Bible: Luke 4:16-31

Rejection at Nazareth

4:16 Now 1  Jesus 2  came to Nazareth, 3  where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue 4  on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. 5  He 6  stood up to read, 7  4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He 8  unrolled 9  the scroll and found the place where it was written,

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

because he has anointed 10  me to proclaim good news 11  to the poor. 12 

He has sent me 13  to proclaim release 14  to the captives

and the regaining of sight 15  to the blind,

to set free 16  those who are oppressed, 17 

4:19 to proclaim the year 18  of the Lord’s favor.” 19 

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

Ministry in Capernaum

4:31 So 50  he went down to Capernaum, 51  a town 52  in Galilee, and on the Sabbath he began to teach the people. 53 

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