

and the regaining of sight 23  to the blind,

to set free 24  those who are oppressed, 25 

4:19 to proclaim the year 26  of the Lord’s favor.” 27 

4:20 Then 28  he rolled up 29  the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on 30  him. 4:21 Then 31  he began to tell them, “Today 32  this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read.” 33  4:22 All 34  were speaking well of him, and were amazed at the gracious words coming out of his mouth. They 35  said, “Isn’t this 36  Joseph’s son? 4:23 Jesus 37  said to them, “No doubt you will quote to me the proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ 38  and say, ‘What we have heard that you did in Capernaum, 39  do here in your hometown too.’ 4:24 And he added, 40 I tell you the truth, 41  no prophet is acceptable 42  in his hometown. 4:25 But in truth I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s days, 43  when the sky 44  was shut up three and a half years, and 45  there was a great famine over all the land. 4:26 Yet 46  Elijah was sent to none of them, but only to a woman who was a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. 47  4:27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, 48  yet 49  none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 50  4:28 When they heard this, all the people 51  in the synagogue were filled with rage. 4:29 They got up, forced 52  him out of the town, 53  and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that 54  they could throw him down the cliff. 55  4:30 But he passed through the crowd 56  and went on his way. 57 

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